Showing posts from October, 2015

Top Buddhists Sign Landmark Statement on Climate Change to Global Leaders - Buddhistdoor Global

By Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective
Buddhistdoor Global |2015-10-29

Fifteen of the world's most senior Buddhists have issued a landmark call to political leaders to adopt an effective climate change agreement at the UN negotiations in Paris starting 30 November. “We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is at stake as a result of our actions,” the Statement's initial section warns. Eminent signatories (full list below) include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, as well as supreme heads of Buddhism in Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, the secretary general of the International Buddhist Conferation (IBC), the president of the Buddhist Association of the USA, the president of the UBF (l’Union Bouddhiste de France), and Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck of Bhutan. This urgent call for action on climate change, from lea…

Karmapa and Tibetan leaders laud TCV's success on its 55th anniversary - TPI

Sunday, 25 October 2015 12:58Yeshe Choesang, Tibet Post International

Dharamshala —Tibetan students paraded to the beat of drums, and performed traditional dance and calisthenics marking the 55thanniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Children's Village School in Upper Dharamshala on 23 October. Thousands of Tibetans and Non-Tibetans had joined in the celebration.

Escorted by the school's marching band, Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission Kargyu Dhondup, Penpa Tsering Speaker for the Tibetan Parliament in exile and Pema Chinnjor, Religion and Culture Minister– representing Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) were amongst the special guests in attendance, as well as other top ministers and community representatives.

"I applaud your selfless contribution in preserving Tibetan identity and culture and for actualising His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's aspirations," said, Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche who was the chief guest at the event, praised the TCV sch…

Tibetans should reflect on situation leading to exile: Karmapa - Business Standard

Press Trust of India  |  DharamsalaOctober 24, 2015

Spiritual leader the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorge today asked Tibetans across the globe to reflect on the circumstances that led them into exile as he reminded them about their responsibility as refugees. 

"Tibetans across the globe should reflect on the circumstances that led us into exile and the responsibility as a Tibetan refugee," the 17th Karmapa said here while speaking during the 55th anniversary celebration of Tibetan Children Village, the residential Tibetan school, here today.

The Karmapa, who heads one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism, on the occasion applauded the contribution of TCV staff, teachers and students for preserving the Tibetan identity and culture. 

"I applaud your selfless contribution in preserving Tibetan identity and culture and for actualising His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's aspirations. The importance of education is beyond question, especially in this time. Students should ha…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates the Fifty-fifth Founding Anniversary of the Tibetan Children’s Village

October 23, 2015 – TCV Dharamsala, On a bright, sunny day, the Gyalwang Karmapa came to Upper Dharamshala to be the Chief Guest at this T.C.V. anniversary celebration. Following addresses by three speakers covering the history, finances, and purposes of the schools, the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to talk. Greeting everyone present, the Gyalwang Karmapa commented, “Though I’m quite busy these days, I wanted to make time to come today and offer my respects and support. Fifty-five years have passed since the school was founded and it has undergone tremendous development during this time. These years have entailed a great deal of effort, not just for a few days, but year after year of continuous, dedicated work on the part of the administrative staff, the teachers, and the students.” Turning to the value of the school being celebrated today, the Karmapa remarked that “it supports the greater family of Tibetans, the common good of Tibet, and fulfills the express wishes of His Holiness the D…

Did the 16th Karmapa Speak the Language of Birds? --- by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Sunrise at Rumtek, and the Karmapa, like the sun, warms the space.
I feel his presence, a radiance and energy that only he can bring,
that draws us to him; his generous kindness. This is my lasting memory;

Those days when he sat all day in audience all day, and the crowds
who came and went; crowds of us; crowds of all races; crowds
of all religions quietly drawn to him.

And he in the midst; a dog and cat asleep at his feet; while on his finger,
attentive and still, as if listening to him, a small bird perched,
unafraid of the people before him, and all beings drawn to him.

When he smiled, then they knew; when he laughed then they knew too
the power of wisdom and compassion. This was his Being.
He was that compassion; his Being his communication and wisdom.

It was said that he taught the birds and that their practice was known
when they died thereafter in Samadhi.
Did he speak to the birds? I wondered.

As for me, I had planned my questions for him, after days of thinking.
Now they seemed nonsense, and…

Announcement - The Nineteenth Kagyu Gunchö Winter Dharma

Teachings and Debates for Kagyu Shedras 26th February – 10th March, 2016

The timing of the  Kagyu Gunchö  has changed and the 19th Kagyu Gunchö will be held after the 33rd Kagyu Monlam, from 26th February to 10th March, 2016.
During the Gunchö, the Gyalwang Karmapa will continue his teachings from the Eighth Karmapa’s One Hundred Short Instructions with the chapter on the Six Paramitas.  In addition,we have requested Kyabje Sangye  Nyenpa Rinpoche to give the oral transmission of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje’s  commentary on the Vinaya: The Mandala of the Sun.
The main part of the programme in this year’s Gunchö will be a conference on the matchless Lord Gampopa’s  APrecious Garland of the Supreme Path  Chapters Three to Ten.   
For the study of Collected Topics, Lorig and Tarig, all the students will be divided into two classes, upper and lower. There will be traditional group debate on Tenets and also, in-between,  Western-style debate on two topics:
1.    Whether blind faith can be con…