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  • Welcoming the Year of the Wood Sheep

    22 February 2015
    Vajra Vidya, Sarnath

    On 19 February the Gyalwang Karmapa enjoyed a low-key Losar or Tibetan New Year celebration in the sacred place of Bodhgaya. He began the Year of the Wood Sheep with a morning puja, individually blessing all those in attendance, before he joined around 150 close disciples, friends, and locals for a grand Losar lunch offered by Tsurphu Labrang.

    After spending...

  • The Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to the Mahabodhi Temple

    February 13, 2015
    The stupa is peaceful on this clear midmorning. Light falls through the Bodhi Tree, glancing off its shiny leaves and weaving its way through the spread of the ancient branches. Beneath its canopy Thai pilgrims, all dressed in white, follow ocher-robed monks around the stupa, the call and response of their chanting reverberating off the carved stone walls. A few seasoned pilgrims...

  • “The Greatness of Small Acts”: Gyalwang Karmapa Interacts with Students at the University of Delhi

    31 January 2015, New Delhi

    This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa made his first ever visit to the University of Delhi, where he interacted with students and faculty primarily from the Department of Buddhist Studies and spoke on ‘The Greatness of Small Acts’.

    He was warmly welcomed to the university with a traditional Tibetan white silk scarf and bouquet of flowers by Professor Jain Khurana,...

  • Dedicating the Merit at the Mahabodhi Stupa

    29 January 2015, Bodhgaya.
    The Gyalwang Karmapa spent almost three months in Bodhgaya, beginning in November with the monks' Winter Dharma Gathering followed by the peaceful empowerments from the cycle of Knowing One Frees All, and then teachings on The Torch of True Meaning. These led into the 32nd Kagyu Monlam and then the nuns' Winter Dharma Gathering, which included management and medical training...

  • The Inaugural Ceremony of the Ladakh Buddhist Vihara in Bodhgaya.

    January 26, 2015
    The road into the Vihar has been lined in soft orange and cream satins embellished with gold sequins, and just after the gate into the Vihar, a large Dharma wheel has been chalked on the red carpeting. Nearby are a group of five male dancers with tall brocade hats and their maroon and white striped stoles. Just behind them wait five Ladakhi ladies, wearing their distinctive clothing...

  • The Gyalwang Karmapa Consecrates Land for a New Kitchen

    January 26, 2015
    Inside the now empty and rambling frame of the Monlam kitchen with the bound lengths of bamboo still supporting deep blue tarpaulins, a small shrine has been set up. On the brocade covered table are two rows of the traditional offering bowls, and in front, a large offering cup on its stand sits next to a plate with a white torma. Not far away, a small rectangular area of earth has...