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Day Four of the 7th Khoryug Conference

7th Khoryug Conference, Day Four 24th March, 2016 Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath 

The fourth and final day of the 7th Khoryug Conference concluded by synthesizing the past three days into disaster management plans. These plans will provide monastics with a reference and model to use as they return to their monasteries and nunneries and begin designing specific initiatives to implement over the coming year. Before this synthesis could begin participants were introduced to the final piece of disaster management –  recovery. Mr. Rajesh Kumar Singh from the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) presented a framework for approaching short term and long term recovery that encompasses the effects of disaster on both humans and valuable monastic texts and relics. Dekila Chungyalpa, advisor to Khoryug, then led the participants through a concise review of disaster management in which she recalled the main pillars in disaster management: risk mitigation and reduction, response and recove…

Karmapa demands free entry to Sarnath for pilgrims in winter - Hindustan Times

Varanasi, March 23 -- The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje wants the union government to make entry to the key Sarnath sites free for all Buddhist pilgrims in winter.

In an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times at Vajra Vidya Sansthan, the Karmapa, who heads one of the four major schools of Buddhism, said, "Sarnath is a holy place. This is a sacred place for all Buddhist pilgrims. They come here to offer prayers. They don't feel good when they have to pay for visiting certain places here. The centre should make Sarnath ticket-free for the Buddhist pilgrims." At present, tickets have to be bought at nominal rates to visit the Dhamek Stupa, mini zoo and museum at Sarnath.

He explains, "During summer, when the number of Buddhist pilgrims decreases, the government may continue with the ticket system. In winter, there should be no ticket at all because a large number of Buddhist tourists visit the holy place. "
Asked if the centre should declare Sarnath a holy place, he …

The Gyalwang Karmapa Leads Three Days of Puja in Sarnath

23 March 2016—Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, India From March 21, the day after the Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Sarnath from Bodh Gaya, he began pujas in the radiant shrine hall of Vajra Vidya Institute. Also in attendance was its abbot and great scholar, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Two hundred monks and nuns participated and among their ranks were the vajra, chant, and discipline masters from the Karmapa’s Rumtek Monastery, Thrangu Rinpoche’s Tashi Choling monastery and Tara Abbey nunnery. In the main temple, two special shrines had been arranged for the Guru Yoga of Karma Pakshi, which took place in the morning, and the practice of the Five Tseringma in the afternoon. These are the same pujas that the Karmapa led in Bodh Gaya during the annual nuns’ gathering. The essence of the Karma Pakshi practice came to Yongey Mingyur Dorje (1628/1641–1708) in a vision of Karma Pakshi and his retinue. The Five Tseringma sisters are protectors of the Kagyu lineage and also holders of Milarepa’s Dh…

Third Day of 7th Khoryug Conference

7th Khoryug Conference, Day Three 23rd March, 2016 Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath 

It is dangerously easy to think of disasters as vague and potential threats until one actually strikes. The third day of the Khoryug conference centered on bringing the threat of disaster into reality through experiential hands-on training and disaster scenario planning. Much of the day was dedicated to first aid training led by Jeff Wagner, a first aid instructor from the well respected and US-based organization National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Jeff  taught monastics a variety of topics in first aid, including assessing and addressing immediate threats to life and caring for stable but injured patients.
Through a combination of presentations, demonstrations and partner exercises, participants were introduced to new skills such as opening an airway with the Heimlich maneuver, taking and monitoring vital signs, making a physical examination, lifting a patient with a spinal injury and caring for woun…

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, sa…

Day Two of 7th Khoryug Conference

7th Khoryug Conference, Day Two March 22, 2016 Vajra Vidya Institute

The first step in disaster management is understanding your hazards and identifying your risks. During the second day of the Khoryug conference, participants consequently focused on deepening their knowledge of the hazards they face and learning how to identify the vulnerabilities that put them at risk for disaster. To achieve this aim delegates spent the morning learning about the science of natural disasters from Dekila Chungyalpa, the Khoryug adviser, who explained how phenomena like plate tectonics, forestation, and  the water and carbon cycle shape and spur disastrous events like earthquakes, floods and landslides. She further explained how climate change is resulting from human development and in turn exacerbating the severity and frequency of natural disasters, particularly in the Himalayan region. Professor Bandyopadhyay from the National Institute of Disaster Management  then led the conference in both a presenta…

Day One of 7th Khoryug Conference

7th Khoryug Conference, Day One
21st March, 2016
Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

Over 70 delegates representing 29 monasteries and nunneries gathered today at Vajra Vidya Institute in the sacred town of Sarnath to begin the 7th Khoryug Conference on Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction, chaired by His Holiness the 17th Gwalang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The primary goal of the conference is to initiate disaster preparedness and risk reduction training for monks and nuns. With this training monasteries and nunneries will become equipped with effective disaster management plans and knowledge and ultimately supply first responders and educators to their local communities. After a warm welcome by the conference’s host, Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, His Holiness the Karmapa addressed the congregation to reiterate his resolve to prepare monasteries and nunneries for potential disasters and to train monks and nuns to become community actors and supports for disaster preparedness, respon…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Opens the 7th Khoryug Conference Focused on Disaster Management

21 March 2016 —Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, India From March 21 to 24, the Gyalwang Karmapa convened a conference for representatives from his environmental organization known as Khoryug (Tibetan for environment). Over sixty monks and nuns came from 55 monasteries and nunneries from across the Himalayan region. Along with a few members of the lay sangha, they all hail from India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Acutely conscious of the devastation caused by earthquakes in Nepal and Sikkim, last year representatives at the 6th conference requested training in disaster management so that they could be of real service during these difficult times. Sharing their concerns, the Karmapa readily agreed, and a partnership was made with Indian Government’s National Institute of Disaster Management, which sent two senior officials to participate in this conference. The first welcoming speech was made by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the abbot of Vajra Vidya Institute, where the first gathering on the environme…

Press Release

20th March, 2016 – Sarnath: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje will convene the 7th Khoryug Conference for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries on the topic of Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction tomorrow.

Lasting from the 21st of March to the 24th of March, the conference will be held at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, and will be facilitated in partnership with the National Institute of Disaster Management of the Government of India. The conference will be attended by over 50 monastic representatives from over 25 monasteries and nunneries. In organizing this 4-day conference, His Holiness 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. The Himalayan region has seen three severe earthquakes just in the past five years: Sikkim 6.9 on the Richter scale in 2011, Nepal 7.3 in 2015, and Manipur 6.7 in January …

Tseringma drubchen by H.H. Karmapa for the benefit of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's reincarnation

From Tempa Lama, March 19, 2016 "On March 16th was Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's parinirvana anniversary. Our Benchen Monastery, Swoyambhu, and the shedra in Parphing had a nice Tara puja, offered lots of butter lamps, and recited prayers. I am quite sure all of you did the same thing. The Benchen Monastery administrators are in Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery in Saranath, Benares (Varanasi), right now. This is due to a large three-day Tseringma drubchen that His Holiness Karmapa is holding for the benefit of Kyabje Tenga Rinopoche's reincarnation so that everything will be going well. Monks and nuns of Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery and the Benchen monastery will join His Holiness. Every morning beginning on March 21st will be a Karma Pakshi tsok offering. The drubchen will be held in the afternoons. The last day will be March 23rd. His Holines asked the great Umdze Bai Karma from Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, to lead the Tseringma Drubchen together with three Benchen Umdzes. Isn&#…

Karmapa 2016 Europe - PROGRAM & ONLINE BOOKING

Karmapa 2016 - Switzerland
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- Saturday, May 21rst: "Meditation, source of inner peace" (Geneva)
- Sunday, May 22nd: "Medecine Buddha" and "Buddhism and Science" (Geneva)
- Saturday, May 28th: "Transforming your daily sufferings" (Zürich)
- Sunday, May 29th: "Avalokiteshvara - Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion" and "Buddhism and Environmental Care" ( Zürich)

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Karmapa 2016 - France
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Saturday, June 4th: "The 4 Noble Truths" and "Guided Meditation" (Paris)
Sunday, June 5th: "Happiness and Peace" and "Empowerment of
Chenrezig" (Paris)

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The Gyalwang Karmapa’s Yearly Visit to the Root Institute

15 March, 2016 -Bodh Gaya, India Noting that he had been coming to Root Institute for many years, the Gyalwang Karmapa greeted everyone warmly and said that it would be good to have a question and answer session. Question: Your Holiness, Sometimes when you do a lot of practice, you get a bit tense. Is it good to give yourself a break for a little while? I just finished prostrations and want to take a break before Dorje Sempa. The Karmapa: In general, it is said that our way of practicing should not be too loose or too tight, just like the strings on a guitar. Since neither extreme would work well, we need to find the golden mean. If we try too hard, that is a fault; if we do not try enough, we are lost in laziness. Sometimes, our mind can get a bit tired out, and so taking a break is fine. Question: Tibetan Buddhism has spread widely in the last five decades or so, but perhaps not so deeply. Do you think this next generation of teachers needs to take a new approach? Because we have reache…

The Gyalwang Karmapa’s Schedule for 2016 and 2017 in Europe and India

2016 ACTIVITIES Announcing the Spring Khoryug Conference
March 21-22-23-24, 2016 in Sarnath
The Annual Spring Teaching has been canceled
Karmapa in Switzerland – Geneva
Lake Geneva Theatre, Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Date Event Time 21st May 2016 Teaching: Meditation source of inner peace (Part I) 09:30 to 11:30 21st May 2016 Teaching: Meditation source of inner peace (Part II) 14:00 to 16:00 22nd May 2016 Empowerment: Medicine Buddha 09:30 to 11:30 22nd May 2016 Conference: Buddhism and science 14:00 to 16:00