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Nuns Learn to Preserve and Protect Monastery Treasures

Hotel Anand International, Bodhgaya, Bihar
24-26 February, 2016

    “It is of great concern to me that over the last sixty years so much of the priceless heritage of Tibetan Buddhism has vanished, not just through theft and deterioration, but because of lack of knowledge and skill in preservation. Over the last twenty years alone far too many irreplaceable works of art such as thangkas, statues, dance costumes, texts, and other sacred artifacts have been lost to future generations.” – His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

At the request of the Gyalwang Karmapa, a group of 17 nuns representing all eight Karma Kagyu nunneries completed an intensive three-day training to learn techniques for documenting and preserving the treasures owned by their nunneries, such as statues, thangkas, and texts. In addition, the Read the rest of this article

The Winter Debates Begin in Bodh Gaya

February 26, 2016-Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, India
The four tall tormas with the figures of the sixteen Karmapas have been transferred from the Pavilion to the Tergar shrine hall marking a shift in events from the Kagyu Monlam to the Winter Debates for Monks (Gunchӧ). It is here in the shrine hall that the main discussions and teachings will take place from February 26th to March 10th. The event is well attended this year with eight tulkus, twenty-nine khenpos (professors), nineteen lopons (teachers), ten discipline masters, and 926 students from nine different shedras (monastic colleges).

The opening talk was given by the Gyalwang Karmapa on two topics. The first on the discards and antidotes in the paramitas from the One Hundred Short Instructions by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje. The Karmapa then spoke eloquently on the origins of Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Releases the Digital Jiang Kangyur

23 February, 2016 -The Monlam Pavilion
In December of 2014, the Gyalwang Karmapa discussed a project by his organization, Dharma Treasure, to digitize a wide range of Tibetan texts beginning with the Jiang Kangyur. He explained that Dharma Treasure is concerned with “Preserving and sustaining with modern technology numerous scriptures and texts, mainly focusing on the Kangyur (the words of the Buddha) and the Tengyur (the commentarial treatises).” He continued, “In the past, scriptures were kept between two boards, wrapped in brocade, and placed in cabinets. Nowadays, when people want to read a particular text, they do not have to go to a library. They can find a text instantly by searching for it on their computers or mobile phones.”

Making texts easily available is vital, the Karmapa stated: “If we do not keep up with the times, in Read the rest of this article

The Miracle Month’s Full Moon: Offerings to the Gurus and to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

22 January, 2016 -The Monlam Pavilion
On this very special morning of the full moon in the Miracle Month, the first of the Tibetan New Year, the Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Mahabodhi Stupa in the early morning to offer a lucent, golden set of robes to the Buddha and ten alms bowls filled with a variety of fruits and jars of honey. Creating an auspicious connection, he gave ordination to some twenty-one people in the inner shrine chamber of the stupa. Walking back out the central aisle, lined with people offering katas and flowers, the Karmapa circled around the stupa to the backside where lamas were performing a puja under the Bodhi Tree. He sat on a throne under its spreading canopy to join in the chanting, dedicated for the spread of the Buddha’s teachings throughout the world.

The Karmapa then returned to the Pavilion to lead Read the rest of this article

Offering Free Medical Care to the People of Bodh Gaya and Nearby Villages

15 to 22 February, 2016 -Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
On the first day of the Well-Being Free Medical Camp 2016, sponsored by the Kagyu International Monlam Trust, the Gyalwang Karmapa came to bless the undertaking. Moving through the three rooms of the doctors’ offices, he paused to talk with them and also inspected the pharmacy before walking across the street to the soup kitchen, which especially served the people coming for the clinic. Medical care was offered for four days in Bodh Gaya and also for one day each in three outlying villages.

The camp was coordinated by Changchup and Lhakpa Tsering, who started working far ahead of the camp to organize the staff and flow of events. Each year they try to improve the camp, following the Karmapa’s directive: “When we do something for people, we have to do it genuinely as if we are doing it Read the rest of this article