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His Holiness Activities: June - November, 2007

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Arrival in Bodhgaya for the Karma Gonchoe (Nov. 17-19, 2007)

On 17th November, His Holiness arrived at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, His Holiness was welcomed by hundreds of shedra monks from different Kagyu monasteries, who have assembled at Tergar for the 11th annual Karmae Gunchoe. The monastics, along with their Serbangs, escorted His Holiness into the main shrine hall. (text continues below slideshow)

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On 18th November, His Holiness inaugurated the exhibition of 8th century Tibetan artifacts by Dzongkar Choede Monastery, on display at the Mahayana Guest House in Bodhgaya. Later His Holiness visited the Mahabodhi Temple to offer a robe to the main Buddha statue. Ven Bodhi Pal of Mahabodhi Temple Management Committee welcomed His Holiness.

Visit to Dechen Chokhorling Mahvira (20-25 Oct 2007)

His Holiness visited Dechen Chokhorling Mahavira (DCM) from 21-25 October, 2007. DCM, approximately 200 kms away from Gyuto, is situated on a hilltop in Bhuntar, District Kullu Himachal Pradesh. DCM is a Drukpa Kagyu lineage Monastery. The head of the DCM is His Eminence Choegon Rinpoche. Rinpoche invited His Holiness to consecrate the main shrine hall and its core Buddha statue.

HH Karmapa Celebrates Award of Congressional Gold Medal to HH Dalai Lama (17 Oct 2007)

His Holiness Karmapa celebrated the award of the US Congressional Gold Medal to the His Holiness Dalai Lama. The Karmapa stated that he was rejoicing in this "historic day with utmost pleasure." The award of the highest civilian honor in the United States is another recognition of His Holiness Dalai Lama's exemplary peaceful, non-violent approach to the issues concerning the peoples of Tibet, and indeed, all beings.

In the morning, at Gyuto Ramoche Temple, His Holiness offered the mandala offering at the seat of His Holiness Dalai Lama and performed a puja for this remarkable and historic day. Later, in an elaborate function by the Gyuto Ramoche University, Tibetan cultural songs and dances organized by TCV School of Suja, Gopalpur and local Nepali community were performed at the temple's courtyard.

His Holiness Activities in September

On September 26, His Eminences Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and Jamgon Rinpoche led a long life ceremony for HH Gyalwang Karmapa organized by the monasteries, monastic sangha and lay sanghas of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The event was preceeded by a one week ritual practice of Buddha Amitayus for the longetivity of HH Gyalwang Karmapa at Gyuto Tantric.

His Holiness on September 6, 2007, accompanied by His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, had an audience with His Holiness Dalai Lama.

His Holiness Activities in August

On August 21, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa met with the Three Eminences, Their Eminences Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. The Three Eminences had lunch with His Holiness later in the day.

His Holiness Activities in July

In July, the Gyalwang Karmapa met with Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, who was in Dharamsala to represent the Nyingma Lineage at the Tenshug for His Holiness Dalai Lama. Also in July, the Karmapa received a Kalachakra transmission from HE Gyaltsab Rinpoche and was Chief Guest at the debates at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah.

His Holiness Dalai Lama's Birthday and Visit to TCV

On the auspicious day of the 6th of July, His Holiness Karmapa visited His Holiness Dalai Lama's palace early in the morning to offer his respects and good wishes for the celebration of the Dalai Lama's 72nd birthday (Western calendar

HH Dalai Lama presided over the joyous celebration in the courtyard of the Tsuglagkhang (Main Temple), attended by top officials of the Tibetan government in Exile, including Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche (Prime Minister), Chairman Karma Choephel (Deputy Speaker), Gyari Dolma (Supreme Justice Commission and Justice Commission). Other Kalons of the Central Tibetan Administration and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche were present during the morning function.

On the evening of July 9th, His Holiness was invited as chief guest for the academic competition of Tibetan Children's Village school (TCV) of Gopalpur, including cultural song and dance. Over 2000 students attend the school in classes from nursery to 12th grade. The students are divided into four houses for the competition of school activities, The houses are named for the ancient Tibetan kings, namely Nyatri, Trisong, Triral, and Songtsen House. This cultural competition commemorated His Holiness Dalai Lama's birthday.

22nd Birthday Celebration for His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa

On June 26, 2007, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's 22nd birthday celebration program commenced at 8 am in the morning at Gyuto Ramoche Temple, the Karmapa's temporary camp in Dharamsala. Unlike last year's celebration of the Karmapa's attaining the age of majority, this year's celebration was a quieter affair, although attended by some 2000 dignitaries and disciples. For the some 2000 attendees gathered for the celebration, the celebration concluded with a hearty meal and delicious cake served to all members of the assembly.

Attending HH Dalai Lama's Teachings to Tibetan Youth (June 1-3)

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa attended the special lecture on the essence of Buddhism, given to Tibetan youth by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness explained the key aspects of Tibetan Buddhism to Tibetan high school and college students, with great emphasis on the benefits of studying Buddhism. Highlighting the need for the study of Buddhism, His Holiness advised that a deeper and fuller understanding of Buddhism enables one to become what His Holiness calls a "Buddhist of the 21st century: "Complimenting faith with knowledge and reason, one understands why Buddhism is a philosophy, a religion, a science, to transform the mind."

Over 3500 young Tibetans from India and five different countries have registered for this special introductory Buddhist class, which the organizers of the teaching say is the first of its kind held so far. The teaching were held from June 1-3 at the Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School’s main hall.

- Tashi Paljor