On 30th December, 2009, His Holiness Karmapa arrived at Gaya Airport shortly after eleven o’clock. Inside the airport VIP lounge he was received by various Indian dignitaries including the ADM Uday Kumar and the Airport Controller Mr Prabhu Dev. His Holiness was there to inaugurate a brand new project between Gaya Airport Authority and Tergar Monastery to reforest part of the airport land, which is currently lying unused.
Rangjung Khoryug Sungkyob Tsokpa, the environmental organization for Kagyu monasteries and centers established by His Holiness, initiated this project during Kagyu Monlam of this year with the blessing of the State Government of Bihar. On the 29th, fifty monk and nun volunteers from Khoryug came out to the airport to clean the grounds as a gesture of friendship, and to prepare for the sapling plantation.
During today’s inauguration ceremony, Gyalwang Karmapa was the first to plant one of ten young Ashoka trees in a small garden area in front of the terminal entrance. The rest
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Because of the aridity of the environment, this is the wrong time of year to plant some species of native trees and a separate area of 15 000 square metres has been set aside for the second stage of the project, planting a greater variety of trees during the rainy season, June and July 2010. Karma Gendun, the Nepal coordinator for Khoryug said, “I pray that the tree sapling planted by His Holiness will be like a blessing that grows up and benefits all the world and all sentient beings. The Nepal monasteries belonging to Khoryug commit to implementing as many of the the 108 environmental solutions as possible, as His Holiness has asked us to do.”
The project has been dedicated as a long-life prayer for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, and a commemorative stone has been erected bearing his words:
“Protect the earth. Live simply. Act with compassion. Our future depends on it.”