Conclusion of First Canadian Tour
26 Jun 2017
At times, a month can drag on without end, but certainly not the Saga Dawa (the fourth month, a holy month on the Tibetan calendar) of the year of Firebird. This month, Canada has been blessed with a well-anticipated visit from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. After years of invitation, the Gyalwang Karmapa has landed in Toronto and begun his first Canadian tour on May 29, 2017. His Holiness has since traveled country-wide, from east to west, giving public talks and performing Buddhist rituals. After two weeks of events scheduled on the east coast, His Holiness stopped at Calgary for a public event before reaching Vancouver– the final destination for this tour. Along the way, His Holiness has also visited many Buddhist centres of various traditions, and has enjoyed much of the beauty the Canadian landscape has to offer. In Vancouver, the Gyalwang Karmapa shared with us a week of events which have come to a conclusion only today, with an off-the-schedule Long Life Prayer event for the Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on His Holiness’ birthday. Yesterday, on June 25, 2017, the Canadian tour organizer, Karma Kagyu Association of Canada, planned an appreciation event in attempt to express the immense gratitude felt by Canadian students towards His Holiness. During this dinner gathering, as His Holiness has expressed reluctance to celebrate his birthday at the absence of his parents, cakes were presented in three colours representing a body-speech-mind offering, instead. In this short month, the Gyalwang Karmapa has shown us what compassion looks like in action, and has worked with sparing rest for the well being of others. He is an exemplar of selflessness, a worthy cause to be pursued by those willing to endeavour the path of a bodhisattva. We thank you, Your Holiness, for all the kindness you have done unto us. May you dwell long and firmly establish a comparable enlightened mind within beings limitless as the sky above.