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Torch of True Meaning Session Four


10 February 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya

The Karmapa began the afternoon session by reading from the remaining text of the Guru Yoga section of the Torch of True Meaning:

“There are four factors for devotion to become the path….if you see the guru as having faults, the impurity of your own mind stream is to blame. How could Buddhas have any faults? Let them do what they will, even should you see them having sexual relations, telling lies and so on, meditate thinking: this is the best way to train disciples, because of this he will undoubtedly ripen and liberate many sentient beings. This is a hundred, a thousand times more marvelous than keeping a pure moral code….

In particular, when he reprimands you, think that this extinguishes bad karma; if he slaps you, think that he is driving away spirits and Read the rest of this article

The 17th Karmapa Launches a New Website: DHARMA EBOOKS


10 February, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya

A year after the launch of the ADARSHA website, which lets you read and conduct searches of ancient Tibetan documents in a digital format, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has announced the launch of a second website: DHARMA EBOOKS. Both websites are part of the DHARMA TREASURE project, which operates under the editorial guidance of the Karmapa and actuates his vision to use modern technology to preserve and propagate ancient traditions.

Whereas ADARSHA focuses only on the Kangyur, Tengyur and other Buddhist scriptures in Tibetan, DHARMA EBOOKS will contain a greater range of Buddhist e-books, including important texts from the Buddhist canon, commentaries and practice texts. Though some are still only available in Tibetan, others have been translated into many different languages. Karmapa Mikyö Read the rest of this article

Torch of True Meaning: Session Three

10 February 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
The Gyalwang Karmapa began teaching where he had left off in Session Two, by reading the section on the words from the Mukhagama of Manjushri, found in The Torch of True Meaning, and then reflected on the idea of the root guru based on this profound text.

The Mukhagama states

Any sentient being who belittles
A Vajra bearer of the future, 
Belittles me, so therefore I 
Abandon them all for a time.

It continues:

I dwell in his body and receive 
The offerings of other practitioners.
Those who please him will purify
The karmic obscurations in their own being.

In The Torch of True Meaning, Jamgon Kongtrul elaborates further that, even Read the rest of this article

The Torch of True Meaning: Session Two


February 09, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodh Gaya, India

A Summary

The Karmapa emphasized the importance of sustaining our commitments once we have received an empowerment and nurturing through practice the seeds it has planted. He also pointed out how we really do not know what the Buddha looked like as images of him came some 600 years after his parinirvana. He is also said to be inconceivable, but that might prevent us from establishing a heartfelt connection with him, and therefore, we meditate on the lama as inseparable from the Buddha.

The General Report

The Karmapa began his talk today by explaining the difference between the guru yoga that is a part of the mahamudra preliminaries and the Four Session Guru Yoga by the Eighth Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje. There are numerous guru yogas of various lengths in the Karma Kamtsang Read the rest of this article

The Torch of True Meaning: Session One


February 9, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodh Gaya, India

This year sees the conclusion of a five-part teaching begun by the Karmapa on 31st December 2012, the year in which the Kagyu Monlam commemorated the Jamgon Kongtrul lineage, and hence the choice of this text by the First Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. 

The text is a guide to the ngondro or preliminaries to the practice of Mahamudra in the Kagyu tradition.  First, come the common preliminary meditations—known as the four thoughts which turn the mind to Dharma, they are the precious human life; death and impermanence; karma, cause and effect; and the unsatisfactoriness of life in samsara. Then  come the special preliminary practices. At successive Monlams, His Holiness has completed giving instructions on the first three: Refuge and Prostration; Vajrasattva Practice; and Offering Read the rest of this article