• Celebrating the Year of Guru Rinpoche’s Birth

    Celebrating the Year of Guru Rinpoche’s Birth

    The Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to preside over the celebrations of Guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary, which is observed on the 10th of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar, at Dharamsala’s Nechung Monastery.

  • How to Make Wise Choices

    How to Make Wise Choices

    The Karmapa noted that all people are born with the innate capacity to love. In a few minutes children can make friends with someone they do not know. As people age, however, they learn more, become more one-sided, have greater attachment to those close and hatred toward those farther away, and their innate, loving thoughts toward others decline.

  • The Power of Compassion: Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment

    The Power of Compassion: Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment

    The Karmapa concluded his teachings in Paris with the empowerment of Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara, the meditation deity who embodies the compassion of all the buddhas.

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  • Celebrating the Year of Guru Rinpoche’s Birth

    July 18, 2016 - Dharamsala, India
    According to Tibetan tradition, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) was born on a lotus in Dhanakosha Lake on the tenth day of the monkey (fifth) month in Year of the Monkey. This reappears every twelve years in the Tibetan Calendar, and the western year of 2016 is a Fire-Monkey Year. To celebrate this special occasion, Nechung Monastery under the guidance of Nechung...

  • Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche (Podcast Episode #009)

    Thursday the 14th of July, 2016, is a special day of Padmasambhava - one of the most important masters in history of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as Guru Rinpoche, he is regularly referred to as 'the second Buddha' such is his importance to buddhists around the world.

    According to the Tibetan calendar, today is particularly important as it is the Monkey Year - one that only occurs every 12 years...

  • Working Towards a Compassionate Society

    July 6, 2016 - New Delhi, India
    Today the Gyalwang Karmapa gave the opening address for a three-day program, entitled Compassion in Action. It was initiated by a group of Tibetan and Indian social activists, residing in Delhi and nearby, who support human rights and universal responsibility. The event was in celebration of a yearlong journey, beginning with HH the Dalai Lama’s birthday last year,...

  • Thanksgiving Takes Many Forms

    June 25, 2016 - Delhi, India.
    The final evening of the Delhi teachings saw a festive dinner to celebrate the four days of teachings and express thanks to all who had made the event possible. To the sound of applause, the Gyalwang Karmapa entered the dining hall through the garden door and took his seat at the central table. The Chairperson of the Karmapa Khyenno Foundation (KKF), Lama Dawa, gave...

  • How to Use Meditation as a Source of Inner Peace (Podcast Episode #008)

    Today's podcast episode is a special two hour event from the Karmapa's recent trip to Europe.

    In this wonderful teaching, the Gyalwang Karmapa discusses how to use meditation to develop inner peace and contentment in a modern, fast-paced world.

    In the second session (which starts at the 1 hour mark), the Karmapa goes on to discuss his own life experience as a child in Tibet and, after being...

  • A Thousand Arms and a Thousand Eyes of Compassion

    June 25, 2016 - Delhi, India.
    The focal point of the spacious hall has become the tall, radiant thangka of a brilliant white Avalokitsehvara with 1000 arms and 1000 eyes. Right beneath it is the Karmapa’s throne and to stage right, wood screens have been placed in front of the altar where the Karmapa would perform his preparations for this empowerment. In the middle of a procession, he entered...