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The Gyalwang Karmapa Meets Sikyong Lobsang Sangay at the Kashag.

30th June 2014 – Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala. Today, at the invitation of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, His Holiness visited the new Kashag building during a short visit to Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala. His Holiness’ first stop was the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which he visits regularly in order to consult and research its vast collection of old Tibetan texts. From there, he made his way to the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Kashag (Cabinet Office) building, where the prime minister’s office is located. This is the first time that the Gyalwang Karmapa has had the opportunity to visit the new building, which was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 2nd June 2011. The Sikyong graciously welcomed His Holiness at the entrance and escorted him into his office, where they conversed for half an hour. The prime minister then accompanied His Holiness on a tour of the new building. Lobsang Sangay studied law, and was a Senior Fellow at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harva…

The First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa

b.1110 - d.1193 Name Variants: Chokyi Drakpa; Dusum Khyenpa; First Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa; Gepel; Karmapa 01 Dusum Khyenpa; Khampa Usey
The First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa Chokyi Drakpa (karma pa 01 dus gsum mkhyen pa chos kyi grags pa) was born in Tresho (tre shod), Kham, in 1110. His father was a Yamāntaka practitioner named Gompa Dorje Gon (sgom pa rdo rje mgon) and his mother was Latokza Gangcham Mingdren (lha thog gza' sgang lcam ming 'dren), and was given the name Gepel (dge 'phel). His father gave him instructions in the Nyingma tantric traditions, including Ekajaṭī, and he is said to have met Vairocanavajra (bhai ro tsa na badzra, snang mdzad rdo rje), an Indian alchemist who had previously been to the Chinese court where he drank a cup of mercury before the Emperor. When Dusum Khyenpa was sixteen, in 1124, he took novice ordination with the Kadam monk Trewo Chokgi Lama (tre bo mchog gi bla ma), a disciple of Ngok Lotsāwa Loden Sherab (rngog lo tsA ba blo ldan shes rab, 1…

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, visited LTWA on 30th June 2014


Article in a German magazine about the visit of HH Karmapa to Berlin in June 2014.

Young Buddha on travels
Karmapa in der Gala

Sikkim Asks GoI to Facilitate 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (NorthEast Today)

By NorthEastToday

Both the treasury and opposition bench in the Sikkim assembly stood united as a resolution seeking Buddhist Guru Gyalwa Karmapa to Sikkim was adopted by the house, the last day of the budget session.
The Sikkim Legislative assembly has adopted a private member's resolution requesting the Government of India to facilitate the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorjee to Rumtek monastery. The resolution was adopted by the house after it was moved for consideration by SDF MLA Bek Bahadur Rai and Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama. The resolution was supported by the SKM MLAs expressing their gratitude for bringing out the resolution hoped that Karmapa will be facilitated to the Rumtek Monastery at the earliest. The centre has placed a ban on seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's travel to Sikkim following several controversies.
He has been living at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh since his escape to India in January 2000. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu se…

"Modern Masters Of Religion," an interfaith special, set for Sunday, June 29 on CBS

"Modern Masters Of Religion," a CBS Interfaith Special, explores the works and influence of several 20th century voices of varied religions. This special broadcast presents their place is modern religious history and the people they have affected. The program will be broadcast Sunday, June 29 on the CBS Television Network (check local listings). The leaders featured include Karen Armstrong, a world-renowned religious historian and scholar. She has written A History of GodThe Battle for God, Islam, and Buddha among other books. A former Catholic nun, she speaks about what led her to become a lifelong student of religion. In 2008, she was awarded the $100,000 TED prize and created a global compassion network called the "Charter for Compassion." RCC became an early member of the Charter for Compassion. Meanwhile, Thomas Merton, a convert to Catholicism, and a Trappist monk is considered one of the greatest American Catholics of the 20th century. Author of 70 books, Me…

Assembly passes private member’s resolution on Karmapa issue (Sikkim Express)

SE Report
GANGTOK. June 28: SDF MLA Bek Bahadur Rai on Saturday moved a private member’s resolution in the Assembly requesting the Union Government to allow the 17th Karmapa to visit Rumtek monastery, east district.
The resolution was welcomed by MLAs from both SDF and SKM and passed by the House unanimously.
“Our government has been very sincere in pursuing the matter in bringing the Karmapa to Rumtek monastery. It is very unfortunate that the Karmapa issue has been politicized in Sikkim time and again,” said Rai.
Opposition leader P.S. Golay also welcomed the resolution.
I welcome the resolution brought by SDF MLA B.B. Rai on bringing the Karmapa to Sikkim, said Golay.

On Shamar Rinpoche’s death and the future of Karmapa ( Tibet Telegraph)

By Thierry Dodin June 24, 2014

Occurring in Germany when the Karmapa was touring there, the untimely death of Kunzig Shamarpa inevitably gave rise to some speculations. Shamar Rinpoche, referred to as the “Red-hat Karmapa,” was a lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and had played a part in some controversy.

More important than the coincidence of the death of Shamar Rinpoche in the same country where the Karmapa was visiting, and associated elaborations about karma or even magics, is what implications his death has for Tibetan politics in general. Central is that it remixes the cards in a dispute which has been going on in Tibetan exile society for more than two decades, and has considerably constrained the radius of action of the 17th Karmapa Lama after his arrival in Indian exile, fourteen years ago. That it happens at a point in time when India is entering a new political era makes it potentially even more significant.
Arguably, India’s foreign policy establish…

Zweithöchster buddhistischer Führer nach Dalai Lama besucht Märkisches Landbrot ( demeter)

Biodynamische Bäckerei in Berlin empfängt den siebzehnten Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje Zweithöchster buddhistischer Führer nach Dalai Lama besucht Märkisches Landbrot


Der siebzehnte Karmapa war zu Besuch bei der Demeter-Brotbäckerei Märkisches Landbrot. Nach seinem Vortrag „Buddhismus und Umwelt – Ein Leben in Harmonie mit unserem Planeten“ im Berliner Estrel-Hotel informierte sich der Würdenträger des tibetischen Buddhismus, wie Märkisches Landbrot in Berlin-Neukölln ganz konkret in Harmonie mit der Umwelt wirtschaftet. Der Karmapa, mit bürgerlichem Namen Orgyen Trinley Dorje, besichtigte die Backstube, probierte das biodynamische Brot und erkundigte sich über die ökologischen Prinzipien des Unternehmens. Märkisches Landbrot-Geschäftsführer Joachim Weckmann fühlte sich sehr geehrt, dass sich der hohe Gast aus Tibet bei seiner allerersten Europareise die Zeit für einen Besuch in seinem Unternehmen nahm. Der 17. Karmapa engagiert sich stark für den Umweltschutz und zeigte große…

VOA Tibetan - Tibetans in New York and New Jersey Observe Karmapa’s 30th Birthday


Over 400 Tibetans residing in the New York and New Jersey area observed the 30th birthday of Karmapa on June 22, 2014. The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the head of the Karma Kagyu of Kagyupa, which is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. 
The observations began with prayers and talks without any cultural songs and dances as a respect to the recent demise of Shamar Rinpoche.
Former New York representative, Mr. Lobsang Nyandak and Tibet Fund Director, Rinchen Tharlo addressed the gathering.

Tibetan Buddhist Center

Title:  Tibetan Buddhist Center  Artist: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Language: Tibetan


Happy 29th Birthday to His Holiness Karmapa! Wish you Long Life, Happiness and Good Health Always!

Karmapa's activity, and my aim, is to benefit sentient beings. My meaningful life is totally dependent on other sentient beings. Because you have so much hope and aspiration in me, I can become stronger even though facing lots of challenges. I can be more patient because of your aspirations. ~17th Karmapa of Tibet speaks on a 'Meaningful Life'

A Memorandum Submitted to the New Prime Minister by the Chief Minister of Sikkim Requested the Return of Karmapa to Sikkim


[Memorandum submitted by Hon’ble CM to Hon’ble PM] 17TH GYALWA KARMAPA, OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE TO RUMTEK MONASTERY:- The Karmapa is the head of the Kagyu lineage in Mahayana Buddhism. The Rumtek Monastery has been the seat of the Karmapa ever since the 16th Karmapa, Ranjung Rigpe Dorje took refuge here. The people of Sikkim have been anxiously and expectantly waiting for the Government of India to allow His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje to take his seat at Rumtek for a number of years now. It is a long-pending wish of the people of Sikkim and an issue close to the heart of every Sikkimese. In the past, the State Government has made numerous representations to the Centre regarding this issue. The first representation was made in the year 2000.Ever since; the State Government has submitted other petitions as well.

You are aware Sikkim is a peaceful State where the people are simple and religious minded. The presence of the Karmapa in the State will further enhance the tranquillity of t…

VOA Tibetan - The 17th Karmapa's First European Visit

Published 13.06.2014

Kunleng discusses the 17th Karmapa's first visit to Europe. Guest: Lama Tsewang Tashi, member of the Karmapa's entourage on Germany visit.

Buddhist Study and Meditation Center Ludwigshorst

Dear Dharma Friends,

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has visited Europe for the first time. Now he is back in India.

On Thursday, June 6, 2014 in the morning between 8:00 - 8:15, the Executive Board of Karma Tengyal Ling had an audience with the head of the Karma Kagyu school. The Executive Board presented the status of planning of the monastery and temple complex (Correct name in the contract with the local government: "Buddhist Study and Meditation Center Ludwigshorst") in Stechlin - Menz.

The nearly 40 000 square meter area, which is affiliated to the development plan of the municipality was presented to Karmapa as a potential for his activity in the West. 

After the plans, pictures and animations had been presented, His Holiness asked whether he could keep the big photos of the architecture designs. He said in a few words: "Now WE have to see how we get funded this".,

We, the Board, know quite…

The Gyalwang Karmapa led Guru Yoga Puja (Phakshi Ladrup) for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s Mahaparinirvana.


Official Announcement Regarding the Passing Away of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche from the Gyalwang Karmapa

(Please click for a full size zoom version of the letter).
Statement by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje on the Passing of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro Until the 10th Shamarpa, the omniscient Shamarpas have been great masters respected throughout Tibet and were wise, compassionate, and powerful masters known as the “Victorious Lord of Dance” who were the life force of the Karma Kamtsang teachings. Despite a ban on the Shamarpas’ enthronement since 1792 for almost a hundred and seventy years, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, in view of historical significance and for the benefit of Buddhadharma and all beings, sought consent from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and enthroned his nephew as the Shamarpa, taking him under his wing for the guidance of his body, speech and mind. However, as the folk saying goes, one may have enough merit to have a cow but not enough to get its milk. Similarly, after the Parinirvana of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, …