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Video Recordings of Gyalwang Karmapa’s 2010 Autumn Teachings are now Online!

September 28, 2010

We now have edited video recordings of the 2010 Autumn Teachings by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa available for online viewing and download. Please click on this link or follow the “Teaching” tab on top of our main Karmapa Teachings website to view the teachings. We’ve implemented a video playlist so that each teaching session will follow by next day’s session automatically. There’s also a iPhone/iPad compatible version and audio-only mp3 version available as well.

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*Revised* Announcement of the Opening Ceremony of the 900th Anniversary of The Karmapas

September 24, 2010

It is said:

Those who observe the anniversary
Of the passing of their lamas and venerate them,
Will soon be born among their first circle
Of disciples, and become a guide for beings.

As this indicates, recollecting the glorious lama’s good qualities and activities of body, speech, and mind is the foundation of all the goodness there is in samsara and nirvana. For this reason, monasteries and dharma centers of the Karma Kagyu, the lineage of practice, are collaborating to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the birth, in Tresho, Kham, of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa, the glorious crown jewel of the practice lineage. The celebration will open with two days of festivities at the sacred site of Bodhgaya, India, on December 8 and 9, 2010. An opening ceremony will be held on the morning of December 8, followed Read the rest of this article

Final Day of Autumn Teachings: Sharing Joys and Sorrows with the World

September 19, 2010 – Gyuto

On the fifth and final day of his Autumn Teaching Series, the Gyalwang Karmapa continued linking wisdom and compassion, while shifting the focus from animals to human beings. To work for the welfare of animals, His Holiness observed, we need do little more than attend to their physical needs. Yet even this requires a great deal of knowledge. To much laughter, His Holiness related an anecdote about his own efforts to use a Q-tip to perform pulmonary resuscitation on a fly that had once fallen into a bowl of soup that he was eating. As difficult as it is to save animals, caring for human beings is far harder, he noted. Even should we be able to provide for their physical needs, human beings still have all sorts of complicated mental and emotional needs that are far harder to address.

In order to adequately care for the complex needs we humans have, ultimately what is needed is to be able to see into their inner dispositions and aptitudes. For this, nothing short of omniscience is required. However, His Holiness cautioned that we ought not to think that omniscience implies achieving a lofty birds-eye view of the world, or the ability to determine Read the rest of this article

Day Four of Autumn Teachings: Benefitting Insightfully

September 18, 2010 – Gyuto

On this fourth day of the Autumn Teachings Series, His Holiness linked his discussion of compassion to the development of wisdom. Discussing the tremendous kindness of others, the Gyalwang Karmapa extended the previous days’ presentation to include all the kindness we receive from the natural environment as well. His Holiness pointed out that every single breath we inhale is the product of countless anterior causes and conditions coming together. We are the beneficiaries not just of a single lungful of the oxygen that is essential to our survival, but of a continual supply throughout our lives. The Gyalwang Karmapa then went on to relate a personal experience he had while circumambulating Gyuto some time back, in which he felt the enormity of all that nature is offering us at all times, and was filled with a sense of wonder at this fact, and with wellbeing and happiness. Often, the Gyalwang Karmapa commented, we focus on all our personal goals and projects, and on what we have failed to accomplish with our own efforts, rather than opening our perspective to the tremendous richness and goodness that nature is offering us at all times, with no effort whatsoever. Maintaining an Read the rest of this article

Day Three of Autumn Teachings: Looking in the Mind’s Mirror

September 17, 2010 – Gyuto

The teaching hall at Gyuto frequently rang to the sound of laughter today, as the Gyalwang Karmapa continued his Autumn Teaching Series with a third day of teaching on the generation of relative bodhichitta. Today’s serious message on the damage done by our anger and other afflictive emotions was leavened by a series of humorous stories that His Holiness related with great joy and mirth.

Continuing the theme introduced yesterday of human cruelty to animals, His Holiness commented that because animals cannot express their feelings in human speech, somehow we feel entitled to ignore them. He then offered an imaginative exploration of what might ensue if fish, chicken or other animals whose flesh we consume unthinkingly might suddenly be endowed with the power of human speech. Surely they would hire lawyers and take us to task for our actions towards them, he said. Should we have to face them in court, what explanation could we possibly give for our treatment of them, His Holiness wondered. When required to account for our repeated killing and cruelty, the best we might be able to do is reply, “But you taste good!” or “Well, you just look Read the rest of this article