Sunday, December 27, 2009

Karmapa Announces New Environmental Effort: Khoryug

Following the conclusion of the teachings on Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend, at the 27th Annual Kagyu Monlam, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, convened a special meeting in the afternoon, principally for monks and nuns from Kagyu monasteries and nunneries.  His purpose was to present  Khoryug: a newly-formed association of Kagyu Buddhist monasteries carrying out environmental projects under his leadership,  and  its new website   

The Karmapa prefaces his vision by stating:
"Whatever it is that I do, I want it to have a long term visible impact and for it to be practical. If I have the opportunity, I would most like to restore the natural environment in the Himalayas and Tibet, and to especially protect the forests, the water and wildlife of this region."
The work will not be easy. If you want the deep background on environmental issues in the region, you need to begin following the Tibetan Plateau Blog, which is produced by some deeply inspired folks who believe in getting their facts straight.

Karmapa's new project is in the right place at the right time, and we hope everyone will take a moment to click the link and find out more about Khoryug.

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