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Modernizing The Monastic Education: Gyalwang Karmapa Presides Over Education Workshop

1-7 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

One of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s core interests has long been to revive the “Thongwa Gyue-pe Chaglen” (unbroken ritual practice) and to modernize the education available to all Karma Kagyu monks and nuns. With this goal in mind, the Gyalwang Karmapa has this week been chairing a weeklong ‘Workshop on Monastic Education’ at the Vajra Vidya Institute. Key persons who are attending the discussions, including His Eminence Kyabje Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, who has travelled to Sarnath especially for the Workshop, as well as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Chant-masters(Umze), Discipline-masters(Choetrimpa) and Ritual-masters(Chopon) mainly from Rumtek Monastery.

The discussions are aimed at improving all stages of the monastic education system, from the earliest level right through to Shedra (university) level. One of the key ideas being explored is to add several modern subjects into the curriculum, such as Science and English language, in order to give Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Lama Chöpa Puja for Khenchen Thrangu Rinnpoche’s Long Life

1 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

On the afternoon of March 1st the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over an extensive puja dedicated to the long life of his main tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

“Our Lord of Refuge, Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche, is now in his old age,” the Gyalwang Karmapa said, as he announced the puja to the entire sangha. “But he is still present, and so hopefully he can remain and continue to bring benefit to the teachings and to beings. He is someone who has spent his entire life practicing the dharma, through both the teachings of scripture and through practice. At this point in Rinpoche’s life I feel that even if we hear just a tiny amount of Rinpoche’s speech it will be very beneficial, and I truly believe this. By doing this puja we can please the lama and ask him to remain, so the aim of doing this is for Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche’s long life.”

The puja, called ‘A Ritual Read the rest of this article

Vast Activities of The Karmapas: Spring Teachings Day 7

28th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 7 Report

On the final day of his weeklong Spring Teachings, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, shared some thoughts about his own life. He began the session by openly reflecting on his life situation, compared to the vast accomplishments of the previous Karmapas.

“From my own perspective, I’m growing older and older but I have this feeling that up until now I still have not really done much to bring benefit to Buddhism and sentient beings, or anything to be satisfied with. When I look at the activities of the previous Karmapas, from a very early age they all did vast activity for the benefit of the teachings and for the benefit of sentient beings. Putting aside whether or not I can be compared to the other Karmapas, but as a follower of the Karmapas I still do not really feel that I have been able to do the same amount of benefit for beings and the teachings.”

The very name Read the rest of this article

Should Buddhist Practitioners Eat Meat? : Spring Teachings Day 6

27th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 6 Report

On the sixth day of his Spring Teachings the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, cut straight to the core of an issue that is vital not only for the sustainability of our contemporary world, but also within our individual lives as Buddhist practitioners. Exploring the topic from many different angles, the Gyalwang Karmapa discussed his views on whether Buddhist practitioners should eat meat or not, and if so, when and how it may be acceptable to do so.

“A few years ago at one of the Kagyu Monlams I spoke about the topic of vegetarianism, giving up eating meat. You could say it was an announcement, but it was really like making a suggestion. Since then many years have passed, and over the years I’ve heard people say various things. Some people have even said, ‘Oh, Ogyen Trinley Dorje says that if you don’t give up eating meat then you’re not a Kagyupa.’ Now, it actually wasn’t me Read the rest of this article

Opening The Door of Devotion: Spring Teachings Day 5

26th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 5 Report

As the Spring Teachings entered their fifth day, the Gyalwang Karmapa began to explore the role of devotion in our practice. Teaching from a new instruction within the ‘Tri Thung Gyatsa’ text, he began by explaining that devotion is critical for our dharma practice, particularly within the Kagyu tradition. And yet, it isn’t all that easy to correctly develop devotion.

First we need to understand what devotion means. Drawing a clear distinction between faith and devotion, the Gyalwang Karmapa said, “When we think about faith, then faith is like a feeling we have in our minds. But devotion isn’t just a feeling. It’s not just an emotion. It’s something that we put into practice with our body and speech.”

To illustrate his point, the Gyalwang Karmapa then explained the meaning inherent within the Tibetan term for devotion, mo-gü. The first syllable of the word Read the rest of this article