«Brussels January 2015 Table of Contents Foreword by the Secretary- General 1 About the KFE 2 Activities 3 First Visit to Europe by ...»
KFE acknowledges the competencies and wonderful commitment of its dedicated volunteers in Brussels and elsewhere. In particular: Paul O’ Connor, Carles Blas, Isabelle Jacobs, Anita Pilot, Giulio Groppi, Tatjana Popovis, Emeric Thuret, Peter Burnett, Costas Missirlis, Francois Henrard, Minna Stenroos, Johannes Billing, Eric Ceulemans, Catherine Brown, Celia Gradin, Ani Damchö and the Art-Consult team.
KFE Representatives The KFE Chairman Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in March 2014 appointed KFE Representatives in and for over 20 European countries. These Representatives played a significant role in the preparation of His Holiness’ visit, helping to make of this first visit a truly European event.
A list of KFE Representatives is to be found in Annex III.
About the KFE Website In 2014, the KFE website migrated to a Wordpress platform. This process was fully completed in February, prior to the announcement of HH Karmapa’s visit, so as to enable the website to respond better to the needs of the Foundation and other requirements in general.
Furthermore in September 2014 it was decided that any KFE representative who so wishes may set up a national KFE website in national language(s) as an integral part of the main KFE website. KFE Representatives have the possibility of posting in their own language information about His Holiness Karmapa, including local activities, translations of various documents, ebooks in national languages, etc.
7 Financial aspects The Karmapa Foundation Europe is very grateful for the generous donations received, from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in person as well as from many kind sponsors in Europe, America and Asia.
As far as the financial situation is concerned, the Foundation’s funds at the end 2014 totalled 130.857,98 €.
The major expenditure incurred in 2014 was for supporting His Holiness’ visit to Germany, the fees for the trademark lawyer and the opposition to the trademark, as well as monthly payments of the rent for the small KFE office (€300 per month).
During the lifetime of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and that of his
successors, as from their enthronement, the objectives of the Foundation shall be as follows:
To alleviate suffering in all its forms and to that end to provide both direct and indirect charitable assistance to those in • need or to persons afflicted by hardship physical or mental. The Foundation may engage in any activity for the purpose of alleviating or preventing suffering and of encouraging the use of and providing the ways and means whereby to attain freedom from such suffering and more generally for the purpose of bringing about lasting peace and prosperity for all beings.
To promote education in the sciences of mind and the philosophy of life, to organise and/or sponsor seminars and other •
educational programmes, in particular:
o programmes of comparative research into the sciences of mind in relation to contemporary science and philosophies and other philosophical, cultural, spiritual and religious traditions with a view to assisting and promoting all forms of cooperation with such traditions, wherever they are to be found, and to contributing towards the improvement of the condition of mankind and the peace and prosperity of individuals, groups, cultures, nations and of the whole world;
o programmes in which the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje is involved including the sponsorship of his teaching and lecture tours, seminars, symposia and other activities falling within the aims of this Foundation.
To protect the environment and to that end to support initiatives for environmental protection, including the promotion • of a balanced approach to the use of resources in relation to the limits of the planet, and to promote the development of awareness of how to treat the environment and to help restore environmental equilibrium, on the basis of knowledge both past, present and still to come.
To preserve the specific cultural and artistic tradition of Tibet, so as to provide a stable basis to enable the • Tibetans to make their special contribution to the world and at the same time to help other cultural and artistic traditions which reflect the vision embodied in the aims of this Foundation.
To sponsor and organise educational and cultural activities in the sphere of the science of mind, both • traditional and contemporary, and that of other related disciplines which share the vision embodied in Foundation Statutes,
o Helping translators and in general promoting translation from the Tibetan,Sanskrit and other languages for the benefit of those unable to read these texts in their original language; and o Assisting cultural institutions, both lay and religious, with or without legal personality, which help communities and/or individuals who share the vision embodied in the Foundation Statutes;
o To publish in traditional and contemporary media, in particular [by] creating, publishing and disseminating teaching materials and other instruments connected with the aims of this Foundation, whether in writing, graphic or any other medium, including the recording, transcription, translation or adaptation, in any form whatsoever, of lectures, teachings, seminars, etc. which are consistent with the aims of this Foundation, in particular those financed and/or organised by the Foundation.
Belgium: Carlo Luyckx Denmark: Dechen Algren Chungyalpa Finland: Anne Ahonen France: Lama Chokyi Germany: Horst Rauprich Greece: Martha Souli Holland: Rager Ossel Ireland: Annie Dibble
Norway: Flemming Skahjem-Eriksen Poland: Tomasz Szczygielski Portugal: Tsering Paldron Russia: Andrey Chertkov Slovenia: Karma Wangmo
Berlin, 8 June 2014, Meeting with the Youth Kamalashila Institute, 29 May 2014, Audience with KFE India Gyuto Monastery, August 2014, Meeting with European Young Professionals.