• History in the Making: The First Step Toward Full Ordination for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns

    11 March, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    On December 28, 2016, in a historic letter sent to his Kagyu nunneries in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, the Karmapa officially announced that the actual process of establishing full ordination for nuns in the Karma Kamtsang tradition would begin. He stated that at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, on the auspicious day of the full...

  • Never Giving Up on Others

    8 March, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    Today the Karmapa began with the section in the Ornament of Precious Liberation on the eight benefits of aspirational bodhichitta. The first benefit is that aspirational bodhichitta is the gateway into the mahayana. Whether or not we are a mahayana practitioner depends on having aspirational bodhichitta in our being. It is what distinguishes the mahayana...

  • Ordained Nuns and Their History: The Karmapa Reports

    7 March, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    In the second half of his teachings this morning, the Karmapa shared his research into the history of nuns and their status. He began by explaining the background of the name “Arya Kshema,” given to the Winter Dharma Gathering. He noted that among the disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha, there were his eight greatest male monastic disciples, known...

  • Keeping the Bodhisattva’s Promise

    Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
    After welcoming everyone for the second day of the 4th Arya Kshema, the Karmapa continued with the discussion of the ceremony of the bodhisattva vows from Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation. Having completed the discussion of the tradition of the profound view, that of Manjushri to Nagarjuna, he elaborated upon the tradition of vast conduct,...

  • The Arya Kshema Winter Gathering for Nuns Begins in Bodhgaya

    The Main Shrine Hall, Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
    March 6, 2017
    On this first day of the 4th Arya Kshema Winter Gathering, the Karmapa welcomed 560 nuns from nine different shedras (scholastic colleges) and their teachers, along with large groups of nuns from Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and China as well as a few from the West plus the community of laywomen. From March 6 to 18, the...

  • A Joyous Celebration to Conclude the 34th Kagyu Monlam

    The Pavilion stage underwent its final transformation of the Monlam into a space of simplicity with just the Buddha, a tall flower arrangement on either side of him, and in front, a seat and table for the Karmapa. The rest of the stage was cleared to give maximum space for this evening’s performers at this Marme Monlam, the Lamp Prayer. In front row of the audience were seated the Karmapa,...