New Delhi, 15th July 2011: Guru Purnima, an important day of reverence among both Buddhist and Hindu communities, was celebrated at Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI). This ancient festival – also known as ‘Vyas Purnima’ – is significant for disciples who seek to get initiated by their Guru, for students who desire to get the blessings of their teachers, and for people who desire to honor persons of great wisdom and learning. On this auspicious occasion His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje gave dharma teachings to a gathering of His followers and a group of young adults from ANK, a Delhi-based registered NGO. From this day, the administration of KIBI has initiated a social community service and has recognized education of the underprivileged children as a prime cause of its social endeavor.
Addressing the gathering of His followers HH the Gyalwa Karmapa started his session with a prayer for Mumbai blasts victims and their families. Then, laying stress on the importance of teachers or Gurus in our lives, he said, “Just as parents are important in our worldly life, spiritual teachers (gurus) are important for our “beyond-worldly” life. Had there been no teachers there wouldn’t have been a Buddha Shakyamuni, nor would there have been any other Buddhas.”
For students of ANK a health camp was organized. “For economically weaker sections regular health checkups are never a priority. We at ANK dream of an India where every child goes to school and is given proper healthcare and shelter. It’s our privilege to be associated with KIBI. I am looking forward to having a fruitful association with KIBI,” says Mr. Abhishek Kishore, Executive Director, ANK.
KIBI in Delhi is an institute of higher learning and study of Buddha’s timeless wisdom, including Buddhist philosophy, theory of perception and the Tibetan language. The institute attracts countless Buddhist devotees from all over the world.