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The Gyalwang Karmapa Continues KTD Teachings, Offers Buddha Shakyamuni Transmission

July 19, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

Disciples from afar gathered again today at KTD in New York, for a second full day of Dharma nectar dispensed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Continuing his historic second visit to the United States, His Holiness the Karmapa began the morning session by announcing that rather than the previously announced Thousand Buddha initiation, he would confer Buddha Shakyamuni meditation transmission. Explaining the change in plans, His Holiness first commented that the Thousand Buddha initiation is an elaborate initiation involving considerable time to prepare. He added that authentic tantric initiations are precious and of great value, and therefore it might be best not to confer them too readily. With this stance, His Holiness continued a theme he had touched on the previous day, when he observed that nowadays there is a tendency for people to feel that they have already accomplished something simply by having Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to KTD

July 17, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

On the road that leads through the upstate New York town of Woodstock, a huge quilted sign hangs high, proclaiming: Welcome Home! His Holiness the 17th Karmapa was indeed welcomed back to his North American seat this afternoon, for a joyful second visit. (His Holiness first visited Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), located in Woodstock, during his trip to America in 2008.

With the sun high overhead on this bright summer day, a long line of retreat lamas, monks and nuns formed a golden procession to welcome His Holiness back to his home in North America. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche led members of the KTD and KTC communities to offer His Holiness a ceremonial welcome with tea and rice, as well as mandala offering and extensive prayers.

On behalf of the entire KTD community, KTD Executive Director Mark Rothe made a brief Read the rest of this article

Kalachakra Concludes

July 16, 2011 – Washington DC

On the last day of the Kalchakra event in Washington DC, His Holiness the Karmapa attended the morning session which began at 7 am with prayers led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who then proceeded to give the White Tara long life empowerment to all those gathered in the hall. Following this, a long life prayer was held for His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the organizers of the teachings and recited by Katri Samdhong Rinpoche. In turn, the North America Tibetan Association presented a special award to Katri Samdhong Rinpoche before the Kalachakra event drew to a close.

During his last afternoon in Washington DC, His Holiness gave private audiences with several groups including Daniel and Tara Goleman, well known best-selling authors of several books on science and behavior. Daniel Goleman is also a board member for the Mind and Life Institute, established by His Read the rest of this article

Voice Of America and Radio Free Asia Interview Gyalwang Karmapa

July 14, 2011 – Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa gave two interviews this morning at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. He spoke very eloquently about the issues dearest to his heart at Radio Free Asia, including the need for environmental protection of the Tibetan Plateau. He said that the Tibet issue is not simply a political one but something that transcends politics since it is the third pole and the source for freshwater for the rest of mainland Asia. Whatever happens in Tibet therefore will greatly affect India and the other downstream countries. Picking up this same theme, he reminded Tibetans in Tibet to follow what His Holiness the Dalai Lama had said regarding the use of wildlife products and the need to conserve nature and develop compassion for all living beings including endangered Read the rest of this article

Kalachakra Continues

July 13, 2011 – Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa gave early morning public audience to over 150 people so that devotees who were unable to see him yesterday could do so this morning. He attended the Kalachakra prayers and the Kalachakra empowerment led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the afternoon. The Empowerment session began with a personal greeting to His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington DC.

In the evening, His Holiness the Karmapa held several private audiences including with Sharon Salzberg, an esteemed American Buddhist teacher and author. Read the rest of this article