2014/10/31

The 1st Megazine of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa



第一本介紹第十七世大寶法王 嘉華噶瑪巴 鄔金欽列多傑 的雜誌由尼泊爾 噶瑪列些林佛學院 在1992年初版發行1000 本,1994年再版印製 1500 本,2014年第三次印製 20000本. The 1st Magazine of the H.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, published by Nepal Karma Leksheyling Institute. First edition 1000 copies 1992, Second edition 1500 copies 1994, Third edition 20000 copies 2014.

The Karma Lekshey Ling School has published this charming picture book about the early years of His Holiness the XVII Gyalwang Karmapa's life, from the details of his search and discovery through 1992. Large and colorful photos with commentary are supplemented with a concise biography of the Karmapa's early years. This book provides an pleasurable introduction to the Karmapa's life, valuable for reference on an ongoing basis. 

2014/10/27

At Special IBC Event, Karmapa Teaches On Milarepa’s Songs of Awakening



(27 October, 2014 – Delhi) His Holiness the 17th Karmapa was chief speaker at an all-day symposium on the songs of awakening of Milarepa, Tibet’s most widely revered “yogin par excellence,” as he was described during the event. The day’s exploration of Milarepa’s poetic works was co-hosted by the International Buddhist Confederation and the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters.
It served as an extension of IBC’s event on Milarepa earlier this year IBC’s event on Milarepa, at which His Holiness the Karmapa had delivered teachings on the life of Milarepa.
The Gyalwang Karmapa prefaced his discourse on the songs of Milarepa by chanting homages to Buddha Shakyamuni and to Milarepa himself. He noted that the organizers had requested that he discuss the poetic style of Milarepa’s songs of awakening, yet claimed that he himself was not sufficiently learned in the art of poetics to deliver such a discourse. However, as someone who had a long personal connection to the songs of Milarepa, the Gyalwang Karmapa said he could make some remarks regarding the aesthetic experience of reading the poetic works of the great Tibetan yogi, Milarepa. He then gave the following teaching on the emotional impact of Milarepa’s songs and the transmission of meaning that they impart:

“I have been studying the songs of Milarepa since a very early age, and have developed some familiarity with them. Therefore I can share some thoughts on the basis of the feeling that is inspired by the songs.
“One aspect of Milarepa’s life that stands out as particularly moving is the guru-disciple relationship between Marpa and Milarepa. Their relationship is striking for the great affection between them, yet at the same time it is also quite an intimidating relationship. As we all know, when Milarepa approached Lord Marpa, Marpa did not immediately grant him Dharma instructions, but rather put him through tremendous hardships, including having him build various structures.
“Milarepa’s fortitude and forbearance in the face of such obstacles inspire in us a sense of admiration and amazement. Yet what is even more admirable and amazing to me is how Milarepa dwelt in solitude in remote mountain caves following Marpa’s meditation instructions, without a single thought for food, clothing or fame, bent unwaveringly on accomplishing the path within a single lifetime.
“Although Milarepa had no material offerings to make to Marpa, he had his intense practice. He made his practice the most valuable offering and offered it to his guru as an expression of his devotion and heartfelt gratitude.
“In one of his songs, Milarepa describes how he dwelt in barren and uninhabited places, with no company but the wind and wild animals. With no one to talk to, as a human being with human emotions, at times he felt lonely and sad. Milarepa sang that the feeling of sadness was there to stay. He said, as the seasons pass by—spring, summer, autumn and winter—in this place with no sound but the howling of the wind and the call of wild animals, even with this feeling of loneliness and sadness, when I turn my mind to the presence of my omniscient master, inseparable from the Buddha, and unite my mind with him, there is also the experience of unceasing joy and bliss.
“This shows us where Milarepa drew the strength to endure his life of solitude in harsh environments. We can feel his unwavering devotion and faith in his guru Marpa, and the mental sustenance he gained from the experience of being united with the awakened mind of his guru.
“There is an account of his singing a song of awakening entitled ‘Six Ways of Recollecting the Kind Guru.’ At one point in his practice of austerities, Milarepa had the thought that perhaps his way of life had become too extreme. He did not have even the minimum provisions, and thought he must make a foray out from his cave to look at least for twigs to make a fire. He did not have proper clothes, but just enough cloth covering him for the sake of decency. The wind was blowing harshly and as he began collecting twigs, the bit of cloth he wore was carried off by the wind. As Milarepa bent to pick up the bit of cotton that served as his only garment, the bundle of twigs slipped from his hands. As he grasped at the twigs, he lost his grip on the cotton cloth. The thought arose in his mind: ‘Such is the futility of all samsaric phenomena.’
“He at first took this as an indication that he should return to ground himself more deeply in meditation. But then on second thought he felt he should first make an effort to collect more twigs. As he was doing so, a branch broke and knocked him to the ground. Since his body was weakened by his life of austerities, he fell unconscious. He lay unconscious for a few hours, and by the time he regained awareness, a cool breeze was touching him and the sun had begun to go down. It seems his guru was residing off in the direction of the sun and Milarepa awoke with the memory of his guru intensely present in his mind.
“In this song of awakening, Milarepa sang, ‘How wonderful it would be to meet Marpa right now.’ The feeling he expresses is that even now, if he were to meet Marpa and Marpa were to tell him to build another tower, he would be happy. Even though he was old and feeble, he would be delighted to construct another building on his command. Milarepa used to help Marpa’s consort Dagmema around the house, and he also expresses his yearning to be able to assist her with the household chores, weak though his body had become.
“We can see that these songs are not intellectual or philosophical discourses. Nor is this is a poetry of words. Rather it is an expression of the profound relationship and the unshakeable devotion and commitment that Milarepa felt.
“The power of his poetry is such that we ourselves can feel that Milarepa’s devotion is not something conditional, which one feels when the conditions are right but otherwise one does not have. It is not as if when things are difficult, one experiences it, but when things are going well one does not.
“In Milarepa’s case, happy or sad, sad or happy, under any and all circumstances, his experience of devotion and confidence in Marpa was unwavering. Milarepa’s mind could not be parted from his experience of devotion and faith. That devotion formed a part of the very fabric of his mind, so much so that even many centuries later, when we read the songs of Milarepa or listen to them today, not only does it bring before us the images of such times but it also evokes powerful emotions in us.
“Milarepa’s poetry is not a poetry of philosophy. It is not a poetry of words of ideas. Rather, it is a poetry of the transmission of meaning. As such, it impacts us and inspires us to this day.”

2014.10.27 法王噶瑪巴於國際佛教聯盟會中開示密勒日巴道歌 At Special IBC Event, Karmapa Teaches On Milarepa’s Songs of Awakening

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2014/10/22

Karmapa Rinpoche Graces Delek Hospital’s Founding Anniversary (CTA)


October 22, 2014 4:49 pm

His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche and the dignitaries, observing a minute’s silence in memory of Tibetan self-immolators, at the founding anniversary of Tibetan Delek Hospital

Karmapa Rinpoche addressing the ceremony on 22 October 2014.

DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche today graced the 43rd founding anniversary of Tibetan Delek hospital at Gangchen Kyishong. The ceremony is also being marked as part of the ’2014 – Year of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama’ announced by the 14th Kashag.
The ceremony was attended by Tibetan justice commissioners, members of the Tibetan Parliament and the respective Kalons and secretaries of the various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration.
A new residence for the doctors of Delek hospital was also inaugurated on the occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche acknowledged the crucial public  service performed by the hospital in catering to the healthcare needs of the Tibetan community. He said: “ I am glad to be here today to mark ’2014 – Year of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama’ and the 43rd founding anniversary of Delek hospital. The healthcare services provided by Delek Hospital are really commendable and helpful to the Tibetan community as well as the local Indian people.”
“ Personally, whenever I suffer any ailment,  I avail the services of Dr. Tseten la of Delek Hospital. I feel the health facilities of the hospital and the qualifications and determination of the doctors are really admirable. It serves as a perfect role model for aspiring Tibetan doctors,” he said.
He urged the hospital authorities to continue their exemplary work and underlined the need to fulfill  His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of peace, non-violence and service to the needy. “ If you continue your exemplary service, you would be fulfilling the true aspirations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, not just in words but in deeds,” he said.
Mr. Dawa Phunkyi, chief administrator of Tibetan Delek hospital, read out a brief report of the hospital’s notable works and achievements.
The ceremony also saw the presentation of souvenirs to Mr. Harrie Penders and group, for their financial charities and conferment of awards to long-serving staff of the hospital.
A cultural performance was presented by Thangthong Lukar group at the end of the ceremony.

Health Kalon Dr. Tsering wangchuk presenting an award to a long-serving hospital staff.

2014/10/19

Karmapa Receives Tilokpur Nuns Upon Completion of Three-Day Training




(19 October, 2014 – Dharamsala) The Gyalwang Karmapa met with a group of nuns from Tilokpur Nunnery upon their completion of a three-day training workshop in confidence-building, management skills and gender awareness. The training was provided by Jagori, a highly-respected local organization committed to women’s empowerment, and was organized for the nuns by the Kun Kyong Charitable Trust, of which His Holiness the Karmapa is primary patron.
Reporting to the Gyalwang Karmapa at the close of the three days, the senior Tilokpur nun Wangchuk Palmo observed that as the nunnery has grown, the nuns have recognized that they need to develop skills and confidence to allow them to interact more effectively with the wider community. She explained that the three-day training workshop had given them a clearer grasp of the issues involved in establishing gender equality, which is increasingly being discussed in Tibetan society nowadays. She said that this had inspired the nuns to imagine that they could become qualified to offer greater service to society.
She reported that the training had also given them specific tools in communicating effectively, in gaining confidence in public speaking and in resolving the interpersonal conflicts that can arise in any community. Finally, she described the work that they had done in the workshops to identify and cultivate leadership skills. The Karmapa then solicited the nuns’ views as to whether the training programme should be extended, and they unanimously supported the idea.
Speaking to the 16 nuns who had attended the workshop, the Karmapa emphasized that along with a profound knowledge and practice of the Buddhadharma, monastics nowadays need also to understand more about how wider society works, in order to enhance their ability to contribute in positive ways. He spoke of the growing appreciation in their society that women can offer as much as men, and the new opportunities that are opening up for women to take greater leadership roles. Along with keeping abreast of these changes, he encouraged the nuns to prepare themselves to contribute as leaders in society. “Women have the capacity,” he said, “to have an even greater impact on society than men.” He urged them to continue pursuing whatever education was useful to equip them to do so. “We need more leaders among the nuns, to be educated in modern skills as well as the Dharma, to increase your ability to serve society.”
Last January, with the inauguration of the first-ever winter gathering for Karma Kagyu nuns, which he named the Arya Kshema Winter Gathering, the 17th Karmapa launched a series of initiatives to ensure that nuns are afforded the education and training opportunities needed to assume a larger responsibility as full members of the Buddhist sangha. This three-day training forms part of that broader initiative. During this meeting with the nuns, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke of the Arya Kshema Winter Gathering and urged the nunnery not just to send nuns who were engaging in Buddhist dialectics (or debate)—the traditional cornerstone of the institution of winter gatherings in Tibetan Buddhism. A broader group of nuns should attend, he said, since the Arya Kshema Winter Gathering was also aimed at building confidence and offering wider Dharma education opportunities for nuns.
Abha Bhaiya, the founder of Jagori, told the Karmapa during this meeting: “The fact that you are giving importance to them becoming self-confident and igniting a fire in them to learn more—this has been of great value to them.”
Jetsunma Ngodup Pelzom—His Holiness the Karmapa’s sister—spoke at the opening session of the three days of trainings, sharing with the nuns her own life experience in the hope it might be of some benefit to them. She was raised in a small village where education simply was not offered to women, she said, a fact that left her wholly unequipped to take on the responsibilities that arose later as her brother has become a world spiritual leader. She stressed to the nuns the great importance of education in both understanding the principles at work in their own life, as well as in being able to be of significant benefit to others and to accomplish their own aims in life.
“I firmly believe that this training—which has never been available to you before—will be of tremendous benefit to you in making the most of your Dharma understanding in helping others but also in your own development as nuns,” she said, encouraging them to make the most of the opportunity.
“My brother is continually looking for ways to support nuns and is always working to empower nuns and Himalayan women,” Jetsunma said. “If you empower yourselves through this sort of training, this could help fulfill his wishes for gender equality. As you become more confident and more educated, gender equality could actually begin to happen in actual reality, and not just in words.”
In the following session, the nuns themselves were asked to state what they hoped to receive from the training. A recurring theme was the need to overcome shyness and gain confidence to speak in public. Over the next three days, Abha Bhaiya and Nimisha Desai—who had traveled from Gujarat to help lead the workshops—guided the nuns through a series of interactive exercises, including role play, team building and creative writing exercises. The overall aim was capacity building and gender awareness, with sessions focused on defusing community disputes, leadership training, public speaking, planning and time management.
In the concluding session at Jagori, the nuns sat in a circle as each expressed what she had learned. The transformation from the initial session was dramatic. In the opening session, many nuns had been barely audible when addressing the group, speaking hunched over without lifting their eyes. In the concluding session, most of them projected self-confidence, as they spoke movingly of all they had learned from the experience. “Times are changing,” one of the nuns commented during this concluding session. “I did not understand much about the situation in society, especially about gender.”
“Before, when we saw a woman being mistreated,” said another, “we just felt pity. Now, I can see that there is something to be done about it.”
Echoing a comment made by many of them, one young nun said: “Since I came here, I gained the courage to speak up in front of the public.”
Kun Kyong Charitable Trust, which sponsored the training of the nuns from Tilokpur Nunnery, was established in February 2013 to support the religious and charitable activities of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

2014.10.19 法王噶瑪巴接見圓滿三天集訓的帝洛普尼師  Karmapa Receives Tilokpur Nuns Upon Completion of Three-Day Training

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2014/10/18

Strengthening Ties to Tibetan Youth, Karmapa Presides over School Event



(18 October, 2014 – Gopalpur) His Holiness the Karmapa spent the day as chief guest of the Tibetan SOS Children’s Village in Gopalpur, northern India, during its 16th Annual Sport’s Day. Along with officially inaugurating the daylong event, the Gyalwang Karmapa was requested by the organizers to deliver an address to the students as part of the event’s opening ceremony.
His Holiness the Karmapa recalled that he had already visited the Gopalpur TCV school several times in the past, and expressed his contentment at the current opportunity to continue cultivating his connection to the school. He described the athletic day as a joyful event and added, “sports may appear to be a matter of idle play, but actually it can have significance on many levels.” The inclusion of athletics in the educational curriculum of TCV schools offers an opportunity for students to enhance their physical fitness while engaging in play. This helps ensure that the school experience is enjoyable for students, he observed. Not only within a school or among schools, but “even among nations,” he said, “sporting events serve as a means to come together and enhance relationships.” In this way, the Karmapa noted, sports can even contribute in some measure to world peace.
Wryly noting that lecturing them when they were waiting to engage in playful games was not the most opportune moment for him to speak at any length, the Gyalwang Karmapa observed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself had previously visited the school and given many encouraging words of advice, which the Karmapa urged them to keep alive in their minds and put into practice in their daily lives. He encouraged them to make the most of their time at school, and to intensify their courage and determination to achieve their aims in life.
The remainder of the day was filled with the performance of school songs and good-natured exertion in each of the various sports. After a break for lunch, the games continued through the afternoon until the sun began dropping towards the horizon and the time had come for the awarding of trophies to the members of the winning teams. Before he departed for the drive back to Gyuto, His Holiness the Karmapa himself handed the trophies to the tired but exhilarated boys and girls, and the day was declared a success all round.

2014.10.18 法王噶瑪巴主持西藏兒童村學校運動會 Strengthening Ties to Tibetan Youth, Karmapa Presides over School Event

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