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The Historic Visit of the Gyalwang Karmapa to Palpung Sherabling Monastery


December 8, 2016 – Upper Bhattu, Baijnath, HP, India
Since arriving in India in 2000, the Gyalwang Karmapa had waited almost 17 years to visit Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche at his nearby monastery of Palpung Sherabling. To celebrate this special occasion, crowds had gathered in a festive mood from all parts of the Himalayan region and from abroad.

The day before His Holiness arrived, the monastery was astir with preparations. Diamond-shaped images of the 16 auspicious symbols and substances lined in bright colors the first part of the monastery road. In the middle of the road close to the main shrine hall, devotees were painting a welcome of the 8 auspicious symbols in brilliant white. The shrine hall was filled with lay people making stately flower arrangements of fragrant lilies while Read the rest of this article

After 400 years the Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to Arunachal Pradesh

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November 28 to December 2, 2016 – West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Traveling across the length of India’s Himalayas, from his temporary residence in Himachal Pradesh in the west all the way to the eastern peaks, the Gyalwang Karmapa made an historic journey to Arunachal Pradesh. For many centuries, he has had a connection with this beautiful realm of high summits and Buddhist followers: his first incarnation, Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), visited and founded monasteries here, and the relationship continued with the 3rd and 4th Karmapas while the last visit was made by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603).

Aware of this former connection and wishing to hear his teachings, the Monpa people from the west of Arunachal requested their Chief Minister Pema Khandu to facilitate a visit by the Karmapa. Subsequently the Chief Minister Read the rest of this article

Painting, Medicine, and Deer Park: The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the Bir Tibetan Colony

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November 20, 2016 – Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India
After lunch at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute, the Gyalwang Karmapa and Khyapje Dzongsar Khyentse departed for the nearby Tibetan Colony of Bir. Their first stop was an exhibition of paintings in the Karma Gardri (the Karmapa’s encampment) style. Under the guidance of Kelsang Dorje from Derge, a group of seven young painters from all over Tibet had formed a new organization, called the Park for the Flourishing of the Tibetan Karma Gardri Traditional Art of Thangka Painting.

The Karmapa inaugurated their initial exhibit by signing a poster-sized letter commemorating the occasion as well as a painting of White Tara and the central thangka of the Buddha Descending from Tushita, which celebrated this very day in the Tibetan calendar. An artist himself, the Karmapa walked around the Read the rest of this article

Deep Connections between the Karmapa and Khyentse Lineages: The Gyalwang Karmapa Awards Khenpo Certificates at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute

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November 20, 2016 – Chauntra, HP, India
On this auspicious day of the Buddha’s Decent from the Realm of Tushita, which is one of the four major Buddhist holidays, the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled in the morning to Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute to give diplomas to four new khenpos (professors and future abbots). Usually the head of the lineage performs this ceremony; however, to signify the close relationship between the Karmapa and Khyentse lineages, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche kindly invited the Karmapa to take this role.

For this special occasion, the wide path from the main gate of the Institute to the shrine hall was decorated with the traditional eight auspicious symbols, made of crushed stones in brilliant colors and lined on either side by a double row of marigolds.
Walking down this path under a golden umbrella, the Read the rest of this article

How to Practice in the 21st Century: Advice from the Gyalwang Karmapa

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November 11-13, 2016 – New Delhi, India
The recent teachings given by the Gyalwang Karmapa in New Delhi focused on the deity known as Akshobhya or Mitrukpa in Tibetan (the Undisturbed). On the first two days, the Karmapa introduced the practice lineage of Akshobhya and told the history of how he became fully awakened. On the third day, he bestowed the empowerment. There were also opportunities for question and answers.

The Karmapa began by noting that there is a long history of Akshobhya practice in the Kagyu lineage. In particular, his practice is a central one for the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, whose masters have composed many texts about the practice. Turning to the story of Akshobhya, the Karmapa related that eons ago, he was a monk who asked the Buddha known as Immense Eyes, “What is the most important practice for someone on the path Read the rest of this article