Karmapa of Tibet Speaks on Environmentalism and Sustainability

Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:35:50 AM

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa of Tibet, photo by Lisa Sakulensky PhotographyLunch dialogue with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa of Tibet, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, at the Multifaith Centre, U of T. Photo: Lisa Sakulensky Photography

His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and revered spiritual leader visited the University of Toronto (U of T) on his first visit to Canada. The Karmapa presented a public talk on Mindfulness and Environmental Responsibility at Convocation Hall on May 31, 2017.

His objective is to have long-term visible impact on restoring the natural environment in the Himalayas and Tibet and to protect the forests, water and wildlife in the region. The talk on the conservation and preservation of the environment was sponsored by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, U of T, celebrating its inaugural year.

The School of the Environment was a partner for the visit, helping to select the subject of focus for a  lunch discussion, Sustainability and the Sacred, which took place at the Multifaith Centre, also on the St. George Campus at U of T. The School was well represented at the luncheon by Professor Stephen Scharper, acting as moderator, Professor Tanhum Yoreh in attendance, along with two collaborative program graduate students, Emily Gilbert (anthropology, Ph.D.) and Billy Gekas (theology, M.A.), who posed perceptive dialogue questions during the event.