His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Comments on Lama Tsultrim and the 2012 Chöd Empowerment, Sponsored by Tara Mandala(Tara Mandala)

Jangchub Jong, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
October 28, 2012

“The main condition for all of these teachings and for the Empowerment of C
höd to have taken place was at the request of Lama Tsultrim Allione. Lama Tsultrim had a very strong connection with the previous Karmapa, the 16th Karmapa, and all of you know about this and know about her so I don't need to say a lot, but since I have been given the name of the 17th Karmapa, she felt a wish to reconnect with Karmapa through making a Dharma connection with me. She has had a great devotion toward the teachings of Chöd for a long time. She has been doing a lot of work to preserve and maintain the continuity of the teachings and practice of Chöd, and she has a very pure heart motivation in doing this, which I deeply rejoice in.

I genuinely hope to be able to support the work that she does in this regard in a continuing way in the future, and from a personal perspective I feel grateful to her because this was my first opportunity to confer the empowerment of Chöd, so I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity and I wouldn't have had this opportunity if it were not for her request, and therefore I'd like to extend a special note of gratitude to her and say thank you.

So from the time I was young, I had a great interest in the practice of Chöd. I felt a connection with it like it was a karmic connection, but I did not have the opportunity to practice Chöd and I never had the opportunity to confer the Chöd Empowerment. They did the ritual of Chöd in Tsurphu Monastery every year but I did not attend this, and in fact this Chöd Empowerment was the first time I even saw the Empowerment text, so I'm very happy that this opportunity has come to pass.

I would also like to extend my gratitude to Tara Mandala for all of the work they did to organize and have these teachings happen here as well as all of the sponsors that have made this teaching gathering possible."

-- His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmpa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Jangchub Jong, Himachial Predesh, Kangra Valley, India, October 28, 2012

His Eminence Dorzong Rinpoche comments on Lama Tsultrim and the 2012 ChödEmpowerment with His Holiness 17th Karmapa

"In particular, here with us we have Ani Tenzin Palmo and Lama Tsultrim Allione who are two great m
asters from the West and it is wonderful that you have access to them. I think that it would be good for you to further rely on them as masters and receive their oral instructions. Whatever context you practice Chöd in, it shouldn't just stay in your mouth but it should arrive in your heart and transform it. I'd like to make the aspiration prayer that in whatever way you practice Chöd that you be free from obstacles to your practice and whatever you intend to accomplish with your practice you will accomplish without hindrances."

-- His Eminence Dorzong Rinpoche, Jangchub Jong, Himachial Predesh, Kangra Valley, India, October 28, 2012

H.H. 17th Karmapa


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