2005 Activities of the Karmapa
His Holiness is presiding over this year's Karma Gön Chö at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Varanasi in December with representatives of Kagyu monasteries from all over the world. HH Karmapa will subsequently proceed to Bodhgaya for this year's Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo).
Details of the events of His Holiness Karmapa's Winter Tour are available on the current activities page for His Holiness.
On December 10, 2005, His Holiness Karmapa appointed Ven. Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche as the new General Secretary of the Tsurphu Labrang. The Karmapa announced the appointment at an investiture ceremony held at His Holiness's temporary quarters in Gutyo Tantric University. The ceremony was attended by a number of eminent Rinpoches and representatives from Kagyu monasteries around the world. Ven. Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche was appointed for an initial term of one year.
Since the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa arrived in India in January 2000, Ven. Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche has been at Gyuto Monastery serving the Karmapa as his primary attendant. Rinpoche also has substantial responsibilities for Dilyak Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal and is an advisor to Nalandabodhi.As directed by His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the previous General Secretary Tenzin Namgyal passed away on June 8, 2005. Ven. Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche has been serving as acting General secretary since the late General Secretary Tenzin Namgyal appointed him upon realizing he would be hospitalized.
(More information about the current staff of the Kagyu Office administrative structure is available here.) - Karma Woser Rapten
His Holiness enjoys a birthday celebration for Ven. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche
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His Holiness also recently visited the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) Vegetarian school in Chauntra, named as such because all attendees of this school eat only vegetarian food. On his way, His Holiness passed through five welcome gates raised in his honor by Tibetan communities and monasteries in Bir, the Suja TCV School, the Sambota Tibetan School and Chauntra TCV School. A great number of monks, nuns, lay people and school children lined the road to welcome His Holiness and to get a precious glimpse of His presence.
His Holiness stopped at the Sambota Tibetan School, which is under the Central Tibetan Education Department. Mr. Kunchok, the headmaster, and the school band received His Holiness at the school gate. Students at the school stood in single file along the roadside. Besides hallowing the school campus, His Holiness offered special prayers in the School Prayer Hall.
His Holiness then entered TCV School Chauntra. The executive Director, Mr. Tsewang Yishi; the school Principal, Mr. Dhondup; the Director for Upper TCV, Mr. Phuntsok Namgyaul; and the Director Suja TCV, Mr Pema Tsultrim, received His Holiness in the traditional welcoming style. The Venerable Khenpo of Dzongsar Institute and members of Local Tibetan Council and Tibetan Welfare Officer also attended the reception for His Holiness
His Holiness expressed his own happiness for being with the students, teachers and staff of the school on the first anniversary after coming from Patlikuhl. His Holiness also highlighted the importance of the current year i.e. 2005 being observed and celebrated as the year of paying our respects and expressing our gratitude to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
His Holiness Karmapa noted that there is no better advice than that given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The most important point is to cultivate unity among all Tibetans, to preserve one’s own culture and language, and to develop a non-sectarian outlook. We must pay equal respect and reverence to all traditions of Buddhism.
Speaking to the student’s experience of school, His Holiness urged students not to lose heart when a paper receives poor marks, or if an annual exam goes badly. One test does not measure the true potential of a student and so the student should remember that there is always a second chance, in school as well as in life, as long as you continue to put forth an effort to improve. His Holiness also addressed the teachers, asking them to be mindful of their influence on the children they teach, since a student’s mind is formed through their influence and is a child is especially receptive to everything the teacher communicates.
His Holiness toured different sections of the huge school campus, visiting the Special School for retarded children, the Girls’ Hostel and School Health Center and blessed the school grounds. The other highlights of visit was a cultural presentation from the school and the staff in the main auditorium, and a friendly football match exhibition between the students and staff of the school. His Holiness, as ever, also very much enjoyed the cultural and folk dance.
At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Namdrol Tashi, the school headmaster, gratefully thanked His Holiness’s for his most kind visit to the school. His Holiness donated some seed money to the two schools he visited on this trip. - Karma Woser Rapten
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On October 9-20, 2005, HH Karmapa traveled to Bokar Ngedhon Choekhor Ling Monastery to preside over a Grand Prayer Gathering in the main prayer hall of the new temple in the presence of the Kudung of Ven. Bokar Rinpoche.
Departure from Dharamsala
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinlay Dorje's 10 day visit to Bokar Ngedhon Chokhor Ling Monastery in the township of Mirik in Darjeeling district began on 8th Oct 2005. His Holiness left Gyuto Monastery, Sidhibari at 7am and reached Chandigarh at 12 noon.
After a lunch stopover at the Piccadily Hotel, His Holiness and the entourage left Chandigarh and reached New Delhi at 5.30pm.
The acting Representative of His Holiness Dalai Lama's Bureau in Delhi and Ven Dz. Ponlop Rinpoche received His Holiness at the Radisson Hotel. Several other devotees also extended their warm reception to His Holiness.
On October 9th, His Holiness was warmly accompanied by the Secretary and Acting Representative of HH Dalai Lama's Bureau to the domestic airport, where His Holiness and his entourage departed for Bagdogra by Jet Airlines.
Reception at Bagdogra airport
Devotees of His Holiness greeted His arrival at the Bagdogra Airport with a huge reception in his honor. His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and Ven Khenpo Dhonyo Rinpoche received His Holiness with full traditional greetings. Besides representatives of various monasteries and associations, other eminent personages who extend ed a warm welcome to His Holiness included Mr. Namkha Gyaltsen ,former minister of Government of India and current chairman of the Ecclesiatical Department, state Government of Sikkim who also represented Mr. Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister State Govt of Sikkim; Mr. Tsewang Tamdin, Addl. Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Department; Mrs. Tsering Dolma, Joint Secretary for Water Security and Public Health Engineering Department of Sikkim; Mrs. Tenzin Dolkar, Joint Secretary of the Police Department of Sikkim Government; Mr. Nar Bhadur Bandhari, the former Chief Minister of Sikkim and President of Regional Congress Party; Mr. Karma Topden, former MP and Ambassador to Mongolia; Lharipa Gaden, Vice President of Denjong Lhadey Tsokpa; and Mr. Sonam Damdul Member of Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies, CTA, Dharamshala.
The public gathers for ceremonies with His Holiness Karmapa in Mirik at Bokar Monastery in October, 2005
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From Bagdogra Airport, His Holiness enjoyed the bright sunny day during a very pleasant drive up to the Monastery, which passes through beautiful tea gardens and lush greenery.
Extensive Ceremonies at Bokar Monastery
At the main gate of the Monastery, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche received His Holiness with a huge procession of Sangha Monks including monks from both old and new Rumtek Monastery, Lava Monastery, Ralang Palchen Choling Monastery, Ralang Karma Rabten Ling (old) Monastery, Sang Monastery, Phodong Monastery, Druk Sa-ngak Choling Monastery, Samdrup Darjay Ling Monastery Sonada, Dortsik Gumpa Darjeeling and Salugara Monastery.
The Double Tenth of the year 2005 is an unforgettable day for the Bokar Ngedhon Choekhor Ling Monastery as His Holiness performed the opening ceremony of their new Monastery at 9 am and consecrated all the fillings of all the shrine halls along with His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ven. Khenpo Dhonyo Rinpoche and great many Sanghas. There were nearly one thousand sangha monks and nuns and the huge temple hall was completely packed by monks and nuns and devotees from within and outside countries. Again the weather was excellent and the ceremonies went on very peacefully.
In order to fulfill the wishes of all devotees certain additions to the main Monlam Program of Activities were made which mainly included provisions for private and public audiences. - Ven. Drupon Dilyak Rinpoche
Administrative Changes for the Office of HH the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
The Office of His Holiness announces administrative changes in the staff of the office since the passing of General Secretary) (Zhanag Dzodpa Tenzin Namgyal in June of 2005. The Second Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche has been appointed to serve as acting General Secretary. Since the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa arrived in India in January 2000, Rinpoche has been at Gyuto Monastery serving the Karmapa as his primary attendant. Rinpoche also has substantial responsibilities for Dilyak Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal and is an advisor to Nalandabodhi. As directed by His Holiness, the Late General Secretary, while hospitalized prior to his passing, appointed Rinpoche as the acting General Secretary. Detailed information about the staff of the office is available here.
Karmapa at HH Dalai Lama's 70th Birthday Celebration (July 6, 2005)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his 70th Birthday on July 6, 2005. His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa attended the ceremonies, joining with others in prayers for longetivity of His Holiness, offerings of mandalas and celebrations of the accomplishments of the Dalai Lama. A photo of the Karmapa with the Dalai Lama is viewable at the Phayul website.
His Holiness Karmapa's 20th Birthday Celebration (June 26, 2005)
HH Karmapa plays liturgical music during consecration ceremonies in June of 2005
On June 26, 2005, His Holiness became 20 years of age (21 years according to the Tibetan counting system). The program for His Holiness's birthday commenced at 5:30am with a ceremony at Gyuto in which monks offered long life prayers for His Holiness. Afterwards, a song and prayer were offered by disciples of the Karmapa from Taiwan. Events continued throughout the day.
Earlier in the month, on June 20th, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa consecrated the new Tinkar Chodey Institute in Gopalpur, near Dharamsala, being constructed by Khenpo Rinchen Dhondrup. The Karmapa visited and blessed the construction which is currently underway.
Tibetan Settlements in South India Enthusiastically Receive His Holiness Karmapa (February-March, 2005)
In March, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa toured South India as part of a month long visit to Tibetan Settlements in the area. His Holiness flew to Goa Airport on the 28th of February, where he was met by representatives of major monasteries in the Mungod Settlement. He departed for Mungod Settlement the following day after being received at the Karnataka border by the district commissioner, superintendent of police of Karwar and a member of parliament. After Mungod, His Holiness visited Kollegal, where he presided at the opening of the Nalanda International Institute in Byalkuppe, and subsequently visited Hunsur and Periyapatna settlments. More information is available from the links below.
Karmapa, Dalai Lama and Eminent Representatives of All Tibetan Lineages Gather in Bodhgaya (January, 2005)
His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizen and His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa and eminent leaders of all the main lineages of Tibet gathered in Bodhgaya to offer prayers for peace in the world. On January 25th, the assembled religious leaders made prayers and offerings in front of the renowned image of Buddha Sakyamuni in the Mahabodhi Temple, which commemorates the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment. The ceremony aspiring for world peace for all beings marked the end of the Tibetan year. His Holiness Karmapa returned to his temporary camp in Gyuto on the 29th.
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