Showing posts from February, 2005

Tibetan Settlements in South India Enthusiastically Receive His Holiness Karmapa (February-March, 2005)

In March, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa toured South India as part of a month long visit to Tibetan Settlements in the area. His Holiness flew to Goa Airport on the 28th of February, where he was met by representatives of major monasteries in the Mungod Settlement. He departed for Mungod Settlement the following day after being received at the Karnataka border by the district commissioner, superintendent of police of Karwar and a member of parliament. After Mungod, His Holiness visited Kollegal, where he presided at the opening of the Nalanda International Institute in Byalkuppe, and subsequently visited Hunsur and Periyapatna settlments. More information is available from the links below.

Completed schedule of His Holiness' Program in South IndiaNews Release regarding completion of the tour by His HolinessA slideshow is also available

Interview with H. H. the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee (The Times of Tibet)

by Tsering Dhondup, The Times of Tibet , Feb 25, 2005

Toronto, Canada -- H. H. the Karmapa: In my view, the essence of Buddhism consists in reducing physical, mental and verbal defilement. Here is the transcipt of the interview with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee

Tsering Dhondup: It is said that at the time of your birth numerous auspicious signs were witnessed in your village. Do you remember your past life and the circumstance of your birth?

H.H. Karmapa: Frankly speaking, I do not remember anything about my birth; I am a normal child like any other. What has or has not happened were beyond my decision. Yes, my parents and relatives told me that there were numerous auspicious signs- signs like the sound of conch shell being blown, which occurred during the time of my birth, was similar to that witnessed when the 5th and 13th Karmapa were born.

Tsering Dhondup: How do you compare your life here in India to that back in Tibet?

H. H. the Karmapa: Tibet is my country and …