2016/12/09

THE 17TH KARMAPA MADE HIS MAIDEN VISIT TO ARUNACHAL PRADESH - Roving Report




Tawang monastery or Tawang Gompa in Arunachal Pradesh is home to more than 500 monks.
The crown of Buddhism in Arunachal Pradesh, it forms the core of Lamaistic faith of the Mahayana school of Buddhism, making it the largest monastery of India and the second-largest in Asia.


Sikyong and Speaker Attend Special Prayers for Guru Rinpoche Presided by Karmapa Rinpoche at Sherabling Monastery - CTA



December 9, 2016

 
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing the prayer ceremony presided by Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche at Sherbaling monastery in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. From left: Justice Commissioner Mr Ngawang Choedak, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche and Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament.

BIR, HP: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok of the Tibetan Parliament today attended a special prayer ceremony to mark the auspicious tenth-day of Guru Padmasambhava Gran Puja and Vajra Nyitham (Lama Dance).

The prayer ceremony was held at Palpung Sherabling monastery based in Upper Bhattu near Bir Tibetan Settlement in Himachal Pradesh. The prayer ceremony was presided over by 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Other dignitaries at the ceremony include members of the Tibetan Parliament, Tibetan Justice Commissioners, heads of various Kagyu traditions and representatives from Tibetan governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche, in his address, expressed his pleasure at being able to attend the special prayer for Guru Rinpoche with Tai Situ Rinpoche. “After 16 long years, I got an opportunity to celebrate great Palpung Guru Rinpoche’s auspicious tenth-day ceremony with 12th Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche. So it is a really lucky day for me,” Rinpoche said.

Rinpoche further urged the public to follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s guidance and unite our efforts to restore the rich religious and cultural heritage of Tibet. He also explained the importance of Guru Rinpoche in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Addressing the gathering, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay spoke about the rich ancient knowledge of India particularly the Nalanda School of thought that has been preserved by Tibetan Buddhists over the centuries.

He also expressed his personal good fortune for receiving the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the auspicious Guru Rinpoche tenth-day ceremony at Rewalsar in September this year.

He also said that his first swearing-in ceremony as Kalon Tripa was intentionally marked to coincide with the tenth-day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, to symbolise the auspiciousness of the day.

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, paid tributes to the great sages of India including Guru Rinpoche for bringing Buddhism to Tibet. He said that the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture has its roots in India and applauded Sherabling monastery for preserving the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in its purest form.

He also lauded Palpung Sherabling monastery for its emphasis on education and rigorous study of the Tibetan Buddhist texts to advance the Dharma.

The highlight of the prayer ceremony was the Vajra Nyitham (Lama Dance) that is performed by the monks of the monastery.

At least a thousand people including Tibetans and other Buddhist devotees attended the prayer ceremony.

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament at the special prayer ceremony of Guru Rinpoche at Sherabling monastery, Bir.




Live Webcast - Palpung Guru Rinpoche Lama Dance 2016




Vajra Nyitham (Sacred Lama Dances of Guru Rinpoche)

  9th Dec 2016, 07:30 AM (India Time GMT+5:30)


The link will be opened between 7:00-8:00 India time. (Not in Youtube)
http://www.palpung.org/english/pava/webcast/gururinpoche_lamadance.asp

Schedule for 8-9-10 December at Sherabling



2016/12/07

Eurasia Review: India’s Rebuff To China On Arunachal Pradesh – OpEd



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Location of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Source: Wikipedia Commons.

The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje visited Arunachal Pradesh, which is northeastern state of India, a few days back. He was accompanied by a minister of the Government of India, obviously indicating that the government of India recognizes and respects the position of 17th Karmapa and his importance.
China, which is now known for maintaining abrasive relationship and overbearing attitude towards several of it’s neighbors, objected to the visit of the Tibetan spiritual leader to Arunachal Pradesh, as China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of China.
China’s false claims
As in the case of China’s claims in other regions such as South China Sea and Senkaku island, China unjustifiably and unilaterally claims that Arunachal Pradesh in India is southern part of Tibet and belongs to it.
India has repeatedly rejected China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh and conveyed it’s protest on various occasions but China has persisted with it’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is part of Tibet. This is totally unacceptable, since Arunachal Pradesh has been part of India ever since India’s independence and much before that and has not been part of Tibet.
In any case, China itself has occupied Tibet forcibly, driving many Tibetans out of Tibet and making them seek asylum in other countries and living as refugees for several decades now. The world conscience is disturbed that violence and force appear to have won as China has been occupying Tibet and it’s aggression has appeared to have paid dividend to it. Apart from the fact that China itself is a occupier of Tibet , it’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is also a part of Tibet amounts to adding insult to injury.
Massive reception to the Karmapa
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh was the first to the area in the past 900 years, since the third Karmapa visited it. During his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh , he toured West Kameng district and preached to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang. Massive reception was accorded to the 17th Karmapa and he spoke about the need for love and compassion.
In a typical arrogant tone that China is now known for, China has given unsolicited advice to India not to” complicate the boundary question”. China’s foreign ministry’s spokesman said with an air of false innocence that “we should ensure peace and stability of border areas and sound and steady development of bilateral relations serves the common interests of the two sides”
“Superiority complex”
In the last few decades, it appears that China has developed sort of “superiority complex” in dealing with its neighbors and it is giving an impression that it thinks that due to its massive size, population and economy, the neighbouring countries have no alternative other than bowing to the dictates of China and succumbing to it’s pressure.
China’s occupation of Tibet several decades back and many countries meekly accepting China’s aggression in Tibet as a fact of life , appears to have given China confidence that it can have it’s way everywhere and at all times. Such attitude of China has already sent alarming signal among its neighbors, who have started thinking that some concerted efforts have to be made to put China in it’s place, so that China would deal with them in an appropriate manner. One only hopes that China would read the signal properly and reshape its policies which appear to be expansionism in style and substance.
Can be a turning point
Modi government should be congratulated for standing up to China and permitting the visit of 17th Karmapa to Arunachal Pradesh and also sending a minister to accompany 17th Karmapa. This is a bold attempt by government of India to call the bluff of China and emphatically rejecting it’s claim on Arunachal Pradesh.
India’s rebuff to China by encouraging the visit of 17th Karmapa to Arunachal Pradesh can be a turning point.

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2016/12/06

Tibetan religious leader Karmapa visits Arunachal Pradesh to China protests - TPI


Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Abhishek Nair


His Holiness the Karmapa received by officials and devotees upon his arrival in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: TPI

Dharamshala  — The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje concluded a historic visit to the bordering state of Arunachal Pradesh on December 5th after an eventful and rousing reception from the people there, as well as the state government.
The four day trip included a visit Sera Je Jamyang Choekorling monastery, the Sangyeling monastery and the famous Tawang monastery in Tawang, an area China claims to be of their own as part of southern Tibet.
The 17th Karmapa during his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh toured West Kameng district and gave a teaching to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang.
Over his four day trip, His Holiness visited over twenty monasteries and religious sites and made connections with more than thirty thousand people. Thousands of devotees, including hundreds from neighbouring Bhutan also came to listen to the preachings of the Karmapa, said an official.
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs who met the Karmapa in Bomdilla tweeted, “Massive reception to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje who is on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh to spread love & compassion,” also adding in another tweet, “After 900 years, HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa could again visit Mon region in Arunachal Pradesh. The last visit was by The 3rd Karmapa.”
Secretary to the Office of the Karmapa, Karma Dorjee Namgyal Khortsa, said, “Although the trip is just for a few days, the Karmapa was happy to have met all those people and visit even the smallest of temples and shrines in the area. Chief Minister Pema Khandu was a gracious host accompanying us for a day from 6 o’clock in the morning till evening. Minister Kiren Rijiju, MHA advisor Amitabh Mathur and other dignitaries made the visit worthwhile and fruitful.”
Reacting to India allowing Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa to visit Arunachal Pradesh, China has apparently expressed hope that New Delhi would refrain from taking any action that might 'complicate the boundary dispute.'
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said after the trip, "China's position on the East section of the China-India border is clear and consistent. We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question."
Arunachal CM Pema Khandu who received the Karmapa and accompanied him during some of his schedule earlier this week said the Karmapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are “honored guests” of India which makes their freedom of movement an Indian affair and that China should not intervene in India’s “internal matter”.
The Karmapa is the third most prominent figure after Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the age-old Karma Kagyu lineage and was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa.
For many centuries, he has had a connection with the high summits and Buddhist followers of the region. His first incarnation, Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), visited and founded monasteries there, and the relationship continued with the 3rd and 4th Karmapas while the last visit was made by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603).


Schedule for 8-9-10 December at Sherabling



Day One
8th December, 2016 Thursday

0900 hrs A Grand Reception of the His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat. Procession to the Main Shrine, lightening of Butter lamp, and seat on Dharma throne. 
0915 hrs Welcome Speech and Introduction of Program by Kyorpon Dawa Tsering 
0925 hrs Offering of Body, Speech and Mind by Sanghas, Same time Reading of the Auspicious Five Perfect Conditions by Khenpo Thupten Karma. 
1000 hrs Service of Butter Tea and Sweet Rice 
1015 hrs Brief Introdution of the Black and Red Crown Lineage 
1045 hrs Conclusion of Morning ceremony with Dedication prayer 
1200 hrs Lunch 
1330 hrs Continuation of preliminary Vajra Nyitham (Cham) without mask after
His Holiness preside on the stage 
1800 hrs Dinner
Day Two
9th December, 2016 Friday

0200 hrs Ritual Practice Eight Chapters of Tsechu Sangdhu 
0600 hrs Actual Vajra Nyitham (Lama Dance) with mask 
1000 hrs Recess 
1015 hrs Arrival of Special Guest 
1030 hrs Begining of the Actual Ceremony 
1035 hrs Welcome Speech and Introduction of Ceremony by Khenpo Karma Dakpa 
1040 hrs Introduction of Fire Male Monkey Year Tsechu (Guru Padmasambhava) and its related Vajra Nyitham (Cham) 
1055 hrs Address by the Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa 
1105 hrs Address by the His Excellency Mr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong of the CTA 
1125 hrs Address by the His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa 
1145 hrs Ceremony conclude with words of thank by Khenpo Jamyang Lodoe 
1200 hrs Lunch 
1300 hrs The Grand Procession and Vajra Nyitham of Guru Padmasambhava and Eight Manifestations 
1800 hrs Dinner
Day Three
10th December, 2016 Saturday

0830 hrs Arrival and grand reception at Palpung Lungrig Jampal Ling Shedra 
0900 hrs Empowerment of Guru Rinpoche and Teaching by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa 
1100 hrs Offering Ceremony to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa while Reading of detail Mandala by Lopon Karma Sonam and Reading of Offering List by Kyorpon Choying Kunchab 
1130 hrs Conclusion of Morning ceremony with dedication prayer 
1200 hrs Lunch 
1330 hrs Introduction of the Ceremony by Khenpo Thupten Karma 
1335 hrs Presentation on Four Dharma of Gampopa by Khenpo Jampa 
1355 hrs Presentation on Tibetan Medicine (sowa rigpa) by monk student of Palpung
Universities of Buddhist Science 
1410 hrs Debate on Madhyamaka Philosophy (uma) by monk students of Shedra 
1425 hrs Discussion on Grammar of Situ Penchen (Situ Drelchen) by monk students of Drarig Tsuklak 
1455 hrs Debate Presentation on collected topics (du-zhung) by nun students of Palpung Yeshi Rabgyeling 
1510 hrs Discussion on Vajrayana by monk student of Shedra 
1540 hrs Debate on collected topics (du-zhung) by monk students of Tsokdra 
1555 hrs History of Astrology ( tsi-rigpa) by Kyorpon Ngawang 
1625 hrs Conclusion of the ceremony 
1830 hrs Dinner 
1930 hrs Introduction of the Ceremony by Sangye Norbu 
1935 hrs Introduction of Dance & Music, Arts by School Principal Lama Karma Topgyal 
1945 hrs Palpung Riglam Kyedtsal School’s sangha student will perform Tibetan & Himalayan Cultural Dance and Music 
2200 hrs Conclusion with word of thank by Sangye Norbu


KARMAPA’S ARUNACHAL VISIT SIGNALS SHIFT IN STAND - Hindustan Times



6 Dec 2016
Naresh K Thakur
Naresh.kumar4@hindustantimes.com


Photo by Kunjang Tenzing

DHARAMSHALA : For more than a decade since his stunning escape from the Chinese-controlled Tibet, Ogeyn Trinley Dorje, has been seen in less reverential terms by the government.

He has lived under the watchful eyes of Indian intelligence agencies and his movement was restricted around his exile home in Dharamshala.

However, Dorje, the 17th reincarnation of Karmapa Lama, the head of powerful Karma Kagyu sect, has been comparatively liberated of all those restraints as India’s policy with regards to the 31-year-old spiritual leader is undergoing a paradigm transition. The government of India allowing Dorje to visit the border area Twang in Arunachal Pradesh is a sign of this policy shift. According to the reports, the schedule was enabled after the cabinet committee on security chaired by PM Narendra Modi reviewed the directive on his movement within India.



2016/12/05

China urges India not to 'complicate' border dispute as Tibetan figure visits - Reuters



WORLD NEWS | Mon Dec 5, 2016


File photo: Karmapa Lama (C) alights from a car before his departure to Mumbai, at the airport on the outskirts of the northern Indian hilltown of Dharamsala May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Shailesh Bhatnagar


China called on India on Monday not to do anything to complicate their border dispute after a senior exiled Tibetan religious leader visited a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China.

The Karmapa Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's third-most-senior figure who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the remote eastern Himalayas.

China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly occupied by Chinese forces during a 1962 war.

Asked about the trip, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said India was clear about China's position on the eastern end of their border.

"We hope the Indian side can respect the relevant consensus of both sides, and not take any actions that may complicate the border issue," Lu told a daily news briefing.

Maintaining peace and stability on the border and the healthy development of relations was in both parties interests, he added.

Leaders of Asia's two giants pledged last year to cool their festering border dispute, which dates back to their brief 1962 border war.

India is home to a large exiled Tibetan community, including spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who China reviles as a separatist.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk says he simply wants genuine autonomy for his homeland.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)


Karmapa’s Arunachal visit: China hopes India would not complicate border issue - Indian Express



The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje last week visited Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as a part of southern Tibet.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:December 5, 2016



Photo by Kunjang Tenzing



Reacting mildly to India allowing Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa to visit Arunachal Pradesh, China today expressed hope that New Delhi would refrain from taking any action that might complicate the boundary dispute. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje last week visited Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as a part of southern Tibet. Replying to a question on his visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “China’s position on the East section of the China-India border is clear and consistent. We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question.”
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“To ensure the peace and stability of the border areas and sound and stable development of the bilateral relationship serves the common interest of the two sides,” he said.
Asked whether China has lodged any protest with India in this regard, he said China and India are in “constant communication on this”.
“The Indian side is clear about solemn position when it comes to boundary question,” he said.
The 17th Karmapa during his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh toured West Kameng district and preached to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had thanked Prime MinisterNarendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.
China’s reaction to Karmapa’s visit appeared far more guarded and mild compared to its response on India granting permission in October this year to the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
There is also no direct criticism of Karmapa unlike the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing calls a separatist and a politician in the garb of religious leader.
China routinely objects to visits by the Dalai Lama, Indian leaders as well as foreign dignitaries to Arunachal Pradesh.
On October 24, China took exception to the visit of Richard Verma, the US envoy in India, to Arunachal Pradesh.
The border dispute between India and China covers the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/karmapas-arunachal-visit-china-hopes-india-would-not-complicate-border-issue-4411580/



China tells India to 'not complicate' border issue after Karmapa visit - India Today




China today said that it hoped India would not take actions to further complicate the boundary dispute on the eastern section of the China-India border.

Ananth Krishnan  | Posted by Bijin Jose
Beijing, December 5, 2016




China has said it hoped India would not take actions to "complicate" the boundary dispute after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the 17th Karmapa, made his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh last week.
Beijing said on Monday it hoped India can "refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question", responding to the Karmapa's visit to address a large gathering in the Mon region of the state, which China has territorial claims on.
The visit by the Karmapa, who is after the Dalai Lama perhaps the most important leader in Tibetan Buddhism as the head of the Karma Kagyu school, was significant as it was backed by the Indian government, signalling a greater role for the 31-year-old Tibetan leader. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who tweeted this was the first visit by a Karmapa since that of the 3rd Karmapa some 900 years ago.
CHINA CALLS DALAI LAMA A SPLITTIST
While China often hits out the Dalai Lama as "a splittist", it generally refrains from criticising the Karmapa, who fled Tibet aged 14, in similar terms. Unlike the blanket ban on the Dalai Lama and his images, the Karmapa's photos are displayed in many Chinese monasteries and also widely shared by his numerous followers on Chinese social media.
On Monday as well, China refrained from criticising the Karmapa, but asked India to not "complicate" the boundary dispute. "China's position on the eastern section of the China India border is clear and consistent," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters.
"We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate boundary question. We should ensure peace and stability of border areas and sound and steady development of bilateral relations serves the common interests of the two sides."
CHINA, INDIA HAVE CONSTANT COMMUNICATION
Asked if China had raised the matter with India, Lu said, "China and India have constant communication on this and India is also very clear about our solemn position when it comes to the boundary question."
The visit by the Karmapa appears to suggest a new approach from the Indian government towards the Tibetan spiritual leader. Some in the government have long questioned his links with China, starting with his unlikely escape from Tibet aged 14, to more recently, following the discovery of foreign currency, including from China, in a monastery linked with him.
The suspicions often angered his followers, who wanted the government to stop curtailing his travels in India and abroad as the head of one of Tibetan Buddhism's most important schools.


2016/12/02

Karmapa Trinley Dorje winds up Arunchal visit - The Hindu




DECEMBER 02, 2016

Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu meeting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo PTI  

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje winded up his two-day visit to West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Karmapa preached and gave his blessings to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang, an official report said.

Thousands of devotees, including hundreds from neighboring Bhutan, thronged the Kalaktang general ground and paid their reverence.

Among others, state Legislative Assembly Speaker T N Thongdok, Chairman of Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA) Jambey Wangdi, West Kameng DC Sonal Swaroop, DIG (APP) T Tusar, SP PN Khrimey and Abbots of Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling Monastery, Thubchog Gatse Ling Monastery and Thupsung Dargye Ling Monastery accompanied the Karmapa to Kalaktang.

During his discourse at Bomdila on Thursday, the Karmapa said that only propagating the message of peace would not serve the purpose, it should come from within.

Assuring people of coming back and interact with the people in a more personalized and larger scale in the days to come, the Karmapa expressed his gratitude to the MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Pema Khandu for facilitating his visit to the state.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his address at Bomdila yesterday said that the visit of the Karmapa to the region and the state was a matter of great pride and honour.

He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.

The Union minister also said that with this new development, the gap between the spiritual guru and the followers would be bridged.