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Environmental Change, Spiritually and Practically Based

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September 29, 2016 – Sidhbari, HP, India.

Today His Holiness The Gyalwang Karmapa met with young leaders, ages 22 to 30, from the Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship in the United States. They had been chosen for their potential as catalysts for practical change, centered in a spiritual world with sensitivity for the nature. These young people seek to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of interconnectedness, service, stewardship, and reverence for nature.Their first question for His Holiness was asked by a young woman who had gone in a bicycle pilgrimage in several counties, including the US, Canada, and Iceland. She posed to His Holiness the key question that she had asked on her travels: When and how did you first become passionate about environmental issues?The Karmapa responded by returning to his childhood to identify the source of his connection to the environment. Noting that he had grown up in a remote area of Eastern …

Indian Psychology Students Join Karmapa for Week-long Dialogue on Emotions

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29 September, 2016 – Dharamsala, India

A group of 20 postgraduate students from the psychology department of Ambedkar University Delhi converged in Dharamsala this week for a series of interactions with His Holiness the Karmapa. Their discussions will explore the ways that Buddhism and modern psychology understand and address various human emotions. The emotions to be discussed over the course of the next 11 days were proposed by the psychology students and include: jealousy and envy; love and attachment; greed, desire and contentment; guilt and shame; stress and anxiety; fear, terror and courage; and, faith and hope.Over the course of their stay in Dharamsala, the group will spend their days immersed in developing presentations for the Karmapa, meeting with His Holiness in his library at Gyuto Monastery, and then reviewing together what they have learned.The meetings with His Holiness consist of question-and-answer sessions, as well as presentations delivered by teams of three student…

Bhutia-Lepcha Delegation Meets Rajnath Singh, Ravi Kumar Prasad - NorthEast Today

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September 29 2016





As reported earlier a Bhutia Lepcha delegation has been camping at New Delhi meeting various Central government ministers and submitting representations. Both the SKM MLAs are also in national capital. They have called upon Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Law Minister Ravi Kumar Prasad.Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim, proportionate increase of BL seats in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly if its strength is expanded, early reservation of seats for Limboo Tamang Tribes and restoration of seats of the Sikkimese Nepalese in the SLA are some of their demands.The Union Home Minister also discussed matters pertaining to the early arrival of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Sikkim. He enquired about the possible locations where His Holiness can visit except Rumtek owing to the existing legal complications. He has further expressed his concerns on the health and physical states of the monks who are sitting at hunger strike at BL House, Gangtok since July …

Announcement: Winter Dharma Activities 2017

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1.Twentieth Kagyu Guncho     January 16, 2017–February 4, 2017 (20 days)
2.Grand Empowerment of the Five Deities of Chakrasamvara     February 7, 2017–February 8, 2017 (2 days)
3.Teaching: Torch of True Meaning     February 9, 2017–February 11, 2017 (3 days)
4.34th Kagyu Monlam     February 13, 2017–February 19, 2017 (7 days)
5.Garchen Gutor Puja     February 21, 2017–February 25, 2017 (5 days)
6.Smoke Offering “Clouds of Amrita”     February 26, 2017
7.Garchen New Year’s Celebration     February 27, 2017–March 1, 2017 (3 days)
8.Marme Monlam     March 2, 2017
9.4th Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering     March 6, 2017–March 19, 2017 (14 days)

http://www.kagyumonlam.org/English/News/Announcement/2017_Winter_activities.html

Reception Committee of Sikkim to Karmapa met with His Holiness in Dharamsala - Sikkim Messenger

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The Reception Committee of Sikkim to His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje led by Acharya Tshering Lama, Chairman of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Government of Sikkim met with his Holiness The 17th Karmapa at Karmapa Monastery in Dharamsala on 19th September 2016. 

This is what His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje said during the meeting with Reception Committee of Sikkim for His Holiness :

"It has been about 16 years, that I am living in India and I hope every Indian people may know well about me. And in particular as all people of Sikkim, they are doing hard work on the issue to invite me to Sikkim as soon as possible. And that's true that I have a great relationship with Sikkim and Sikkimese People. It's not my present life only but it's a life of previous 16th Karmapa. That is why myself, as once atleast I would really like to visit in Sikkim. After I came in India, I got great opportunities by Indian Government for visit in eve…

Stir to allow 17th Karmapa into Sikkim gaining momentum - Kalimpong News

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Pramod Giri, HT, 18 Sep 2016,


SILIGURI: As all political outfits and social groups across the spectrum in Sikkim unite over the issue of the 17th Karmapa, it is only a matter of time before the central government comes under enormous pressure to life the ban on his entry into the state. The chief minister, all opposition parties and religious groups have already expressed their desire to see Orgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, take his seat at the Rumtek monastery, the Dharma Chakra Centre of Kagyu sect of Buddhism which he represents. The Dalai Lama has already endorsed him as the 17th Karmapa. But the Centre’s decision to ban his entry into Sikkim has made the people of the Himalayan state quite restless.
Observers feel that if the issue is not tackled deftly, it may snowball into a major problem that may have far-reaching repercussions.
According to the Kagyu sect of Buddhism, the Karmapa is the head of the sect and is regarded as Living Buddha. The Karmapa’s seat at the Rumtek …

Karmapa's quest for house at Dharamshala may end - Hindustan Times

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Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
17 Sep 2016
HT Correspondent ■ letters@hindustantimes.com



SHIMLA: Living from past 17 years under watchful eyes of Indian security agencies the 17th Karmapa, Oguen Trinley Dorje’s quest for an independent house may end soon, as Central government has agreed to reconsider request of his follower to allow the high ranking Buddhist monk to settle permanently in Himalayan region.
Oguen Trinley Dorje, who head, parallel Kagyu Karma sect of Buddhism currently lives in tightly guarded back yard of Gyotu Tantric Monastery in Dharamshala. The ministry of home affairs apprised the state government that it will examine the request for allowing Oguen to settle down permanently in Dharamshala and its surrounding area. Home ministry deliberated with officials of the state government and reviewed Karmapa’s security arrangement. Oguen Trinley Dorje at the age of 14, in 1999 made a dramatic escape, from Tsurphu monastery in China controlled Tibetan Autonomous Region. The Buddhi…

Chinese Calligraphy by His Holiness 17th Karmapa: Danang / Bright Moon

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【Danang 】means『 BRIGHT MOON』. 

The【Danang】 calligraphy was specially created by His Holiness 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje for Danang Foundation.


https://www.facebook.com/DanangUSA/posts/1750016258581936

How to Use Emptiness as a Means to Develop Compassion and Freedom (Podcast Episode #010)

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Today we are happy to bring you the tenth episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
This special teaching took place in the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation.During this episode, the Gyalwang Karmapa discusses how to meditate on emptiness, and how such meditations can lead to the natural development of compassion. Emptiness opens us up to a new realm of possibility, gratitude, and freedom which can lead to greater compassionate action.You can get the podcasthere on iTunesor simplydownload the episoderight here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/karmapa/Emptiness_Compassion.mp3
http://kagyuoffice.org/how-to-use-emptiness-as-a-means-to-develop-compassion-and-freedom-podcast-episode-010/

Home ministry raises concern over 17th Karmapa’s security - Hindustan Times

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Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)12 Sep 2016Gaurav Bisht gaurav.bisht@hindustantimes.com

VISIT TO SIKKIM MONASTERY Centre to hold meeting in Delhi tomorrow to discuss the issue


SHIMLA: Though the Sikkim government had urged the central government to allow 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Rumtek Monastery, the ministry of home affairs has raised fresh concerns over the security of 30-year-old Buddhist monk, who is the parallel head of Kagyu sect of Buddhism.
The Centre has called a meeting in Delhi to discuss issues related to security of Dorje. “Inputs from intelligence agencies about threat perception to Karmapa will be ascertained in the meeting in New Delhi. The home ministry has also sought inputs from the state government about Karmapa’s security arrangement,” said a senior police official, who requested anonymity. The meeting is scheduled on September 13 and will be chaired by the home secretary. 
WHO IS DORJE?
In 1999, Ogyen Trinley Dorje at the age of 14 made an escape from Tsur…

Monks on Governor’s door with Karmapa demand - Sikkim Express

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PANKAJDHUNGEL

GANTOK, September 10: Scores of monks staged a sit-in outside the Raj Bhawan gate here today seeking to meet Governor Shrinwas Patil and reiterate their demand that the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje be allowed to visit Sikkim.
The demonstration outside the Raj Bhawan gate lasted for nearly three hours after which a 10-member delegation was granted appointment with the Governor.
Some monks, among those who have been on a relay hunger strike at BL House, Tibet Road here with the demand since the past 63 days, later met the Governor and placed their memorandum. Sangha MLA Sonam Lama and SIBLAC convenor Chewang Lama was also part of the delegation of monks under Denjong Lhadey’s banner.
“We called on the Governor to know about the progress in our demand. He has given positive assurances,” said Lama to reporters.
According to Lama, the delegation sought details of actions taken by the Governor’s office on the demand among other issues discussed during the hour-long meeting.
The …

Disaster Preparedness Training in Nepal

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Posted on September 7th, 2016


40 participants (14 female, 26 male) from six monasteries, two nunneries, and one school, including the Karma Thegchen Lekshey Ling NunneryNehnang Phuntsok Choling MonasteryOdsel Karma Tek Chok Ling NunneryPal Dilyak MonasteryPal Thupten Ngedon Shedrup Dhargyeling MonasteryPullahari Monastery, Shree Mangal Dvip School, and Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Namo Buddha, attended the Disaster Preparedness: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training hosted by Odsel Karma Tek Chok Ling Nunnery



In November of 2015, during the 6th Khoryug Conference, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa set the aspiration that all Khoryug monasteries and nunneries should develop practical skills and knowledge for disaster preparedness and response. He later explained that “We were all affected greatly by the earthquake in Nepal and wanted to know how we could help so that in the future we are not just taken by fear but prepared to be useful and deal skillfully with the situation.…