17th Karmapa in Europe to teach importance of Non-Monitory Wealth

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New Delhi, 20 June 2012:

Buddhism as a religious tradition knows no boundaries. And same goes for its leader and followers. His Holiness (HH) the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, being the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism has commenced His Europe tour-‘Wealth of Europe’ and is lately being recognized as a global icon of World peace and religious harmony. In association with AIESEC, the global organization of youth that works for the benefit of the society, His Holiness shall connect with youth power to talk about importance of non-material wealth. He will impart teachings to students, meet dignitaries and youth organizations and host public functions. The pragmatic teaching starts from certain fundamental propositions about how people experience the world and how they act.

‘Wealth of Europe’ is a Facebook page that aims to discover the value that young people place on money. The creators of the page say that ‘Wealth of Europe’ will provide a new outlook for the prosperity of the Eurozone, and pose new questions about how we define wealth as a society. The Prince of Wales’ charity The Prince’s Trust, shall also participate in the poll to raise similar questions.

His Holiness speaking on Non-Monitory Wealth shares, “True wealth is compassion, wisdom power of patience and tolerance.” Buddhism is not a doctrine of revelation. It is a philosophy, which contains an explanation of the origin of existence, a morality, and a specific set of rituals and behaviors. So in the current life style where stress and completion is increasing by the day teachings of Buddhism give direction to lead a happy and meaningful life. In desire to improve one’s situation, youth are getting connected with Buddhist philosophies.

His Holiness Karmapa has recently come back after six weeks trip from South East Asian countries. Throughout His travel to Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines, Karmapa diligently lent his support and blessings to elderly and disabled patients of various medical centers. He took the time to go from wheelchair to wheelchair, bedside to bedside one by one meeting and greeting the children and aged patients, who suffered from various debilitating afflictions. On His visit to The Philippines, His Holiness met many prominent Congressmen and government officials, who were there in attendance to show gratitude towards him for bringing His message of compassion to the people of the country. In Singapore, Karmapa was welcomed by His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, Shangpa Rinpoche, Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche and a number of other young tulkus and Lamas. He expressed the importance of the diversity of religious beliefs in the world, giving a special attention to the youth of the countries who listened astutely to tailored advices offered by him to their generation.

On his arrival back to India and on eve of commencing His Europe tour He said, “I am here to teach the very basic Buddhist principles that we try to live by. I hope to talk about the principles of karma, and how none of us are humans, or where we are, by accident. We all have a purpose. I believe that the essence of global cultures cuts across geographical boundaries and unites people. Buddhism germinated from India and now it is spread across the globe.” Travelling from India as an ambassador of peace His Holiness spread the message of harmony, compassion and tolerance among his followers. His Holiness returns to India in September after visiting six European countries.



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