2010/11/27

AKSHOBHYA RETREAT 2010


November 27, 2010

This year’s retreat, under the guidance and supervision of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, began on November 23rd at Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya. The retreat is part of the preparations for the Akshobhya Fire Ritual, and the Fire Ritual occurs on the penultimate evening of the annual Karma Kagyu Monlam Chenmo. The ritual takes place in the shrine room opposite His Holiness’ living quarters, on the roof of the temple at Tergar.
The retreat lasts for two weeks. This year there are sixteen retreatants, drawn from Kagyu communities worldwide and comprising three laypeople, five nuns and eight monks. On the first day the Gyalwang Karmapa conferred the Akshobhya empowerment (Tibetan: wang) on those taking part and gave the transmission (Tibetan: lüng). During the retreat he will give a daily teaching to the participants on the ritual’s significance.
The Akshobhya ritual is a very powerful purification practice done for the benefit of all sentient beings. It can liberate not only the practitioners themselves from the fear of an unfortunate rebirth, but other beings as well. The Buddha Akshobhya promised that the merit generated by reciting one-hundred-thousand of his long dhayani mantra and making an image of him could be dedicated to other people, both living and dead, and this would assure their release from lower states of existence and rebirth in spiritually fortunate circumstances.

2010/11/20

GYALWANG KARMAPA PAYS HOMAGE AT MAHABODHI STUPA, ATTENDS GURU RINPOCHE TSOG, AND VISITS BHUTANESE MONASTERY


November 20, 2010

The Gyalwang Karmapa left first thing in the morning with a small entourage to pay homage at the central shrine of Buddhism, the Mahabodhi Temple, home to the Bodhi tree and other sites linked with the time when Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment.
The Gyalwang Karmapa was welcomed by Mr N.T. Dorje, Secretary of the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, and the Head Monk-in-Charge the Venerable Pande Chalinda. His Holiness was escorted in procession through the Mahabodhi Stupa Ground and went directly to the main shrine room. Having prostrated three times, he presented traditional offerings of light, fruit, flowers, a donation and a new golden silk robe for the Buddha image, and recited prayers.
Leaving the shrine room, Gyalwang Karmapa walked around to the area behind the temple, under the Bodhi tree, where he joined a session of a Guru Rinpoche Tsog, at the request of a local Drukpa Kagyu Monastery, Sangak Choeling Monastery, the sponsor of the tsog.
On his return journey to Tergar Monastery, His Holiness stopped to visit the Bhutanese Monastery where each year a dedicated group of specially trained monks and nuns prepare the extraordinary butter sculptures - or in Tibetan torma- for the annual Kagyu Monlam Chenmo.
This year there are eight large torma in preparation. Each torma portrays a scene from the Life of Buddha, and is crowned by an image of one of the first eight Karmapas, flanked by their two main disciples.
The monks and nuns started work at the beginning of November and have made excellent progress. 
His Holiness discussed their work with them and made a few suggestions.








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2010/11/19

GYALWANG KARMAPA ARRIVES AT TERGAR MONASTERY, BODHGAYA


November 19, 2010

The Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje flew into Gaya Airport on Friday morning. He was welcomed by Ayang Rinpoche, Lama Chodrak and members of the Tergar Monastery staff.
The road to the monastery had been prepared for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s arrival with welcome gates and hundreds of the 16th Karmapa’s blue-and-yellow dream flags and four-coloured Dharma flags strung along each side of the road.
Preceded by the red flags and wailing sirens of a police escort, the cavalcade reached Tergar Monastery soon afterwards, to be greeted by the happy, smiling faces of several hundred monks and laypeople waiting excitedly with their offerings of incense and khatas.
On arrival, the Gyalwang Karmapa went immediately into the Tergar Monastery shrine room and prostrated three times to the Buddha image before going upstairs to his quarters on the temple roof.

2010/11/17

TRAVEL SCHEDULE OF GYALWANG KARMAPA'S WINTER TOUR


November 17, 2010

DATE

PROGRAM

Nov 17, 2010
His Holiness leaves Dharamsala for Delhi.
Nov 19, 2010
Arrives in Bodhgaya via Kolkata by flight.
Nov 20 — Dec 3, 2010
10 days Akshobhya retreat and meditation.
Dec 8 — 9, 2010
Opening ceremony for Karmapa 900 Celebration.
Dec 10 — 12, 2010
3 days teaching on Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
Dec 15 — 23, 2010
28th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo
Jan 3 — 4, 2011
Leaves Bodhgaya and reaches Dharamsala via Delhi.

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2010/11/02

KAGYUR TRANSMISSION CONCLUDES


November 2, 2010

On Tuesday 2nd November Kyabje Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche successfully concluded his transmission of the Tibetan collection of Buddhist sutras known as the Kagyur.
The transmission had taken almost two months and entailed reading 100 volumes of Buddhist scriptures. There were two sessions of the transmission held each day. The morning sessions usually began at 6.00am and afternoon sessions at 2.00pm. Sessions lasted on average three hours, but sometimes lasted four or even five hours.
In addition to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, those attending the transmission included Kyabje Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche, Rinpoches, Lamas and Nuns.
After the reading transmission concluded on the final morning , there was a closing ceremony, Monks from Tsurphu Labrang offered a mandala and long-life prayers to Sangye Nyenba Rinpoche, followed by general dedication prayers.
Traditional Tibetan tea and sweet saffron rice were served and everyone offered a khata to Rinpoche.
During the dedication prayers His Holiness spontaneously composed a long-life prayer for Rinpoche, copies of which were printed out immediately and handed round to the other participants so that everyone there could recite it.
Simultaneously, a group of monks from Tsurphu Labrang went to Lhagyalri on the kora around the Dalai Lama’s palace in McLeod Ganj, in order to offer a fire puja and hang thousands of prayer flags for the auspiciousness of the occasion.







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