His Holiness Karmapa and his aides which includes his sister and the General Secretary Drupon Rinpoche were airlifted by an army helicopter from Bara-lacha Pass to Leh in Ladakh after he was stranded on the Bara-lacha pass for the last two days due to heavy snowfall. (Ladakh Gonpa Association, Ladhak Buddhist Association and Mr.Tsering Dorji organised the airlift).
His Holiness was on his way to complete his next leg of Dharma tour in Lahual spiti and Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh.
“His Holiness and his followers are fine and in good health, and will spend two more days in Leh in Ladakh” said Drupon Rinpoche General Secretary to His Holiness.
On September 13, 2008, at 7am, His Holiness entered the great shrine hall of Mahey Gompa, where he performed ritual offering ceremonies together with the monks of Mahey. His Holiness engaged in special practices and prayers for the repelling of natural calamities in Asia. At 9am, His Holiness granted a blessing line to over 2,000 people who were not able to receive a blessing the previous day. Beginning at 10am, in the large field adjacent to the monastery, His Holiness bestowed the long life empowerment of Machik Drubpay Gyalmo and gave a talk connected to this empowerment. In his remarks, he gave advice on how to deal with day-to-day difficulties and gave other highly beneficial instructions. He also discussed the principle of samaya. Representatives of Mahey Gompa made 108 symbolic offerings of gratitude to His Holiness at this time. Approximately 8,000 people attended this event.
At 3pm, His Holiness gave an audience to around 70 people. At 5:30pm, since Drupon Dechen Rinpoche, the head of Mahey Gompa, was about to depart for Sherab Ling (in Bir, India) to receive teachings and transmissions, His Holiness’s entourage, led by Lama Phuntsok, were granted an audience by him.
At 6pm, His Holiness said prayers, and Read the rest of this article
His Holiness Karmapa visited Changthang, eastern Ladakh and Nubra valley in northern Ladakh. He has delivered a one-day religious discourse at Choglmasar in Leh, Disket in Nubra and Mahey Gonpa in Changthang areas. His Holiness visited Skimthang Village, Kesar Village and had lunch at Rani-bagh, he was greeted by all the villagers and had short receptions at each village he passes.
His Holiness visited Jivetsal Phodrang at Leh and delivered teaching and empowerment. Dinner was hosted in honor of His Holiness at Chokwang Temple by Ladakh Buddhist Association and Ladakh Gonpa Association.
His Holiness will visit Khardong La, Leh Phumdo, Tsodling and Diskit Phodrang at Nubra, His Holiness will deliver religious discourse at Diskit Phodrang. Read the rest of this article