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The Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates the Bodh Mahotsava 2016


January 17, 2016 -Kalachakra Maidan, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

This evening, H.H. the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to the Kalachakra grounds in Bodh Gaya to inaugurate the cultural festival known as Bodh Mahotsava, taking place from January 17 to 19, 2016. Starting on a large scale in 1998, the grand gathering features cultural performances on an international scale with dancers, musicians, and singers from India, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Shri Lanka, and other nations.

With the backdrop of the stage and its models of the Mahabodhi Stupa and other architectural monuments in Bihar, His Holiness the Karmapa together with the Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar, lit a tall and elegant bronze lamp to open the three days of events. Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on Bodhichitta and Discusses Bhikshuni Ordination Plans

2016.01.16
January 15, 2016 -Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar India
During the second day of the Third Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering, the Gyalwang Karmapa continued his teaching on Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation, describing the causes for arousing bodhichitta. He also discussed the issue of the nun’s ordination, indicating that although he had hoped to initiate the process of giving bhikshuni ordination this year, it had to be postponed for a variety of reasons.

The teaching today was focused on the four causes of arousing bodhichitta presented in the Levels of the Bodhisattva by Asanga. The first cause of arousing bodhichitta is seeing or hearing of the powers of the buddhas and bodhisattvas. The Karmapa explained that for this reason, studying the life stories of buddhas and bodhisattvas of the past is important.

As an example, His Holiness told the story of Akshobhya Buddha. Before Akshobhya became a buddha, he made the aspiration that until enlightenment he would never be angry or perturbed by any sentient being. The Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Opens the Third Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering

2016.01.14
January 14, 2016 -Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar India
On a warm and sunny day, unusual for this time of year, the Third Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering began with the Gyalwang Karmapa entering the main shrine hall at Tergar Monastery and offering three prostrations to its golden Buddha and to the life-like statue of the Sixteenth Karmapa resting on a throne on front. The hall itself was filled with over 410 nuns attending from nine nunneries in Nepal, India, and Bhutan. The sides of the hall were lined with observers including many nuns and lay women from all over the world. The webcast in English, Chinese, and Spanish made this morning’s session available to more than two thousand listeners.

The participants have come to hear the Karmapa teach every morning for fourteen days on Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation; they are seeking to improve their debating skills through daily teachings and practice; and, on top of daily observances, they will participate in four days of sadhana and ritual practices: White Tara Who Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the Nyingma Prayer Festival and the Mahabodhi Stupa

2016.01.13
January 13. 2016 -Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

Today His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya. After meeting with the head monk and the main secretary of the temple, the Karmapa walked down the main staircase and under the first gate draped in garlands of bright orange marigolds.

Led by the Nyingma Khentrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and other Nyingma khenpos, the Karmapa passed by thousands of disciples from East and West who had come to participate in this twenty-seventh Nyingma Prayer Festival. Their offerings of white scarves and flowers lined the path into the main temple where the Karmapa offered his prostrations and prayers along with lamps and robes to the radiant statue of the Buddha.

the Karmapa walked outside the temple to the main altar for the festival, filled with offerings and beautiful tormas. Here the Karmapa offered a mandala and prayers and then continued to give katas and butter lamps to altars around the main stupa, which were dedicated to two revered lamas of the Nyingma lineage who had Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Prayers to Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche’s Kudung

2016.01.06 KO
January 6, 2106 -Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
At the invitation of the Thupten Dorjedrak Aeam Chogar Chokhor Namgyal Ling Buddhist Institute, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa came to the Nyigma Vajrakilaya Buddhist Temple this morning to pay his respects to the Kudung of Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, who passed away in Bodhgaya on December 23, 2015.  Supreme Head of the ngagyur Nyingma tradition, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche belonged to its northern terma lineage and founded the monastery of Thupten Dorje Drak near Shimla. He also had a close connection to the 16th Karmapa Rigpe Dorje, from whom he received the cycles of teachings and empowerments known as the Treasury of Oral Instructions and the Treasury of Kagyu Mantras.

His Holiness 17th the Karmapa was welcomed today by the head Khenpo of Thupten Dorje Drak Monastery, who accompanied him to the place of the Kudung. Here, as tokens of his respect, the Karmapa lit a butter lamp and offered a kata. While seated on a throne facing the Kudung, the Karmapa chanted the Samantabhadra Read the rest of this article