• Losar Message from His Holiness Karmapa

    Losar Message from His Holiness Karmapa

    Losar Tashi Delek,
    My warmest greetings to you all at Tibetan New Year of the Fire Bird bring you good health, peace and joy, and may all your aspirations be fulfilled.

  • The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the 28th Nyingma Monlam Chenmo

    The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the 28th Nyingma Monlam Chenmo

    This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to the Mahabodhi Stupa to visit the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, taking place from January 28 to February 6, 2017.

  • The Three Essential Points, Day One

    The Three Essential Points, Day One

    Today the Gyalwang Karmapa began a teaching based on the Three Essential Points, the next section from Mikyö Dorje’s One Hundred Short Instructions. The three points relate to the essence of practice for this life, for the time of death, and for the bardo.

  • The Gyalwang Karmapa Attends 34th Kalachakra

    The Gyalwang Karmapa Attends 34th Kalachakra

    The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in the late morning to join HH Sakya Trizin on the podium near HH the Dalai Lama and 120,000 devotees from 90 different countries.

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  • Gutor Day Two: Incinerating the Hostile

    22 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    Almost overnight the Kagyu Monlam Pavilion had transitioned from a cool, elegant space appropriate for sutric-based prayers for world peace into a fiery, dramatic hall dedicated to the wrathful practices of those fierce deities who protect the dharma, and in particular the lineage of the Gyalwang Karmapa. The first day of the Great Encampment Mahakala...

  • Gutor Day One: Protector Practices to Prepare for the Blossoming of the New Year

    21 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    For over three hundred years, from the time of the Fourth to Tenth Karmapa, the Karmapas traveled extensively in what was known as the Great Encampment. This allowed them to reach disciples all over Tibet with great flexibility and spontaneity. From the time of the Seventh Karmapa (1454-1506), the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo as well took place wherever the...

  • “What I Give Away is Mine”: the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Advice as the 34th Kagyu Monlam Ends

    19 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    The last afternoon of the 34th Kagyu Mönlam started slightly earlier than usual with a Medicine Buddha tsok practice according to the Concise Ritual of Offering to the Seven Tathagatas, compiled by the 6th Sharmapa. Tsok, in the form of small bags of fruit, was distributed to each and every participant, sangha and lay followers alike, and money offerings...

  • Celebrating the Life of the Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche: A Ritual of Offerings to the Gurus

    19 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    The extensive Ritual of Offerings to the Gurus, always performed on the last day of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, was composed in 2005 by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. It is a compilation drawn from many famous Buddhist texts. The puja often serves as a memorial to a particular Lama who has passed away, and this year a large portrait photograph of the...

  • Reviving the Tradition of the Cotton-Clad Yogis

    19 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    The source for all practices and traditions that are followed at the Kagyu Monlam is the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso (1454-1506). In a letter to Minyak Gang Monastery in Kham, Chödrak Gyatso described how to combine the practices of the Six Yogas with the Monlam they were practicing. The letter detailed what to do, which texts to chant, and the...