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Karmapa to speak at TEDIndia conference

November 8, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
November 3, 2009

Dharamsala, Nov. 3: His Holiness the 17th
Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will take
part in a four-day TEDIndia Conference to be held
at the Infosys campus in the South Indian city of Mysore from November 4 to 7.

Over 1,000 delegates from 35 countries across the
world will attend the Global Technology,
Entertainment and Design (TED) conference, which
is world famous for its annual, invitation-only
conference devoted to "ideas worth spreading".

Karmapa will attend the conference as a speaker
and participant. On Saturday, November 7, Karmapa
will preside over a conference session by
delivering a talk on "Within You, Without You."

TED speakers have included such people as former
U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.K. Prime Minister
Gordon Brown, molecular biologist James D.
Watson, physicist Murray Gell-Mann, former Vice
President of the United States Al Gore, political
scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Microsoft
co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founders Sergey
Brin and Larry Page, Zoologist Jane Goodall, and Evangelist Billy Graham.

TEDIndia site has described Karmapa as a "revered
figure in Tibetan Buddhism devoted to preserving
and propagating Buddhist teachings."

Karmapa began his weeklong visit to Mysore on Monday.

During the visit, Tibetans will organise a peace
prayer at the NIE College auditorium to pray for
the flood affected in North Karnataka. The
religious leader is also expected to announce
flood aid, Times of India reported.

The South zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council will
host the peace prayer on November 6 at 2 pm.
Karnataka coordinator of the council Karma
Rinpoche on Sunday said the spiritual leader the
mass peace prayer is to pay homage to the dead in the North Karnataka floods.

"The peace meeting is being held following
directions from our spiritual leader Dalai Lama," he told TOI.

On November 8, Karmapa will give teachings to the
Tibetan community and students at Tibetan Youth
Hostel in Bangalore city on November 8. He will
also give teachings in New Delhi on November 10,
before finally returning to Dharamsala the following day.

The 24-year old 17th Gyalwang Karmapa is the head
of the Karma Kagyu lineage of the Tibetan Buddhism.

He has been temporarily living at the Gyuto
Tantric Monastic University in Dharamsala, the
exile seat of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile in northern India, since he
made his daring escape to India from Tsurphu in
Tibet in January 2000 when he was just 14.
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