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Gyalwang Karmapa Pays Homage at Mahabodhi Stupa, Attends Guru Rinpoche Tsog, and Visits Bhutanese Monastery

November 20, 2010

The Gyalwang Karmapa left first thing in the morning with a small entourage to pay homage at the central shrine of Buddhism, the Mahabodhi Temple, home to the Bodhi tree and other sites linked with the time when Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment.

The Gyalwang Karmapa was welcomed by Mr N.T. Dorje, Secretary of the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, and the Head Monk-in-Charge the Venerable Pande Chalinda. His Holiness was escorted in procession through the Mahabodhi Stupa Ground and went directly to the main shrine room. Having prostrated three times, he presented traditional offerings of light, fruit, flowers, a donation and a new golden silk robe for the Buddha image, and recited prayers.

Leaving the shrine room, Gyalwang Karmapa walked around to the area behind the temple, under the Bodhi tree, where he joined a session of a Guru Rinpoche Tsog, at the request of a local Drukpa Kagyu Monastery, Sangak Choeling Monastery, the sponsor of the tsog.

On his return journey to Tergar Monastery, His Holiness stopped to visit the Bhutanese Monastery where each year a dedicated group of specially trained Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives at Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

November 19, 2010

The Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje flew into Gaya Airport on Friday morning. He was welcomed by Ayang Rinpoche, Lama Chodrak and members of the Tergar Monastery staff.
The road to the monastery had been prepared for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s arrival with welcome gates and hundreds of the 16th Karmapa’s blue-and-yellow dream flags and four-coloured Dharma flags strung along each side of the road.

Preceded by the red flags and wailing sirens of a police escort, the cavalcade reached Tergar Monastery soon afterwards, to be greeted by the happy, smiling faces of several hundred monks and laypeople waiting excitedly with their offerings of incense and khatas.

On arrival, the Gyalwang Karmapa went immediately into the Tergar Monastery shrine room and prostrated three times to the Buddha image before going upstairs to his quarters on the temple roof.

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Travel Schedule of Gyalwang Karmapa’s Winter Tour

November 17, 2010

DATE

PROGRAM

Nov 17, 2010 His Holiness leaves Dharamsala for Delhi.
Nov 19, 2010 Arrives in Bodhgaya via Kolkata by flight.
Nov 20 — Dec 3, 2010 10 days Akshobhya retreat and meditation.
Dec 8 — 9, 2010 Opening ceremony for Karmapa 900 Celebration.
Dec 10 — 12, 2010 3 days teaching on Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
Dec 15 — 23, 2010 28th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo
Jan 3 — 4, 2011 Leaves Bodhgaya and reaches Dharamsala via Delhi.
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Request to Devotees for Photographs of His Holiness Karmapa, in Particular the 16th Karmapa

October 30, 2010

This year marks the 900th year since the birth of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193), who founded the lineage of Kagyu in 1139 C.E.

It is said:

Those who observe the anniversary
Of the passing of their lamas and venerate them,
Will soon be born among their first circle
Of disciples, and become a guide for beings.

Monasteries and dharma centers of the Karma Kagyu, the lineage of practice, are collaborating to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the birth, in Tresho, Kham, of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa, the glorious crown jewel of the practice lineage.

As part of the 900th year celebration, His Holiness Karmapa’s Office of Administration (Tsurphu Labrang) is collecting photographs of His Holiness Karmapa, in particular the 16th Karmapa.

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Karmapa Successfully Completes Mumbai Tour

October 13 to 15, 2010Mumbai

His Holiness successfully completed his Mumbai tour which was requested by Bouddha Sabah Association, Chembur. His Holiness inaugurated the Bouddha Vihara at Chembur and gave teaching at Dr. Ambedkar High School ground where thousands of people have gathered.

Local MLA Shri Chandrakant Handore gave a hearty reception for His Holiness.

In His teaching, His Holiness emphasized the importance of understanding our human nature through proper study in Buddhist teaching and exemplary paths followed by Dr. Ambedkar and others. True peace and happiness does not lie in materialistic development but lies in mental progress through proper understanding of Buddha’s teaching.

His Holiness appreciated all members for their tireless work for the construction of the Buddha Vihara and preservation of Buddha’s Teaching by following the foot steps of Dr. Ambedkar, the great scholar and visionary.

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