TIPA to perform Milarepa play by Karmapa at Kagyu Monlam(Phayul)

Phayul[Monday, November 30, 2009 01:11]

Gyalwang Karmapa talks to Wangchuk Phasur, Director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Photo: Tenzin Yonten

Dharamsala, November 29 – His poems have been transformed into songs by noted Tibetan singers. He has spoken on environment and climate action. He sits in the Mind and Life conference on science and Buddhism. He recently gave lecture at the TED India conference at the world renowned Infosys campus in Mysore. He owns a Nikon Digital SLR camera, and a Sony Viao laptop. The versatility of the seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinlay Dorjee seems to only grow now that he has written a play on the great Tibetan Yogi Milarepa*.

Gyalwang Karmapa reads his script as artistes from TIPA act at a practice session. Photo: Tenzin Yonten

Gyalwang Karmapa makes a point to instructors from TIPA. Photo: Tenzin Yonten

The play is based primarily on the great yogi’s biography written by Namjor Ruepa Gyenchen, says Khenpo Gawang of the Tsurphu Labrang here at the Gyuto Monastery, the temporary residence of the young head of the Kagyu tradition of the Tibetan Buddhism. However, biographical works on the great Tibetan yogi by other writers including the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorjee were also referred.

Gyalwang Karmapa has a light moment at a practice session. Photo: Tenzin Yonten

54 artistes from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts will perform the play at the Kagyu Monlam (Kagyu Prayer Festival) in Bodhgaya on January 1, 2010. The institute’s director Wangchuk Phasur says it is an honor for his institute to be given this opportunity to perform a play written by His Eminence Gyalwang Karmapa himself. “When Karmapa Rinpoche brought us the script, we had no second thoughts but to immediately begin working on it. And our artistes also feel blessed by the once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The overall supervision for the play, from its script to the design of the stage has been done by Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche himself. Gyalwang Karmapa, who is seventeenth in his lineage, has been giving teachings on Milarepa's biography at Kagyu Monlam for the past few years.

Sonam Phuntsok, the opera master of the Institute, who is also acting in the play, says this will be the biggest ever theatrical play in the Tibetan history. “I have been in performing arts field for more than twenty five years now, and I have performed numerous times but mostly Tibetan traditional opera and not modern day theatre. So this is going to be really exciting one for us.”

More than 500 monks will be seated on two sides of a massive stage that will be designed by professionals from Mumbai and Taiwan. The monks will chant Buddhist prayers in between the scenes of the play. Eight cameras will be projecting the play on 3 giant screens.

Yonten, an artiste from the institute who has recently finished shooting for a film calledSemshook based on Tibetan writer activist Tenzin Tsundue, says, “I feel not just honored but blessed to be acting in a play about the great Milarepa that is written by the great Gyalwang Karmapa himself. I feel anxious because there is no retake in play, and certainly not in something big as this. I am nervous too.”

*(Milarepa is one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints. In a superhuman effort, he rose above the miseries of his younger life and with the help of his Guru, Marpa, took to a solitary life of meditation until he had achieved the pinnacle of the enlightened state, never to be born again into the Samsara (whirlpool of life and death) of worldly existence. Out of compassion for humanity, he undertook the most rigid asceticism to reach the Buddhic state of enlightenment and to pass his accomplishments on to the rest of humanity. (http://www.cosmicharmony.com)



November 29, 2009 - Bodhgaya

His Holiness Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya today at 4:30pm. While in Bodhgaya, His Holiness will be participating in the 13th Karmae Gunchoe, the 27th Kagyu Monlam, and he will later attend His Holiness Dalai Lama's teachings during the beginning of January, 2010.
Anticipating His Holiness' arrival, participating Karmae Gunchoe monks and khenpos, Kagyu Monlam staff, and many international devotees welcomed His Holiness by waiting in long lines, on both sides of road, holding khatas and incenses. Upon his arrival, at Tergar Monastery, His Holiness was welcomed by Serbang.
His Holiness arrived from Delhi, via Varanasi to Bodhgaya.

2009.11.29 法王噶瑪巴抵達菩提迦耶 Karmapa Arrives in Bodhgaya
Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Bodhgaya.



November 21, 2009 - TCV Chauntra

On the 5th founding anniversary of the TCV School of Chauntra, His Holiness inaugurated and consecrated a special center for disabled students.
His Holiness graced the anniversary as chief guest, and Mr. Tsultrim Tenzin (Member of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile) and all the heads of the local Tibetan settlements also attended the occasion.
TCV Chauntra School is situated 56 km away from Dharamsala. The school has more than a thousand students, including students from kindergarten to the 10th standard as well as the students in the new special center for disabled students.
His Holiness gave the students a Manjushri transmission and urged them to take more interest in learning about the Tibetan culture while being engaged in their modern education.
The anniversary concluded with a cultural show from the school.

2009.11.21 法王噶瑪巴為西藏兒童村殘障學生中心灑淨 Karmapa at TCV Chauntra
Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates TCV Chauntra School Center for Disabled Students.



November 9, 2009

Last year, through our joint effort, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his historic first visit to the U.S. He mesmerized audiences across America with his profound and compassionate teachings. Today, November 9, after much anticipation, those incredible teachings are finally available on DVD.
The new site (www.karmapafoundation.org) is now available with full information about the DVDs of the Karmap's teachings, and links to our online Partner stores where you can pre-order them.
For those who were so fortunate to attend His Holiness Karmapa s precious teachings last year in the U.S., these DVDs will be a lasting reminder of the incredible experience of being in the presence of this young enlightened master. And for those who were not able to attend, the precious teachings His Holiness gave on his first American tour will now be available to everyone.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the release of these videos, which are the only available source of the Karmapa's historic first public teachings in America. Today, these perfect gifts of Dharma become available to you and your friends. We would be grateful if you could help us communicate to those who may be interested. For more information, please write to info.dvd@karmapafoundation.org.


TED talk – The technology of the heart


Translator: The way I feel right now is that all of the other speakers have said exactly what I wanted to say. (Laughter) And it seems that the only thing left for me to say is to thank you all for your kindness.
Translator: But maybe in the spirit of appreciating the kindness of you all, I could share with you a little story about myself.
Translator: From the time I was very young, onward, I was given a lot of different responsibilities, and it always seemed to me, when I was young, that everything was laid out before me. All of the plans for me were already made. I was given the clothes that I needed to wear and told where I needed to be, given these very precious and holy looking robes to wear, with the understanding that it was something sacred or important.
Translator: But before that kind of formal lifestyle happened for me, I was living in eastern Tibet with my family. And when I was seven years old, all of a sudden, a search party arrived at my home. They were looking the next Karmapa, and I noticed they were talking to my mom and dad, and the news came to me that they were telling me that I was the Karmapa. And these days, people ask me a lot, how did that feel. How did that feel when they came and whisked you away, and your lifestyle completely changed? And what I mostly say is that, at that time, it was a pretty interesting idea to me. I thought that things would be pretty fun and there would be more things to play with.
Translator: But it didn’t turn out to be so fun and entertaining, as I thought it would have been. I was placed in a pretty strictly controlled environment. And immediately, a lot of different responsibilities, in terms of my education and so forth, were heaped upon me. I was separated, largely, from my family, including my mother and father. I didn’t have have many personal friends to spend time with, but I was expected to perform these prescribed duties. So it turned out that my fantasy about an entertaining life of being the Karmapa wasn’t going to come true. It more felt to be the case to me that I was being treated like a statue, and I was to sit in one place like a statue would.
Translator: Nevertheless, I felt that, even though I’ve been separated from my loved ones — and, of course, now I’m even further away. When I was 14, I escaped from Tibet and became even further removed from my mother and father, my relatives, my friends and my homeland. But nevertheless, there’s no real sense of separation from me in my heart, in terms of the love that I feel for these people. I feel, still, a very strong connection of love for all of these people and for the land.
Translator: And I still do get to keep in touch with my mother and father, albeit infrequently. I talk to my mother once in a blue moon on the telephone. And my experience is that, when I’m talking to her, with every second that passes during our conversation, the feeling of love that binds us is bringing us closer and closer together.
Translator: So those were just a few remarks about my personal background. And in terms of other things that I wanted to share with you, in terms of ideas, I think it’s wonderful to have a situation like this, where so many people from different backgrounds and places can come together, exchange their ideas and form relationships of friendship with each other. And I think that’s symbolic of what we’re seeing in the world in general, that the world is becoming smaller and smaller, and that all of the peoples in the world are enjoying more opportunities for connection. That’s wonderful, but we should also remember that we should have a similar process happening on the inside. Along with outward development and increase of opportunity, there should be inward development and deepening of our heart connections as well as our outward connections. So we spoke and we heard some about design this week. I think that it’s important for us to remember that we need to keep pushing forward on the endeavor of the design of the heart. We heard a lot about technology this week, and it’s important for us to remember to invest a lot of our energy in improving the technology of the heart.
Translator: So, even though I’m somewhat happy about the wonderful developments that are happening in the world, still, I feel a sense of impediment, when it comes to the ability that we have to connect with each other on a heart-to-heart, or a mind-to-mind, level. I feel that there are some things that are getting in the way.
Translator: My relationship to this concept of heart-to-heart connection, or mind-to-mind connection, is an interesting one, because, as a spiritual leader, I’m always attempting to open my heart to others and offer myself up for heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind connections in a genuine way with other people, but at the same time, I’ve always been advised that I need to emphasize intelligence over the heart-to-heart connections, because, being someone in a position like mine, if I don’t rely primarily on intelligence, then something dangerous may happen to me. So it’s an interesting paradox at play there. But I had a really striking experience once, when a group from Afghanistan came to visit me, and we had a really interesting conversation.
Translator: So we ended up talking about the Bamiyan Buddhas, which, as you know, were destroyed some years ago in Afghanistan. But the basis of our conversation was the different approach to spirituality on the part of the Muslim and Buddhist traditions. Of course, in Muslim, because of the teachings around the concept of idolatry, you don’t find as many physical representations of divinity or of spiritual liberation as you do in the Buddhist tradition, where, of course, there are many statues of the Buddha that are highly revered. So, we were talking about the differences between the traditions and what many people perceived as the tragedy of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas, but I offered the suggestion that perhaps we could look at this in a positive way. What we saw in the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas was the depletion of matter, some solid substance falling down and disintegrating. Maybe we could look at that to be more similar to the falling of the Berlin Wall, where a divide that had kept two types of people apart had collapsed and opened up a door for further communication. So I think that, in this way, it’s always possible for us to derive something positive that can help us understand one another better.
Translator: So, with regard to the development that we’ve been talking about here at this conference, I really feel that the development that we make shouldn’t create a further burden for us as human beings, but should be used to improve our fundamental lifestyle of how we live in the world.
Translator: Of course, I rejoice in the development and the growth and the rise of the noble land of India, the great country of India, but at the same time, I think, as some of us have acknowledged, we need to be aware that some aspects of this rise are coming at the cost of the very ground on which we stand. So, as we are climbing the tree, some of the things that we’re doing in order to climb the tree are actually undermining the tree’s very root. And so, what I think it comes down to is a question of, not only having information of what’s going on, but paying attention to that and letting that shift our motivation to become more sincere and genuinely positive. We have hear, this week, about the horrible sufferings, for example, that so many women of the world are enduring day-to-day. We have that information, but what often happens to us is that we don’t really choose to pay attention to it. We don’t really choose to allow that to cause there to be a shift in our hearts. So I think the way forward for the world — one that will bring the path of outer development in harmony with the real root of happiness — is that we allow the information that we have to really make a change in our heart.
Translator: So I think that sincere motivation is very important for our future well-being, or deep sense of well-being as humans, and I think that means sinking in to whatever it is you’re doing now. Whatever work you’re trying to do now to benefit the world, sink into that, get a full taste of that.
Translator: So, since we’ve been here this week, we’ve taken millions of breaths, collectively, and perhaps we haven’t witnessed any course changes happening in our lives, but we often miss the very subtle changes. And I think that sometimes we develop grand concepts of what happiness might look like for us, but that, if we pay attention, we can see that there are little symbols of happiness in every breath that we take.
Translator: So, every one of you who has come here is so talented, and you have so much to offer to the world, I think it would be a good note to conclude on then to just take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are to have come together in this way and exchanged ideas and really form a strong aspiration and energy within ourselves that we will take the good that has come from this conference, the momentum, the positivity, and we will spread that and plant it in all of the corners of the world.
His Holiness the Karmapa: Tomorrow is my Talk.
Translator: Lakshmi has worked incredibly hard, even in inviting me, let alone everything else that she has done to make this happen, and I was somewhat resistant at times, and I was also very nervous throughout this week. I was feeling under the weather and dizzy and so forth, and people would ask me, why. I would tell them, “It’s because I have to talk tomorrow.” And so Lakshmi had to put up with me through all of that, but I very much appreciate the opportunity she’s given me to be here. And to you, everyone, thank you very much.
HH: Thank you very much.




November 4-7, 2009 - Mysore, India

His Holiness has completed his participation in the November 4-7 conference called TEDIndia, a belated coming-out party at the Infosys campus for the global rise of India and South Asia. Top thinkers from India and elsewhere, from a wide cross-section of disciplines, gave moving talks and shared ideas about how to grapple with and ameliorate some of India’s—and the world’s—most challenging problems through technology (T), education (E), and development (D). His Holiness attended talks and social gatherings for the first three days of the program and made many wonderful connections with talented people working to help the world.
On Friday, November 6, His Holiness took a break from his participation in TEDIndia to lead a prayer service in Mysore, organized by the South Zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council, for the victims of recent flooding in South Asia.
On Saturday, November 7, before TEDIndia’s live audience as well as those who viewed an international, live webcast sponsored by the Times of India, His Holiness gave his much-anticipated TEDIndia talk. His Holiness covered a wide array of topics, from remarks about his personal and family background to comments about how spiritual practitioners can bring greater benefit to situations such as the sufferings of women around the globe. His Holiness applauded India’s rise on the global economic stage, but also encouraged an approach in which the causes of growth would be in harmony with the planet’s long-term wellbeing and the deeper levels of human happiness.
TEDIndia participants were seen to universally express strong feelings of inspiration and appreciation toward His Holiness’s talk and presence on the stage for the conference’s conclusion.
Video of all of the conference’s talks will be posted by TEDIndia, in a gradual manner, beginning in mid-November. Visit http://conferences.ted.com/TEDIndia/ for further information.

2009.11.1-11 法王噶瑪巴出席TED 會議發表演說 Gyalwang Karmapa Visits Mysore and Speaks at TED India

Gyalwang Karmapa visits Mysore and speaks at TED India.



November 2, 2009 - Bangalore

His Holiness Karmapa left Dharamsala on November 1st for South India. He will be attending the TED India conference as a speaker from November 4-7 at Infosys in Mysore.
His Holiness arrived in Bangalore city on November 2nd. The South Zone Kagyu Committee and South India Tibetan Settlement Association welcomed His Holiness upoun his arrival at the airport. Many Tibetan people and devotees were also present to greet His Holiness. His Holiness will be engaged in the TED India conference from November 4-7 in Mysore.
On November 8th, His Holiness will give teachings to the Tibetan community and students at Tibetan Youth Hostel in Bangalore city. On November 10th, Karmapa will give teachins in New Delhi, and on November 11th he will return to Gyuto, Dharamsala.



November 1-11, 2009 - Mysore, Karnataka & Delhi

Nov 1:
HHK leaves Gyuto. Arrives in Delhi.
Nov 2:
HHK leaves Delhi. Arrives in Mysore.
Nov 4-7:
HHK attends TED conference as a speaker and participant.
Infosys Campus, Mysore, Karnataka
Nov 8:
HHK leaves Mysore. Arrives in Bangalore.
HHK visits TCV Institution
HHK visits Tibetan Hostel
Srinivas Galu, Vivek Nagar Post, Bangalore city
Event includes giving blessings & teachings to the Tibetan people and Tibetan students
Nov 9:
HHK leaves Bangalore. Arrives in Delhi.
Nov 10:
HHK Gives a Dharma Teaching
As requested by Mrs. Palzees, Ongmo, Hon'ble Member, National Commission of Minorities, Govt. of India
Nov 11:
HHK leaves Delhi. Arrives in Dharamsala. Returns to Gyuto