Showing posts from March, 2004

Karmapa breaks his silence: Tibet is India’s problem too (Indian Express)

The Indian Express[Tuesday, March 02, 2004 19:40]

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 27 - For the first time since he escaped to India four years ago from Chinese-controlled Tibet, Karmapa lama Ugyen Trinley Dorji has stated that ‘‘Tibet’s problem is India’s problem’’ and that India ‘‘a big and powerful nation can do much more for the Tibetan cause’’ than it has been able to do so far.

Never before has the Karmapa lama — all other Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, have lived in India since 1959 on the condition that they do not participate in any ‘‘political’’ activity or commentary — so directly referred to the simmering tensions variously between India, China and Tibet.

Speaking today at the end of an hour-long Buddhist teaching session on love and compassion at the India International Centre, the 18-year-old Karmapa surprised his audience by voluntarily commenting on the ‘‘times of crisis’’ in Tibet which had been greatly assuaged by the ‘‘profound intim…

February - March Visits to Delhi and Rewalasar

His Holiness Karmapa performed the empowerment for long life for a large public audience in New Delhi's Buddha Jayanti Park at the end of February. The previous night, the Karmapa delivered a lecture at the India International Centre, sponsored by the Tibetan study group. On March 1st, His Holiness was at Tso Pema (Rewalasar), one of the most famous Buddhist Vajaryana holy places, where Guru Padmasambhava was said to have manifested miraculous activities with Princess Mandarava. The anniversary was particularly auspicious because it was the first during the current Monkey Year, which occurs only once every 12 years. His Holiness the Dalai Lama presided over anniversary ceremonies in the area, in the presence of over 50,000 pilgrims. Upon returning to Gyuto, His Holiness attended teachings in March in Dharamsala by HH Dalai Lama, who lectured on Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher and The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa. In the morning, His Holiness also studied the Hevajr…