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The Gyalwang Karmapa’s Yearly Visit to the Root Institute

2016.03.15
15 March, 2016 -Bodh Gaya, India
Noting that he had been coming to Root Institute for many years, the Gyalwang Karmapa greeted everyone warmly and said that it would be good to have a question and answer session.

Question: Your Holiness, Sometimes when you do a lot of practice, you get a bit tense. Is it good to give yourself a break for a little while? I just finished prostrations and want to take a break before Dorje Sempa.
The Karmapa: In general, it is said that our way of practicing should not be too loose or too tight, just like the strings on a guitar. Since neither extreme would work well, we need to find the golden mean. If we try too hard, that is a fault; if we do not try enough, we are lost in laziness. Sometimes, our mind can get a bit tired out, and so taking a break is fine.

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Winter Debates End with an Historic Announcement and Great Gratitude

2016.03.10
10 March, 2016 -Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, India
This year the Winter Debates lasted for fifteen days and encompassed a wonderful variety of ways to train the mind and deepen understanding. In addition to daily meditation, there were traditional debates on the philosophical positions of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika Schools as well as the yearly debates on Collected Topics, Types of Evidence, and Types of Minds. Papers were presented on Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation covering the second chapter on the spiritual friend up to the eighth chapter on refuge, and western-style discussions on two topics: 1) Can blind faith be considered faith? and 2) Are the Dharma and the secular world opposed or not?

Starting at 8 p.m. on March 9, the final debate went into late hours and began with the topic of what it Read the rest of this article

Free Medical Camp for the Disabled: The Gyalwang Karmapa’s Parting Gift to the People of Gaya

2016.03.08
8 March, 2016 -Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya.

On the morning of March 8, His Holiness the Karmapa walked from Tergar over to the Pavilion where he met with Padma Shri V. R. Metha(Executive President of BMVSS) and Ms. Mohini Daljeet Singh( CEO of Max India Foundation). Together they toured the virtual facility room by room with V.R. Metha explaining to the Karmapa the process of assessing the patients, making a Plaster of Paris cast for the artificial leg, and how that becomes a basis for the artificial limb. They also stopped by the supply room where crutches, special shoes, tricycles with seats (almost 80 were given out), and wheelchairs (close to twenty were needed) were stored.

Afterward, a press conference took place at Tergar Monastery, and in addition to Padma Shri V. R. Metha and Ms. Mohini Daljeet Singh, also Read the rest of this article

An Announcement From The Gyalwang Karmapa About The Recent Tragic Events Concerning Two Tibetan Children

2016.03.04ii
March 4, 2016-Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, India
གཟའ་འཁོར་འདིའི་ནང་བོད་ཕྱི་ནང་གཉིས་ཀར་ལོ་ཆུང་བྱིས་པ་རེ་རང་སྲེག་བཏང་འདུག །སེམས་ལ་ན་ཟུག་ཆེས་ཆེར་སློང་བའི་གནས་ཚུལ་འདི་དག་རྣ་བར་ཐོས་དུས། བཟོད་ཐབས་བྲལ་ཏེ་སླར་ཡང་གཞིས་བྱེས་བོད་མི་སྤུན་ཟླ་ཡོངས་ལ་འབོད་སྐུལ་ཞིག་ཞུ་འདོད་བྱུང་། 
This week, two young Tibetan children, one in Tibet and one in India, have burned themselves to death. These events pain me deeply. Read the rest of this article

Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche Offers Reading Transmission to Monastics

2016.02.27
27-29 February, 2016 -Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya, India
With impeccable concentration and speed, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche offered an important reading transmission this week to the monastics gathered for the Kagyu Gunchö Winter Dharma Teachings and Debates for Kagyu Shedras, including HE Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. The transmission was offered over three mornings in the Tergar Shrine.

The text, called Mandala of the Sun, is a commentary on the vinaya written by the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje. It includes the root text of the vinaya and an annotation on this root text by Tshonawa Chenpo. The text has not yet been translated into English. Since the vinaya is the Buddha’s teachings on monastic vows, the reading transmission was offered only to ordained monks and nuns.

There were many auspicious connections evident Read the rest of this article