His Holiness Karmapa has returned from an extended trip which took place through the end of 2004. The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Varanasi on November 14, where he presided over the Karma Gön Chö, at which representatives of Kagyu monsteries from all over the world debated Kagyu philosophy and soteriology. In December, His Holiness proceeded to Bodhgaya for the annual Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo). Subsequently he returned to Vajra Vidhya institute, where he engaged in more prayers, including a service for the Read the rest of this article
In Varanasi, India, one of the four most sacred sites of Buddhism marking where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma and gave his first teachings, His Holiness held a special prayer service for all the deceased, injured and distressed victims of the Tsunami, which affected so many people throughout the countries in Southeast Asia bordering on the Indian Ocean. In front of the special statue of Lord Buddha, His Holiness prayed for all who suffered from the Tsunami: that there would be an end to the suffering caused by the Tsunami and that such a terrible tragedy would never happen again. Read the rest of this article
Ven. Bokar Rinpoche with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Karmapa in Dharamsala in 2003
On October 4, His Holiness presided over the concluding funerary ceremonies for the Very Venerable Bokar Rinpoche at Bokar Monastery in Mirik, Darjeeling, India. His Holiness left Gyuto for Delhi, where he flew to the Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, arriving at 1:35 PM. He was welcomed at the airport by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Gyaton Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Donyo Lodro Rinpoche, Drikung Gyalse Tulku, the Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, members of the Sikkim Ecclesiastical Department and numerous other government representatives, Tibetan organization leaders from Sikkim, Darjeeling and other community leaders, and devotees from places such as Bhutan, Read the rest of this article
A mandala is offered to the Karmapa during his 2004 birthday celebration
On June 26, His Holiness became 19 years of age (20 years according to the Tibetan counting system). In the morning, His Holiness was feted at a private celebration with lamas and rinpoches and other invited representatives. In the afternoon, a public ceremony was held in the monastery’s courtyard.
The Guru Rinpoche statue in the cave at Tso Pema, a revered practice site for Guru Rinpoche and Mandarava, one of his principal students.
His Holiness Karmapa performed the empowerment for long life for a large public audience in New Delhi’s Buddha Jayanti Park at the end of February. The previous night, the Karmapa delivered a lecture at the India International Centre, sponsored by the Tibetan study group.
On March 1st, His Holiness was at Tso Pema (Rewalasar), one of the most famous Buddhist Vajaryana holy places, where Guru Padmasambhava was said to have manifested miraculous activities with Princess Mandarava. The anniversary was particularly auspicious because it was the first during the current Monkey Year, which occurs only once every 12 years.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama presided over anniversary ceremonies in the area, in the presence of over 50,000 pilgrims.
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