November 1,2011- Vajra Vidhya Varanasi.
His Holiness Karmapa went to the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath to pay his respects to the place where the Buddha first taught, and to offer prayers there for the removal of the obstacles of natural disasters: the floods, earthquakes. He also prayed for the health of Tenga Rinpoche and Bayo Rinpoche, and for the Tibetan cause, in particular regarding the monks and a nun who have died recently through self immolation.
He also visited other shrines in the area, including the Sri Lankan temple, the Mulugund Koti Vihara, and fed to the many young deer in the Deer Park.
Then he led the sangha, many from Vajra Vidhya Institute, in the Samantabdhra Puja and the Sixteen Arhats Puja which lasted for few hours. Flowers adorned His Holiness’s throne on the east lawn of the Damekh stupa. Under the golden umbrella, and preceded by the sounds of the gyaling and incense bearers, His Holiness left quickly when the prayers had concluded.
His Holiness also sent his sister, Ngodup Palzom, with a small group, to offer a life release of several thousand fish into the Ganges river. The merit from this was also dedicated to Tenga Rinpoche and Bayoe Rinpoche.
Gyalwang Karmapa Receives Morari Bapu
The day ended on a lighter note when Morari Bapu, a Hindu master, came to meet with His Holiness. He was welcomed by the monks of Vajra Vidya Institute.
They were accompanied by members of Tsurphu Labrang, Kagyu Monlam staff and international devotees. Also present were a band of newspaper reporters and cameramen, with numerous Indian and Sri Lankan followers.