HH Karmapa on joining the heart and mind in Manhattan

During his recent visit to New York City, His Holiness Karmapa met with the New York Tibetan community, visited the Rubin Museum of Art, viewed a modern Tibetan art exhibit, and attended a poetry reading at the Lhatse library. On his final evening in Manhattan on April 14th, HH Karmapa gave a teaching on “Joining the Heart and the Mind”.

In his last event in New York City for this trip, His Holiness the Karmapa taught on the key issue of how we make true connections between the emotions of our hearts and the abstractions of our mind. The evening event was organized by the Karmapa Foundation, and took place at the New York Society for an Ethical Culture, whose mission closely parallels the Karmapa’s in a commitment to ethical relationships with others, social justice and stewardship of the environment. With its soaring arches and warm wood interior, the Society’s hall has a spacious yet intimate feeling.

The Karmapa was introduced by Daniel Goleman, the science writer famous for developing the term “emotional intelligence” and all that it implies. He noted how important it is that the Karmapa has been meeting with university students, “because these are the people of the 21st century who will shape the future, and hopefully it will be the compassionate world we are going to hear about tonight.” Goleman also took the occasion to thank the Government of India for its support in allowing the Karmapa to make this tour and expressed the hope that the Karmapa would return for many more visits. Read the full article

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