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Losar Day 3

March 7, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

On the third day of Losar His Holiness Karmapa had lunch at the Ramada Hotel hosted by Vajra Vidhya Institue. Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the entourage of His Holiness were invited for the Lunch.

Later at evening His Holiness performed a special Guang Gong Puja in the evening outside in front of Vajra Vidya Monastery’s main shrine hall. Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche attended the prayers. The evening concluded with a burst of fireworks.

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His Holiness the Karmapa Gives Spring Teachings in Sarnath

His Holiness the Karmapa will be giving Spring Teachings from the 9th through the 12th of March at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath. The theme of the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates Losar at Vajra Vidya Institute

March 5, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

New Year’s Day Morning

According to the Tibetan calendar this is now the Year of the Iron Rabbit.
The Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated Tibetan New Year in the company of his tutor, Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who is currently visiting from the U.S.A.

Preceded by an incense bearer and monks playing the gyalin [Tibetan trumpet] His Holiness arrived in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute shortly before 7.00am, splendidly attired in gold brocade tonka and wearing traditional Tibetan white felt boots for the occasion. He mounted the throne, carefully donned his black-and-gold activity crown, and the ceremony to welcome in the new year began.

First came the presentation of traditional Tibetan white silk scarves called katag and gifts. A long line formed led by the Read the rest of this article

Säng Ritual and Prayers for Auspiciousness

March 4, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

The first session in the morning began early at 4.30am as Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche led three hours of concluding ceremonies and dedication prayers for the Mahakala ritual. Read more

Year of the Iron Tiger Draws to an End

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March 3, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

On the penultimate day of the Tibetan year—the 29th day of the twelfth month in the Tibetan calendar—Gyalwang Karmapa attended the third day of this year’s traditional Mahakala ritual, held before the year’s end to remove obstacles. Read more

His Holiness the Karmapa Begins Winter Retreat in Bodh Gaya

March 1, 2011. Bodh Gaya

Since February 26, His Holiness the Karmapa has been visiting Bodh Gaya, the place of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment and the holiest site for Buddhists worldwide. During his stay in Bodh Gaya, His Holiness is engaged in his winter meditation retreat at Tergar Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery founded by Yonge Mingyur Rinpoche.

While requesting that the press respect His Holiness’ privacy during his retreat and puja program in Bodh Gaya, Mingyur Rinpoche addressed a gathering of local press members. Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher and author of the bestselling book, The Joy of Living.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mingyur Rinpoche said, “We are very grateful that His Holiness’s name has been cleared.” Rinpoche thanked the Indian government and Tibetan government-in-exile and was also Read the rest of this article