KIBI 2016 Graduation Ceremony for BA in Buddhist Studies
The Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (K.I.B.I.) has provided the highest quality of teachings for Buddhism for over 20 years. This year, on 5 May, three years of hard work culminated in a graduation ceremony for the 2013 class of BA students of Buddhist Studies.
The graduation ceremony started with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa leading prayers and the lighting of candles. A moment’s silence followed, in tribute to His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche who passed into parinirvana on 29 April 2016. Jigdal Dagchen was a profound Buddhist teacher who was educated in the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Speeches and congratulations were then made by Professor Sempa Dorje (Chairman of K.I.B.I.), Professor Lara Braitstein (Principal of K.I.B.I.) and Dr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya (Chairman of Mewar University). There has been a long standing collaboration between K.I.B.I. and Mewar University as they have been working together to provide the BA in the Buddhist Studies course since 2013. There was warm and heartfelt gratitude for the words of the honored guest speakers, but then came the main focus of the event, the award ceremony. Each student lined up to firstly receive a katak from Professor Sempa Dorje, the certificate from His Holiness the Karmapa and finally flowers from Dr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya. Then the photo session commenced, with the students sitting with Karmapa and happily displaying their certificates.
A speech was then made by His Holiness Karmapa. He talked about how generally speaking positive results come about through a combination of the blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and our own good deeds or aspirations and referred to the achievements of the students present as one example of this. Everyone then enjoyed a well-deserved meal together to conclude this happy and auspicious occasion.
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