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The Miraculous 16th Karmapa: Incredible Encounters with the Black Crown Buddha

Who was this extraordinary individual with the spiritual signs of a buddha, the Sixteenth Karmapa, Holder of the Black Crown?
Norma Levine has travelled to Tibet, India, Europe and North America to record the stories of this memorable man and the impact he had on the people who met him.
His Holiness was the greatest enlightened lama I ever met… Many lamas of his time were in awe of his all-seeing wisdom, endless compassion, and his prodigious powers of clairvoyance and prognostication, particularly his obvious ability to see through people.
Lama Surya Das: Buddhist writer and teacher
This book gives us a rare and intimate insight into the personality of the man who was the 16th Karmapa.  His mere presence, akin to a powerful force of nature, would deeply affect those around him;  his cosmic laughter, like a lion’s roar proclaiming supremacy, could be heard streets away. He was able to teach anywhere, at any time, when the moment was right and was followed wherever he went by his beloved entourage of birds who travelled with him and sang his mantra: Karmapa Kyenno, Master of Activity, Be With Me.
This book offers the stories of Western students and prominent reincarnate Lamas who had meaningful contact with the 16th Karmapa in both India and the West. In the context of the freedom and spontaneity of Western culture in the 1960s, the profound mind transmission of this remarkable Master transformed the lives of those whom he encountered. Each story is a spiritual adventure; vibrant, authentic, sometimes shocking, but always inspiring.
Norma Levine is a lifelong Buddhist practitioner and the author of Blessing Power of the Buddhas: Sacred Objects, Sacred Lands; A Yearbook of Buddhist Wisdom; and Chronicles of Love and Death: My Years with the Lost Spiritual King of Bhutan.

 Available from 15 December 2013


Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche has been asked to go back to Tibet by the Union government of India

The Delhi High Court has stayed the deportation notice of Lodro Chokyi Nyima
 who had been asked to go back to Tibet by the Union government

Delhi High Court delays government's attempt to deport Buddhist monk

The Delhi High Court has come to the rescue of Lodro Chokyi Nyima, the fourth re-incarnation of Karmapa Jamgon Kongtrul, who has been asked by the Centre to go back to Tibet.

The HC has stayed the deportation notice for now and has sought a response from the Centre as to why it wants to extradite the monk to Tibet where there is threat to his life.

Nyima's biological parent sneaked him into India from Tibet in 1997 when he was only two years old.
The parents feared "political misconceptions of the Chinese Government" after the Dalai Lama revealed that Nyima was the fourth re-incarnation of the Karmapa.

Nyima was taken in by the monks at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and adopted by a local couple.
He has since been living in the country with his parents as an Indian citizen.

Passport row

As per the records submitted before the HC, the Central Tibetan Administration had consented to the adoption.

A passport was issued to Nyima in 2006 and he even travelled to the US on the same.

However, in 2007, the Centre sent a letter to Nyima and his adoptive mother Kunzang L Chungyalpa informing them that the monk's passport was being revoked as he had not entered India lawfully.

The letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs further said that Nyima could not be granted India citizenship by virtue of adoption as the process did not fulfil statutory conditions as per Section 4 of the Citizenship Act.

Nyima and his parents reapplied for citizenship citing the adoption documents affirmed by the Sikkim government and the Tibetan authorities.

The application, however, was rejected by MHA. In 2009, the family approached the HC through senior advocates Ram Jethmalani and D.K. Thakur seeking relief.

The counsels contended that Nyima's adoption could not be challenged as the parents had followed all state norms, and on the basis of the adoption papers he was entitled to all citizenship rights.

The court took a note of the fact that the Central Tibetan Administration had consented to the petitioner's adoption and stayed his deportation till further orders.

"The fact remains that he was issued a passport in 2006 that was later revoked. Concededly, he has been residing in India, all this while.Having regard to these circumstances, the court is of the opinion that till the next date of hearing, no coercive steps should be taken to deport the petitioner," the court said in a previous hearing.

It has sought a detailed synopsis of the matter from both parties by the month-end and fixed the matter for hearing in December this year.

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Anniversary Celebrations at the Tibetan Children’s Village

23 October 2013 – Upper TCV, Dharamsala

Marking the 53rd Anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Upper Dharamsala, today the Gyalwang Karmapa was guest of honor at a day of public celebrations. The school educates and raises young Tibetan refugee children, many with parents and families remaining in Tibet, and is currently home to around 2000 students and staff.
The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived around 9am, escorted by the school’s marching band, and took his seat on the balcony overlooking the outdoor arena. Shortly afterwards he was joined by Dr Lobsang Sangye, the Sikyong or Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-In-Exile, while several thousand people filled the seats below.
Throughout the morning the Gyalwang Karmapa watched with enjoyment as the students offered a range of performances. The program began with a march-past of the entire student body, followed by the Tibetan and Indian national anthems and a minute’s silence in respect for those who have lost their lives in the Tibetan struggle.
After several speeches the school’s marching band then kicked off the student performances with an energetic drum piece. This was followed by a poignant song offered by the junior students on the theme of missing their parents back in Tibet, and remembering their great kindness. Next students offered a song and dance performance featuring vibrant costumes from the south-west region of Tibet.
The culmination of the morning’s program was a calisthenics display by 900 middle and senior students. Their simultaneous movements and precise arrangements created a striking effect, particularly when the students spread out and arranged themselves into large formations of words and symbols such as ‘Spread Love and Compassion’, ‘We Salute Our Martyrs’, and a symbol of the ‘Scales of Ethics’.
After enjoying lunch and paying a visit to the school’s Art Museum, the Gyalwang Karmapa then left to visit the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, where he spent time reading and researching with texts held there.

2013.10.23 法王噶瑪巴出席西藏兒童村第53屆校慶 Anniversary Celebrations at the Tibetan Children’s Village


HH the 17th Karmapa attends the annual function at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala.

Oct. 23, 2013

Gyalwang Karmapa arrives for the celebrations/TCV school football field/Oct. 23, 2013, phayul photo/Kunsang

Tibetan Buddhist leader, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje attends the annual function at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala. (AP Photo)

Tibetan Buddhist leader, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, left, watches a program with Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay at the Tibetan Children's Village School during the school's annual function in Dharmsala . (AP Photo)

Tibetan Buddhist leader, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, left, watches a program with Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay at the Tibetan Children's Village School during the school's annual function. (AP Photo)


Cherish the Earth 2014 environment calendar

A completely new calendar is due to be published this summer, focusing on the global environment, with an introduction and quotations contributed by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, the leader of the Kagyu lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness’ keen interest and concern for the environment  is well known, and he has spoken and written extensively on environmental issues, as well as establishing Khoryug (www.khoryug.com) with the aim of restoring the natural environment in the Himalayas and Tibet, and especially to protect the region’s forests, water and wildlife.

The calendar will be 12 inches (305mm) square, with beautiful images from around the world, and a generous monthly grid. It will be produced in a totally sustainable, carbon neutral process, and will have international distribution. The proceeds from publishing this calendar will be donated to projects and charities selected by the Karmapa, and we are already to starting to  plan calendars for future years. The 2014 calendar will be available to buy online from this website, and publication will be announced as soon as the date is confirmed.


Swift Return Prayer for Chöjé Akong Tulku Rinpoché by HH the 17th Karmapa

Picture by  Tulku Ogyen Nyima

English translation by Ken Holmes:

Köncho tsasum jamtsö chintop tang
Lalop dédam tsangmay tendrel ji
Tendrö palgön yangtrul nyinmor chay
Dulchay döndu laryang char war sho

Through the blessing power of an ocean of the Three Jewels and the Three Roots
And that of the interdependence of pure faith and pure samaya of lama and follower,
May the shining daylight of this magnificent guide and protector of the teachings and of beings
Rise as a new incarnation to shine once again, thus bringing benefit to those to be trained.

This “swift return” prayer for Chöjé Akong Tulku Rinpoché was composed by the Karmapa Orgyen Trinley on the 16th of October 2013 according to the heartfelt requests of his disciples and many others.


31st Kagyu Monlam Schedule(Last updated on Oct. 9, 2013)

31st Kagyu Monlam Pre-Monlam Teaching: The Torch of Certainty
Dates:      Friday, January 3–Sunday, January 5, 2014

Friday & Saturday, January 3–4:
Topic:      The chapters on Refuge and Vajrasattva from The Torch of Certainty
Location:            Monlam Pavilion
Session I:             8:00–10:30 am
Session II:             2:00– 4:30 pm  
Sunday, January 5:
Event:        The empowerment for Jatsön Nyingpo’s Konchok Chidu ritual
                   Explanation of The Seven Line Prayer according to Ju Mipham’s commentary
Location:             Monlam Pavilion
Time:                      8:00–10:00 am

31st Kagyu Monlam Special Program: Garchen Tse Chu
Dates: January 6- 10, 2014
Ritual: Garchen Tse Chu 
Location: Monlam Pavilion
January 6
Session I
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment: Chöwang Lama Sangdü
Session II
Seat assignment for sangha
Ritual text: 
Könchok Chidü
January 7–9
The Mind Practice of Guru Rinpoche: The Eight Chapters of Lama Sangdü and the Ritual of the Dharma Protector Shinkyong
Session I
6:00–8:30 am

Session II
9:00–11:30 am

Session III
1:30–3:30 pm

Session IV
4:00–6:30 pm

January 10
Session I
2:00–3:30 am
First session of the ritual
Session II
4:00–5:30 am
Second session
Session III
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lama dancing
Session IV
5:00–6:30 pm
Concluding ritual

31st Kagyu Monlam
Dates: January 11–15, 2014
Location: Monlam Pavilion
Day 1:  Saturday, January 11

6:00 – 8:30 am
9:00 – 11:00 am
1:30 – 3:00 pm

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam
Teaching on The Eight Verses of Mind Training
King of Aspirations, Maitreya’s Aspiration, Aspiration from The Way of the Bodhisattva, Sukhavati Prayer
Twenty-Branch Monlam

Day 2: Sunday, January 12

6:00 – 8:30am
9:00 – 11:00 am
1:30 – 3:00 pm
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam
Teaching on The Eight Verses of Mind Training
Removal of Obstacles: Prayers to Tara and Saraswati
Twenty-Branch Monlam

Day 3: Monday, January 13


6:00–8:00 am
8:00 am
8:30 – 11:00 am
1:30 – 3:00 pm
3:30 —5:00 pm
Mahayana Sojong; Medicine Buddha
Kangyur Procession 
(At Mahabodhi Temple)
Reading the Kangyur
Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet
Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 4: Tuesday, January 14
6:00–8:30 am
9:00 am
1:30 – 3:00 pm
3:30 – 5:00 pm
5.00 pm
Mahayana Sojong; Twenty-Branch Monlam
Alms Procession
Akshobhya Ritual
Twenty-Branch Monlam
Akshobhya Fire Puja
Day 5: Wednesday, January 15

3:30 – 5:00 am
6:00 – 8:30 am
9:00 –11:00 am
1:30 – 2:30 pm
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Fifteenth-Day Sojong (ordained sangha only)
Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam, Ritual of the Sixteen Arhats
Lama Chӧpa: Offerings to the Gurus
Lama Chӧpa: Offerings to the Gurus
Sponsor Appreciation; Special Address

Marme Monlam
Date: January 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Monlam Pavilion


Condolence Message from The Gyalwang Karmapa for Kyabje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

8th Oct, 2013 New Delhi.

Akong Tulku has been my friend from the time I was seven. A social activist, he showed great kindness to Tibet by founding schools and hospitals, printing old texts, and helping many people. Thus I am shocked to hear that he along with two others has been taken from us so suddenly. I would like to offer my condolences to his family members, everyone at Samye Ling Monastery, the Rokpa Foundation, and all the persons involved in his projects in Tibet as well as to all of the students whose lives he touched. I hope that all of his visions and aspirations may continue to be fulfilled.

Condolence Message from The Gyalwang Karmapa for Kyabje Karma Chagme Rinpoche

8th October, 2013 – New Delhi.
Karma Chakme Rinpoche, the head of the Neydo Kagyu lineage, was also one of the most senior lamas of the Karma Kamtsang lineage. He had great humility and was interested only in the Dharma. Thus I am deeply sorrowed that he has recently passed away, and I would like to offer my condolences to his family members, his monasteries and followers. The Chakme Ladrang has asked me to recognize his reincarnation, so I shall do all I can in that regard.
At this time, there is no need to worry: the lama’s mind is never separate from the students, so you should recall the lama’s qualities and practice as best you can. This is most important.
I had the chance to meet Rinpoche just before he passed away, and today his remains are being returned to his monastery in Nepal. The events surrounding his passing have all occurred while I have been near him in Delhi, which gives me a feeling of comfort. I feel a deep connection with him, and I pray he will return swiftly to continue his dharma activity for the benefit of the teachings and sentient beings.


Gyalwang Karmapa Prays after the Parinirvana of Chagme Rinpoche

5 October 2013 – New Delhi

Upon arriving in Delhi on 30 September, the Gyalwang Karmapa and Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche visited the 7th Neydo Karma Chagme Rinpoche who was hospitalized in Delhi at that time. The Gyalwang Karmapa and Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche offered him their combined blessings and prayers.

Just a few days later, on the morning of 3 October, Chagme Rinpoche passed away, entering the sacred meditative state of ‘thugdam’ in a sign of his high degree of realization.

Within hours of Chagme Rinpoche’s entering into thugdam meditation, the Gyalwang Karmapa went to his side to preside over the customary rituals. While there, he spent time making powerful monlam prayers seated beside Chagme Rinpoche who remained in a state of thugdam meditation. 

In his late 80s, Chagme Rinpoche was a senior and highly respected master in the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, and head of the Nyedo Tashi Choling Monastery in Nepal. He was widely renowned for his skills in astrology and medicine. In particular, Rinpoche was esteemed for his ability to cure different diseases and ailments, and was sought out by people all across the Himalayan region and indeed the world seeking healing. 

Chagme Rinpoche’s previous incarnations have also played important historical roles, with the 1st Karma Chagme ensuring the continuity of many Karma Kagyu lineage transmissions and practices during a time when they might otherwise have become lost.



Compassionate action must not be treated as a business: Karmapa (TPI)

Friday, 04 October 2013 17:00 The Tibet Post International

17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, addressing students and faculty of the Ambedkar University Delhi, on October 3, 2013. Photo: TPI

Dharamshala: - His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, addressed students and faculty of the Ambedkar University Delhi Thursday, October 3 on a range of topics relating to emotional wellbeing. After a brief opening address to the packed hall at the university's Kashmere Gate campus, the Karmapa engaged in extended dialogue with MPhil students from a number of departments.
This interaction at Ambedkar University Delhi marked the Karmapa's first major visit to a university in India. Known for its commitment to social justice, Ambedkar University Delhi is the first university in the region dedicated entirely to postgraduate education and research in the social sciences and humanities.
Describing the ideal spiritual practitioner, or bodhisattva, as "an activist working solely for others", the Karmapa explored the responsibility we have to care for others with whom we share the global village. He particularly addressed the way that clinging to our identities can separate human beings and impede the development of love and compassion. "When we cease to see ourselves as separate, we do not disappear, but rather we see ourselves as part of others," the Karmapa said. Otherwise, as long as we hold to our separate identities, divisions and selfishness inevitably arise and love cannot flourish, he said.
"Compassionate action must not be treated as a business," the Karmapa told the student. "Rather, it can be seen as a creative, rather than a commercial, undertaking. Our compassion can be something that beautifies the world, rather than something we do in hopes of gaining something for ourselves."
Halfway into the interaction with the students, the Karmapa particularly invited women to participate fully in the discussion, observing that only male students and no women had asked questions up to that point.
The Karmapa's address was delivered at the invitation of the Department of Psychology, with students from the development practices, education, human ecology, psychology and sociology departments also participating. Professor Dr. Honey Oberoi Vahali, Dean of the School of Human Studies, commented that the interaction with the Karmapa was the most lively she had ever seen in that hall.
At the conclusion of the event, Vice Chancellor Professor Shyam B. Menon commented that beneath the Karmapa's "veneer of youth, light-heartedness and candour was profundity and depth."
The Vice Chancellor noted that the university generally restricts itself to matters of rational and empirical study and does not often address matters pertaining to spirituality and the self. He observed that these areas of human activity have too often been appropriated by zealots and sectarians. "We need to re-appropriate these two as resources and not allow these important aspects to become distorted," the Vice Chancellor said.

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches Mindfulness to American Embassy School Students

6 October 2013 – New Delhi
It was with evident delight that the Gyalwang Karmapa spent the afternoon of 4 October interacting with students, parents and staff at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. With this being his fourth such visit to the school, the Gyalwang Karmapa personally remembered many of the young students from previous years as they greeted him and approached for his blessings.
On his arrival at the school, a student first interviewed the Gyalwang Karmapa for a class project, asking him questions about his childhood and escape from Tibet. He then toured the school’s science labs, dropping in on an astronomy class and examining the telescope equipment.
Next the Gyalwang Karmapa headed to the school’s assembly hall, known as the Peace Hall, which was packed with 4th and 5th graders eagerly awaiting his arrival. The students, aged from 9–11 years, sang two songs for him on the theme of ‘shanti’ or peace. They later listened raptly as Ani Choying Drolma, the internationally renowned ‘singing nun’ from Nepal, performed live for them.
The young children asked the Gyalwang Karmapa a series of simple yet profound questions, seeking his wisdom on topics such as preserving the planet, preventing bullying, and finding inner peace.
“How can we be more mindful?” asked a young student.
In response the Gyalwang Karmapa then skillfully devised a ‘mindfulness game’ for the children as a way to train in becoming more mindful. He invited them to take a single day, and to deliberately pay more attention to their actions over the course of that entire day.
“For the mindfulness game, in the morning you can make a plan,” he explained. “When you follow that plan you can take a white stone and put it in the ‘mindful’ column. And when you’re not being mindful, you can then take a black stone and put that in the ‘unmindful’ column. Then at the end of the day you can keep score and see how many levels you get through. You can examine yourself, and that way you will know how mindful you are being.”
In response to a question on how to be happy, the Gyalwang Karmapa replied that it was very easy. Children are very happy when they get something, he explained, because they are easily satisfied.
“So I think the real spiritual instruction for being happy is to be satisfied with what you have. If you are, then that is the basis of being happy, and that is also the key point about being happy.”
Later, after many of the students had left school for the day, the Gyalwang Karmapa continued his interactions with parents and staff who also sought his wisdom on wide-ranging topics.
Continuing with the theme of mindfulness, the Gyalwang Karmapa elaborated further. Mindfulness is not something that we only do when we have a sudden emotional situation, he began. “We need to always, continually notice what is happening in our minds. We can say that being mindful is being in the present moment.”
“Normally we spend all day long working and doing things, and then when we come to the end of the day we don’t really know what we’ve done,” he said. “We don’t feel like we’ve tasted the flavor of anything that we’ve done, and that’s because we haven’t been in the present moment. So the feature of mindfulness is that we are being in the present moment, and are able to experience and taste it.”
He responded to a question on how artists can help keep their creative spirit alive.
“I think that drawing is actually really connected with mindfulness,” he said, “because as we’re drawing then our minds go along with what we’re drawing. When the mind and the drawing go along together, then our minds become more colorful, and our minds also have more beauty. I feel that this brings some peace.”
Late in the afternoon a group of 3 giggling young elementary school students snuck back into the hall and approached the Gyalwang Karmapa for a blessing—their second that day. ‘Again!?’ he admonished them jokingly, before gently placing the khatas around their necks. Their delighted peals of laughter echoed throughout the Peace Hall as they ran away home, filled with the Gyalwang Karmapa’s blessings.

2013.10.4 法王噶瑪巴教導美國學校學童以遊戲培養正念 Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches Mindfulness to American Embassy School Students