Darjeeling, May 22, 2011: The people of Kalimpong were enthralled by the presence of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje during the Buddha Purnima celebration. Following His first visit to Kalimpong after more than two years, His Holiness visited the Darjeeling area of West Bengal, heeding the repeated requests of His countless devotees. During His two-day visit in the area on 21 and 22 May 2011, His Holiness visited schools and monasteries in the Darjeeling region.
On the way to Takdah on May 21, His Holiness stopped at the following gonpas (monasteries), temples and schools: Urgyen Tenpa Rapten Ling Monastery, Jinglam Uday Government High School, Gielle Government High School, Thegsum Chhoiling Buddhist Monastery, Batakeswar Shiv Mandir, Green-Shield Private Academy, Shri Diwakar, Sarbajanik Lama Boudha Sangha, Takdah Private Jr. High School, Takling Dopkhang Chhoikhorling Gonpa and Saraswati High School. Thousands of monks, nuns and students got an opportunity to meet His Holiness and seek His blessings.
Addressing the students at various schools His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje stressed the vital importance of education: “Education is one of the utmost importance, since it is the key to peace and prosperity in general, and it also represents the first step towards inner peace. Therefore, I am very grateful that all the necessary facilities for a good education are available for all of you. May you (the students) be able to benefit all sentient beings!”
On May 22, at 12:00pm, His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa bestowed the wang (empowerment) of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenresig), the Buddha aspect representing enlightened compassion, to His devotees. The transmission took place at the big playground in Takdah, Darjeeling. Several thousands of His devotees had gathered in Takdah for this precious opportunity to receive this empowerment and meet with their spiritual master.