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Activities of the Karmapa July - October 2007

Transmission from the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche (Oct 27-28, 2007)

Khamtrul Rinpoche transmitting the Mila Gurbum to HH Karmapa

Khamtrul Rinpoche transmitting the Mila Gurbum to HH Karmapa

On the 27-28th of October at Gyuto Tantric University, His Holiness received the transmission of “Mila Gurbum” from Khamtrul Rinpoche. Khamtrul Rinpoche (Shedrup Nyima) is the 9th reincarnation in his line, and was recognized by 16th Karmapa and Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. Khamtrul Rinpoche is the head of Khampagar Monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage and currently is residing in Tashijong, Himachal Pradesh. - Tashi Paljor

Visit to Dechen Chokhorling Mahvira (20-25 Oct 2007) Click here to go to slideshow page

His Holiness visited Dechen Chokhorling Mahavira (DCM) from 21-25 October, 2007. DCM, approximately 200 kms away from Gyuto, is situated on a hilltop in Bhuntar, District Kullu Himachal Pradesh. DCM is a Drukpa Kagyu lineage Monastery. The head of the DCM is His Eminence Choegon Rinpoche. Rinpoche invited His Holiness to consecrate the main shrine hall and its core Buddha statue.

Short Biography: The ninth and present emanation of Choegon Rinpoche (Jigmey Choekyi Senge) was recognized at the age of three by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. The Karmapa presented His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche with three letters detailing the precise location of Choegon’s whereabouts, the house of his birth, his family and the year. Rinpoche was enthroned at the age of 6 in Khampagar Monastery. Khamtrul Rinpoche transmitted the complete teachings of Drukpa Kagyu tradition to him in Bhutan. Rinpoche also received many teachings from Kyabje Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, H.E Trulshig Adiu Rinpoche, H.H Je Khenpo and H.E Tulku Ogyen Rinpoche. Rinpoche completed many practices in retreat including Vajrakilaya, Green Tara, Buddha Amitayus, Vajrapani and Padmasambhava and received the Khenpo degree at the age of 28.

Rinpoche supports and funds many community projects, and currently is working on a project of building a new monastery at Kullu, while also renovating many old temples throughout the western Himalayan regions.

21st October, 2007: On the arrival at the DCM, His Holiness was received and escorted by Khamtrul Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Dorzong Rinpoche, Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, Somang Tulku, the Bhuntar Tibetan Welfare Officer and Principal of Sambhota School with all the Serbang. The nearby Sambhota Tibetan school assembly presented “Tashi Shoepa” (the auspicious welcoming dance). Following the arrival of His Holiness in the main shrine hall Mandala offerings and tea were offered with sweet rice.

22nd October: His Holiness performed the prayer of “Gyal wa ja tson yang sab konchok chidue” and led the consecration of the main shrine hall’s core Buddha statue, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Drozong Rinpoche, Drgu Choegyal Rinpoche and Somang Tulku were also present at the puja. The puja continued for whole day.

23rd October: In the morning, His Holiness visited the Shambala Art School, which is nearby DCM. His Holiness observed the Tibetan Thangka paintings and consecrated the school. Afterwards, His Holiness, along with Khamtrul Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Dorzong Rinpoche and Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, enjoyed tea outside at the lawn. In the afternoon, His Holiness gave the initiation of Buddha Avalokteshvara, and also gave talk about the meaning of the “Om Mani Padme Hung” and its importance, advising the audience that in his view, being a better human is the true import of the Buddha’s dharma.

This initiation and puja was translated into Hindi as almost ten thousand persons from near and around this Himalayan region gathered for this initiation. After finishing the initiation, His Holiness gave blessings to each person individually. People in this region keep their faith in the dharma strong, and everybody shared the bliss of the guru's empowering blessing.

24th October: The Sambhota and Manali Tibetan Day School presented a cultural show in the courtyard of DCM. His Holiness expressed appreciation to the school for their enduring effort to preserve and keep alive the Tibetan culture, the future seeds of Tibet, within the heart. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness returned to Gyuto Tantric University. - Tashi Paljor

HH Karmapa Celebrates Award of Congressional Gold Medal to HH Dalai Lama (17 Oct 2007) Click here to go to slideshow page

His Holiness Karmapa celebrated the award of the US Congressional Gold Medal to the His Holiness Dalai Lama. The Karmapa stated that he was rejoicing in this "historic day with utmost pleasure." The award of the highest civilian honor in the United States is another recognition of His Holiness Dalai Lama's exemplary peaceful, non-violent approach to the issues concerning the peoples of Tibet, and indeed, all beings.

In the morning, at Gyuto Ramoche Temple, His Holiness offered the mandala offering at the seat of His Holiness Dalai Lama and performed a puja for this remarkable and historic day. Later, in an elaborate function by the Gyuto Ramoche University, Tibetan cultural songs and dances organized by TCV School of Suja, Gopalpur and local Nepali community were performed at the temple's courtyard.

The Tsurphu Labrang and Gyuto Ramoche University organised the aspiration Puja led by His Holiness, and offered lunch to everyone who has gathered for the celebraton. - Tashi Paljor

Visit to Center School for Tibetans Dalhousie (October 4-6, 2007)

At the invitation of the local Tibetan community, NGOs, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), Tibetan Women's Association and the Center School for Tibetans (CST) Dalhousie, His Holiness The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited Dalhousie, district Chamba, on the 4th of October 2007. His Holiness consecrated and inaugurated a new settlement to benefit particularly scattered and destitute Tibetans.

The settlement project was funded through Tibetan Home Affairs by foreign supporters of Tibet. His Holiness presented the prizes awarded to students who topped the Center School Examination. During the visit, he CST students presented Tibetan cultural dances and songs. The school principal, Mr. Phunrab Choesang, spoke to the assembly, stating "It is our great merit that His Holiness has blessed this place" and expressed the deeply felt gratitude and many Tashi Delek to His Holiness. The principal narrated a short biography of His Holiness in Tibetan, English and Hindi to the public.

On the second day of the visit, His Holiness gave a public teaching based on The Six Perfections (Prajnaparamita) and conferred the Amitayus empowerment on the public consisting of thousands of devotees from the regions all around and foreigners. Later in the afternoon His Holiness consecrated the Tibetan Handicraft Center and school with prayers. The Dalhousie Tibetan Handicraft Center is one of the first and most famous handicraft makers among the various Tibetan handicrafts makers all over India.

In the morning of the third day of the visit, 6th October, His Holiness was invited to the oldest Gyuto Monastery for a consecration ceremony. That afternoon he visited the tourist point of Khachari. With an escort of motor bike, cars and many followers, His Holiness and the entourage left Dahousie for Dharamshala, reaching his residence at Gyuto Monastery, Sidhbari, in the evening. The visit to Dalhousie was very successful and benefited thousands of people with profound blessings. All were very happy and felt blessed by Holiness's graceful visit. - Tashi Paljor

Karma Kagyu Monasteries and Sanghas Organize Ceremony for Longevity of HH Gyalwang Karmapa Click here to go to slideshow page

Tenshug ceremony for HH Karmapa

HE Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche at the Long Life Ceremony for HH Karmapa on September 26, 2007 in Dharamsala

26 September, 2007, His Eminences Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and Jamgon Rinpoche led a long life ceremony for HH Gyalwang Karmapa organized by the monasteries and monastic and lay sanghas of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The Tenshug commenced at 8 a.m with the arrival of His Holiness in the main shrine hall. Over two thousand people from far and near who gathered here for the Tenshug of His Holiness, including numerous representatives of monasteries and official bodies. After a tea ceremony, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche read the Tenshug letter of offering along with the presentation of eight auspicious signs. Later Kyabje Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche read the praise with elaborate offering of the mandala to His Holiness.

After this was completed, the Tenshug Organizing Committee offered the body, speech and mind mandala offerings with attendant ritual offerings to His Holiness and to His Eminences consecutively. Tulkus and Lamas made their offering to His Holiness, followed by all participants. The ceremony of Tenshug completed with a hearty meal for everyone.

The September 26 ceremony was preceeded by a one week Tsedup, a ritual practice of Buddha Amitayus for the longevity of HH Gyalwang Karmapa. His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, with monks from Karma Kagyu monasteries, led the Tsedup. The Tsedup and Tenshug activities took place at Gyuto Tantric University in Dharamsala. Monasteries and sangha of the Karma Kagyu lineage are under the direction of the Tsurphu Labrang. - Tashi Paljor

HH Dalai Lama Meets with HH Karmapa and HE Jamgon Rinpoche

HH Dalai Lama with HH Gyalwang Karmapa and HE Jamgon Rinpoche

HH Dalai Lama with HH Gyalwang Karmapa and HE Jamgon Rinpoche

6 September, 2007. His Holiness accompanied by His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche had an audience with His Holiness Dalai Lama at his residence in the morning at Tsuklag Khang Dharamsala.

On September 19, 2007, His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche led a long life puja for HH Gyalwang Karmapa at Gyuto Tantric University in Dharamsala. Slideshow

His Holiness Meets with the Three Eminences in Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa having lunch with Their Eminences Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

His Holiness Karmapa having lunch with Their Eminences Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

21 August, 2007. His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, who recently completed a retreat, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche came to visit His Holiness on August 21, 2007. Afterwards, His Holiness had a lunch with the the Three Eminences.

His Holiness commemorates India's 60th with a Puja

On the occasion of the 60th Indian Independence Day which falls on 15th of Aug, His Holiness performed a special smoke offering puja this morning for the peace of the people and the country of India.  - Tashi Paljor

Audience for HE Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

On August 7, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche arrived at Gyuto Ramoche Temple  in the morning and had an audience with His Holiness and later left for Sherabling Monastery. - Tashi Paljor

Activities in July Click here to go to slideshow page

Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche with Gyalwang Karmapa in July 2007

Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche with Gyalwang Karmapa in July 2007

On 16th July, 2007, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was in Dharamsala as one of the representatives of the Nyingma Lineage who offered Tenshug to His Holiness Dalai Lama. Afterwards, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche met with Gywalang Karmapa.

On 22nd July, His Holiness was chief guest at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah, where he gave a talk on Tibetan science, literature and Buddhist philosophy at the annual debate sessions. More then 250 students of the College and three participants of each of the affiliated Buddhist institutions attended.

On the 22 July, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche completed the Kalachakra transmission to His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. The complex transmission, called "Shag duen ma Yongsu dakpa Yeshe Gyatsoe Chueth thenn kyi Wang," involves a 362-deities empowerment ("wang"), Drupon Rinpoche (General Secretary) offered ceremonial scarf to commence the ceremony on 15th July, which took place over a period of one week. - Tashi Paljor

His Holiness Dalai Lama's Birthday and Visit to TCV Click here to go to slideshow page

6 July 2007: On the auspicious day of the 6th of July, His Holiness Karmapa visited His Holiness Dalai Lama's palace early in the morning to offer his respects and good wishes for the celebration of the Dalai Lama's 72nd birthday (Western calendar). HH Dalai Lama presided over the joyous celebration in the courtyard of the Tsuglagkhang (Main Temple), attended by top officials of the Tibetan government in Exile, including Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche (Prime Minister), Chairman Karma Choephel (Deputy Speaker), Gyari Dolma (Supreme Justice Commission and Justice Commission). Other Kalons of the Central Tibetan Administration and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche were present during the morning function.

Fifteen traditional Tibetan songs and dance items were presented by various institutions, including rare performances by schools from the remote and faraway areas of Spiti and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. A Tibetan voluntary organization and the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Dharamsala, already urged Tibetans to strictly maintain a vegetarian diet on the Dalai Lama's birthday, in an effort to reduce obstacles in the personal life of the Dalai Lama.

On the evening of July 9th, His Holiness was invited as chief guest for the academic competition of Tibetan Children's Village school (TCV) of Gopalpur, including cultural song and dance. Over 2000 students attend the school in classes from nursery to 12th grade. The students are divided into four houses for the competition of school activities, The houses are named for the ancient Tibetan kings, namely Nyatri, Trisong, Triral, and Songtsen House. This cultural competition commemorated His Holiness Dalai Lama's birthday.

Prior to the competition His Holiness was requested to consecrate the newly built stupa at the school. Competition was strong, students presented the songs with wonderful Tibetan traditional dresses and way of life, and displayed some rare dances. His Holiness gave away the prizes for the winning houses, with Triral House the winner of the competition for this year. His Holiness gave speech to the students mentioning the importance of our culture and tradition which is the distinctive mark one makes on this world by being a Tibetan. - Tashi Paljor

Activities of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa
in January - June 2007