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Day Two: Gyalwang Karmapa and Dorzong RinpocheTeach

27th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

With the morning light streaming in to the assembly hall from the east, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered teachings in the morning, while in the afternoon, at the special request of His Holiness, the audience had the privilege of receiving teachings on Chöd from His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche.

His Holiness opened the day with a discussion of the qualities that make disciples worthy recipients of the Dharma. He then resumed the explication of the 8th Gyalwang Karmapa’s guiding instructions for seven-day Chöd retreat. During the second day of the retreat outlined by Mikyo Dorje, the focus is on compassion. In that context, His Holiness explored the distinction between immeasurable compassion and great compassion, while underscoring the need to train in both. Immeasurable compassion refers to the immeasurable number of sentient beings, whereas the greatness of great compassion refers to the fact that not a single being is left out. As such, the focal point is different, the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Confers Chod Wang for First Time

26th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

Today His Holiness commenced a historical three-days of Chod teachings, conferring the empowerment for the first time ever. Hosted by His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche at his institute in the Kangra Valley near Dharamsala, the Dharma transmission drew an international audience of practitioners from several dozen countries, as well as nuns from across the Himalayans.

  “I have been enthusiastic about the Chod practice from a young age, but have had few opportunities to do formal sadhana practice, and this is the very first time I am giving the empowerment, and am very pleased to have the opportunity to do so today.”

The empowerment that His Holiness conferred in the morning was based on the Opening the Door to Space text by the 3rd Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Following the main portion of the visualization-based Read the rest of this article

Joint Press Release by Tara Mandala and Karmapa Office of Administration

26th October – Dorzong Monastery, Dharamsala.

His Holiness the Karmapa initiates a historic transmission, mainly for female practitioners
(26 October, 2012, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh) In an unprecedented three-day event, His Holiness the 17thKarmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is granting initiation and teachings on Chöd. A spiritual practice developed by Machig Labdron, a Tibetan yogini in the 11th century, Chöd is practiced by nearly all sects of Tibetan Buddhism to this day. Approximately 1,000 people from across the Himalayan region and around the world are here to attend this historic Dharma transmission, which is being conferred for the first time by His Holiness in response to a supplication made by a western Buddhist woman, Lama Tsultrim Allione, on behalf of all women practitioners. Lama Tsultrim was ordained in 1970 as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and later pursued the path as a lay practitioner.
The teachings and empowerment are taking place through 28 October and hosted at Dorzong Monastic Institute (Jangchub Jong) in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, by His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche, a highly respected senior lineage holder within the Drugpa Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Graces TCV’S 52nd Founding Anniversary

23rd October – TCV, Dharamsala.

The Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School today marked its 52nd anniversary that was presided over as the Chief Guest by the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee.

“Taking this opportunity, I would like to request the students not to waste their precious youth and concentrate their time on education,” His Holiness said while expressing that it is also important to impart traditional as well as modern education.

Ngawang Phelgye, the Chief Justice Commissioner of the exiled Tibetan Justice Commission; Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile; Read more

Exile Filmmakers Must Remember Situation in Tibet, Says Gyalwang Karmapa

16th October – Norbulingka, Dharamsala.

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje reminded exile film enthusiasts of the situation in Tibet and the Tibetans who have risked everything in communicating Tibet’s desperate situation to the outside world through visuals.

Gyalwang Karmapa was speaking at a benefit event held yesterday for the upcoming fourth ‘Tibet Film Festival’ at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala.

Organised by the Swiss-based Filming for Tibet, the Festival is dedicated to imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was detained shortly after completing filming on his documentary film ‘Leaving Fear Behind’.

The Festival, which will be held simultaneously in Dharamshala from October 27 to 28 and in Zurich from October 26 to 27 with a similar programme, also aims to support and give platform to young Tibetan filmmakers.

“Films are a good medium to spread awareness on the issue of Tibet Read the rest of this article