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Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee urges calmness amid reactions to rival claimant’s wedlock - Phayul

Friday, March 31, 2017 
By Tenzin Monlam

DHARAMSHALA, MARCH 31: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, recognized by the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has requested followers of Kamtsang Kagyu to refrain from speaking ill about each other in the wake of “recent events”, which has caused a stir in the Buddhist community. 

Without making any direct reference to the recent news of his rival Karmapa Thinlay Thaye Dorje’s wedding, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje wrote, “Recent events in the Kamtsang Kagyu may cause a lot of discussion both inside the lineage and out, and I am slightly worried about the possibility of people trading barbed words over it,” Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje wrote on his official Facebook page, without specifically referring to any particular incident. 

Addressed as ‘a request to all my friends’, the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje urged everyone to consider all the different sides of the situation before making any criticism. The 31-yea…

A Request to All My Friends

Recent events in the Kamtsang Kagyu may cause a lot of discussion both inside the lineage and out, and I am slightly worried about the possibility of people trading barbed words over it. In particular, the lineages with the same dharma and gurus, the same crown and colors must give up making threats or criticizing each other. Do not look only at what appears right in front of you; carefully consider all the different sides and angles of the situation. Be spacious, patient, and forgiving so as not to lose control of yourself. Please be sympathetic and understanding so as not to disturb anyone else’s mind.
Whatever happens to you or someone else,
Do not dispute, exaggerate, or speak badly.
Instead, look carefully at every side,
Don’t search for others’ faults; give up your own.

- By the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

ཁ་སང་ཀཾ་ཚང་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་ནང་བྱུང་བའི་གནས་ཚུལ་དེའི་རྐྱེན་གྱིས་ཆོས་བརྒྱུད་ཕྱི་ནང་དུ་གླེང་གཞི་མང་པོ་ཡོང་སྲིད་པ་དང་། ལྷག་པར་ཕན་ཚུན་ཚིག་མཚོན་འདེབས་རེས་བྱ…

Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi Annoucement letter

From Benchen Monastery office, March 29, 2017

Please find the official Announcement letter from Benchen Monastery by clicking here

Some Pictures and more Details

From Tempa Lama, March 27, 2017

On 21st March at the Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya, India, at 9:30am His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa introduced Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's reincarnation to the world with an introduction ceremony. It was not more than that. Please do not misunderstand this fact. It was not an enthronement nor a hair cutting ceremony. It was simply an introduction of Rinpoche's yangsi (reincarnation). Please don't confuse the differences. There are lots of meanings in the various ceremonies of our tradition.

His Holiness has stated that the hair-cutting ceremony and the enthronement shall only take place after Yangsi Rinpoche is seven years old. The dates of the enthronement and hair-cutting ceremonies will be decided only later by His Holiness and Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. It is not certain when the ceremonies will take place. Until then he is going to spend time with his parents playing with the children in the village openly in a clean and …

Karmapa calls for protection of Himalayas and Ganga - Hindustan Times

25 Mar 2017PatnaAnil Kumar Ojha

The three-day Khoryug conference organized by Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, concluded at the Tergar monastery in Bodh Gaya with a call to monks and nuns to protect the environment across the Himalayan region. The Khoryug conference also released a book written by theKarmapa that contains, disaster management guidelines for over 65 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries spread over across the Himalayas and in South India.

Khoryug, a network of monasteries and nunneries, was established in 2009 and has so far organized at least seven regional workshops and one international workshop-cum-conference to create awareness among Tibetans about the significance and need to protect the Himalayan environment.

Taking a serious view on how the Himalayas are extremely vulnerable to climate change and also an acknowledged earthquake zone, the Karmapa in 2015 decided to provide specialized training to monks and nuns to take up d…

A talk on healing the heart and mind by Karmapa

March 24, 2017

The 8th Khoryug Conference, A talk on healing the heart and mind, addressing mental trauma during aftermath of disasters by the Karmapa.

Khoryug Delegates Explore Waste Management

Day Three, 8th Khoryug Conference 24th March, 2017 Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

On the third day of the 8th Khoryug Conference, participants turned their attention to the topic of waste management, an issue that is faced by monasteries and nunneries across the Himalayas as one of the most difficult environmental problems to solve. Khoryug advisor, Dekila Chungyalpa, explained how the development of a cash economy and globalization has adversely affected regions such as the Himalayas by disrupting the traditional ways of life which produced very little waste. Although Himalayan people produce relatively small amounts of waste compared to those in developed countries, in the Himalayas the problem is not so much the volume of waste as the lack of infrastructure to dispose of it appropriately.  The solution to the difficulties facing religious institutions in the Himalayan region therefore lies in reducing the amount of waste that is produced and maximizing what can be recycled, composted or ot…

Introduction of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi

From Tempa Lama March 23, 2017

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
As all of you know by now, on the 21 of March, 2017, at 9am Indian time His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa introduced Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi in the Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya. Rinpoche is a four years old boy but from time to time I see him as an old man. It is hard to believe he is that young.
I am very sorry at the moment I am very busy. I will later let you know details about the search and how we found Yangsi Rinpoche and provide you with photos and video clips for you to enjoy.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche instructed us to wait for His Holiness’ advice to Yangsi Rinpoche how to further proceed from here.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche could not come to this occasion of His Holiness’ introducing Tenga Rinoche’s Yangsi since he has a schedule in Bhutan that was arranged long time ago. As you all know Bhutan is a remote area and in order to join teachings and initiations elderly people have to be ca…

Khoryug Delegates Review Past Activities and Strategize for Future

Day Two, 8th Khoryug Conference 23 March, 2017 Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

The second day of the 8th Khoryug conference was largely dedicated to internal reporting, focus group analysis, and decision making. Participants first reviewed the Disaster Management Guidelines and made suggestions on how to improve the recommendations and knowledge provided by the book. Conference participants then split into focus groups to reflect together on the successes and challenges faced in their disaster management initiatives over the past year and how to improve their approach. The focus groups also carried out analysis to identify information and capacity gaps that will become future priorities for Khoryug. Each group included representatives from India, Nepal and Bhutan so that participants could hear firsthand about the experiences in other countries and draw upon this diversity to devise the best solutions. All representatives agreed that holding smaller localized workshops in 2016 on disaster manag…

Khoryug Nepal offers demonstration of disaster response skills

Day 1, 8th Khoryug Conference 22 March, 2017 Kagyu Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
In 2015, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa announced during the 6th Khoryug Conference that all Khoryug monasteries and nunneries should receive disaster management training.  Khoryug Nepal took up this initiative by partnering with the White Mountain Training Institute, whose head trainer Dr. Behrouz Moghaddassi introduced them to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. Over the course of 2016, Khoryug Nepal organized four five-day trainings with Dr. Behrouz for a total of 125 monks and nuns. During the afternoon, Khoryug Nepal monks and nuns showcased their CERT skills with a disaster response demonstration. 30 participants from Nepal led the audience through a series of emergency and disaster scenarios. All of the monastics performed their duties efficiently and intently. While the dramatic play-acting periodically generated comic relief and laughter from the audience, the CERT monastics rema…

17th Karmapa Reveals New Khoryug Logo

March 22, 2017

During his opening address of the 8th Khoryug Conference, the 17th Karmapa revealed his design for a new Khoryug logo. The new design depicts Mount Kailash at the center with rivers flowing down to Lake Mansarovar, all of which is embraced by two hands. His Holiness explained that he chose to portray Mount Kailash in the new logo due to its great significance in Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies. Referred to as Mount Meru in ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts, Mount Kailash features in both Hinduism and Buddhism as the physical and metaphysical center of the universe. It continues to have considerable importance in both Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism today. Ancient Indian texts depict four great rivers, including the sacred Ganges, originating at Mount Kailash and flowing down the four faces of this King of Mountains. Ancient Tibetan scriptures also describe the rivers similarly, referring to them flowing down the four sides of the Precious Snow Mountain. His Holiness further e…

His Holiness 17th Karmapa launches new book of Disaster Management Guidelines

Day One, 8th Khoryug Conference 22 March 2017 Tergar Shrine Hall, Bodhgaya

At 9.00am, 72 delegates, representing 27 different monasteries and nunneries, schools and communitiesfrom across the Himalayan region, gathered at Tergar Monastery for the 8th annual Khoryug conference. Khoryug was founded in 2009 by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje as an environmental association of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries all working towards environmental protection, sustainability and climate change resilience.Khoryug is an initiative of Kun Kyong Charitable Trust. This year’s conference welcomed 38 delegates from Nepal, 26 from India and 8 from Bhutan. Khoryug’s Program Officer, Lhakpa Tsering and Khoryug Adviser, Dekila Chungyalpa, began the day by greeting everyone warmly. At the request of the Khoryug members themselves, this year’s conference will provide an introduction to the topic of waste management, a difficulty which is faced by every single monastery and nunnery. Waste manageme…

8th Khoryug Conference

22 – 24 March, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

72 delegates, representing 27 different monasteries and nunneries, schools and communities from across the Himalayan region, gathered at Tergar Monastery for the 8th annual Khoryug conference. Khoryug was founded in 2009 by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje as an environmental association of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries all working towards environmental protection, sustainability and climate change resilience. Khoryug is an initiative of Kun Kyong Charitable Trust and Khoryug Advisor, Dekila Chungyalpa and Khoryug’s Program Officer, Lhakpa Tsering, initiated the day with a warm greeting to all participants.

This year’s conference focused on disaster management and waste management. Sessions over the course of the three days featured training on these topics as well as presentations and demonstrations from Khoryug monastics on their achievements and focus group discussions on identifying Khoryug’s next steps.

His Holiness t…

Khoryug Announces Launch of Disaster Management Guidelines

Khoryug announces the launch of its latest publication, “Disaster Management Guidelines for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries,” on March 22nd, 2017, during the first day of the 8th Khoryug Conference. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa will launch the book of guidelines, a collection of practical recommendations on preparing, responding and recovering from disasters common in the Himalayas. The book also features a chapter from His Holiness on addressing and healing the heart and mind from a disaster.

An Amazing Story: Finding the Reincarnation of Tenga Rinpoche

Michele Martin
Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
March 21, 2017

Ever since he passed away on March 30, 2012, finding Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s reincarnation (yangsi) has been awaited with great hope and deep devotion, especially in the Karma Kamtsang lineage. Before founding Benchen Monastery in Nepal, he was the ritual master for HH the Sixteenth Karmapa and famous for his detailed knowledge of vajrayana ceremonies and practice. When traveling in Germany, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke about Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche on August 30, 2015: “While here in Germany, I had the opportunity to meet briefly with many students of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and share some remarks with them. It has been a while now since he passed away but during all this time, his students and I myself have been continually remembering Rinpoche. This recollection has caused our faith, devotion, and love for him to continue flourishing.

“Before Rinpoche passed away, he spoke a few words to me about his future reincarnation.…