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GYALWANG KARMAPA’S STAY AT VAJRA VIDYA INSTITUTE SARNATH, 2010

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Report of Events from January 21 – February 18, 2010 Gyalwang Karmapa Receives Teachings from Yongzin Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Fulfilling the primary purpose of his visit to Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, Gyalwang Karmapa has been meeting daily with his senior tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, to receive the oral transmission and commentary on Maitreya Buddha’s Five Sets of Dharma. Hevajra Puja Cycle, January – February 2010 In 2002 to ensure that a high level of knowledge and experience of the major tantras was maintained in the Karma Kamtsang lineage, His Holiness gave various monasteries particular responsibility for the practice and study of specific tantras, and guardianship of the Hevajra tantra was entrusted to Vajra Vidya. From 13th January - 6th February, the monks of Vajra Vidya performed an extensive cycle of Hevajra practice. On February 6th, His Holiness himself attended the concluding sessions of the puja cycle. Four Days of Teachings for International Students, 6th…

LOSAR E-CARD FROM HIS HOLINESS KARMAPA

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LOSAR GREETINGS FROM THE TSURPHU LABRANG

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GYALWANG KARMAPA ARRIVES AT VAJRAVIDYA INSTITUTE IN SARNATH

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January 21, 2010 - Sarnath, Varanasi Formally concluding the Bodhgaya leg of his winter tour, His Holiness departed the holy site of Buddha’s enlightenment just after mid-day and set out for Sarnath, repeating the journey Buddha Shakyumuni himself took after his enlightenment in order to teach his first circle of disciples to set the Wheel of Dharma in motion. Meanwhile, in Sarnath, in joyful anticipation of His Holiness’ arrival, welcome gates were erected, the road was lined with white chalk and auspicious designs were painted on the approach to the temple at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath. The khenpos and monks from the institute’s study program donned ceremonial hats and Dharma robes, and waited to receive His Holiness far down the road from the monastery. Closer to the monastery entrance, the road was lined with the remaining monastics and lay followers holding white khatas and peering up the road expectantly. His Holiness arrived just after 5 pm, the noble sound of traditiona…

The Practice of a Bodhisattva

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Shambhala Sun | January 2010






The bodhisattva’s commitment to the benefit of others manifests in the practice of the six perfections. But as the 17th Karmapa explains, even the ultimate virtues have a dark side we must be wary of.
The classic text The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva belongs to the Mahayana (the Great Vehicle) tradition of Buddhism and is based on the Madhyamaka (the Middle Way) school of philosophy, which advocates the use of analysis to attain clear understanding and omniscient wisdom. It encourages the practice of the sixparamitas, or perfections: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditative concentration, and deeper knowing or superior intelligence. But when misunderstood, these perfections can have a darker side, which is metaphorically called a “demon.”
Generosity
If those aspiring to enlightenment give even their body away,
What need is there to mention outer objects?
Therefore, without hope of return or a good result,
To be generous is the practice o…

GYALWANG KARMAPA RECEIVES DISCIPLES ON THE EVE OF DEPARTURE FROM BODHGAYA

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January 10, 2010 - Bodhgaya, India On the eve of their departure from Bodhgaya after the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, over 1,500 disciples attended a public audience granted by the Gyalwang Karmapa at Tergar Monastery. Gyalwang Karmapa offered an oral transmission and words of advice on putting His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings into practice. He spoke in Tibetan and Chinese to the large gathering, comprised predominantly of Tibetan and Bhutanese, with many international students in attendance as well. Gyalwang Karmapa began by establishing a Dharma connection with the audience by conferring the oral transmission of the Chenrezig mantra and the practice text called All Pervading Benefit of Beings. Next, he underscored how extremely fortunate they had all been to receive teachings in the holy place of Bodhgaya from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom we can see as Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, in human form. Gyalwang Karmapa stated that he himself had little to …

GYALWANG KARMAPA ATTENDS LONG LIFE PUJA FOR HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA & RECEIVES WHITE TARA INITIATION

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January 9, 2010 - Bodhgaya, India Gyalwang Karmapa received a White Tara initiation and attended a long-life puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The initiation and puja marked the conclusion of a series of teachings offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a large gathering in Bodhgaya. Jamgon
Kongtrul Rinpoche was also present, as was Ganden Tri Rinpoche and many other high lamas. The five-day teaching event also included a Chenrezig initiation, which Gyalwang Karmapa also received from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. During this initiation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama requested Gyalwang Karmapa to stand in for all the members of the audience in such ritual activities as throwing flowers into the mandala and determining the attendees’ class of Buddha family. During the course of the teachings, His Holiness conferred oral transmissions of numerous mantas, including Hayagriva and Vajrakilaya, as well as the reading transmissions of the four texts that formed the basis of the teachings…

GYALWANG KARMAPA RECEIVES TEACHINGS FROM HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA

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January 5-8, 2010 - Bodhgaya, India  Gyalwang Karmapa is currently receiving teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya. From January 5 through 9, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is conferring the teachings to a crowd of over 30,000 devotees from across the Himalayan region as well
as worldwide. The Dalai Lama will deliver teachings on Nagarjuna's 'In Praise of the Transcendental' (jigten ley depar toepa), Atisha's 'Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment' (jangchup lamdron), Longchen Rinpoche's 'Mind In Comfort and Ease' (semnyid nyelso) and Tsongkhapa's 'Short Version of the Stages of the Path To Enlightenment' (lamrim dhuedhon). As they receive teachings, Gyalwang Karmapa and Ganden Tri Rinpoche—the official head of the Gelugpa sect—are seated facing one another on thrones flanking the central throne of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Also receiving the teachings is His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, as well as many other lamas from…

Homage to Buddha Shakyamuni & Calling the Lama from Afar: Supplication

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Seven-Line Supplication to Guru Rinpoche & Praise of the Deeds of the Buddha

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Verse of Offering & Five-fold Offering

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Das neue Gesicht Tibets: der Karmapa(Geo)

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2010/1/1

TEXT VON ANDREAS HILMER

Der 24-jährige Mönch Ogyen Trinley Dorje ist ein möglicher Nachfolger des Dalai Lama: ein Flüchtling, ein Politikum - und die große Hoffnung der Tibeter


Der indische Polizist schaut mürrisch unsere Dokumente an. Auf dem mönchsroten Briefpapier Seiner Heiligkeit steht umständlich: "Request for taking pictures of His Holiness the Karmapa during a day course of his schedule"; Anfrage zu einer Fotoerlaubnis für Bilder von seiner Heiligkeit, dem Karmapa, während eines Tagesablaufs. Der Polizist schüttelt den Kopf. Dieser Karmapa, ein 24-jähriger Flüchtling, und seine rätselhafte Popularität scheinen ihm den Nerv zu rauben.

"Karmapa, Karmapa, Karmapa!", ruft er und stolziert mit unseren Pässen durchs Amtsgebäude, als hätten wir ihm einen unsittlichen Antrag gemacht. Dann dreht und wendet er die Kameras des Fotografen in den Händen. "Was wollt ihr da überhaupt fotografieren?" Ganz einfach: Das neue Gesicht des tibetischen Buddhismu…

GYALWANG KARMAPA’S "LIFE OF MILAREPA" PLAY PERFORMED IN BODHGAYA

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January 1, 2010 - Bodhgaya, India


Gyalwang Karmapa’s "Life of Milarepa" Play Performed in Bodhgaya
After three years of reading the biography of Milarepa to Kagyu Monlam attendees, two hours at a time, His Holiness transmitted the entire life of Milarepa in a single, magnificent evening. In what was nothing short of a world-class theatrical event, approximately 12,000 people turned out and many viewers were watching live online to view a play of Milarepa’s life created by His Holiness and performed by actors from the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA). Adding the title of playwright to a list of accomplishments that already seems impossibly diverse, Gyalwang Karmapa himself composed the script for the six-act play. Over the past months, His Holiness has also overseen stage design, rehearsed actors in his temporary residence in Gyuto and generally provided creative direction at all stages of the production. According to TIPA, this was the largest theatrical event…