Originally intended for monasteries, the message is applicable for all of us.
At 30 years old, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje is the head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He will visit France for the first time in 2016.
The Karmapa lineage is the oldest uninterrupted reincarnation lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, going back more than 900 years.
Like Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa travels around the world teaching about Buddhist values.
With charming charisma, irreproachable ethics, open-mindedness and passion for the environment and profound wisdom, His Holiness is a true inspiration for Buddhists and non-Buddhists sensitive to the values of humanity and the environment.
His Holiness’ teachings remind us that “Compassion is a much more powerful and more beneficial motivating force than fear and anger.”
“I am happy to release the 108 Things You Can Do today on Earth Day and hope that this auspicious act has far-reaching benefits for the Earth.
Our world is facing an environmental crisis which is complex, overwhelming and affects us all, but it is difficult to know where to begin and what we can do.
It is very important for all of us to change our behavior and we need to start taking practical steps. These 108 Things You Can Do are a path that everyone can follow in order to make a difference. ”
Trees have a great significance in Buddhism. Buddha Shakyamuni was born as his mother leaned on a tree, he became enlightened seated under the Bodhi tree and he finally passed away lying down between two Sal trees. The forests in Tibet and the Himalayas are particularly rich and plentiful, and around the world they play an important life-giving role. They provide millions of people with wood for fuel, timber for building houses, fodder for animals, and food and medicine. They are home for amazing wildlife such as tigers, elephants, bears, leopards, a variety of birds that nest among their trees, and a huge diversity of amphibians and insects.
Water is the source of life; without it we cannot survive. Yet, it is often the resource we take most for granted. We waste it in areas where it is abundant, we throw garbage into rivers, we dump pesticides, fertilizers, and toxic chemicals into streams and lakes, and oil spills occur all over the Earth’s oceans. Of all the water on Earth, only 2.5 percent is drinkable-fresh water- and is found in rivers, lakes and streams. Tibet is the source for most of the major rivers in Asia including the Brahmaputra, the Ganges, the Indus, the Irrawaddy, the Mekong, the Salween, the Yangtze, and the Yellow River. These rivers provide drinking water, irrigation and food across the regions they flow through. Polluting the rivers near the source or destroying the river system upstream means that fish will disappear from the rivers downstream and the people who depend on freshwater for their livelihoods will be unable to survive.
Wildlife refers to all the animals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects that live in the wilderness. Their diversity and uniqueness is what makes up the biodiversity of our planet. Sadly, their numbers decrease day by day because of our actions and soon many of them will only be found in zoos. Just as we have parents and we wish nothing but good for them, we should feel similarly towards wildlife species that are sentient beings and part of our larger family.
Millions and millions of species exist on Earth. (By contrast, all human beings of all races make up only one species.) Many of these species are insects! It is easy to think that just because a species is very small, it does not have any value. However, every species has a specific purpose in nature-even a lowly earthworm inching in the ground makes the soil richer just by its existence…
The Buddha’s first sermon.
The four Noble Truths are:
The Truth of Suffering
The Truth of the Cause of Suffering
The Truth of the Cessation of Suffering
The Truth of the Path leading to the Cessation of Suffering
His Holiness the Karmapa will elaborate on the meaning of the Four Noble Truths and will teach on the everyday means by which to work towards a life free from suffering.
Literally “the one who looks on with the eyes of compassion,” Chenrezi is a personification of love and kindness and an emanation of the qualities of all Buddhas.
With his immaculate white colour and the lotus and moon disc on which he is seated, Chenrezi represents the purity of untainted primordial wisdom.
The union of compassion and wisdom, Chenrezi presents a infallible path for all beings to achieve enlightenment.
It is the first time that His Holiness Karmapa comes to France.
We hope you will be many to benefit from His coming.
His Holiness received permission to come to France. The competent authorities have validated our invitation.
In case of cancellation by you, for every reservation confirmed, we will refund 40% of the ticket price until May 28, midnight.
After this date, cancellations on your part will result in no refund.
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