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2006 Activities of the Karmapa (Nov. 2006 - Jan. 2007)

His Holiness Concludes Fall-Winter Tour

The Karmapa arrived back to his temporary camp at Gyuto Monastic College in Dharamsala, after presiding over the the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo) in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. He also offered the Chakrasambhara and Green Tara initiations at Tergar Monstery, and was a Buddhist representative at the interfaith ceremony commemorating the Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Lord Buddha 2550 years ago. Before arriving in Bihar, His Holiness presided over the Karma Gön Chö, the Winter Retreat for Debate and Logical Study, held annually at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. HH Karmapa also hosted His Holiness Dalai Lama at Vajra Vidya Institute. At the inception of his Fall-Winter Tour, His Holiness presided over the Parinirvana Anniversary of Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche at Bokar Ngedon Choekhar Ling in Mirik, West Bengal, India. Details of the Fall-Winter Tour are set forth below.

His Holiness Represents Buddhist Religion at Interfaith Ceremony Celebrating Lord Buddha's 2550th Anniversary

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His Holiness, at the celebration of the 2550th Anniversary of the Lord Buddha's Parinirvana, speaks to the Governor of Bihar, His Excellency R.S. Gawai

His Holiness, at the celebration of the 2550th Anniversary of the Lord Buddha's Parinirvana, speaks to the Governor of Bihar, His Excellency R. S. Gawai

On December 29, 2006, His Holiness attended an interfaith ceremony at Maha Bodhi Temple to represent the Buddhist religion on the occasion of the 2550th anniversary of the year of Lord Buddha's Mahaparinirvana. The occasion was celebrated by an interfaith prayer for world peace. His Holiness was invited to attend by the Maha Bodhi Temple Society who organized the prayer. The Governor of Bihar, His Excellency R.S.Gawai, was also present. - Tashi Paljor


His Holiness Presides over Great Kagyu Monlam (December 27-January 3)

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The 24th annual Kagyu Monlam commenced on the 27th of December. Over 4,500 ordained monks and nuns had registered by the commencement, as well as 2,000 foreign pilgrims and at least another 2,000 Himalayan pilgrims. The Monlam began at 5:30 A.M. with an amazing procession of 500 monks (Gelongs), each carrying crystal lotus mandalas and meditating as they walked slowly around the outer courtyard of the Maha Bodhi temple and took their seats. Additional photos are available from http://www.kagyumonlam.org/docs/home.htm

His Holiness at the Great Kagyu Monlam Aspiration on December 28, 2007 in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

His Holiness presiding at the Great Kagyu Monlam Aspiration on December 28, 2007 in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

His Holiness Karmapa arrived and invited all who wished to renew their Sojung vows to do so. Once this was completed, His Holiness began teachings on the life of Milarepa The teachings were bestowed with profound clarity and devotion. Next all enjoyed hearing His Holiness and the thousands of devoted sangha singing Milarepa's "Song of Aspiration". Dedication prayers followed and the program at the Great Stupa, as the first day of the program concluded.

The next venue was held at the beautiful newly founded Tergar Monastery. After dinner period His Holiness gave teachings on how to meditate. Many eyes and minds were opened.

Following the ceremony, reports began circulating about a climatic phenomenon that many had witnessed after the Gelong procession as attendees were being seated. Lama Chodrak called the phenomenon a "Rain of Nectar": "In an area about 75 feet in diameter and about 100 feet in front of Karmapa's throne, shortly after the sunrise, people began to feel wetness. It was not the wetness of a typical 'falling' rain. This 'rain' just appeared at about ten feet from the ground and then fell to the ground. The drops were of unusual shape and of a very low intensity. Adding even more wonder, the sky was blue. Yes, a rain of nectar fell from a cloudless blue sky, and a blue sky is somewhat rare in Bodh Gaya! The temperature stayed comfortably warm well into the night too.'"

On the 29th of December, in the early dawn light at 5:30 am in morning, His Holiness presided over the monlam prayers, held that day at Tergar monastery due to the anniversary celebrations being held at the Mahabodhi Stupa (see above). His Holiness gave directions earlier that day to the ordained monks, so that the seating arrangements would be like the old tradition of Tibet: those who arrive early were seated at the front of the line, in the order of arrival. His Holiness justified the importance of this tradition as showing the willingness of participants to engage in practicing dharma.

After arriving back at the Tergar Monastery, and a quick lunch break, His Holiness attended the Monlam's next session and gave the Akshobya empowerment. His Holiness also gave a public audience to to international devotees, including all the new arrivals from Tibet who had came to Bodh  Gaya for pilgrimage. - Tashi Paljor

Christmas Day Ceremony in Bodhgaya with His Holiness

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His Holiness is received at the Bagdogra airport by a Rumtek Monastery reception party en route to Mirik Bokar Ngedon Chokhorling Monastery in West Bengal +Larger photo

His Holiness presenting an individually signed copy of one of his calligraphies to attendees at the Great Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya. The ceremony was held on Christmas Day at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, and coincided with the 2550th anniversary celebrations for the parinirvana of Lord Shakyamuni, the Buddha

On Christmas day His Holiness gave teachings on the four Extraordinary Preliminary practices in morning. Later in the day, His Holiness presented Christmas gifts of his own calligraphy and a painting from his own collection to all the international devotees who have gathered for teaching, distributing them by individually signing each one of them on the spot. It took two and one half hours for more than two thousand devotees, who waited in a long queue. His Holiness wished merry Christmas to all at the end.

Afterwards, that His Holiness took time for a brief question and answer session with the representatives of centers. Group photos were taken later on. - Tashi Paljor

 

 

 

The Karmapa Teaches and Empowers at Tergar Monastery Prior to Commencement of the Monlam

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His Holiness gives the Green Tara Initiation at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya

His Holiness gives the Green Tara empowerment to a crowded assembly in Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya on December 22, 2006

In the evening 21st December, His Holiness performed the initial preparation puja for the Chakrasambhava preliminary Empowerment at Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya. The Chakrasambhava Formal Empowerment was transmitted on 22nd December. Recipients included Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche and Venerable Hai Ta Fa Su from Taiwan, who also received the Vajrayana Crown from His Holiness.

More than 2000 international devotees gathered from western countries and eastern countries. In the afternoon, His Holiness gave a public Green Tara Empowerment on the request of visitors from Korea.

On 23rd December, His Holiness began teaching on the Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices. Afterwards, His Holiness gave refuge to all the devotees. Later in the evening , at the request of His Holiness, Mingyur Rinpoche gave additional detailed teachings (Tib. kyar tri) on the same text. His Holiness teachings are sponsored and organized by Hwa Yue Foundation of Taiwan. - Tashi Paljor

His Holiness pre-Monlam Schedule of Ceremonies and Teachings In Bodhgaya (December 2006)

Date
Time
Program
21/ Dec
07:00 pm
Chakrasambhava (Khorlodumpa) Preliminary Empowerment (For Public)
22/Dec
10:00 am
Chakrasambhava Formal Empowerment (Empowerment receivers must commit to fulfill the Four Extraordinary Practices)
02:00 pm
Green Tara Empowerment (For Public)
23/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
11:30 am
Refuge Ceremony (Refuge Certificates will be handed out later)
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
24/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
25/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
03:30 pm
Group Photo Taking With His Holiness Karmapa and Mingyur Rinpoche
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
26/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
11:00 am
Course Perfection Offering by Representatives of all groups Singing Offering of H.H Karmapa's long life, good health and his continuum of turning the Dharma wheel.
03:00 pm
"Practice of Offering to Lama" for all Chinese Disciples
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
Teachings sponsored and organized by Hwa Yue Foundation of Taiwan

His Holiness Arrives In Bodhgaya (December 2006-January 2007)
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His Holiness, Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche inspect some of the sculpture offerings being prepared for the Great Kagyu Monlam
His Holiness, Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (middle) inspect some of the sculpture offerings being prepared for the Great Kagyu Monlam

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya on December 19, for the next leg of his 2006 fall-winter tour. The Karmapa was received by Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche at Tergar Monastery. The Karmapa began his activity in Bodhgaya by making offerings at the Mahabodhi Temple, which commemorates where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. The head of the Mahabodhi Society welcomed him and escorted His Holiness inside the main shrine hall. His Holiness performed a short puja and circumambulated the temple three times, then headed to the Bhutanese Temple. There His Holiness checked the elaborate tormas and butter sculptures (offerings made out of butter) prepared for the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo), over which the Karmapa will preside. He was joined there by Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness gave an audience at Tergar Monastery to international followers. - Tashi Paljor

His Holiness Dalai Lama Meets His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa In Sarnath (November-December 2006)
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The Dalai Lama with the Gyalwa Karmapa at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Sarnath on December 17, 2006+Larger photo

The Dalai Lama with the Gyalwa Karmapa at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Sarnath on December 17, 2006

On December 17, 2006, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Sarnath airport Sunday noon to give religious teachings beginning 19th December at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Sarnath. His Holiness the Gyalwa  Karmapa  received him at the airport.

His Holiness Dalai Lama, accompanied by His Holiness Karmapa, arrived at Vajra Vidya Institute, where Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche offered a mandala to His Holiness Dalai Lama. After finishing their prayers, His Holiness had lunch at Vajra Vidya Institute with His Holiness Karmapa ,Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche.

His Holiness left Vajra Vidya Institute for CIHTS. It appears to be His Holiness Dalai Lama’s  fourth visit to Vajra Vidya Institute.

His Holiness In Sarnath for the Annual Winter Retreat for Debate and Logical Study(November-December 2006)
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The Karmapa is in Sarnath as part of his his Fall-Winter tour by traveling to Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where he is presiding over the Karma Gön Chö, the Winter Retreat for Debate and Logical Study, held annually at Vajra Vidhya Institute.

The Karma Gön Chö began this year on November 21st and concludes December 20th, 2006. Throughout the one month program, teachings will be given by both His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa as well as Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche.His Holiness arrived at the Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh on November 19th, 2006. Venerable Thrangu Tulku Rinpoche and monks from the Vajra Vidhya Institute Shedra (monastic college) welcomed the Karmapa's return with traditional offerings of saffron sweet rice and sweet milk tea.

His Holiness is received at the Bagdogra airport by a Rumtek Monastery reception party en route to Mirik Bokar Ngedon Chokhorling Monastery in West Bengal +Larger photo

In the misty morning air in front of the Damekha Stupa at Deer Park in Sarnath, His Holiness led the assembly in prayer.

To commence the Winter Retreat , His Holiness addressed the monastic representatives assembled at Vajra Vidhya and explained the origins of the Karma Gön Chö. During the Institute, pandita monastics thoroughly examine the views of the Holy Dharma as held by the great Kagyu masters and the forefathers of the lineage, using the techniques of Buddhist debate passed down from the great pandits of India.

On the 27th, he began meetings with the Great Kagyu Monlam organizing committee. Between sessions, the meeting representatives were offered a lunch at the nearby Radisson Hotel. On the 30th, His Holiness, Ven. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and the other Kagyu Sangha members assembled at Vajra Vidhya held a birthday celebration for Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche, as he turned 74 years of age.

His Holiness is received at the Bagdogra airport by a Rumtek Monastery reception party en route to Mirik Bokar Ngedon Chokhorling Monastery in West Bengal

Representatives of Kagyu Monasteries from throughout India and the Himalayan region debate Kagyu teachings using traditional techniques for analysis and exposition of the views of the Kagyu masters and forefathers

On December 8th, the Karmapa led an assembly of monks, bhikshus and lay persons to Deer Park, where the Buddha first began his teaching by Turning the Wheel of the Dharma. Before the Damekha Stupa, which is thought to be on the site where Ashoka built a stupa commemorating the Buddha's teachings, His Holiness led the assembly in prayer and renewed their bodhisattva vows. His Holiness was joined by Ven. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, VV Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and VV Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche. On December 12th, His Holiness gave teachings about the Mahamudra (chagya chenmo), as well as the great Kagyu lineage and its masters, at the request of the Kagyu Association of Sarnath University for Higher Buddhist Studies. During the talk at the Vajra Vidya Institute main shrine hall, His Holiness mentioned his happiness at having the opportunity to address students from the Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies at Sarnath University.- Tashi Paljor More . . .

His Holiness Continues His Tour with Visit to Kalu Rinpoche Stupa and Public Blessing Ceremony (November 2006)
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His Holiness is received at the Bagdogra airport by a Rumtek Monastery reception party en route to Mirik Bokar Ngedon Chokhorling Monastery in West Bengal +Larger photo

His Holiness offered the blessing initiation of long life to a large crowd of disciples who had gathered from all over the region, including Nepal, Bhutan, West Bengal, as well as the nearby seat in India for the Gyalwa Karmapas, in Rumtek, Sikkim, India.

His Holiness Karmapa's Fall-Winter 2006 tour continued as His Holiness visited the Siliguri, west Bengal, area on November 16-17. The Karmapa was greeted by devotees who had waited for hours along the National Highway 31A, the main highway and artery to the Himalayan State of Sikkim which houses the renowned Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, the main seat in India of his Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

His Holiness traveled to Phodang at Salugara, the venue for bestowing the Abhisheka / Initiation (Long Life Empowerment- Tsewang ) to the general public, where more than 14000 devotees from West Bengal, Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan were gathered to receive blessings from His Holiness. Upon arrival His Holiness was first escorted to the main shrine hall in the Phodang where a Long Life Mandala Offering was made to him by representatives of the Himalayan Buddhist & Cultural Association, an organization representing members throughout the entire belt of the Himalayan Range.

The Karmapa stayed overnight at Droden Kunchab Chodey and in the early morning of the 17th, after an offering ceremony visited Sed-Gyud Buddhist Monastery, a monastery in the Gelugpa tradition. After a short visit to Men-Tsee Khang (home to Tibetan Medical and Astor Institute of the Exile Govt. of Tibet), His Holiness left for Bagdora Airport. His Holiness will stop at New Delhi for two days and then continue on to Varanasi. - Tashi Paljor and Karma Woser Rapten More . . .

His Holiness Presides at Parinirvana Anniversary of Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche (November 2006)
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On October 31, 2006, His Holiness left Gyuto Tantric University with Gyaltsab Rinpoche and his entourage, first traveling to Chandigarh for a lunch with a government official, AGDP Joti. After an brief stay in Delhi, His Holiness on November 2nd flew to Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, West Bengal, en route to Bokar Ngedon Chokhorling Monastery, where he is presiding over the third parinirvana anniversary ceremonies for the late Very Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. Numerous government, monastic and lay officials and representatives, as well as some 1,000 disciples, received His Holiness at the Bagdogra airport.

A rainbow outside Bokar Monastery during the visit of His Holiness Karmapa

A rainbow appears outside Bokar Monastery during a teaching by His Holiness to the international sangha

On the morning of November 8, 2006, at Bokar Monastery, hundreds of international students gathered to listen to His Holiness Karmapa give teachings on the essential points of Guru Yoga and Mahamudra. Simultaneously, outside the teachings hall, a large rainbow appeared above the mid-morning sun.

On November 9, 2006, His Holiness continued his teaching on Guru Yoga during the morning teaching session. In the afternoon, His Holiness Karmapa, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche performed the consecration ritual for Venerable Bokar Rinpoche's Stupa. Gyaltsab Rinpoche also gave teachings on Mahamudra, Buddha nature and Bodhicitta.

On Friday, November 10, 2006, Bokar Ngedon Choekhar Ling held Cheme Phagme Nyingthig Long Life prayers for His Holiness Karmapa in the main hall. Khenpo Donyo Rinpoche gave a teaching on the Namthar, the life story, of the great Master Bokar Rinpoche to the international sangha. His Holiness continued to preside over the consecration ceremonies for Bokar Rinpoche’s Stupa with a Kalachakra puja.

On Monday November 13, 2006, His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa received Mandala Offerings from Bokar Ngedon Choekor Ling. The procession of offerings included a mandala of precious substances, sacred texts, robes, numerous statues of the Buddhas, offering bowls and vases, and Tsok (sacral feast offering). Both the monastic and the lay sangha gathered to celebrate the offerings made to His Holiness, including Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Payu Tulku Rinpoche, Drupon Rinpoche, as well as monks from various monasteries who arrived earlier to pray during the four day consecration ceremony for Bokar Rinpoche's stupa. In the afternoon, His Holiness met with the international students to share personal stories of the Venerable Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche.

Concluding his trip this year to Bokar Monastery in Mirik, His Holiness Karmapa gave Refuge Vows and offered the Green Tara Empowerment to the International sangha on the morning of November 14, 2006. On November 15, 2006, the Rumtek lay sangha arrived and gathered before His Holiness as he spoke of his aspirations for Rumtek, providing much spiritual support and inspiration to the residents. He conferred the Long Life Empowerment to the group in the morning and in the afternoon sat beside His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Bhayu Rinpoche and Khenpo Donyo Rinpoche to watch members of the Rumtek community perform a traditional opera, including Sikkimese and Bhutanese dances. - Tashi Paljor More . . .

Schedule of His Holiness Karmapa
November 2006 - January 2007
2.11.2006 Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling (Mirik) for 3rd Parinirvana anniversary of VV Bokar Rinpoche (public schedule)
16.11.2006 Kalu Rinpoche's Monastery (Siliguri) (public schedule)
19.11.2006 Vajra Vidhya Institute (Sarnath)
20.12.2006 Terga Monastery (Bodhgaya)
   6.1.2007 Vajra Vidhya Institute (Sarnath)
  10.1.2007 Return to Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala

Activities of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa
in June - February 2006