17th Gyalwa Karmapa"Buddhism is a way of life through which we develop the qualities of our mind.
This way of life is very unusual, as it is a means to attain happiness without harming others.

THE 17th GYALWA KARMAPA

 

Travel Log—Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Education and transmissions

The multitudes of competencies which roll out during the drupcho are the fruit of difficult training of preserving and passing down of knowledge which takes years. Here are some of the Karmapa’s educational projects along with the links to the activity in France.

1. SABA

“The aim of SABA is to develop awareness of inner wealth which has been and will be the main goal of my activity”, Thaye Dorjé, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. The four letters stand for South Asia Buddhist Association. The aim of this charitable Indian association founded by the 17th Karmapa, is to support monasteries and Buddhist communities, to develop education and the activities which support social structures.

The actions are multiple;

  • establish Buddhist monasteries, monastic universities, and centres for meditation and retreat 
  • establish schools and securing an education recognized by the state, based on Buddhist principles
  • preserve and protect the tradition, the philosophy, and the theory along with Buddhist concepts
  • serve as a platform for discussion on subjects of interest common to Buddhist groups
  • train both secular and monastic practitioners
  • social and health activities

I spoke with Diane, a German woman who actively manages SABA here and she gave me several tips on the way to manage projects as well as ways to collect the resources in order to realize them, etc. (The site for Karmapa’s Education centre.)

Why do I write about SABA? Because it is aligned with the new projects of EDC.

2. EDC

“The School in the Sky designates a development project for a school in Ladakh, the first link in a chain of schools throughout the Himalayas.”
Throughout the first years of this century, this association, linked to and working from DKL, has actively supported the development of a school in Ladakh. Even though the project was put on hold for several years, it never stopped supporting the operations of the school and even helped a few years ago following a natural disaster in Ladakh which caused extensive damage to the school buildings.
Today, the EDC association is reinvigorated with a new team, this time through Dhagpo Bordeaux, a privileged environment for humanitarian and educative projects.


The bus and back of the building that EDC
extensively financed about 15 years ago

All the while supporting the school in Ladakh, the idea is to associate directly with the projects of the Karmapa and SABA. Through the advice of Jigme Rinpoche, an idea came to light: support and actively participate in the construction and development of a school destined for girls education and a “mani lhakang”, (that is to say a mani temple, or rather, a temple dedicated to universal compassion through Chenrezig practice). Both the school and the temple will be constructed on the same land about two hours by car from Kalimpong, a small area called Sorenbasti, in association with a nearby village where the majority of residents are Buddhists.

I met with the Karmapa to share our intentions with him. He was very happy of course, assuring us his support and the wishes to realize the project. For the moment, we are only planting seeds and conceiving the project (anyone wishing to help can contact me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


Lama Chöying Dorjé, the school director along with the children,
most of whom come from nomad families
(they must be big today!)

I would have really liked to go and visit the place so I could directly understand the situation (as Kalzang Puntso says, we don’t only learn with our ears, we also learn with our eyes.) But program changes of the drupcho put that visit for another time. I did meet Jigme just the same, one of the school teachers in Tagda, a school which is part of Karmapa’s education projects. He gave me a fair amount of information about the place, its environment and its situation. We'll keep updated the persons interested.

All of that is clearly less colourful than photos of rituals! But without these education projects, the tradition could not be preserved and handed down.

Moreover, the Gyalwa Karmapa gave the initiation of Amitayus today, the Buddha of long life. But I’ll talk more about that tomorrow, to conclude with the words of the Karmapa.

 

Lama Puntso

 

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