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
by Michele Martin on 22 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland – May 21, 2016 The stage at the Theater of Geneva had been transformed into a stunning shrine, brilliant in color yet intimate and warm in feeling. The back of the stage was hung with tall scroll paintings of the Buddha flanked by Avalokiteshvara and the Medicine Buddha while below sixteen goddesses made their offerings. Behind a row… Read More
by Michele Martin on 20 May, 2016
Lausanne, Switzerland - May 20, 2016 Today the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled northeast to Lausanne along the Lake of Geneva with its vistas of snowy peaks. His destination was the Nyingma Dharma center of Namkha Rinpoche, Thegchok Ling, a part of his Rigdzin Community that organized the Karmapa’s visit to Switzerland. Tucked in a quiet corner of the town, not far… Read More
by Wangdu on 20 May, 2016
We are happy to announce that online webcasting of the teachings from the 2016 European Visit will be webcast starting at 9:30am (CET) 21st May. Please visit to view the live webcast and to find out more about the webcast times in your time zone. To read all the reports from the events, visit our news section here: Read More
by Michele Martin on 19 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland – 18 May 2016. During the late afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa touched down for the first time at the Geneva airport in southern Switzerland with its soaring Alps. The Karmapa was formally received by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, President of Karmapa Foundation Europe, Ngodup Dorjee, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Sangye Dorje, the President of… Read More