Karmapa offers prayers, discusses green imbalance - Hindustan Times






Varanasi, March 22 -- The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and other Buddhist spiritual leaders discussed the issue of ecological imbalance in the Himalayan region and other parts of the country at a conference in Sarnath on Monday.

'Disaster preparedness and risk reduction' was the theme of the seventh Khoryug Conference for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries.

The meet began at Vajra Vidya Sansthan, an institute for Buddhist studies.

Before the conference, Karmapa, who heads one of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, performed special worship at the Sansthan for human welfare and world peace.

Several Buddhist spiritual leaders accompanied him during the worship.

Twelve followers of Buddhism from China, Nepal, Taiwan, Tibet, France and Italy also participated in the special prayers which were completed in two rounds. Starting at 9am, the first round concluded at noon. The second round took place between 2pm and 5pm.

Buddhist Monk Karma, a representative of the Sansthan, said, “The Karmapa was welcomed with chanting of mantras before the worship. Triratana puja and several rituals were performed. An Idol of Lord Buddha was offered rice, kesar mixed water and Tibetan Torma.”

In the afternoon, Buddhist spiritual leaders discussed the issue of environmental imbalance. The conference is being held in partnership with the National Institute of Disaster Management.

Fifty monastic representatives from over 25 monasteries and nunneries are attending the conference. According to an authorized spokesperson, the Karmapa is acting on his resolve to prepare monasteries and nunneries for potential disasters and to train monks and nuns to become first responders and risk reduction educators for local communities.

After his arrival on Sunday, the Karmapa was given a special welcome. He would leave for Delhi on March 25.


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