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His Holiness Visits the Mulagandha Kuty Temple

January 22, 2009

His Holiness visits the Mulagandha Kuty Temple which has the relic of Lord Buddha at 9:30 am. The in charge of Temple Ven Sumedha-Thero welcomed him at the Temple gate and escorted inside, where he made short prayer. Ven Thero presented an image of Buddha to His Holiness. Read more

His Holiness at Damekh Stupa

January 20, 2009

8:10 am on a rather chilly and windy morning, His Holiness arrived at the Damekh Stupa. Before presiding over the prayer, he took a walk of the outer circle of the Stupa complex. Over there he fed vegetables to Deer.

Later, His Holiness sat, wrapped up against the cold, under a white gazebo in front of Damekh Stupa field and made prayer for half an hour and left back to Vajra Vidhya monastery. Read more

His Holiness Arrives at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Saranath

January 18, 2009

His Holiness left Bodh Gaya for Saranath in Varanasi (U.P), at afternoon. For a week His Holiness will reside at Kyabje Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche’s monastery Vajra Vidhya Institute in Saranath.

Afternoon, all the monks of Vajra Vidhya monastery are preparing with their serbang dresses and rehearsing to welcome His Holiness.

At 4:40 pm siren rings, His Holiness came after Pilot and Escorts of Police. He was graciously welcomed by huge number of monks in serbang. Many monks, nuns, international devotees and Tibetan were lining on road side to have a glimpse of His Holiness. Read more

His Holiness Consecrates Two Acres of Land

January 16, 2009

In the morning at 8:30 am His Holiness consecrated two acres of land, adjacent to Tergar Monastery, which was bought in October 2008 for the new Kagyu Monlam Centre. Half of the land was officered by the Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche. The Centre, designed by Taiwanese engineer, Choekyi Gyatso, will provide accommodation and offices for Kagyu Monlam staff.

Gyalwang Karmapa recited The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha, made a tea offering to Mahakala and the dharma protectors, and concluded the ceremony with the Prayer of the Eight Auspiciousnesses and a prayer for the Buddha’s teachings to flourish. Read more

His Holiness Teaches on “Living the Dharma”

January 13th, 14th, 15th, 2009

His Holiness taught on Living the Dharma, this was the first teaching in India directed specifically at Westerners.

His Holiness was scheduled to start teaching at 9.00am and 3.00pm, and the final quarter of an hour before each teaching began was designated as “silent meditation”.

Day One

His Holiness began by welcoming everyone in English and then continued in Tibetan. He said he viewed everybody in the hall as his friends, and reflected on how they had come there from all over the world, from different countries, environments, cultures and conditions, to hear about living the dharma, so, in spite of his youth, he would try to share his own experiences.

First he tackled the question, “What is dharma?”

Practicing Dharma is more than performing rituals which require a special place or a special time, or special equipment. At a deeper level, the Dharma is something that transforms our minds, an ongoing process whereby we examine our minds, checking the afflictive emotions and the three mind poisons, and slowly try to become less angry, less attached and so forth. The practice of Dharma leads to a slow change in body, speech and mind from within, hence, it could be done anywhere, even while you Read the rest of this article