KIBI Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi/India
(supported by KHCP since 2011)
History of KIBI
The Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) originates from the wish of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje who was the spritual leader of the Kagyu school. He formed a trust named Karmapa Charitable Trust in 1961 with the help of the then political officer Mr. Appapant in Gangtok, Sikkim in order to expand his effort to develop Buddhism in India.
In 1963 he developed the Dharma Chakra Centre monastery in Rumtek, Sikkim, where Buddhist monks and nuns could undergo a thorough Buddhist education.
In 1973 he submitted an application to the Government of India, requesting to receive land to develop a Buddhist education centre for a worldwide audience. Under the decision of the then Prime Minister, Mrs.Indira Gandhi, the government of India offered one acre of land in the Qutab institutional area in the year 1979. On the 8th November of 1979, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa invited His Excellency Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, then President of India, and both performed the Foundation Laying Ceremony together. The then Vice President of India as well as the Late Delhi Governor were also in attendance.
In 1981, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa passed away but the Karmapa Charitable Trust carried on with the project. Due to the lack of sufficient funding, the construction could only be completed in the year 1990 and was named the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute. On the 5th of February, 1990, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche who was the active trustee of the Karmapa Charitable Trust, invited His Excellency Shri Ramaswamy Venketaraman, the 8th President of India to inaugurate the institute.
In the same year, 1990, the Karmapa Charitable Trust appointed Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche as the chairman of the institute and under his supervision, board of teachers organized the curriculum of Tibetan Buddhist subjects, language and so on. Since then, the institute has 1 been actively operating in providing Buddhist education to students coming from various parts of the world. In the year 2006, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche appointed Prof. Sempa Dorje as the educational director of the institute. He is a senior most retired Professor of the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath.
KHCP - Karmapa Healthcare Project
We are pleased to announce that KHCP could finance an indian health insurance for the monks of KIBI.
To continue it for this year we are looking for donors.
- KHCP medical checkups at KIBI
Account holder: KHCP e.V.