900 Years of Karmapa: Memorial Ceremony
June 27-29, 2010 – Gyuto
This year marks the 900th year since the birth of the First Karmapa Dhuesum Khenpa (1110-1193), who founded the lineage of Kagyu in 1139 C.E.
Tsurphu Labrang hosted a three day meeting in Gyuto to organize the 900th year celebration of Karmapa. His Holiness chaired the meeting. Attending the meeting were 31 representatives of different Karma Kamtsang monasteries and nunneries from India, Nepal and Bhutan; The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, representing Karmapa Foundation in America; Drupon Rinpoche, General Secretary of His Holiness Karmapa; Ringu Tulku, representing Karmapa Network Europe, Mr. Sonam Damdul, Member of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile; and Scholar Tashi Tsering, from Amnye Machen Institute.
It was decided that the celebration would be for one year beginning from the 8th of December, 2010 (that is 2nd day of the 11th month) to 27th Dec 2011 (3rd day of the 11th month according to Tibetan Lunar calendar). The opening ceremony will be from the 8th-9th of December, in Bodhgaya, and the closing ceremony would be for one week from the 21st-27th December 2011 in New Delhi. There will be exhibitions, resource person talks, and teachings from His Holiness Karmapa, Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, Dorlob Tenga Rinpoche, Karma Chagme Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche, Bayoe Rinpoche, Khenpo Kathar Rinpoche and Khenpo Lodro Dhonyoe.