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How to Train Your Mind Throughout the Day (Podcast Episode #013)

karmapa podcastToday’s podcast episode is a very special two-part teaching from the Gyalwang Karmapa on the famous text known as the 8 Verses of Mind Training by the the renowned historical master, Geshe Langri Tangpa.

This particular text contains just eight verses on how we can live a meaningful life that is beneficial to both ourselves and others. For example, the Karmapa explains why we should consider other sentient beings as being more important than ourselves:

“Why are sentient beings so valuable? Because in order to achieve awakening we need bodhicitta, and in order to generate bodhicitta we need compassion. And because compassion must be Read the rest of this article

Lhathok Gyalyong Offers Tenshug to the Gyalwang Karmapa

April 9, 2017 – Tashi Jong, Himachal Pradesh, India
At the request of the Lhatok Gyalyong Association(LGA), the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled from his temporary residence to Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong.

His Holiness was welcomed by the Gyalwa Dokhampa (the Ninth Khamtrul Rinpoche), Drugu Chogyal Rinpoche, the Togdens (advanced yogic practitioners), Members of Parliament (CTA),  and ordained and lay people from the Tashi Jong community.

Upon arrival, the Gyalwang Karmapa took his seat on the throne in the  main shrine hall, and Gyalwa Dokhampa Rinpoche offered him a mandala and the representations of body, speech, and mind. The lamas, tulkus and all who had gathered were granted an audience and received blessings from His Holiness. This was followed by  special prayers for his long life, led by the Gyalwa Dokhampa Rinpoche, Ngedon Read the rest of this article

8th Khoryug Conference

22 – 24 March, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya
72 delegates, representing 27 different monasteries and nunneries, schools and communities from across the Himalayan region, gathered at Tergar Monastery for the 8th annual Khoryug conference. Khoryug was founded in 2009 by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje as an environmental association of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries all working towards environmental protection, sustainability and climate change resilience. Khoryug is an initiative of Kun Kyong Charitable Trust and Khoryug Advisor, Dekila Chungyalpa and Khoryug’s Program Officer, Lhakpa Tsering, initiated the day with a warm greeting to all participants.

This year’s conference focused on disaster management and waste management. Sessions over the course of the three days featured training on these topics as well as Read the rest of this article

An Amazing Story: Finding the Reincarnation of Tenga Rinpoche

March 21, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

Ever since he passed away on March 30, 2012, finding Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche’s reincarnation (yangsi) has been awaited with great hope and deep devotion, especially in the Karma Kamtsang lineage. Before founding Benchen Monastery in Nepal, he was the ritual master for HH the Sixteenth Karmapa and famous for his detailed knowledge of vajrayana ceremonies and practice. When traveling in Germany, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke about Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche on August 30, 2015: “While here in Germany, I had the opportunity to meet briefly with many students of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and share some remarks with them. It has been a while now since he passed away but during all this time, his students and I myself have been continually remembering Rinpoche. This recollection has caused our faith, devotion, and Read the rest of this article

The Nuns Gain Confidence: The Debate Competitions

March 19, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
The sharp, unhesitant and unbounded voice of a debater punctured the air in Tergar monastery one recent afternoon this March. Commanding, it webbed layer after layer of analytical reasoning, tethering other debaters to join her in unison and capturing the attention of the audience. Standing at one end of the temple, the Karmapa, hands held behind his back, lengthened his neck upwards and listened.

That tempered afternoon, a distinctive quality also arose with that young voice for the Karma Kagyu order: that a nun could deliver a sound debate in the presence of the Karmapa unlike before, and that she — along with her fellow debaters — could do so in a setting full of judges, shedra faculty, her own competitors, an assembly of nuns from nine distinctive nunneries, and anyone else who was Read the rest of this article