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The Karmapa Arrives in America; California Offers A Joyful Welcome


(March 15, 2015 – Palo Alto, California)

Dharma friends from around the Bay Area converged on the San Francisco airport this afternoon, urgently texting one another to reassure themselves they were all in the right place at the right moment to greet His Holiness the Karmapa. His flight arrived with a slight delay, which allowed the large numbers of Tibetan as well as international disciples to position themselves as His Holiness was ushered through the terminal towards his vehicle. After an emotional welcome by nearly 200 overjoyed students, His Holiness the Karmapa entered his car, with a smile and a gentle wave to those standing on the curb bowing and waving to him.

The party proceeded directly from San Francisco airport to Rosewood Sand Hill in Palo Alto, California, where the traditional welcome with a tea and rice ceremony awaited him. All rose as His Holiness entered the intimate venue and ascended the throne. The mandala offering was made to the 17th Karmapa by Lama Lodru of Kagyu Droden Kunchab Dharma center of San Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Begins Two-Month Trip to US

His Holiness the Karmapa has departed India, for a two-month trip to the United States. During this third visit he is making to America, the Karmapa will lecture at universities across the country and reconnect with the many Buddhist communities under his guidance as head of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A major focus of this trip will be his stops on university campuses, where the 29-year old Buddhist leader will deliver lectures, interact with faculty, sit in on classes himself and take the opportunity to connect with young people.

Yale University is awarding him its prestigious Chubb Fellowship, and the young Buddhist monk will also receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Redlands. While at Yale on April 7, the Karmapa will be delivering the Chubb Fellowship Lecture: “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.”

During the two-month trip, the Karmapa will also grant audiences, blessings and teachings in the New York area, Madison and in Seattle. Campus visits will include Harvard University, Princeton Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to the Central University of Tibetan Studies

February 27, 2015-Sarnath, India
The main hall at the university has been set up with a richly carved throne placed before a curtained stage, its front edge lined with colorful flowering plants. Above were hung a lovely thangka of the Buddha, flanked by a painting of Asanga and another of Nagarjuna, representing the two main lineages of philosophy that are studied by the Buddhist schools in Tibet.

In the late morning, as people stood on either side of the aisle, holding their white and yellow katas, the Gyalwang Karmapa walked down the center and took his seat to receive katas from a long line of professors, teachers, and staff. In a departure from custom, the Karmapa himself accepted the scarves, leaning over the front of the throne to make a close connection with each person. This sense of warmth and intimacy, as if talking to family members, set the tone for the Karmapa’s talk that followed.

After a welcome speech by the Director of the University, Lobsang Norbu Shastri, the Karmapa began his talk by reminding the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches in Sarnath on Keeping our Dharma Practice Pure

27 February 2015 – Varja Vidya Institute, Sarnath

As dawn broke in Sarnath on 27 February, the skies opened and an auspicious light rain began to shower, several peals of thunder ruffling the early morning stillness. By 9am the skies had cleared and the sun shone brightly down on the crowd gathered in the lush gardens of the Vajra Vidya Institute, eagerly waiting to enter the shrine hall.

Although he had not planned to teach in Sarnath, the previous evening the Gyalwang Karmapa had spontaneously announced he would give a talk the following morning. This came as a surprise gift for the large, international group gathered at Vajra Vidya Institute for the annual two-week teaching seminar with Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, many of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s own students and devotees among them.

The Karmapa began by joking with the gathering that since he had spoken so much and given so many teachings already this year, he felt he hadn’t much left to say. Nonetheless, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the Vajra Vidya khenpos had Read the rest of this article

Celebrating the Lama’s Long Life

February 26, 2015 – Vajra Vidya, Sarnath
The first month of the Tibetan New Year is called the Month of Miracles since the Buddha demonstrated different miracles each day for fifteen days. It is said that during this month, the effect of practice is multiplied one hundred thousand times. February 26th is the eighth day of this first month; in general, the eighth day of any month is the one for engaging in the practice of the Medicine Buddha. In this way the Gyalwang Karmapa chose an especially propitious time to perform a long-life ceremony for his teacher, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

The evening before, the Karmapa could be seen roaming the shrine hall as he directed a crew of monks to transform the main altar and area around it. A large and heavy throne along with its tall table was moved from one side to another and then back again while onlookers smiled, remembering how Marpa put Milarepa through building up and taking down the many towers. The central focus unfurled beneath the central golden Buddha, was an impressive scroll Read the rest of this article