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Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Kinnaur for Weeklong Tour

20130831 arrival at rekongpeo
31 August 2013 – Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Leaving Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala around 8.45am on the morning of 30 August, the Gyalwang Karmapa set off on the long road journey to Kinnaur. Local Tibetan communities came out to greet him as his motorcade wound its way through several settlements en route.

Passing through the Tashi Jong Tibetan settlement in the morning, hundreds of monks, nuns and laypeople lined the road bearing traditional scarves and incense, eager to catch a glimpse of the spiritual leader and escort him on his way. Similar scenes were repeated as he later passed through the Tibetan settlements at Bir and Suja, while the smaller Tibetan community at Mandi also came out to receive him.

After pausing for lunch in Mandi the Gyalwang Karmapa resumed the long and winding journey through the mountains, finally reaching Rampur close to midnight. There he was hosted as a State Guest at the Circuit House of Rampur, which is reserved for visiting government Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Departs For Tour Of Kinnaur And To Attend International Buddhist Conference In Delhi

20130829 Kinnaur tour announcement

29 August 2013 – Gyuto Monastery

On 30 August the Gyalwang Karmapa departs for a weeklong tour of the Kinnaur region at the request of local Buddhist communities. His first visit to Kinnaur comes after 3 years of requests from devotees, initiated by Lochen Rinpoche.

Travelling as a State Guest of the Himachal Pradesh Government, the Gyalwang Karmapa will be honored with a grand welcome ceremony on his arrival at Chaura which is the border of the Kinnaur region.

During his time in Kinnaur he is scheduled to give two days of teachings to devotees at Rekong Peo, including Mahamudra teachings on 1 September, and Phowa teachings on 2 September. In the afternoon of 2 September he will bestow a long-life empowerment for those gathered.

With Tibet along its eastern border, the Indian region of Kinnaur is strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditions, customs, and language. The Kinnauri people have a deep historical connection to Tibetan Read the rest of this article

Announcing the Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns

This year following the Kagyu Monlam there will be the First Annual Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns from January 20 to February 2, 2014. Arising out of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa’s desire to improve education for all Kagyu monastics in general and for nuns in particular, this gathering will bring nuns from seven different Kagyu nunneries together at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya for two weeks of teachings, classes, debate, and special pujas.

The gathering is named for Ārya Kshema, a bhikshuni from the time of the Buddha who was said by the Bhagavan himself to be the greatest of his nuns in terms of wisdom and confidence. Remembering her example will encourage contemporary nuns to pursue their training in education and meditation.

After an opening ceremony on January 20, there will be eight days of teachings, classes, and debates from January 21 to 28. During this period, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa will teach twice daily on Gampopa’s Ornament of Liberation. The nuns will also have daily classes on logic and debate every evening. On January 30, there will be a Special Ritual for the Nuns’ Dharma to Flourish composed by His Holiness the Karmapa. On January 31, there will be a Chöd Ritual “A String of Jewels” to celebrate the special Read the rest of this article

Announcing the Seventeenth Kagyu Gunchö
 Winter Dharma Teachings & Debates for Kagyu Shedras

17th Kagyu Gunchoe

The 17th Kagyu Gunchö (Winter Dharma Gathering) will be held at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya again from December 3, 2013, to January 1, 2014. During the event, monks from more than ten Kagyu shedras (monastic colleges) will gather for a month of teachings, debate, study, and discussion. The main topics for debate will be the Intermediate Collected Topics (Düdra), the Types of Cognition (Lorik), and Types of Reasons (Takrik). As at the last Kagyu Gunchö, there will be a competition among the different shedras. The finals of the competition will be held on December 28.

During the Gunchö, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa will also continue the transmission and teaching of the Hundred Short Instructions by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje, resuming where he left off last year.

A special feature of this year’s program is the introduction of three debates on Madhyamaka philosophy. They will be held on December 10, December 18, and December 27. These debates will be not be held in the traditional Tibetan style but Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Leads Prayers At Main Temple

8 August 2013, Main Temple, Tsuglagkhang – Dharamsala

On a foggy monsoon morning the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over a special prayer service at the Main Temple in Dharamsala, organized by the Central Tibetan Administration. Several thousand locals braved the wet and misty conditions to fill the Main Temple, uniting in aspirations for the well-being of the Tibetan people. The day marked the two-year anniversary since Dr Lobsang Sangay took office as the first democratically elected Sikyong or Prime Minister, in an historic moment for the Tibetan people. The Gyalwang Karmapa was joined by Kirti Rinpoche, the Abbott of Namgyal Monastery, members of the Central Tibetan Administration, and local Tibetan residents and supporters.

Later Gyalwang Karmapa paid short visit to Read the rest of this article