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His Holiness Karmapa’s Advice on Depression


It seems that depression is widespread in many places of the world, especially in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Chinese communities in the modern times.
The disease has not appeared without cause. Therefore, to find out its cause in the first place is very important in order to prevent it. What is the cause of it? There must be many causes, but to speak according to my own experience, the frustration and unhappiness that is sometimes even driving people to commit suicide is mainly due to discontentedness and great expectations of whatever we set out to do. Sometimes when we do not realize our aim that causes hopelessness and great sorrow, which also lead to suicidal behavior.
Similarly, it is very hectic lifestyle in modern society due to the economic development. When we are unhappy in a very busy life and a confused state of mind that also lead people to taking one’s own life as we are not able to calm down. That is why, we have to be able to find out its cause in t…

His Holiness the XVIIth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje: Teachings from “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation,” composed by Je Gampopa

At the request of many international students at the Great Mönlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyü Sangha, the Kagyü Mönlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya in 2004, His Holiness gave six teachings on Je Gampopa’s “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation.” The teachings were translated into English by Ngödrub Burkhar. The following is an edited transcript of the fifth and sixth of those talks. The photos of His Holiness taken during the Kagyü Mönlam Chenmo in 2007/08 courtesy of Khenpo Karma Namgyal. Fifth Talk Given that everything changes in every instant, the fact that we have the chance to see each other again is wonderful. In the spirit of this wonder, I extend my warm greetings to all of you. But I brought a gift back from my recent stay in Delhi – a cold! And I am worried that I might pass it on to you. As I said previously, the intention of these teachings is to benefit you in direct and indirect ways, so I would like to encourage you to refresh your mind with the correct mot…