DHARAMSALA. Oct 12: Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute’s department of Body, Mind and Life began its 4th International Conference on Body, Mind and Life at Men-Tsee-khang college’s auditorium earlier today.
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje graced the conference as the Chief Guest. Others in attendance for the occasion include Special Guest, Choekyong Wangchuk, Health Kalon (Minister) of Central Tibetan Administration(CTA), Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche and other dignitaries from CTA and Men-Tsee-Khang.
The Chief Guest and the Special Guest launched three books on presentations of 1st ,2nd and 3rd Body, Mind and Life conference at the inaugural function of the conference.
“This conference is what His Holiness the Dalai Lama advocates. The western scholars (modern science) and eastern scholars (Tibetan Medical and astrologers) will exchange and deliberate on their findings and research at the conference and it will surely benefit the entire humanity,” health Kalon said in his address.
“This is a very important conference as it focuses on inner peace and happiness of human being. I urge the western and eastern scholars to have successful discussions and deliberations at the conference,” His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje remarked.
“My observation after witnessing several conferences and meetings is that many a times we drift away from the actual topic or the subject, be it the speaker or the questioner. This is something we should do away with,” the Karmapa concluded.
Eight speakers, two each from the field of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine, Tibetan astrology and modern science will address at the conference that will be be attended by monks, doctors, astrologers, students and foreigners.
The three-day 4th International Body, Mind and Life conference will be held over Oct 12-14.
5th October 2016: TCV School observed its Tibet Our Country (TOC) Day on 5th October this year with His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Urgen Thrinley as the chief guest. To mark the occasion, a grand function was held on the school basketball under a giant makeshift tent attended by the school Director, Principal, staff members, students and other dignitaries. Everybody was clad in pure Tibetan national day coinciding the white Wednesday ( Lhakar).The school Religious teacher led the lifelong prayer and Manjushree prayer in unison. This year, the main theme of TOC was compassion.
During the function, the school Director presented a brief report and introduction to the day. There were few cultural program from the students. A ceremonial sweet rice and butter tea was served during the cultural show. There was also award ceremony for the winners of Olympiad and for the Primary teachers who had participated in the Tibetan in-service training organized jointly by Sherig and TCV School. Three students presented poetry on love and compassion and the Samaritan work done by a group of Suja students.
After that Gyalwa Karmapa Urgen Thrinley Dorjee addressed the gathering. He expressed his great happiness over visiting the school once again after a long gap. He also talked about the good rapport between the school and his monastery. He blessed all those gathered including the people from nearby settlements and monasteries.
In the afternoon, there was Tibetan debate which was attended by the senior students. The speakers were very eloquent and it was appreciated by the whole audience. A special traditional lunch was arranged on the day from the school kitchen. In the evening, an hour long movie on Morality was shown. The movie was directed by Master Phurbu Tsering la, with help from Mr. Jigme Wangdue la, the Head of the Tibetan Department. The movie was attended by the school Director, the Principal and the staff and students. Finally, the school Principal gave a vote of thanks and officially concluded the eventful Tibet Our Country Day. He thanked each and every one who had made this day successful especially the Tibetan Department of the school.
TOC (Tibet Our Country) Day is celebrated all over TCV Schools. The main objective of celebrating this day is to preserve our Tibetan rich culture and tradition among the younger generation who had not seen their country. It was started way back in 1990s and since then all the schools have been arranging various activities and programs. As such it has become one of the major programs in all TCV Schools.
1. Twentieth Kagyu Guncho
January 16, 2017–February 4, 2017 (20 days)
2. Grand Empowerment of the Five Deities of Chakrasamvara
February 7, 2017–February 8, 2017 (2 days)
3. Teaching: Torch of True Meaning
February 9, 2017–February 11, 2017 (3 days)
4. 34th Kagyu Monlam
February 13, 2017–February 19, 2017 (7 days)
5. Garchen Gutor Puja
February 21, 2017–February 25, 2017 (5 days)
6. Smoke Offering “Clouds of Amrita”
February 26, 2017
7. Garchen New Year’s Celebration
February 27, 2017–March 1, 2017 (3 days)
8. Marme Monlam
March 2, 2017
9. 4th Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering
March 6, 2017–March 19, 2017 (14 days)
The Reception Committee of Sikkim to His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje led by Acharya Tshering Lama, Chairman of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Government of Sikkim met with his Holiness The 17th Karmapa at Karmapa Monastery in Dharamsala on 19th September 2016.
This is what His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje said during the meeting with Reception Committee of Sikkim for His Holiness :
"It has been about 16 years, that I am living in India and I hope every Indian people may know well about me. And in particular as all people of Sikkim, they are doing hard work on the issue to invite me to Sikkim as soon as possible. And that's true that I have a great relationship with Sikkim and Sikkimese People. It's not my present life only but it's a life of previous 16th Karmapa. That is why myself, as once atleast I would really like to visit in Sikkim. After I came in India, I got great opportunities by Indian Government for visit in every part of the India. And now for me, Sikkim is the only place which is left for my visit but I hope that day will come as soon as soon possible through the hard work by Sikkimese people and Sikkim's Government. Therefore, I am expecting that this issue should be sort out in very peaceful way as soon as possible.
Thank you all."