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Vajra Vidya Institute Anthem – Sarnath, March 2011

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The Vajra Vidya Anthem was composed by H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Dorje at the request of Khenpo Lobzang Tenzdin on the anniversary of Milarepa’s passing, March 17th 2011.


Midst a retinue of eighty thousand gods and humans,The protector Shakyamuni discoursed at this place,Turning the Dharma Wheel of the four truthsAt the Deer Park, this blessed and auspicious ground.
Here at this seat of our forefathers, the Kagyu lamas,Shines the sun of Dharma, sutra and tantra in union.A thousand lotus petals of learning blossom forth; prayers and activityFor the flourishing of all Buddha’s teachings converge here.
Each and every compassionate intentionOf the lord and lama Rigpe DorjeIs accomplished at all times, day and night.May this auspicious glory fill the entire world!




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GYALWANG KARMAPA ADDRESSES FACULTY AND STUDENTS OF CENTRAL UNIVERSITY FOR TIBETAN STUDIES

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March 21, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath The Gyalwang Karmapa today visited the Central University for Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, and delivered an address to its students and faculty. During his annual stays in Sarnath, the Gyalwang Karmapa often lectures at the institute, which is the first accredited university in India to offer academic degrees in Tibetan studies. Vice Chancellor Geshe Ngawang Samten gave a warm speech of welcome, praising the Gyalwang Karmapa for the acute sense of responsibility for preserving Tibetan cultures that he has displayed over the years. In his own address to the assembly, the Gyalwang Karmapa evoked the era when India was the far-away destination for Tibetan scholars and translators seeking Buddhist training and texts. His Holiness pointed out how many hardships these scholars of old had endured in order to have access to the same knowledge that students in India could now study so easily and comfortably at the institute. His Holiness commente…

GYALWANG KARMAPA’S ANTHEM FOR THE VAJRA VIDYA INSTITUTE

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March 20, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath At the request of Khenpo Lobsang Tenzin, Head of Vajra Vidya Institute, Gyalwang Karmapa wrote a short song to be used as the anthem for the Institute, and presented it to Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche during the Lama Choepa on Saturday morning. At 4.00pm, after the heat of early afternoon had subsided, there was a short celebration in the main shrine room during which the song was performed for the first time by monks of the Vajra Vidya Institute.
Gyalwang Karmapa sat cross-legged and at ease in the golden sun chair he uses for less formal occasions. His senior tutor Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche sat in a comfortable armchair to his left and Khenpo Sogyal, Head of the Kagyu Section at the Central University for Tibetan Studies, sat to the right. The audience was much smaller than in previous days: mainly monks from the monastery, students from the Vajra Vidya Shedra, students from C.U.T.S. , a scattering of Tibetan lay people a…

MARPA DAY AND THE FESTIVAL OF MIRACLES

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March 19, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath Once more the shrine room had been re-arranged, and the three images of the glorious Kagyu forefathers, Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa, had been placed centrally below the great golden image of Lord Buddha. They now topped a special shrine decorated with seven white torma offerings and seven bowls of rice and incense sticks. A day-long celebration of rituals began at 8.00am with the Lama Choepa [Offering to the Lamas] in the main shrine room, and ended in the evening towards 9.00pm. The Gyalwang Karmapa attended every event. During the morning and afternoon sessions in the temple, His Holiness sat on a low throne at a level below the three images of the Kagyu forefathers, his presence adding a sense of completion, great blessing and timelessness to the ritual. During the Lama Choepa, he led everyone in the prayers for taking refuge and generating bodhichitta. In the afternoon session, from 1.30pm until 6.00pm, the monks completed reading …

TWO-DAY COMMEMORATION OF THE FOREFATHERS OF THE KAGYU LINEAGE, MARPA LOTSAWA AND JETSUN MILAREPA

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March 18, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath The first month of the Tibetan year is counted as extremely auspicious and contains several memorable festivals and anniversaries for Tibetan Buddhists and for the Kagyu Lineage in particular. Milarepa Day: 18th March, 2011 Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the first part of the morning celebrations of Milarepa Day. He was accompanied by Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, his senior tutor, the Vice-Chancellor of CUTS, Professor Ngawang Samten and the Head of the Kagyu Section, Khenpo Sogyal, who was responsible for organising the event. Each year Kagyu members of the Central University for Tibetan Studies celebrate the anniversaries of the founding fathers of the Kagyu Lineage and this year the Kagyu Welfare Society of the Central University for Tibetan Studies, in co-operation with Vajra Vidya Institute, has organised two days of special pujas and the reading of the “Rain of Wisdom” in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute. A spec…

“CONSCIOUSNESS AND WISDOM" A TEACHING BY THE GYALWANG KARMAPA

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March 17, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

During the teaching, Gyalwang Karmapa explained that three topics had been suggested: the lama- disciple relationship, consciousness and wisdom [to link in with Thrangu Rinpoche’s teachings] or a topic of his own choosing. His Holiness covered all three in nearly two hours of teaching to a packed shrine room! Gyalwang Karmapa began by reprising a theme consistently highlighted in his teachings: the Dharma has to be brought to bear on every part and moment of our lives. In the context of the twenty-first century, it seems that from one perspective there have been great advances in science and technology, yet, according to the Buddhist scriptures, the twenty-first century is predicted to be a time of the five degenerations, a time when sentient beings have many coarse afflictions and negativities, and particularly a time when people hold many wrong views. Reflecting on life in the twenty-first century, it seems that, as people become busi…

GYALWANG KARMAPA CONFERS 1000-ARMED CHENREZIG EMPOWERMENT

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March 13, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath An audience of 600 devotees crowded into the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute to receive the 1000-armed 1000-eyed Chenrezig empowerment from Gyalwang Karmapa. The empowerment was broadcast worldwide by live webcast over the Internet and there were more than 4,000 ‘hits’. [It’s not possible to estimate the actual numbers watching the webcast as many of these ‘hits’ would have been from dharma centres where students of His Holiness had gathered together to watch.] Students of the Gyalwang Karmapa from 42 different countries filled the hall, including two groups of students from local schools and a senior delegation from the All India Buddhist Organization. His Holiness taught in Tibetan, while translators provided translation into 8 languages: English, Hindi, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Gyalwang Karmapa was assisted by his senior tutor Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, Dzoghen Ponlop Rinpoche, Bogang…

GYALWANG KARMAPA’S SPRING TEACHINGS 2011: SESSION FOUR

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March 12, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath
How to be Truly Happy
The session began with questions and answers.
If we have been educated in the West we have a spirit of competition, as it is considered a virtue there. When we deeply wish to practise Dharma properly, we have to work on this competitiveness and also on our jealousy. Could Your Holiness please tell us how to recognise these negative aspects in our mind, how to deal with them, and how to work with others’ projections of jealousy onto us. Is this competitiveness and jealousy connected with low self-esteem or pride?
Gyalwang Karmapa: In general, the Buddhist teachings classify laziness into three types, one of which is the laziness of self-deprecation. It’s the worst type of laziness. It is important to have confidence, but we must not confuse confidence with pride. In the West there is often a strong sense of individuality, a sense of personal identity and the idea that we ourselves are important, which in one way can …

GYALWANG KARMAPA’S SPRING TEACHINGS 2011: SESSION THREE

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March 11, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath
“How to become a good person through the wish to benefit others.”
During this session, after brief introductory remarks, the Gyalwang Karmapa first answered questions posed by members of the audience. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche assisted by translating the questions into Tibetan for Tibetan-speakers in the audience.

How do we practise equanimity when it seems everyone tells lies and makes life difficult for those of us who are good?
Gyalwang Karmapa: This is a question that we all have to consider in terms of how great or small our own capabilities are. As it says in Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva: If you can do something about a situation, there’s no reason to be upset.
If there’s nothing you can do about the situation, there’s no reason to be upset. Having assessed how much control you have over the situation and how much you can change it, there may be some way you can help the other person to see the true situation, explain o…

SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI

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March 11, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath
On hearing of the natural disaster which had struck Japan and threatened islands in the Pacific Ocean, Gyalwang Karmapa  called everyone together for special evening prayers in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute.  Several hundred monks, nuns and laypeople gathered at 7.30pm.  Relating the special prayers to his current Spring Teachings, Gyalwang Karmapa commented that his teachings had focused on how we could be of benefit to sentient beings. To join together in prayers for those who had suffered in this natural disaster was one way of benefitting beings.


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GYALWANG KARMAPA’S SPRING TEACHINGS 2011: SESSION TWO

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March 10, 2011 - Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath There were people from forty-two nations gathered in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute to hear the second day of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Spring Teachings, and a further 1400 were logged on to watch the webcast. “How to become a good person through the wish to benefit others.” Creating a meaningful life To begin His Holiness greeted everyone warmly before resuming his discourse on how one becomes a good person. He began by emphasising that human beings are inherently wholesome, innately noble and virtuous, yet because of certain causes and conditions, this innate goodness becomes hidden and is no longer expressed. We have to recognise our true nature and reclaim it. As the Buddha taught, our inherent nature is pristine, like the sun veiled by the clouds. The sun is there but is obscured by the clouds. It is not a case of being brainwashed or conditioned into somebody new, but rather of recognising our inherent nature as it …