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Announcement: Gyalwang Karmapa to Revive Tsurluk Tsechu Cham Tradition In Bodhgaya

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As one of the major events of the upcoming 31st Kagyu Monlam Chenmo prayer gathering, on 10 January 2014 the Gyalwang Karmapa will lead a historic performance of the Guru Chöwang Tse Chu lama dance in Bodhgaya.

The day-long event heralds the revival of the unique Tsurphu tradition of the dance, and will be performed for the first time in India under the Gyalwang Karmapa’s direct guidance.

The Gyalwang Karmapa will personally dance during the event, adorned in full costume, while other luminaries to join him on stage include Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and numerous other Kagyu lineage tulkus.

And, in another historic first, nuns from five Kagyu nunneries will also take part in the lama dance, allowing female dancers for the first time to perform the female roles such as Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal. The nuns will join monks from four monasteries of the Tsurluk tradition, including Rumtek, Palchen Choling, Mirik, and Benchen.

The lama dance centers around the sacred biography of Guru Rinpoche, in a profound ritual discovered by the great treasure revealer Guru Chöwang. Preparations have been underway for a full year to create the elaborate masks and costumes that form an essential part of its performance.

The purpose of this particular lama dance is to ward off outer and inner obstacles, and it is said to have a powerful effect on all who witness it.

The dance will come at the culmination of a special Guru Rinpoche puja, the Garchen Tse Chu, taking place from January 6-10, and is followed immediately by Kagyu Monlam prayers running from January 11-16, both of which will be presided over by the Gyalwang Karmapa.

 

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Winter Schedule

December 2013 – February 2014, Bodhgaya

The following is the detailed schedule of Gyalwang Karmapa’s activities during his annual winter sojourn in Bodhgaya.

His main public activities taking place during this period include:

  • 17th Kagyu Gunchö Winter Dharma Teachings & Debates for Kagyu Shedras (Dec 3, 2013 – Jan 1, 2014);
  • Pre-Monlam Teachings (Jan 3-5, 2014);
  • Special Monlam Program: Garchen Tse Chu (Jan 6-10, 2014);
  • 31st Kagyu Monlam Chenmo (Jan 11-15, 2014);
  • Marme Monlam (Jan 16, 2014);
  • 1st Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns (Jan 20 – Feb 2, 2014);
  • Losar New Year Celebration (according to the Tsurluk calendar) (Jan 31, 2014).

Several of the other activities listed below are intended primarily for monks and nuns.

Many of the public activities will be broadcast via live webcast. Full webcast details will be announced closer to the time of the activities.

Updates and changes to the schedule will be announced on this page – please check back regularly.

 

 

17th Kagyu Gunchö Winter Dharma Teachings & Debates for Kagyu Shedras

December 3, 2013 – January 1, 2014

Gyalwang Karmapa will preside over the annual Winter Gathering for Kagyu monks. For further details please see here.

 

 

31st Kagyu Monlam

January 3 – 16, 2014

Date Activity Details Location
Jan 3-5, 2014 Pre-Monlam Teaching:
The Torch of Certainty.

 

Refuge and Vajrasattva Chapters.

Jan 3-4

Session I: 8.00-10.30am

Session II: 2.00-4.30pm

 

Jan 5

8.00-10.00am

Empowerment for Jatsön Nyingpo’s Konchok Chidu ritual & explanation of the Seven-Line Prayer according to Ju Mipham’s commentary.

Monlam Pavilion
Jan 6-10, 2014 Special Monlam Program: Garchen Tse Chu Jan 6

Session I: 8.00-10.00am (Guru Rinpoche Empowerment: Chöwang Lama Sangdü)

Session II: 2.00-4.30pm (Seat Assignment for Sangha)

 

Jan 7-9

Ritual: The Mind Practice of Guru Rinpoche: The Eight Chapters of Lama Sangdü & Ritual of the Dharma Protector Shinkyong

 

Session I: 6.00-8.30am

Session II: 9.00-11.30am

Session III: 1.30-3.30pm

Session IV: 4.00-6.30pm

 

Jan 10

Tse Chu Lama Dance & completion of the puja

 

Session I: 2.00-3.30am (Ritual)

Session II: 4.00-5.30am (Ritual)

Session III: 7.00am-4.00pm (Lama Dancing)

Session IV: 5.00-6.30pm (Concluding Ritual)

Monlam Pavilion
Jan 11-15, 2014 31st Kagyu Monlam Chenmo Jan 11 – Day 1

Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam)

Session II: 9.00-11.00am (Teaching on Eight Verses of Mind Training)

Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (King of Aspirations, Maitreya’s Aspiration, Aspiration from the Bodhicaryavatara, Sukhavati Prayer)

Session IV: 3.30-5.00pm Twenty-Branch Monlam

Monlam Pavilion
    Jan 12 – Day 2

Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam)

Session II: 9.00-11.00am (Teaching on Eight Verses of Mind Training)

Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (Removal of Obstacles: Prayers to Tara and Saraswati)

Session IV 3.30-5.00pm: Twenty-Branch Monlam

Monlam Pavilion
    Jan 13 – Day 3

Session I: 6.00-8.00am (Mahayana Sojong; Medicine Buddha)

8.00am Kangyur Procession (at Mahabodhi Temple)

Session II: 8.30-11.00am (Reading the Kangyur)

Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet)

Session IV: 3.30-5.00pm (Twenty-Branch Monlam)

Monlam Pavilion
    Jan 14 – Day 4

Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong; Twenty-Branch Monlam)

Session II: 9.00am (Alms Procession)

Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (Akshobhya Ritual)

Session IV: 3.30-5.00pm

(Twenty-Branch Monlam)

5.00pm Akshobhya Fire Puja

 
    Jan 15 – Day 5

3.30-5.00am (Fifteenth-Day Sojong, for ordained sangha only)

Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam, Ritual of the Sixteen Arhats)

Session II: 9.00-11.00am (Lama Chöpa: Offerings to the Gurus)

Session III: 1.30-2.30pm (Lama Chöpa: Offerings to the Gurus)

Session IV: 3.00-5.00pm (Sponsor Appreciation; Special Address)

 
Jan 16, 2014 Marme Monlam 7.00pm Monlam Pavilion

1st Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns

January 20 – February 2, 2014

Gyalwang Karmapa will preside over the first annual Winter Gathering for Kagyu nuns. For further details please see here.

Date Activity Details Location
Jan 20, 2014 Opening Ceremony

 

Teaching: Gampopa’s The Ornament of Liberation. Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Jan 21-28, 2014 Debates (Collected Topics) Daily schedule for nuns to be advised. Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Jan 29, 2014 Day Off    
Jan 30, 2014 A Special Ritual for the Nuns’ Dharma to Flourish Details to be advised. Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Jan 31, 2014 Chöd Ritual: A String of Jewels Details to be advised. Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Feb 1, 2014 Ritual of the Sixteen Arhats and Tara Details to be advised. Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Feb 2, 2014 Closing Ceremony Details to be advised. Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion

 

Tsurphu Losar (New Year) Celebration – Year of the Wood Horse

Date January 31, 2014 (following the Tsurphu tradition Calendar)

Full details of Gyalwang Karmapa’s Losar activities to be held in Bodhgaya will be announced.

 

 

 

Schedule last updated: 10 December 2013.

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