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First visit to Europe by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

by Wangdu on February 28, 2014 

With the support granted by the government of India and the Tibetan government, the Karmapa Foundation Europe (KFE) has the great pleasure and honour to announce the first visit to Europe by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

The visit will take place in Germany from 25th May until 9th June 2014.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS(Last updated on April 24, 2014)

Below is a provisional itinerary for the 2014 European visit. Information about booking tickets and accommodation will soon be published on Please contact the individual locations/organisers for further details. Kamalashila Institute
28th of May
Kamalashila Institute®Arrival in Langenfeld / Eifel16.00Welcoming the Gyalwang Karmapa to Kamalashila Institute®
(invitation only)20.00Reception for official representatives of European Karma Kagyu organisations.
Application via online form is mandatory!
(invitation only)29th of May
MayBitburger Event-Center Nürburgring09.30Teac…

Wonderful drawings dedicate to H.H. the 17th Karmapa

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Inaugural Meeting of the Karma Kamtsang Directors of Publications

26th Feb, 2014 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Varanasi. For the purpose of establishing cooperation and unity between the publishing groups of the different Karma Kamtsang monasteries, His Holiness called a meeting of their leaders at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche graced the conference with his presence, offering his full support and encouragement towards this important endeavour. As His Holiness explained, until now, the publishing groups of the different monasteries have been working hard within their own spheres, but because of a lack of communication between them, there have been some problems such as multiple printings of a common text, while more rare and important texts have been overlooked. Since the readership of Tibetan is relatively small, he expressed that it is important for the groups to come together to pool their resources, and share the responsibility for preserving the full Karma Kamtsang textual tradition and the Buddha’s teachings in general. H…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Confers Long Life Empowerment

22nd February, 2014. Samyeling (Majnukatilla) Delhi. This chilly February morning found the Tibetan colony of Majnukatilla bedecked with flags and banners as people lined up early to get a good seat for the long life empowerment from the Gyalwang Karmapa. His Holiness first inaugurated the colony’s new community center, and then made his way to Samye Ling TCV school where more then two thousand people were waiting for the blessing and empowerment. The local head of the Tibetan community extended a whole-hearted welcome to His Holiness with speeches and a traditional offering of tea and rice. His Holiness then bestowed the empowerment of Amitayus, expressing that our faith and good heart gave this meeting its auspicious meaning. Following the empowerment, he spoke at some length to the community members, giving them advice on many matters, from health to the Tibetan political cause. He stressed the importance of unity among Tibetans – that they shouldn’t allow the changing world situatio…

Guru Vajradhara the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa visited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

On the 21st of February 2014, Guru Vajradhara the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa visited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at the Hyatt Regent Hotel in Dehli after the 31st Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya and teachings in Dehli.



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Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teachings to Tibetans and Himalayan Region People in Delhi

9 February 2014 – Buddha Jayanti Park, New Delhi The sun shone in a clear blue sky as many from New Delhi’s Tibetan and Himalayan communities gathered in the lush grounds of the Buddha Jayanti Park. In the crisp winter morning they followed winding pathways over green fields and small streams to cross the park—which was created in celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Buddha’s Indian birth—towards a special outdoor arena, beside the park’s iconic golden Buddha statue. A stage was set with the Gyalwang Karmapa’s throne, while a translucent red silk canopy floated in the gentle breeze overhead. The Gyalwang Karmapa was once more requested by the Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association to offer empowerment and teachings, in an annual gathering of Delhi’s Tibetan and Himalayan peoples that has taken place for the past 5 years. On his arrival at the park the Gyalwang Karmapa was escorted through the grounds with traditional gyaling horns and clouds of fragrant incense, first pausing at…

Tsechu Lama Dance will be broadcast on Life TV in February

Life TV (

February 12-19
6:30-7:30 am (Indian Time) / 9:00-10:00 am (Taiwan Time)
February 14-21
6:30-7:30 pm (Indian Time) / 9:00-10:00 pm (Taiwan Time)

The Gyalwang Karmapa visits Nyigma Monlam

Feb 5th, 2014 – Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya. The Gyalwang Karmapa today visited the Mahabodhi temple where the anniversary of the 25th Nyingma Monlam was being celebrated. The sun was at last shining brilliantly lighting up the stupa grounds, where various groups gathered round ancient stone monuments and bodhi trees to chant prayers. While devotees gathered outside the inner sanctum of the temple, the Gyalwang Karmapa entered and offered a new shining gold robe to the sacred Buddha statue. He then led a procession of enthusiastic followers around the inner kora stopping at the thrones of Nyingma masters to offer katags and light butter lamps. On the south side was Khyentse Yangsi and Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, on the north Dudjom Yangsi, on the east Khenchen Pema Sherab, and on the west Namkha Drimed Rinpoche. The Gyalwang Karmapa did four outer circumambulations with calm dignified steps, while a growing procession of monks, Himalayans, and Western lay devotees followed. Seeing his rad…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Joins Bihar Chief Minister in Celebration of Bodh Mahotsava 2014.

Februrary 4, 2014 – Bodhgaya. The Gyalwang Karmapa participated today in the opening of the Bodh Mahotsava 2014, a three-day cultural festival commemorating the 2,600th anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment here in Bodhgaya. Chief minister of Bihar, Mr.Nitish Kumar welcomed His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and salute tourists and pilgrims from all over the world who have successfully thwarted the designs of the saboteurs through their presence in a large number in the city of enlightenment. Lauded the constant improvement in the Mahotsava format and the increasing level of participation of cultural troops from abroad to make it a truly international event. Buddha Mahotsava, the much-awaited cultural event jointly organised by the tourism department of the state government and the district administration began on a positive note on Tuesday evening with the organizers offering the right mix of Indian and foreign cultural menu. The annual event that began in 1998 aims at promotin…

The First Kagyu Monlam Animal Camp Declared a Great Success

February 3rd, 2014 Bodhgaya
During the first ever Kagyu Monlam Animal Camp, the team of volunteer vets and para-vets treated a total of 830 animals. An elephant, a beetle, rabbits, a camel, ducklings, dogs: many different types of sentient beings received treatment during the animal camp. From an injured beetle to a sick elephant - all received equal care and attention.  Many concerned people brought a total of 540 injured or sick animals to the experienced veterinary team for help. 
Goats: Thousands of goats live in and around Bodhgaya. During this winter, many were sick with a severe form of contagious pneumonia (lung infection) and were near death. Due to the efforts of the team, the goats were able to recover with treatment (antibiotics, intravenous fluids (glucose drip) and other medications).  A nearby Buddhist centre houses many goats who have been liberated from slaughter (Tsethar). These goats were similarly sick and the team travelled to the institute daily to give them treatme…

Yellow Jambhala painted by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa


Mahamudra Arises Spontaneously

February 2nd, 2014 – Root Insititute Root Institute is an oasis of peace and tranquillity, like a Pure Land  within the environmental chaos of Bodhgaya. HH Karmapa’s teaching after the Monlam at the Institute, established by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, has become an annual tradition, a special event eagerly awaited by his Western students. When His Holiness enters the cosy shrine room it feels like the Buddha has come home to his sitting room, in marked contrast to the vast space of the Monlam Pavilion which seats 10,000. To create the right atmosphere, the Venerable Ani Sarah read Lama Zopa’s translation of Guru Rinpoche’s teaching on the benefits of making offerings to the Bodhgaya stupa, (and all stupas), a lengthy poetic treatise covering every possible object of offering and its incalculable benefits. With this preparation, HH Karmapa  enters and offers a katag to the life-like photo of HH Dalai Lama resting on the throne. His own throne is garlanded in brilliant orange and gold marigolds. L…

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Speech ( A Special Emphasis on Nuns 2014: A Retrospective)

February 2nd, 2014

First of all I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the spiritual friends, scholars, and members of the monastic and lay communities who have come to this closing ceremony of the Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering.
We have held this gathering over the course of two weeks, and for over one week I spoke both in the mornings and afternoons, so I feel that I have run out of anything to say. I don’t have anything in particular to say. It’s like grinding sand to extract oil.
However, the various nunneries have made the request that it would be good to have the opportunity to take the bhikshuni vow. We didn’t plan this—it’s not as if we said to them, “You do this, you make this request.” At first I didn’t know about it. When I first heard there was a request, I didn’t know what it was.
As I said the other day, whether the teachings of Buddhism are present or not depends upon whether the Dharma Vinaya is present or not, and that primarily comes down to whether th…