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The Gyalwang Karmapa Joins Bihar Chief Minister in Celebration of Bodh Mahotsava 2014.

2014.02.04 Bodh Mahostav
Februrary 4, 2014 – Bodhgaya.

The Gyalwang Karmapa participated today in the opening of the Bodh Mahotsava 2014, a three-day cultural festival commemorating the 2,600th anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment here in Bodhgaya.

Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr Nitish Kumar, welcomed His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and saluted tourists and pilgrims from all over the world for their presence in large numbers in the city of enlightenment.

He then lauded the constant improvement in the Mahotsava format and the increasing level of participation of cultural troupes from abroad to make it a truly international event.

Bodh Mahotsava, the much-awaited cultural event jointly organised by the tourism department of the state government and the district administration, began on a positive note on Tuesday evening with the organizers offering the right mix of Indian and foreign cultural menu. The annual event that began in 1998 aims at promoting religious tourism and pilgrimage in Read the rest of this article

Mahamudra Arises Spontaneously

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February 2nd, 2014 – Root Insititute

Root Institute is an oasis of peace and tranquility, like a Pure Land within the environmental chaos of Bodhgaya. HH Karmapa’s teaching after the Monlam at the Institute, established by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, has become an annual tradition, a special event eagerly awaited by his Western students. When His Holiness enters the cosy shrine room it feels like the Buddha has come home to his sitting room, in marked contrast to the vast space of the Monlam Pavilion which seats 10,000.

To create the right atmosphere, the Venerable Ani Sarah read Lama Zopa’s translation of Guru Rinpoche’s teaching on the benefits of making offerings to the Bodhgaya stupa, (and all stupas), a lengthy poetic treatise covering every possible object of offering and its incalculable benefits.

With this preparation, HH Karmapa enters and offers a katag to the life-like photo of HH Dalai Lama resting on the throne. His own throne is garlanded in brilliant orange and gold Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Hosts a Losar Feast for All

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February 1st, 2014

The second day of the Tsurluk Losar festival began with the ritual of The Sixteen Arhats in the main shrine room. The  Sixteen Arhats [Tib. Neten Chudruk], also known as the Sixteen Elders, were personally chosen by Shakyamuni Buddha from amongst his disciples.  He asked them to remain in the world in order to protect the Buddhist Dharma for as long as beings are capable of benefitting from the teachings.

As His Holiness had explained during Kagyu Monlam, the Sixteen Arhats are invoked in order to help the Dharma flourish.  “The Dharma teachings are the sole medicine, the sole salve for all sentient beings. It’s the only medicine to eliminate the sufferings of sentient beings, ”he commented.

In the context of the Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Nuns, there was special emphasis  on the role of the nuns in the flourishing of the Dharma and  an aspiration that the community of nuns would also flourish.

Yet again, from early morning His Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates Tsurluk Losar in Bodhgaya

2014.02.02
January 31st, 2014
Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

3.00 am. In the early morning darkness the only movement was from hundreds of festive red and golden fairy lights, strung in glittering garlands from the roof and walls of the temple. They swayed gently, their reflections shimmering in the windows. Suddenly, the stillness was rent by the call of Tibetan trumpets across the rooftops of Tergar Monastery: the Tibetan Year of the Male Wood Horse had arrived. Although the majority of Tibetans these days keep the Phukluk calendar, dating from 1447 CE and named after Phukpa Lhundrup Gyatso who founded the astrological tradition on which it is based, the Gyalwang Karmapas have preserved an earlier tradition. Known as the Tsurluk calendar, because of its association with Tsurphu Monastery, it is based on an astrological treatise The Compendium of Astrology compiled by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284 CE -1339 CE). It became popular during the time of the Seventh Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, and remains the official calendar of the Karma Kamtsang to Read the rest of this article

A Special Ritual for the Nuns’ Dharma to Flourish

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30 January 2014 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

In yet another special activity at the end of the first Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering—and, taking place on the last day of the year according to the Tsurphu calendar—the Gyalwang Karmapa led a ritual that he himself had personally composed especially for the nuns’ dharma to flourish.

At this auspicious moment, when nuns in the Karma Kagyu tradition are stepping forward to more fully inhabit their valuable place within the sangha, and to take full advantage of the opportunities opening up for them, the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to perform this ritual so that the Buddhist teachings in general, and the community of nuns in particular can thrive.

The ritual aims to dispel any harms, difficulties or obstacles to the nuns’ dharma, through powerful supplications to Avalokitesvara and the Buddha’s own personal attendant, Ananda.

The Gyalwang Karmapa explained that the Buddha himself Read the rest of this article