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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. Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Continues His Tour with Visit to Kalu Rinpoche Stupa and Public Blessing Ceremony (November 2006)

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 Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Presides at Parinirvana Anniversary of Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche (November 2006)

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 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 Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Attains Legal Age of Majority on June 26, 2006

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His Holiness Karmapa offers a prayer during the ceremonies on June 26, 2006 at Gyuto Monastery Tantric College in Dharamsala, India

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje celebrated His 21st birthday in Dharamsala, India on June 26th 2006. The auspicious occasion was celebrated on a grand scale and was attended by thousands people from the Himalayan areas and abroad

The birthday occasion began in the early hours of dawn in the main shrine room of Gyuto Tantric University. A Mandala offering, Tsok and Long Life prayers of Lama Chopa were presented to His Holiness by the resident Khenpo Read the rest of this article

His Holiness The Gyalwa Karmapa Attends “The Revival of the Tibetan Bhikshuni Ordination Academic Conference” (May 2006)

His Holiness at the Vinaya Holder’s Conference on the revival of the lineage of Tibetan Bhishunis

During the three days from May 22-24, 2006, the Gyalwa Karmapa attended the Third Academic Conference on The Revival of Tibetan Bhikshuni Ordination.” At the opening ceremony, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Gyalwa Karmapa, Sang-tung Rinpoche, Geshe Tupten of the Graduate Institute of Geshe Studies, and geshes, kenpos; Read the rest of this article