• 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...

  • Gyalwang Karmapa Commemorates Republic Day

    26 January, 2015 - Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya
    In what has become an annual event during his winter programme, the Gyalwang Karmapa joined in the flag-raising ceremony to celebrate Indian Republic Day.

    More than a hundred young monks with their teachers lined up in straight lines on the patio outside the Tergar Monastery shrine hall, and stood smartly to attention, below the flagstaff. Members...

  • Successful Conclusion of the Second Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering

    24 January 2014 Tergar Monastery

    After two-and-a-half weeks of daily teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa, intensive debate training for the participating nuns, and a variety of other dharma activities, the Second Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering successfully concluded.

    “We’ve had a long string of dharma activities here in Bodhgaya,” the Gyalwang Karmapa said during the closing ceremony,...

  • The Nuns Prove Themselves in Debate

    January 24, 2015
 Tergar Monastery
    For the final event of the Second Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering, the Tergar shrine hall has been set up with tables for the defenders, set across the center aisle in front of the Karmapa's throne, and with a microphone for the challengers who will stand two thirds of the way back towards the shrine door. This is to keep the challengers, who can get quite...

  • The Ceremony to Introduce and Recognize Bokar Rinpoche’s Reincarnation

    21 January 2015, Tergar Monastery Bodhgaya.
    A crescendo of anticipation has built up to this most special day when Bokar Rinpoche's reincarnation (yangsi) will be presented to the world. The day before, the Gyalwang Karmapa had announced:

    Tomorrow is the first day of twelfth Tibetan month so we’ll recite the smoke offering (sang) puja, Billowing Clouds of Amrita. Also tomorrow morning—and...