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Karmapa Takes His Seat: Arrival at KTD Monastery

2015.04.17 KTD arrival(April 17, 2015 – Woodstock, New York) As billowing clouds of juniper smoke mingled with the warbling sounds of horns and the insistent beat of drums to fill the senses, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa arrived atKarma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat established by the 16th Karmapa over three decades ago. Although gusting winds made the tall banners a challenge to hold erect, several dozen monastics, Western as well as Asian, formed a dignified procession escorting the Gyalwang Karmapa along a walkway recently painted with auspicious signs.

At the entrance to the shrine hall, the 17th Karmapa was received by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the 91-year-old abbot who was chosen by the 16th Karmapa to create and oversee this hilltop monastery in the late 1970s.

Once inside the main assembly hall, His Holiness paid his respects to the sacred images enshrined there, lit a lamp and ascended the steps to the throne that has stood empty, awaiting his presence, Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Pays Brief Visit To Washington DC

2015.04.15 DC
(April 15 & 16 – Washington, DC) During his two-day visit to Washington DC, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa granted interviews to Tibetan press, had several private meetings, gave an audience to the Tibetan community of Washington, participated in a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace and spent time at the Library of Congress.

Among those the Karmapa met on this short stop in the nation’s capital were Senator Dianne Feinstein and Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall. During his visit to the State Department, His Holiness met with officials to discuss environmental protection, Tibetan culture and women in faith.

He joined a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he spoke of efforts to redress gender inequality within Tibetan Buddhism, the relationship between peace-building and the recognition of interdependence, and the causes that lead people to join terrorist movements.

As he has done everywhere else on this two-month trip, His Holiness the Karmapa also made time to Read the rest of this article

Karmapa in Manhattan: Teaching on Joining Heart and Mind

2015.04.14 KF teaching(April 14, 2015 – New York, New York) In his last event in New York City for this trip, His Holiness the Karmapa taught on the key issue of how we make true connections between the emotions of our hearts and the abstractions of our mind. The evening event was organized by the Karmapa Foundation, and took place at the New York Society for an Ethical Culture, whose mission closely parallels the Karmapa’s in a commitment to ethical relationships with others, social justice and stewardship of the environment. With its soaring arches and warm wood interior, the Society’s hall has a spacious yet intimate feeling.

The Karmapa was introduced by Daniel Goleman, the science writer famous for developing the term “emotional intelligence” and all that it implies. He noted how important it is that the Karmapa has been meeting with university students, “because these are the people of the 21st century who will shape the future, and hopefully it will be the compassionate world we are going to hear about tonight.” Read the rest of this article

With Unbounded Exuberance, NY’s Himalayan Community Receives the Gyalwang Karmapa

2015.04.13 KSS Longlife Emp
(April 13, 2015 – Queens, New York) At the request of the Karmapa Service Society, His Holiness the Karmapa offered a long-life Amitayus empowerment to several thousand members of the Tibetan and Himalayan community in New York.

Several hours before the Karmapa’s arrival, a long queue of people had already formed outside the venue, everyone eager for the chance to see His Holiness. The hall quickly filled with the more than 2,000 who had secured tickets, yet the queue outside showed no signs of abating. An overflow room for the many who spontaneously turned up without tickets soon also filled… and still the people came.

An atmosphere of palpable anticipation and mounting excitement built inside the hall and the familiar chant of Karmapa Khyenno spread among the thousands gathered as they eagerly awaited the Karmapa’s arrival. Nearly everyone in attendance was dressed in their finest silken Tibetan chubas, or other styles of Read the rest of this article

Why Practice Akshobhya? Karmapa Shares Thoughts Before Empowerment

2015.04.12 Danag emp
(April 12, 2015, Queens, New York) On his third day in New York, His Holiness came to Flushing Meadow Park, the site of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, whose theme was “Peace through Understanding.” His teaching took place in the circular conference hall of Terrace on the Park, which seemed to float high above the ground like a huge mandala suspended over the meadows. The Karmapa’s throne faced panoramic views that opened out to vistas of the city, an immense globe of stainless steel and the light blue sky beyond.

The circular hall was filled to its outer circumference with over 2,000 people, each of whom had received a blue envelope containing a booklet with the daily practice of Akshobhya in Tibetan, Chinese and English. This Buddha was the subject of the morning teachings, which served as a prelude to the Akshobhya empowerment in the afternoon. Like the teachings of the previous day, Read the rest of this article