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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Stay at Vajra Vidya Institute Sarnath, 2010

Report of Events from January 21 – February 18, 2010

Gyalwang Karmapa Receives Teachings from Yongzin Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Fulfilling the primary purpose of his visit to Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, Gyalwang Karmapa has been meeting daily with his senior tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, to receive the oral transmission and commentary on Maitreya Buddha’s Five Sets of Dharma.

Hevajra Puja Cycle, January – February 2010

In 2002 to ensure that a high level of knowledge and experience of the major tantras was maintained in the Karma Kamtsang lineage, His Holiness gave various monasteries particular responsibility for the practice and study of specific tantras, and guardianship of the Hevajra tantra was entrusted to Vajra Vidya. From 13th January – 6th February, the monks of Vajra Vidya performed an extensive cycle of Hevajra practice. On February 6th, His Holiness himself attended the concluding sessions of the puja cycle.

Four Days of Teachings for International Students, 6th – 9th February, 2010

Responding to an unanticipated request from his Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Upcoming Schedule, Feb 19 – 27, 2010

Teachings in Delhi at India Habitat Center – February 19-20

His Holiness Karmapa will give teachings on “Cultivating Compassion” organized by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, info@furhhdl.org.

Religious Discourse at Nagpur – February 21

His Holiness will give religious discourses on The Practice of Buddhism in Routine Life and Behavioral Approaches of Buddhist Layman, and Philosophy of Buddha for the Well Being of Humanity organized by People’s Democratic Movement (PDM).

Religious Discourse and Empowerment at Norgayling Tibetan Settlement, Gondia, Maharashtra – February 23

His Holiness will give a religious discourse and empowerment to the Bandara Norgayling Tibetan Settlement.

Religious Discourse and Consecration at Trivandrum, Kerela – February 25-27

His Holiness will give a religious discourse, inaugurate, and consecrate the Buddha statue at Saigramam Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives at Vajravidya Institute in Sarnath

January 21, 2010 – Sarnath, Varanasi

Formally concluding the Bodhgaya leg of his winter tour, His Holiness departed the holy site of Buddha’s enlightenment just after mid-day and set out for Sarnath, repeating the journey Buddha Shakyumuni himself took after his enlightenment in order to teach his first circle of disciples to set the Wheel of Dharma in motion.

Meanwhile, in Sarnath, in joyful anticipation of His Holiness’ arrival, welcome gates were erected, the road was lined with white chalk and auspicious designs were painted on the approach to the temple at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath. The khenpos and monks from the institute’s study program donned ceremonial hats and Dharma robes, and waited to receive His Holiness far down the road from the monastery. Closer to the monastery entrance, the road was lined with the remaining monastics and lay followers holding white khatas and peering up the road expectantly.

His Holiness arrived just after 5 pm, the noble sound of traditional Tibetan gyaling filled the air as many of those assembled leaned forward to catch their first glimpse of His Holiness.

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