Showing posts from August, 2013

Karmapa to bless, preach to disaster-hit Himachal residents( News Track India )

Himachal Pradesh,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Religion, Sat, 31 Aug 2013

Rekong Peo (Himachal Pradesh), Aug 31 (IANS) The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, reached here Saturday to bless and preach to people in Kinnaur district, which was ravaged by flash floods in June. The Karmapa is the third most important Tibetan religious head after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. Incessant rain in the region June 16 triggered massive landslides that blocked many roads in Kinnaur. Maximum damage was reported from the district where 23 people died, hundreds were displaced and more than 300 houses damaged. "The Karmapa will meet, bless and preach people of Kinnaur region from Sunday. He will lend a support to them, majority of whom are Buddhists," Kunzang Chungyalpa, director in the Karmapa's office of administration, told IANS. With Tibet along its eastern border, Kinnaur is strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditions, customs and language. The locals, known as Kinnauri, …

Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Kinnaur for Weeklong Tour

31 August 2013 – Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh Leaving Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala around 8.45am on the morning of 30 August, the Gyalwang Karmapa set off on the long road journey to Kinnaur. Local Tibetan communities came out to greet him as his motorcade wound its way through several settlements en route. Passing through the Tashi Jong Tibetan settlement in the morning, hundreds of monks, nuns and laypeople lined the road bearing traditional scarves and incense, eager to catch a glimpse of the spiritual leader and escort him on his way. Similar scenes were repeated as he later passed through the Tibetan settlements at Bir and Suja, while the smaller Tibetan community at Mandi also came out to receive him. After pausing for lunch in Mandi the Gyalwang Karmapa resumed the long and winding journey through the mountains, finally reaching Rampur close to midnight. There he was hosted as a State Guest at the Circuit House of Rampur, which is reserved for visiting government officials and digni…

Gyalwang Karmapa Departs For Tour Of Kinnaur And To Attend International Buddhist Conference In Delhi

29 August 2013 – Gyuto Monastery On 30 August the Gyalwang Karmapa departs for a weeklong tour of the Kinnaur region at the request of local Buddhist communities. His first visit to Kinnaur comes after 3 years of requests from devotees, initiated by Lochen Rinpoche. Travelling as a State Guest of the Himachal Pradesh Government, the Gyalwang Karmapa will be honored with a grand welcome ceremony on his arrival at Chaura which is the border of the Kinnaur region. During his time in Kinnaur he is scheduled to give two days of teachings to devotees at Rekong Peo, including Mahamudra teachings on 1 September, and Phowa teachings on 2 September. In the afternoon of 2 September he will bestow a long-life empowerment for those gathered. With Tibet along its eastern border, the Indian region of Kinnaur is strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditions, customs, and language. The Kinnauri people have a deep historical connection to Tibetan Buddhism, and several monasteries over a thous…

Tibetans in exile have a great responsibility: 17th Karmapa (TPI)

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:51 Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International

Dharamshala: - A meeting in Dharamshala, India, with a large group of foreign-born Tibetan children who were on a Summer Camp Program, the Gyalwang Karmapa urged them to remember the difficulties faced by Tibetans living in Tibet.
The group of about 60 students included young Tibetans born in Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Ireland and France, who had travelled to India in order to learn about and experience more of their Tibetan cultural roots. On Saturday, August 3, the group had the opportunity to meet and be blessed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche . "There are a lot of difficulties that the Tibetans who live in Tibet face, and the responsibility to remove or eliminate those difficulties falls upon all of us who live in foreign countries," the Gyalwang Karmapa told the young students. "It's a great responsibility that we have." "For all of the Tibetans who live in free…

Two Arms Mahakara drawn by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa


Interview with His Holiness Karmapa - Karmapa Youth 2013


English translation is included

His Holiness recently answered three questions that were asked by Karmapa Youth Community:

1) Could this generation become overly dependent on digital media in terms of Buddhist practice? Is it sufficient to receive direct instructions or empowerments from a lama over the internet?
2) Sometimes we can feel disconnected from Buddhism or from our Dharma teachers. What sort of practice should be done in order to bring about a sense of reconnection?
3) What does it mean to take refuge?

Announcing the Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns

This year following the Kagyu Monlam there will be the First Annual Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns from January 20 to February 2, 2014. Arising out of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa’s desire to improve education for all Kagyu monastics in general and for nuns in particular, this gathering will bring nuns from seven different Kagyu nunneries together at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya for two weeks of teachings, classes, debate, and special pujas. The gathering is named for Ārya Kshema, a bhikshuni from the time of the Buddha who was said by the Bhagavan himself to be the greatest of his nuns in terms of wisdom and confidence. Remembering her example will encourage contemporary nuns to pursue their training in education and meditation. After an opening ceremony on January 20, there will be eight days of teachings, classes, and debates from January 21 to 28. During this period, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa will teach twice daily on Gampopa’s Ornament of Liberation…

Announcing the Seventeenth Kagyu Gunchö
 Winter Dharma Teachings & Debates for Kagyu Shedras

The 17th Kagyu Gunchö (Winter Dharma Gathering) will be held at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya again from December 3, 2013, to January 1, 2014. During the event, monks from more than ten Kagyu shedras (monastic colleges) will gather for a month of teachings, debate, study, and discussion. The main topics for debate will be the Intermediate Collected Topics (Düdra), the Types of Cognition (Lorik), and Types of Reasons (Takrik). As at the last Kagyu Gunchö, there will be a competition among the different shedras. The finals of the competition will be held on December 28. During the Gunchö, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa will also continue the transmission and teaching of the Hundred Short Instructions by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje, resuming where he left off last year. A special feature of this year’s program is the introduction of three debates on Madhyamaka philosophy. There will be a debate about XXXX on December 10, about XXXX December 18, and about Shentong on December 27. These…

First Karmapa relic at the Zen Center of Denver

First Karmapa relic at the Zen Center of Denver in Denver, CO August 23, 2013.  (Photo By Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post)


by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje 

I prostrate to the Noble Master Chenrezig!

OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH* There is nothing to be said more profound than this:

Dear mother, you protected me lovingly when I was small
You taught me with love and told me sweet words
May I guide you on Chenrezig's path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH

You fed me from your mouth and wiped my feces away with your hand
You picked me up on your lap again and again -
My kind mother wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig's path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH

The end of birth is surely death
Even powerful humans don't have the slightest power to remain [forever]
When departing alone, [only] the sacred dharma will [be of] benefit -
[My kind mothers] wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig's path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH

The end of collecting is surely loss
Even the greediest person will be unable to take anything along
When departing alone, only …

The 17th Karmapa Almost Looks Like the 16th Karmapa !


Divinity of being simple ( The Week )

By Mandira Nayar photos by Tsurphu Labrang Story Dated: Monday, August 19, 2013 16:53 hrs IST 

The bowl of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, their crinkled dull gold foil gleaming like many mini suns, is hurriedly cleared away. Two tape recorders are placed on the edge of the glass. “It could turn into a Dharma talk,'' says a nun as she settles on the floor. The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, walks in a minute later and sits down, his red slippers hitting the floor. “I am very tired,'' he says with a smile. “I have no energy.” His translator, a man with more salt than pepper in his curly hair, sits beside him on the floor. The monks in the room follow suit.

There are many reasons why his story is fascinating. His life is a myth. And it is real. Miracle and reincarnation aren't words out of a feel-good Disney movie, they are events in his life. He knew his destiny at seven. By eight, he was in a monastery in Tibet receiving education. His childhood had ended and he was a…