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  • Four-Session Guru Yoga Session Two

    Monlam Pavillion, Bodhgaya — 11 February 2017 

    In the afternoon lecture on The Four-Session Guru Yoga, the Gyalwang Karmapa gave nuanced instructions to the assembly on visualisations essential for this profound sadhana practice. In a truly gracious manner, His Holiness extended the session until late in the afternoon in order to deliver detailed and comprehensive guidance to gathered initiates. 
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  • Four-Session Guru Yoga Session One

    11 February 2017 - Monlam Pavillion, Bodhgaya,
    Displaying creative and informed scholarship of history, the Karmapa divided his morning talk among four main topics that clarified key features of his incarnation lineage: the history of the Karma Kamtsang, including the concept of the four earlier and the eight later lineages; how the name Karmapa came about; the meaning, actual
    color, and origination...

  • Torch of True Meaning Session Four

    10 February 2017 - Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    The Karmapa began the afternoon session by reading from the remaining text of the Guru Yoga section of the Torch of True Meaning:
    “There are four factors for devotion to become the path….if you see the guru as having faults, the impurity of your own mind stream is to blame. How could Buddhas have any faults? Let them do what they will, even...

  • The 17th Karmapa Launches a New Website: DHARMA EBOOKS

    10 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    A year after the launch of the ADARSHA website, which lets you read and conduct searches of ancient Tibetan documents in a digital format, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has announced the launch of a second website: DHARMA EBOOKS. Both websites are part of the DHARMA TREASURE project, which operates under the editorial guidance of the Karmapa...

  • Torch of True Meaning: Session Three

    10 February 2017 - Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
    The Gyalwang Karmapa began teaching where he had left off in Session Two, by reading the section on the words from the Mukhagama of Manjushri, found in The Torch of True Meaning, and then reflected on the idea of the root guru based on this profound text.
    The Mukhagama states

    Any sentient being who belittles
    A Vajra bearer of the future, 
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  • The Torch of True Meaning: Session Two

    February 09, 2017 - Monlam Pavilion, Bodh Gaya, India
    A Summary
    The Karmapa emphasized the importance of sustaining our commitments once we have received an empowerment and nurturing through practice the seeds it has planted. He also pointed out how we really do not know what the Buddha looked like as images of him came some 600 years after his parinirvana. He is also said to be inconceivable,...