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Gyalwang Karmapa Commences Weeklong Teachings on the “Three Types of Vows”

December 4, 2009 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

With the sound of the gyaling heightening the sense of anticipation, His Holiness entered the packed assembly hall of Tergar Monastery this afternoon to commence a weeklong series of teachings. The teachings are part of the 13th annual Karma Gunchoe, or winter debates, now under way in Bodhgaya. For this year’s teachings, His Holiness will take as his main topic the relationship among the three types of vows: pratimoksha—which includes the monastic vows as well as the upasaka or genyen vows held by many lay Buddhists—bodhisattva and tantric vows. Over the course of the next six days, His Holiness will be commenting on Brief Notes on Difficult Points of the Three Vows, a concise but important work on the subject composed by the 7th Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso.

His Holiness began by greeting the learned abbots and members of the monastic assembly, and extended a special word of welcome to the lay disciples who had travelled from many countries. As His Holiness himself noted, the winter debate teachings have attracted increasingly large crowds. While the teachings are directed primarily at the monastics who have gathered from Kagyu monastic centers for an intensive period of study and debate, in recent years they have been Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates and Consecrates Mitreya Bodhi Stupa

December 2, 2009 – Gurpa, Bihar

His Holiness inaugurated and consecrated the Mitreya Bodhi Stupa, which is situated on top of a hill, within the Mahakassappa cave (Rewo Jakhang).

Rewo Jakhang, the Holy Kukkutta Padagiri, is located in Gurpa area of Bihar – a two hour drive from Bodhgaya.

Upon reaching Gurpa, the Stupa opening ceremony organizers and head of the local Indian village welcomed His Holiness.

After taking a short rest, His Holiness climbed up the hill towards the holy cave of Rewo Jakhang. The hike took almost an hour.

Bikkhu S.T. Annanda received His Holiness at the summit, and the opening ceremony was initiated after inaugurating the Stupa.

Bhikkuni Sik Tsi, the sponsor of the Stupa, as well as Master Ching Yao and many sangha members were present at the ceremony.

“We are blessed by His Holiness accepting the invitation and gracing the ceremony,” said Bhikku Annanda – of the Asian Buddhist Culture Center, Bodhgaya – and one of the main organizers of the event.

The Stupa was dedicated to Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Bodhgaya

November 29, 2009 – Bodhgaya

His Holiness Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya today at 4:30pm. While in Bodhgaya, His Holiness will be participating in the 13th Karmae Gunchoe, the 27th Kagyu Monlam, and he will later attend His Holiness Dalai Lama’s teachings during the beginning of January, 2010. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates TCV Chauntra School Center for Disabled Students

November 21, 2009 – TCV Chauntra

On the 5th founding anniversary of the TCV School of Chauntra, His Holiness inaugurated and consecrated a special center for disabled students.

His Holiness graced the anniversary as chief guest, and Mr. Tsultrim Tenzin (Member of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile) and all the heads of the local Tibetan settlements also attended the occasion. Read more

Karmapa in America ’08 DVDs Now Available

November 9, 2009

Last year, through our joint effort, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his historic first visit to the U.S. He mesmerized audiences across America with his profound and compassionate teachings. Today, November 9, after much anticipation, those incredible teachings are finally available on DVD.

The new site (www.karmapafoundation.org) is now available with full information about the DVDs of the Karmap’s teachings, and links to our online Partner stores where you can pre-order them.

For those who were so fortunate to attend His Holiness Karmapa s precious teachings last year in the U.S., these DVDs will be a lasting reminder of the incredible experience of being in the presence of this young enlightened master. And for those who were not able to attend, the precious teachings His Holiness gave on his first American tour will now be available Read the rest of this article