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COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS OF EXILE

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March 31, 2009 - Dharamsala Tibetans celebrated an official function in Dharamsala, to mark the occasion called “Thank you India”. The functions are part of a series of events being organized by Tibetan exiles to commemorate their 50 year’s in exile and to reaffirm commitment in their struggle for freedom. In Dharamsala, the function showcasing Tibetan cultural songs and dances by school children was attended by senior officials from the Tibet’s government-in exile and representatives from the Indian community. At the request of Tibetan Welfare Office, His Holiness Karmapa chaired the function and presented souvenir to the Chief Guest of the event Mr Kishan Kapoor, transport minister, the Government of Himachal Pradesh.


His Holiness Karmapa looks on as the Chief Guest Kishan Kapoor
speaks at a “Thank You India” function in Dharamsala,

http://www.kagyuoffice.org/PastActivities-09-JantoMarch.html

HIS HOLINESS SPEAKS AT A LECTURE EVENT ON ‘WORLD PEACE AND YOUTH'

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March 29, 2009 - IIC, New Delhi His Holiness expressed his deep gratitude to the Indian government and the people of India for providing refuge to the Tibetans for fifty years and said that the Tibetans owe a great deal to India for being able to preserve the rich Tibetan culture and practice one’s own religion in India. The popularity of Tibetan Buddhism in the world, he said, was largely because of its strong base in India. The India International Centre (IIC), the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration and Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi are jointly organizing the festival of 50 years in Exile: Tibet Experience. The festival was focused on the lives of Tibetan in exile and their rebuilding and preserving the fabric of a community away from their homelands.


His Holiness spoke at a lecture event on ‘world peace and youth'.
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/PastActivities-09-JantoMarch.html

HIS HOLINESS PRESIDES OVER SÄNG PUJA

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March 25, 2009 - Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath. This day is the 29th day and the "Earth-Water coincidence" according to Tibetan Lunar calendar. The Säng Duë Tse Trin Phung puja is usually practiced during the right conditions, such as this day, to spread lasting peace. His Holiness presided over the Säng puja at 7 am where Kyabje Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche and all the participants of the Environmental Protection Conference were present. The members of Kagyu Committee also attended the Säng puja.

After the conclusion of the puja, His Holiness planted a white sandalwood tree on the lawn of Vajra Vidhya Institute to mark the successful completion of 1st Environmental Protection Conference for Kagyu Monasteries. March 27, Vajra Vidhya Institute His Holiness performed the Lama Gyang Boe and Nedhon Chag Choe prayer in morning, Kyabje Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche attended the prayer at the main shrine hall.

His Holiness will be leaving for Delhi in the afternoon and …

ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

Click to view/download "108 Things You Can Do" PDF(English)
"108 Things You Can Do" PDF(Tibetan) "108 Things You Can Do" PDF(Chinese)

Produced during THE FIRST CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION for Kagyu Monasteries and Centers
March 21st – 25th 2009, Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, India For more information, please contact greenkagyu@gmail.com


TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE…
1. Make aspiration prayers. We make aspiration prayers for all sentient beings. This should also include the Earth, which sustains us and gives us life. We can pray for a more harmonious world where humans recognize how their actions have harmed the Earth and change their behavior.
2. Read, discuss, and develop an understanding of environmental issues and how they affect you and your community. 
3. Go vegetarian. Not only will you practice compassion for all sentient beings, but you will decrease the resources you use up.  It takes about 100,000 liters of water to produce 1 ki…

TEACHINGS ON MILAREPA'S CORRECTLY EXPRESSING THE MIDDLE WAY

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March 22 - 23, 2009 - Sarnath His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa offered teachings on Milarepa's Correctly Expressing the Middle Way, at the request of the Kagyu Relief and Protection Committee of the Central University for Tibetan Studies, in Sarnath. Along with the members of the Kagyu committee, the teachings were attended by students and teachers from the Central University for Higher Tibetan Studies from other lineages as well. His Holiness began the first day with a presentation of the history of the Kagyu lineages, emphasizing their interconnectedness. His Holiness pointed out that all that is left of many of these once thriving lineages are ruins in Tibet, and expressed his ongoing concern to establish vibrant monasteries in India and elsewhere, to ensure the availability of the teachings in the future. Building on the introduction to Mahamudra according to the sutra path, His Holiness had conferred, at the Vajra Vidya Institute the previous week, the Mahamudra view in the…

FIRST CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOR KAGYU MONASTERIES AND CENTERS

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March 21-25, 2009 - Sarnath His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa chaired the First Conference on Environmental Protection for Kagyu Monasteries and Centres, held at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Saranath, March 21st -25th, 2009. Representatives from 26 monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan attended the conference. Deki Chungyalpa was the conference facilitator.

His Holiness was presented with the original painting which was reproduced as the cover HHK's new Environmental Guidelines booklet. After that, His Holiness made an address explaining the importance and the goals of the conference as well as the relationship between the environment and Buddhism. His Holiness' address was followed by an address by Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche.

The main goals of the conference are: To train senior monks from Kagyu monasteries on environmental issues in the Himalayan and the Tibetan plateau.To develop environmental activities addressing these issues that monasteries could impleme…