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Gyalwang Karmapa Receives Teachings from His Holiness Dalai Lama

January 5-8, 2010 – Bodhgaya, India

Gyalwang Karmapa is currently receiving teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya. From January 5 through 9, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is conferring the teachings to a crowd of over 30,000 devotees from across the Himalayan region as well
as worldwide.

The Dalai Lama will deliver teachings on Nagarjuna’s ‘In Praise of the Transcendental‘ (jigten ley depar toepa), Atisha’s ‘Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment‘ (jangchup lamdron), Longchen Rinpoche’s ‘Mind In Comfort and Ease‘ (semnyid nyelso) and Tsongkhapa’s ‘Short Version of the Stages of the Path To Enlightenment‘ (lamrim dhuedhon).

As they receive teachings, Gyalwang Karmapa and Ganden Tri Rinpoche—the official head of the Gelugpa sect—are seated facing one another on thrones flanking the central throne of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Also receiving the teachings is His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, as well as many other lamas from other traditions.

Evident throughout the teachings, there has been tremendous consistency and harmony between the basic messages conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and those conferred by the Gyalwang Karmapa—unsurprising given the close relationship between the two Tibetan spiritual leaders. On the first day of teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned his interest in making available bhikshuni (gelongma) ordination, a
cause the Gyalwang Karmapa also champions. On the second day of teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke of the importance of studying widely and avoiding sectarian biases—both themes the Gyalwang Karmapa has emphasized during the recent Kagyu winter debates and Kagyu Monlam. On the third day, in comments aimed primarily at attendees from the Himalayan regions, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke of the need for environmental protection, noting the steps taken to that end by the Gyalwang Karmapa and voicing his support for them.

Gyalwang Karmapa Receives Teachings from His Holiness Dalai Lama

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