Karmapa calls for protection of Himalayas and Ganga - Hindustan Times
The three-day Khoryug conference organized by Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, concluded at the Tergar monastery in Bodh Gaya with a call to monks and nuns to protect the environment across the Himalayan region. The Khoryug conference also released a book written by theKarmapa that contains, disaster management guidelines for over 65 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries spread over across the Himalayas and in South India.
Khoryug, a network of monasteries and nunneries, was established in 2009 and has so far organized at least seven regional workshops and one international workshop-cum-conference to create awareness among Tibetans about the significance and need to protect the Himalayan environment.
Taking a serious view on how the Himalayas are extremely vulnerable to climate change and also an acknowledged earthquake zone, the Karmapa in 2015 decided to provide specialized training to monks and nuns to take up disaster management, environment protection, relief and rescue operations, and also entered into an agreement with the national Institute of Disaster management of the Union home ministry , the second battalion of the National Disaster Response Force and the White Mountain Training Institute to spearhead the campaign in a scientific manner.
The 17th karmapa, head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage, one of the largest schools of Tibetan Buddhism, is a committed environmentalist and vegetarian.
Addressing the monks and the nuns on the concluding day of the three-day conference the Karmapa said, “I am asking monasteries and the nunneries to study disaster management guidelines and share what they learnt from the local communities”.
He also stressed on the need of saving the most sacred river, the Ganga, that originates from the Himalayas.