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His Holiness Karmapa Concludes 2005-2006 Tour and Returns to Dharamsala (February 2006)

After closing the 2550th Buddha Jayanti Celebration in Bodhgaya, His Holiness returned to Varanasi on the 20th of February, arriving at Vajra Vidhya Insitute in the afternoon. On his final day in Varanasi, the Karmapa fed the deer at Deer Park in Sarnath and meditated in front of the relics of Sakyamuni Buddha stored at the Relic Stupa. His Holiness then departed for New Delhi, on his way to back to Dharamsala.

Before departing New Delhi, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa gave a teaching to the Tibet Study Group of India outdoors at the International Centre Auditorium in New Delhi. His Holiness arrived at his temporary camp in Gyuto Ramoche Tantric University on the 25th of February.

On the 28th of February, His Holiness was invited to participate in celebration of the Tibetan New Year (Losar according to the Phukluk Tibetan calendar — see here for more about the different calendar traditions in Tibet).The early morning session began with a mandala offering of long life to His Holiness by Ven. Khenpo Rinpoche of Gyuto Monastery. Ceremonial tea and rice were served to the assembly, and at the conclusion members of the audience offered khatas and His Holiness conferred his blessings.

On the following day, March 1, 2006, His Holiness celebrated the New Year with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, offering him a good luck scarf (khata) as the Dalai Lama’s residence. – Karma Woser Rabten

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