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Deep Connections between the Karmapa and Khyentse Lineages: The Gyalwang Karmapa Awards Khenpo Certificates at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute

2016-11-20
November 20, 2016 – Chauntra, HP, India
On this auspicious day of the Buddha’s Decent from the Realm of Tushita, which is one of the four major Buddhist holidays, the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled in the morning to Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute to give diplomas to four new khenpos (professors and future abbots). Usually the head of the lineage performs this ceremony; however, to signify the close relationship between the Karmapa and Khyentse lineages, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche kindly invited the Karmapa to take this role.

For this special occasion, the wide path from the main gate of the Institute to the shrine hall was decorated with the traditional eight auspicious symbols, made of crushed stones in brilliant colors and lined on either side by a double row of marigolds.
Walking down this path under a golden umbrella, the Read the rest of this article

How to Practice in the 21st Century: Advice from the Gyalwang Karmapa

2016-11-11
November 11-13, 2016 – New Delhi, India
The recent teachings given by the Gyalwang Karmapa in New Delhi focused on the deity known as Akshobhya or Mitrukpa in Tibetan (the Undisturbed). On the first two days, the Karmapa introduced the practice lineage of Akshobhya and told the history of how he became fully awakened. On the third day, he bestowed the empowerment. There were also opportunities for question and answers.

The Karmapa began by noting that there is a long history of Akshobhya practice in the Kagyu lineage. In particular, his practice is a central one for the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, whose masters have composed many texts about the practice. Turning to the story of Akshobhya, the Karmapa related that eons ago, he was a monk who asked the Buddha known as Immense Eyes, “What is the most important practice for someone on the path Read the rest of this article

HH the Gyalwang Karmapa Pays His Respects to the Kudung of HH Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche

2016-11-10
November 10, 2016 – Chhattarpur, New Delhi, India.
HH the Gyalwang Karmapa came to pay his final respects and he was welcomed by all the members of the Sakya family and hundreds of people who had come for the pujas. Upon arriving, the Karmapa went directly to the shrine hall where the Kudung resided to offer a ceremonial scarf and heartfelt prayers. Afterward HH the Karmapa met with HH the Sakya Trizin at the monastery and they spent a long time together in conversation before the Karmapa returned to his hotel in Delhi.

Last April 29th, HH Vajra Dhara Kyabgön Dagchen Rinpoche Ngawang Kunga Sönam passed into parinirvana at the age of 87. More commonly known as Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche, he was the leader of the Phuntsok Phodrang, one of the two main lineages that alternate holding the Sakya throne. After a traditional education in Tibet, he Read the rest of this article

Language as the Link, Unity as the Future: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the 56th Anniversary of the Upper TCV

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October 23, 2016 – Upper TCV, Dharamsala, India
On a bright sunny day, more than a thousand Tibetans gathered to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the Upper TCV Dharamsala. His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa was invited as the chief guest for the opening ceremony of three days of events that would showcase Tibetan cultural performances, art exhibitions, debates, and an athletics meet. The theme of the celebration was the unity of the three provinces of Tibet, (Utsang, Kham, and Amdo), and how this can be strengthened through Tibetan spiritual values and culture.

Other distinguished guests included the Kalon (Minister) of the Department of Religion and Culture, Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok, the Speaker of 16th Tibetan Parliament, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, as well as members of the Kashag, many Secretaries and officials of Central Read the rest of this article

The Viewpoints of Both the East and the West Are Necessary: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the Fourth Mind and Life Conference at the Men-Tsee-khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute)

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October 12, 2016 – Dharamshala, India
This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest of honor at the opening of the Body, Mind and Life Conference, which took place for the fourth time at the Men-Tsee-khang College’s auditorium. Also present were the special guest, the Minister of Health Choekyong Wangchuk from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche along with many important officials from the CTA and the Men-Tsee-Khang. The conference focused on the pervasive problem of depression, looking at it from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and astrology as well as modern science.

Recalling that he had benefitted from attending Mind and Life conferences with HH the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa mentioned that he had studied some Read the rest of this article