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Spring Teachings Begin in Sarnath

21st Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 1 Report

On the 11th day of the 1st month of the Year of the Water Snake, in the holy land of Sarnath, very close to the exact site where the Buddha Shakyamuni taught his first five disciples more than 2500 years ago and thereby set into motion the entire Buddhist teaching tradition, the Gyalwang Karmapa once again turned the wheel of dharma.

Coinciding with an annual dharma seminar at Vajra Vidya Institute being led by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the Gyalwang Karmapa commenced a week-long series of teachings on a text which has been one of his personal favorites since a young age, called ‘Tri Thung Gyatsa’ or ‘One Hundred Short Instructions.’

The text, composed by the glorious 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, comprises a treasury of pith instructions spanning the entire path to enlightenment. Each instruction is skillfully crafted so that the reader can enter the text at any Read the rest of this article

Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Offers Long-Life Tsedrup Puja to The Gyalwang Karmapa

21st Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

On 21 February 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s main teacher, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, commenced an elaborate Tsedrup (long-life puja) dedicated to the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Lasting for five consecutive days, the extensive prayers are being conducted at Vajra Vidya Institute by tulkus and monks from Thrangu Rinpoche’s monasteries, including many who have travelled especially from Nepal.

With the chanting lasting from morning until night, the puja will culminate in a grand long-life Tenshug offering to the Gyalwang Karmapa on the auspicious day of 25 February, which is known as Chotrul Duchen or the Day of Miracles. The 14 days leading up to Chotrul Duchen are considered to be a very auspicious time in the Tibetan calendar, with positive deeds performed at this time being especially potent. In this context, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s offering serves as a particularly powerful cause for the long life of the 17th Read the rest of this article

The Heart Is Noble, Gyalwang Karmapa’s Latest Book, Released Today

19th Feb

Today, His Holiness the Karmapa’s latest book is being officially launched in North America and continental Europe, entitled The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out. The book is based on a series of teachings His Holiness gave to a group of 16 American college students over the course of three weeks in 2011. Each chapter in the book explores a topic selected by visiting students. For each session, two of the students took lead responsibility in presenting their concerns to the Karmapa, and His Holiness’ personal responses to their concerns fills the pages of this book.

In this book, the Gyalwang Karmapa takes a hard look at the urgent challenges facing his generation as a society, as a planet and as individuals. In the process, he encourages us all to rise to these challenges, using a resource we already have in abundance—the basic nobility of our human heart. The book is nothing short of a call to action, outlining his vision for bringing transformative social action Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Sarnath,Varanasi

8th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Sarnath, Feburary 8: The Gyalwang Karmapa was accorded a grand reception today upon his arrival in Sarnath.

Vajra Vidhya monks with their Serbangs, Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten the Vice Chancellor and the students of Central University for Tibetan Studies and international devotees lined up on the streets to welcome the Gyalwang Karmapa.

The Gyalwang Karmapa is scheduled to preside over Mahakala prayers and Losar prayers over next few days. Read more

Central Tibetan Administration Offers Tenshug to The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

4th Feb –Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala.

DHARAMSHALA, February 4: The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala offered a long life prayer ceremony (Tenshug) to Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Monday.

The tenshug offering was held at the Gyuto monastery near the exile Tibetan headquarters. The 17th Karmapa has lived close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since his escape from China occupied Tibet at the turn of the new millennium.

Monks of the Gyuto Monastery recited prayers as Kalon Pema Chhinjor made the ceremonial offerings, beseeching Gyalwang Karmapa to continue blessing and guiding the Tibetan people in particular and the all beings in general.

Hundreds of Tibetans and foreigners, along with the two Kagyu Members of Parliament and Secretaries of the Departments of Religion and Culture and Home of CTA also attended the ceremony.

At 27, Gyalwang Karmapa is the most prominent teacher of the Kagyu Read the rest of this article