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The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the Nyingma Prayer Festival and the Mahabodhi Stupa

January 13. 2016 -Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

Today His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya. After meeting with the head monk and the main secretary of the temple, the Karmapa walked down the main staircase and under the first gate draped in garlands of bright orange marigolds.

Led by the Nyingma Khentrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and other Nyingma khenpos, the Karmapa passed by thousands of disciples from East and West who had come to participate in this twenty-seventh Nyingma Prayer Festival. Their offerings of white scarves and flowers lined the path into the main temple where the Karmapa offered his prostrations and prayers along with lamps and robes to the radiant statue of the Buddha.

the Karmapa walked outside the temple to the main altar for the festival, filled with offerings and beautiful tormas. Here the Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Prayers to Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche’s Kudung

2016.01.06 KO
January 6, 2106 -Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
At the invitation of the Thupten Dorjedrak Aeam Chogar Chokhor Namgyal Ling Buddhist Institute, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa came to the Nyigma Vajrakilaya Buddhist Temple this morning to pay his respects to the Kudung of Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, who passed away in Bodhgaya on December 23, 2015.  Supreme Head of the ngagyur Nyingma tradition, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche belonged to its northern terma lineage and founded the monastery of Thupten Dorje Drak near Shimla. He also had a close connection to the 16th Karmapa Rigpe Dorje, from whom he received the cycles of teachings and empowerments known as the Treasury of Oral Instructions and the Treasury of Kagyu Mantras.

His Holiness 17th the Karmapa was welcomed today by the head Khenpo of Thupten Dorje Drak Monastery, who Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Begins His Winter Activity in Bodhgaya

January 1, 2016 – Bodhgaya,Bihar.
His Holiness left Tergar Monastery in the early morning to begin the western New Year by offering his homage at the Mahabodhi Temple, marking the place where the Buddha attained full awakening. The Gyalwang Karmapa was welcomed to the sacred site by Mr. N.T. Dorje, Secretary of the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, and the Head Monk-in-Charge the Venerable Bande.

The Gyalwang Karmapa passed under the first gate, covered in beautiful flowers, and descended the long steps on the path to the main temple. Along both sides stood disciples holding white offering scarves and colorful blossoms to brighten his passage and receive his blessing. Once inside the shrine, His Holiness offered to the radiant Buddha statue, golden robes along with heaping bowls of fruit and generous arrangements of flowers. After Read the rest of this article

A Teaching on Using Breathing Meditation to Overcome Dissatisfaction (Podcast Episode #005)

karmapa_podcastToday is the first day of 2016 and as such we are very happy to present you with a new Podcast episode where His Holiness gives a brief but powerful teaching on breathing (shamatha) meditation.

This particular recording comes from a recent trip to Europe where His Holiness began talking about how dissatisfaction often creeps into our lives because we are so focused on outer forms of “happiness” and entertainment. These may seem like they bring happiness but actually just lead to more and more wants.

His Holiness then spoke about how breathing meditation can serve to “bring us home” because it is very natural and resting by its Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on the Nature of Mind and Using Everyday Moments as Meditation (Podcast Episode #004)


Today we bring you the fourth episode in our new podcast series.

This very special informal teaching from His Holiness the Karmapa took place at the Root Institute in 2013.

The Karmapa received a question early in the session about Buddha Nature and then proceeded to give a short but vibrant talk on how to use everyday moments to meditate on the true nature of mind, sometimes speaking directly to the audience in English!

This was a wonderful moment for everyone present, including His Holiness, who has made the trips to the Root Institute somewhat of an annual Read the rest of this article