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Long Life Prayer for Ringu Tulku Rinpoche By HH Karmapa

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HIS HOLINESS RETURNS TO GYUTO

January 29, 2009 His Holiness Karmapa's winter tour concluded with his arrival at Gyuto Tantric University, his temporary residence near Dharamsala. His Holiness has resumed his daily activities at Gyuto.
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HIS HOLINESS PRESIDES OVER THE HË-VAJRA (GYE-PA DORJI ) PUJA

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January 25, 2009 His Holiness presided over the ongoing Hë-Vajra puja today at 8 am; the puja was initiated on January 21 and will be held until January 27 at Vajra Vidhya. Tulku Dhamchoe and the head monks of Vajra Vidhya Institute offered Mandala to His Holiness. During the Karma Kagyu Conference of 2002 His Holiness assigned each of Karma Kamtsang Monasteries a different Tantra to study and practice so that all major Tantras of the Kagyu Lineage would be preserved. The Vajra Vidhya was assigned the Hë-Vajra puja and has held the annual Hë-Vajra puja ever since. The morning session of the puja concluded at 10 am.
His Holiness presided over the Hë-Vajra (Gye-pa Dorji ) puja, January 25, 2009
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HIS HOLINESS VISITS THE CENTER INSTITUTE OF HIGHER TIBETAN STUDIES OF VARANASI

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January 23, 2009 His Holiness arrived at 10:40 am. The Director of the University, Geshe Ngawang Samten, offered khata and welcomed His Holiness inside the main hall.

Three girls from the University presented a wonderful song of Shë-Chöe in Sanskrit to His Holiness.

Director Geshe Ngawang Samten said: "on behalf of all the faculty members and students we are very grateful that His Holiness has accepted the invitation to give us a talk."

His Holiness began his talk mentioning the importance of this University and its great role for the preservation of Tibetan identity in this modern time as in tradition, culture, and religion. Those who got the opportunity to receive education at this University will be the future pioneers and have to serve the society at their best.

He emphasized the importance of taking modern education as a parallel to traditional education and being responsible member of this 21st century.

He concluded the talk by wishing every one good health and progre…

HIS HOLINESS VISITS THE MULAGANDHA KUTY TEMPLE

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January 22, 2009 His Holiness visits the Mulagandha Kuty Temple which has the relic of Lord Buddha at 9:30 am. The in charge of Temple Ven Sumedha-Thero welcomed him at the Temple gate and escorted inside, where he made short prayer. Ven Thero presented an image of Buddha to His Holiness.

After visiting the temple, His Holiness spends some time at the nearby Archeological Museum of Saranath where he observed the Archaeology, art and architecture. The head of the museum Mr. Ajay gave details to most of the Buddhist antiquarian remains. This museum consists of significant Indian monuments such as its National emblem.

Saranath is the place where Lord Buddha preached his First Sermon and laid the foundation of his Sangha.

His Holiness appreciated the introduction of the Archeology and returned back to Vajra Vidhya monastery.
His Holiness Visits the Mulagandha Kuty Temple, January 22, 2009
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HIS HOLINESS AT DAMEKH STUPA

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January 20, 2009 8:10 am on a rather chilly and windy morning, His Holiness arrived at the Damekh Stupa. Before presiding over the prayer, he took a walk of the outer circle of the Stupa complex. Over there he fed vegetables to Deer. Later, His Holiness sat, wrapped up against the cold, under a white gazebo in front of Damekh Stupa field and made prayer for half an hour and left back to Vajra Vidhya monastery.
HHK arrives at Damekh Stupa, January 20th, 2009
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HIS HOLINESS ARRIVES AT VAJRA VIDHYA INSTITUTE IN SARANATH

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January 18, 2009 His Holiness left Bodh Gaya for Saranath in Varanasi (U.P), at afternoon. For a week His Holiness will reside at Kyabje Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery Vajra Vidhya Institute in Saranath. Afternoon, all the monks of Vajra Vidhya monastery are preparing with their serbang dresses and rehearsing to welcome His Holiness. At 4:40 pm siren rings, His Holiness came after Pilot and Escorts of Police. He was graciously welcomed by huge number of monks in serbang. Many monks, nuns, international devotees and Tibetan were lining on road side to have a glimpse of His Holiness. After taking his seat in the main shrine hall he was offered Mandala, twelve deeds and dedication puja was made. Concluded the ceremony with sweet rice and tea for everyone.
> HHK arrives at VVI in Saranath, January 18th, 2009
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HIS HOLINESS CONSECRATES TWO ACRES OF LAND

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January 16, 2009 In the morning at 8:30 am His Holiness consecrated two acres of land, adjacent to Tergar Monastery, which was bought in October 2008 for the new Kagyu Monlam Centre. Half of the land was officered by the Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche. The Centre, designed by Taiwanese engineer, Choekyi Gyatso, will provide accommodation and offices for Kagyu Monlam staff. Gyalwang Karmapa recited The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha, made a tea offering to Mahakala and the dharma protectors, and concluded the ceremony with the Prayer of the Eight Auspiciousnesses and a prayer for the Buddha’s teachings to flourish. Later that day His Holiness visited the Vietnamese Temple, he blessed the temple and had a Vietnamese tea.
HHK consecrated 2 acres of land, January 16th, 2009
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HIS HOLINESS TEACHES ON "LIVING THE DHARMA"

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January 13th, 14th, 15th, 2009 His Holiness taught on Living the Dharma, this was the first teaching in India directed specifically at Westerners. His Holiness was scheduled to start teaching at 9.00am and 3.00pm, and the final quarter of an hour before each teaching began was designated as “silent meditation”. Day One His Holiness began by welcoming everyone in English and then continued in Tibetan. He said he viewed everybody in the hall as his friends, and reflected on how they had come there from all over the world, from different countries, environments, cultures and conditions, to hear about living the dharma, so, in spite of his youth, he would try to share his own experiences. First he tackled the question, “What is dharma?” Practicing Dharma is more than performing rituals which require a special place or a special time, or special equipment. At a deeper level, the Dharma is something that transforms our minds, an ongoing process whereby we examine our minds, checking the aff…

3 DAYS PUJA FOR HIS HOLINESS' COMING OBSTACLE YEAR

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January 12th, 13th, 14th, 2009 Tsurphu Labrang has organized three days puja for His Holiness coming obstacle year. The prayer was sited under the Bodhi tree where all the monks who attended Kagyu Monlam Chenmo were present. On the first day of the puja Kangyur and Dolma Bumtsar puja was made, Gonpo Tsog-bum was on second day and on the third day Säng puja and Tsurphu Labrang offered Ten-shug (Long live) and Mandala to His Holiness. His Holiness attended for a short period on the third day, Ten-shug offering was led by General Secretary Drupon Rinpoche followed by Chamsing La and others. After finishing the Tenshug His Holiness return back to Tergar and continued the teaching.
3 days puja for HHK's obstacle year, Jan 12, 13, 14, 2009
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LAST DAY OF 26TH KAGYU MONLAM

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January 11th, 2009 The Last Day of the 26th Kagyu Monlam. His Holiness gave the Sojong Vows and precepts in the morning, the assembly recited the Twenty Branch Monlam. The second session concluded with the annual alms procession. The Alms procession is from the Mahabodhi Stupa to the Deer Park it was instituted by His Holiness Karmapa five years ago to follow the traditional alms walk that the monastic of some Buddhist traditions make in their daily lives to receive their food. His Holiness also wanted for eight days to recreate, along with some other original Vinaya practices, the alms walk that ordained monastic undertook daily at the time of the Buddha. The lay people and other monks and nuns gathered along the route of the procession eagerly waiting with their offerings of sweets, fruits, biscuits, nuts and dried fruits and snacks. His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche led the procession, carrying the traditional monk’s staff. Behind him, and also carrying staffs, came Zurmang Garwang R…

KAGYU MONLAM: KANGYUR PROCESSION

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January 10, 2009 Kangyur (the Tibetan name for the Buddhist sutras) procession is one of important ceremony of Monlam. At the head of the procession came the incense bearer and four monks playing gyalin. They were followed by Khenpo Hye-Neung, of Karma Jang Chub Dzong, Korea, Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche, Ven. Kalu Rinpoche, Ven. Dhoenyo Rinpoche, H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche and H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. Then came the ninety-nine gelong and four gelongma, each bearing a volume of the Kangyur, balanced respectfully on their left shoulders, steadied and supported by both hands. They walked at a steady, dignified pace along the pre-planned route, which took them along the side of the Mahabodhi Stupa, before climbing the stairs to the outer circuit. They completed one circuit and then returned to the Mahabodhi Stupa. Everything went very smoothly, perhaps because the Gyalwang Karmapa himself had directed and supervised the rehearsals for the event. The route around the outer circuit of t…

KAGYU MONLAM: AKSHOBHYA RITUAL

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January 10th, 2009 The Akshobhya Saddhana was recited for two afternoons on 9th and 10th January, and on the evening of the 10th His Holiness completed the Akshobhya Ritual with a fire puja. This began at 8.30pm, His Holiness with the sixteen retreatants who completed the fifteen-day Akshobhya retreat, gathered in the main assembly hall of Tergar Monastery to bless the deceased. In addition to the names proffered by individuals, the list included those killed in the Burmese typhoon, those killed in the Sichuan earthquake, those killed in the earthquake in Tibet, those killed in the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks, and those killed in the floods in Bihar. The ritual took three hours and concluded close to midnight. At the end of the ritual Gyalwang Karmapa and the other monks, carrying a container of the names of the dead, came outside to the fire which had been burning for some time. The people who had been waiting quietly outside gathered around them. His Holiness gathered a handful…

KAGYU MONLAM: HIS HOLINESS TALKS ABOUT WHITE TARA

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January 08, 2009 His Holiness said that regarding tomorrow’s White Tara empowerment, He will give preparation Tara teaching practice today. The image of Tara can be seen in many monasteries and stupas in India. No monastery in Tibet is without Tara. Tara is one of the most popular yidams in the Buddhist world and is part of Vajrayana practice. Generally, secret mantra should not be taught to those who are not suitable vessels for Vajrayana, mantra meaning mind (man) and protection (tra). Vajrayana is part of the Mahayana Tantra of outer actions and inner yoga (kryiya). When Vajrayana prevailed in China the outer kriya was more prevalent as lower tantras were more emphasised at that time. The main place for translation was Samye Monastery in Tibet and unless permission was obtained from Samye, higher yogas were not allowed. There are different kinds of practice in Buddhism and different teachings for different people according to their level and experience. Those who are beginners at …