Special thanks to Nalandabodhi Austria
Question1: From your experience of living in the West, how do you think individuals and sanghas can develop a Western Buddhist culture?
Question 2: How do we bridge the divide between Buddhist sangha culture and mainstream culture in terms of value systems?
Question 3: What about materialism in mainstream culture?
Question 4: People in the West highly value having fun and being happy. Can we bring this drive onto the path?
His Holiness recently answered three questions that were asked by Karmapa Youth Community:
1) Could this generation become overly dependent on digital media in terms of Buddhist practice? Is it sufficient to receive direct instructions or empowerments from a lama over the internet?
2) Sometimes we can feel disconnected from Buddhism or from our Dharma teachers. What sort of practice should be done in order to bring about a sense of reconnection?
3) What does it mean to take refuge?
Interview taken by Bodhicharya Berlin, 2010
“Here is a special design from the Seventeenth Karmapa, meant to be printed out and placed over doors and windows, or simply matted or framed to hang upon the wall. Alternatively, it can be produced as a flag. It is meant to be of particular benefit in earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions, and other natural calamities. Download the above image, and then view at actual size.” Courtesy of http://tibetanaltar.blogspot.tw/2012/02/karmapas-earthquake-flag.html