• Celebrating Dharma Connections

    Celebrating Dharma Connections

    From a young age, I have met many great lamas and received their teachings and their compassion, and have also been supported by so many Dharma brothers, sisters, and friends. I feel that due to them, I have been able to get to where I am today. It was not easy, so I would like to thank all these lamas and all these friends, said the Karmapa.

  • Writing from the Heart

    Writing from the Heart

    Following the advice of the Gyalwang Karmapa to practice the ten Dharma Activities, this evening everyone gathered again in the main hall to practice the first one: writing out the letters of the Dharma. On the tables in front of every cushion was an elegant, accordion-pleated book.

  • Dialoguing on Tibetan Issues with Students from Different Cultures

    Dialoguing on Tibetan Issues with Students from Different Cultures

    On their last day of participating in interactive sessions, the students came to visit the Gyalwang Karmapa and ask him their questions. First His Holiness was requested to relate something of his life story, and then he opened the floor to the students’ queries.

  • Celebrating the Year of Guru Rinpoche’s Birth

    Celebrating the Year of Guru Rinpoche’s Birth

    The Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to preside over the celebrations of Guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary, which is observed on the 10th of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar, at Dharamsala’s Nechung Monastery.

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  • How to Use Emptiness as a Means to Develop Compassion and Freedom (Podcast Episode #010)

    Today we are happy to bring you the tenth episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

    This special teaching took place in the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation.

    During this episode, the Gyalwang Karmapa discusses how to meditate on emptiness, and how such meditations can lead to the natural development of compassion....

  • Gyalwang Karmapa Brings to a Close His Commentary on the Heart Sutra

    The final session of the 17th Karmapa’s commentary on the Heart Sutra began with a brief explanation of the differences in the view of emptiness among the Middle Way (Madhyamaka), Mind Only (Chittamātra), and the Buddha Nature (Tathāgatagarbha) schools of Buddhism. The prajna paramita sutras, the Karmapa reminded everyone, are the root of philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism. All of its three main...

  • Celebrating Dharma Connections

    August 18, 2016 - Gurgaon, India
    The last afternoon of the Heart Sutra teachings saw a celebration of the entire seminar. The hundreds of low meditation tables in the hall had been set with a plate of the famous Taiwanese pineapple cake and a cup of renowned high mountain tea, both of which had been brought from Taiwan to India.

    After His Holiness entered the hall and took his seat on the stage,...

  • The Nature of Everything Is Emptiness

    August 17, 2016 - Gurgaon.
    This afternoon the Karmapa continued to examine some of the points that he had talked about in the morning, when he focused on the lines of the sutra: “Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is none other than form; form is none other than emptiness.” Continuing from here, the sutra names the other four skandhas:

    Likewise sensation, perception, formation,...

  • The View of Emptiness and the Path to Buddhahood

    17 August 2016 - Hyatt Regency Gurgaon,
    His Holiness began the fourth session of his commentary on the Heart Sutra by reviewing the topics that had been covered in the previous sessions and then resumed his commentary on Section Five, the question:

    Son of a noble family, how should any son or daughter of noble family train, when they wish to practise the profound transcendent wisdom?

    The...

  • Writing from the Heart

    August 16, 2016 - Gurgaon, India
    Following the advice of the Gyalwang Karmapa to practice the ten Dharma Activities, this evening everyone gathered again in the main hall to practice the first one: writing out the letters of the Dharma. On the tables in front of every cushion was an elegant, accordion-pleated book. It contained facsimiles of the Karmapa’s calligraphy in Chinese, including the...