His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Rinpoche at Gyuto Foundation Friday, March 20th, 2015

Dear Members and Friends,

We have very exciting news to share. Gyuto Foundation is honored and privileged to announce that His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgen Trinley Dorje Rinpoche, will be visiting Gyuto Foundation briefly on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am. There are no tickets available for this event. Unfortunately, we have very limited space in the prayer hall, which will be reserved for His Holiness' entourage, sangha members, and special guests. However, if space is available, and security and fire codes permit, seats will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. We are expecting at least a few hundred people, so there will also be audio speakers and possibly a video screen available outside in the courtyard.

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of fourteen, the Karmapa made a dramatic escape from Tibet and took refuge in India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. Currently 29 years old, he is a globally recognized environmental leader, having created an eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries across the Himalayas that act as centers of green activism. He recently announced that he will establish full ordination for women within his lineage, a long-awaited step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism. The Karmapa leads a tradition that emphasizes direct realization of the nature of mind through meditation training, while playing a key role in preserving Tibetan religion and culture for a new generation. His latest book, entitled The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out is based on his interactions with American university students.

Program: Brief blessing for the newly installed Shakyamuni Buddha and Avalokiteshvara Statues. 
Short talk by His Holiness the Karmapa followed by tea. All guests in the main prayer hall must be seated before His Holiness arrives. 

Time: Main prayer hall door will open at 8:30 am and will be closed at 9:15 am. 
Program starts at 9:30 am and His Holiness will depart at 10:30 am.

Security Large bags, cameras, and recording equipment will not be permitted in the building. We will not have the ability to store your personal belongings.

Breakfast: Monastery will be providing tea and cookies for all visitors.

Parking: There will be NO parking spaces available on monastery grounds on March 20th. Please carpool or park around Kensington or Arlington Street. Monastery parking spaces will be used for public seating during the event.

Location: Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Avenue. East Richmond Heights, CA 94805

Sponsorship, donations and offerings will be most welcome for this event.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please send an email to:info@gyutofoundation.org.

Information about His Holiness' 2015 US TOUR available here: http://kagyuoffice.org/



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