Compassion in Action: The Well-Being Free Medical Camp
Vihar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India — 14 February, 2017
essence of the mahayana teachings is bodhichitta, the wish to attain full awakening
so we have the capacity to truly benefit others. From the very beginning of
entering the path, the focus is on others: there is not only the wish to help
them but the actual engagement in specific activities. For many years now, the
Kagyu Monlam has sponsored medical care for the local population, following the
Karmapa’s directive: “When we do something for people, we have to do it
genuinely as if we are doing it for ourselves.”
first three days of the camp, called the Multi-Specialty Medical Camp, are held
in conjunction with Max India Foundation. It has won many awards for its
Corporate Social Responsibility, which focuses on healthcare for the
underprivileged. Its CEO, Mohini Daljeet Singh, has come each year to Bodh Gaya
to oversee the camp and meet with the Karmapa. Among the large network of Max
Hospitals in India, this year she sent out a request to the Max Hospital in
east Delhi, and six doctors responded with the wish to participate. Many of
them had already staffed in free clinics in the Delhi area and their
specialties covered pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, and general
participating in the camp are three Tibetan women doctors trained in allopathic
medicine from Sikkim, and eight Tibetan nurses from Delhi and Sikkim, who are
followers of the Karmapa. Finally and importantly, there are two senior doctors
from the local Gaya Medical College, who will help during the camp and also
with the people who need follow-up care. Near the Monlam Pavilion, easily accessible
to the participants is the Tibetan Medical Camp, where Tibetan medical doctors
provide free diagnosis and medicines as well as two Tibetan physiotherapists
offering their services. In total, there are fifty people volunteering at the
camps this year.
the Karmapa’s Office of Administration, Lhakpa Tsering for many years now has
been organizing the camp, which this time extends from February 14 to 18. The
day starts at 9 am and finishes around 5 pm or when all the patients have been
taken care of. To let people know about the camp, for days beforehand a vehicle
with a recorded announcement has circulated through Bodh Gaya and the
surrounding ten villages and leaflets in Hindi have been distributed in a
year, Lhakpa Tsering explained, they have tried to develop their services and
add value to what they are doing. This year, in addition to diagnosis,
counseling, free medicine, and hospital referrals, they have added the
awareness of preventative measures people can take to improve their health. The
nurses have prepared presentations in Hindi, and in the main hall where the
camp takes place, short movies are continually shown, covering topics such as
the dangers of smoking, the importance of hand-washing, breast cancer and TB awareness
as well as how to prevent malaria, hepatitis, and typhoid. Also new this year
is free diagnostic testing on the advice of the doctors.
this first day of the camp, some 100 people have arrived in the morning on a
large white bus. Separated into lines of men and women, who often have children
in their arms or by their sides, they are lined up in front of a long table
where three nurses take their initial information. The patients range in age
from two to ninety-one. Afterward they move inside to have their vital signs
taken and then watch the informative films while waiting see a doctor. On this
first day 600 people received medical care, and that number or more are
expected for the remaining days.
in the morning the Karmapa arrived to tour the facilities and meet the staff.
He was welcomed by Mohini Singh and Lhakpa Tsering, and invited inside to see
the pharmacy and meet the staff. He entered each of the four offices, greeted
all the doctors, and then walked across the street to visit the Akong Tulku
Rinpoche Memorial Soup Kitchen, located at a Buddhist monastery near the
medical camp, so that patients waiting to return home can have a meal.(**) The
head monk greeted the Karmapa and they walked together to the outdoor shrine
with a lovely statue of the Buddha to whom the Karmapa offered a white scarf.
He then proceeded to view the kitchen, peering into the bags of cabbages and
carrots and greeting the workers, before posing for a group photo with all the
volunteers. With the Karmapa’s presence and blessing, there was a feeling of
quiet joy that the camp had gotten off to a wonderful start.
Aldershot, Hampshire, England – Morning, May 27, 2017
Early on this day of the Karmapa’s visit to the Nepali community in Aldershot, the double arch of a luminous rainbow filled the sky. It recalled his first visit to the US when rainbows followed him everywhere on the East Coast. The Karmapa was invited by the Buddhist Community Centre UK to this beautiful area of England, famous for its military garrisons and home to a sizeable population of Gurkha soldiers who have served in the British army. In 2006 they were allowed to live in England and in 2007, the Buddhist Community Centre UK was founded by Mr. Kaji Sherpa. He had the vision of establishing a Buddhist monastery to serve the growing Buddhist Community in this southeast region of the UK.
His daughter explained that about half of the Gurkha population in Nepal is Buddhist, and that her father felt a need for Buddhist guidance in this community, so a committee of Nepalis purchased a social club and completely transformed it into a …
During his first visit to the UK from May 17 to 28, 2017, the Karmapa, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader, joined former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams together with scientists, scholars and cultural figures for a dialogue on the environment hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet and Inspire Dialogue Foundation.
The round table discussion, held on May 24, 2017, was intended to bring together perspectives “between disciplines and generations” as the beginning of an ongoing exchange, according to Lord Williams, Master of Magdalen College and a noted poet and theologian. It involved figures from the arts and sciences, including Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London; James Thornton, the founding CEO of ClientEarth; Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust; Dr Bhaskar Vira, Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute; Tracey Seaward, film producer …
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his first visit to the United Kingdom this month.
At 31 years old, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, a reincarnation lineage that dates back more than 900 years. His Holiness was born in eastern Tibet but fled to India in 2000, where he now resides at the Gyuto Monastery near Dharamshala. He is the only reincarnate Lama to have been recognised by both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese communist government.
The Karmapa’s 11-day visit began on May 17 and the first public event was held on May 20 in London’s Battersea Park.
“I would like to express my great delight at this opportunity that has come to pass for me to visit London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for the first time. Especially, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all you friends who are gathered here. I have been waiting for a long time to visit the United King…
May 29, 2017 - The 17th Karmapa, one of Tibet’s leading Buddhist figures arrived in Toronto yesterday on his first visit to Canada. Known for his concerns about current global issues as well as for his spiritual leadership, the 31-year-old Karmapa will engage in a wide range of religious activities and will speak on environmental and social responsibility at various universities.
During his month long trip to Canada, the Karmapa will travel to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor the 16th Karmapa, who travelled extensively throughout the country and was instrumental in introducing Canadians to Buddhism in the 1970s.
Head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th holder of a 900-year old lineage. Born in a nomadic family in eastern Tibet, he made headline news in 2000 with his dramatic escape to India, where he now lives near the Dalai Lama. The 17th …
This morning the Karmapa traveled to a northwest suburb of London to visit the impressive BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in Europe. Marble and limestone have been brought alive by Indian artists, who carved every inch with intricate design. The founder of this Hindu bhakti tradition was guru Swaminarayan (1781-1830), famous for his support of the poor and encouraging women’s education. He was also known for his vegetarianism and opposition to animal sacrifice, positions that the Karmapa also supports.
At the temple, the Karmapa was met by Pujya Yogvivekdas Swami and offered the traditional greeting of a garland of flowers, a tika (the red mark of blessing) and a blessed cord. The Karmapa was then guided through the temple to see an exhibition on understanding Hinduism. Always curious, he asked many question of the guide. He then participated in prayers with the swami and other priests in two of the shrine rooms, both of white m…
Worshipped as a living god, will the 17th Karmapa Lama also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity? By MARTIN REGG COHNOntario Politics Columnist Tues., May 30, 2017
It is not his destiny to be the next Dalai Lama. For he is already reincarnated as the 17th Karmapa Lama.
Yet he may one day succeed his 81-year-old teacher and protector.
Revered since age 7 as spiritual leader of a 1,000-year-old branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is making his first trip to Canada this week at the age of 31.
Meeting Ontario politicians Tuesday before sitting down for an interview, the Karmapa padded around Queen’s Park in a pair of brown hiking shoes peeking out from under his simple maroon robes. A picture of youthful wisdom with his direct gaze, towering above other monks at six feet tall, he may yet emerge as the public face of Tibetan Buddhism
Worshipped as a living god and the Buddha of Compassion, will he also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity?
May 27, 2017 – Lakeside International Hotel, Frimley Green, England
In the concluding public event of the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to the United Kingdom, nearly 2,000 people gathered at Lakeside International Hotel near Frimley Green in Surrey to receive an Amitayus Long Life empowerment. The Nepalese and Gurkha community turned out in force to welcome the 17th Karmapa and were joined by devotees from the UK, Europe, America, and other countries worldwide. This was the second part of a one-day program organised by the Buddhist Community Centre UK.
Monks from various Kagyu European centres and the Karmapa’s ritual master and attendants had worked hard to prepare the stage for the empowerment. The golden pagoda used during the Chenresik empowerment earlier in the visit now enshrined an image of Amitayus and a smaller image of Guru Rinpoche. To the left of the images, a large bowl contained long-life pills made from roasted barley and butter and to the right four bowls contained long-lif…
Transforming Disturbing Emotions: Dialogue of the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism Date: Thursday, June 1st, 9:30AM – 12:00PM Place: University of Toronto, Convocation Hall (MAP) Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp9TaET_SNw
How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times In these two sessions, His Holiness will discuss the basic nature of mind and the methods of obtaining happiness through listening to and contemplating the teachings of the Buddha, and then meditating according to the teachings. Date: Friday, June 2nd, 9:30-11:30AM, 2:00-4:30PM Place:The Enercare Centre, Hall D (MAP) Video: How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times 1…
May 31, 2017– In the morning after his arrival, at 9:00AM, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling– a Tibetan Buddhist centre under the direction of Lama Tenzin Dakpa. This was a visit of great significance, as the centre was first established in 1976 by the venerable Lama Namsel Rinpoche under the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.
Upon arrival, His Holiness was ushered into the main shrine hall and seated on the highest throne, on which he proceeded to receive a body-speech-mind offering from the sangha. The yellow rice and tea ceremony followed in sequence for the welcome ceremony. Shortly after tea was served, the current resident teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Lama Tenzin Dakpa, rose to speak.
Lama Tenzin referenced the founder of this centre, Lama Namsel Rinpoche, as one of the first Canadian resident lamas to request for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to visit Canada. …