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by Michele Martin on 28 May, 2016
Zurich, Switzerland – May 26, 2016 The Karmapa began this day of a dance performance and audiences by meeting with a group of over ninety Tibetan Kagyu practitioners. He gave them the transmission of Guru Rinpoche’s mantra and that of Avalokiteshvara, the two yidam deities with whom he is most closely associated. After he was offered the supports of body,… Read More
by Michele Martin on 27 May, 2016
Rikon, Switzerland – May 25, 2016 On the way to the Tibetan Institute in Rikon, the Karmapa stopped to have lunch at Junger Farm where he found a familiar sight: two yaks grazing on the hillside. He could also hear the familiar sound of a conch shell but this time playing in fusion with the Swiss Alpenhorn. In this idyllic… Read More
by Michele Martin on 27 May, 2016
The Karmapa visits Padma Company Wetzikon, Switzerland – May 25, 2016 This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to a small town just outside Zurich to visit the offices and production site of Padma Company, which manufactures a variety of Tibetan medicines. The organization will soon celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The Karmapa first visited the production site, where in an area… Read More
by Michele Martin on 26 May, 2016
The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the Rigpe Dorje Center in the House of Religion Bern, Switzerland – May 24, 2016 On his way from Lausanne to Bern, the Karmapa stopped today at Thupten Jamtse Ling Dharma Center to give a blessing to this lovely place of practice. It was founded by Patrick Stillhart, whose generosity has helped centers of different Tibetan… Read More
by Wangdu on 25 May, 2016
Zurich, Switzerland – May 25, 2016 Bringing to a close a day of travel outside Zurich, the Karmapa returned to visit the headquarters of ROKPA, which means “help” or “assistance” in Tibetan. Its purpose is to aid people in remote areas of the world, where it participates in more than 100 projects to provide food, health care, and education. Founded… Read More
by Michele Martin on 25 May, 2016
The Karmapa Dialogues with Students Lausanne, Switzerland – May 23, 2016 As on his previous tours, the Karmapa is reaching out to the younger generation, this time with a visit to the University of Lausanne. In a large amphitheater, a lively dialogue took place between the Karmapa and over 200 first year medical students. The event was part of their… Read More
by Michele Martin on 23 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland – May 22, 2016 The Gyalwang Karmapa began this afternoon by referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s division of Buddhism into three categories: Buddhism as a science, as a philosophy, and as a religion. When we speak of Buddhism as a science, the Karmapa said, we are considering how it examines exterior phenomena through a process of… Read More
by Jo Gibson on 23 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland – May 22, 2016 The Medicine Buddha tradition was brought to Tibet from India in the 8th century by the great Indian Buddhist master, the abbot Shantarakshita of Nalanda (725–788), who gave the teachings to the Tibetan king Trisong Deutsen. The abbot’s aim was to increase the welfare of Tibet: to improve health, prevent disease, give protection against… Read More
by Michele Martin on 22 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland – May 21, 2016 Following his afternoon talk, the Karmapa spoke with about hundred Tibetans who live in the Geneva area, augmented by those who came from farther afield to be present today. He conversed with them in great sympathy for the problems they face wherever they might live, in India, Tibet, or other countries of the world.… Read More
by Jo Gibson on 22 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland – May 21, 2016 In the morning session, the Gyalwang Karmapa had focused on the need to turn our minds inwards in order to find contentment and peace and had suggested that meditation was a tool for achieving this. In the afternoon session, His Holiness used his own life story as an illustration of the dangers inherent when… Read More