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Opening The Door of Devotion: Spring Teachings Day 5

26th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 5 Report

As the Spring Teachings entered their fifth day, the Gyalwang Karmapa began to explore the role of devotion in our practice. Teaching from a new instruction within the ‘Tri Thung Gyatsa’ text, he began by explaining that devotion is critical for our dharma practice, particularly within the Kagyu tradition. And yet, it isn’t all that easy to correctly develop devotion.

First we need to understand what devotion means. Drawing a clear distinction between faith and devotion, the Gyalwang Karmapa said, “When we think about faith, then faith is like a feeling we have in our minds. But devotion isn’t just a feeling. It’s not just an emotion. It’s something that we put into practice with our body and speech.”

To illustrate his point, the Gyalwang Karmapa then explained the meaning inherent within the Tibetan term for devotion, mo-gü. The first syllable of the word Read the rest of this article

Thrangu Rinpoche OffersTenshugto The Gyalwang Karmapaon The Day of Miracles

25th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

In the culmination of weeklong activities dedicated to the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, which was organized by Tsurphu Labrang, today Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche offered a grand long-life Tenshug ceremony to the Gyalwang Karmapa, on behalf of the Tsurphu Labrang.

Today is Chotrul Duchen or the Day of Miracles, an exceptionally auspicious day in the Tibetan calendar. The day celebrates the Buddha’s great act of displaying miracles in order to subdue his opponents from rival philosophical schools. On this auspicious day the positive results of good actions are traditionally considered to be multiplied million times, making the vast offerings for the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa especially powerful.

The highlight of the morning’s activities was an invocation of wisdom-dakinis, which represents the five elements, through a sacred Five-Dakini dance. The dancers began by weaving around the Gyalwang Read the rest of this article

Honoring The Forefathers of The Kagyu Lineage

24th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

On the 14th day of the Tibetan calendar, the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over a day of activities commemorating the founding luminaries of the Kagyu lineage. Organized by the Kagyu Relief and Protection Committee from the Central University of Tibetan Studies as well as the Vajra Vidya Institute, the day was an opportunity to venerate the realized masters who together form the great wellspring of the whispered lineage.

This year marks the 1000th birth anniversary of the glorious Marpa Lotsawa, the great translator who made the arduous journey to India four times in order to receive the sacred instructions and thereby plant the seeds of the practice lineage within Tibet. At the same time, today marks the commemoration of the Mahaparinirvana of Marpa himself and his heart-son Milarepa, the exalted yogi-saint whose remarkable life has inspired countless practitioners for generations. With this combination of lineage milestones, it was a particularly auspicious moment to conduct a day of Read the rest of this article

A Wishfulfilling Jewel Within Our Own Minds: Spring Teachings Day 4

24th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 4 Report

On the fourth day of the Spring Teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa turned the focus firmly inwards: if we look inside our own minds, a wishfulfilling jewel is already waiting. No matter how long we may search elsewhere for it, in the end we come back to what was already present within ourselves from the very beginning.

“Within our beings, all of us, there are these uncontrived, natural roots of virtue, these instinctive seeds of innate goodness. We still look for something outside ourselves, not knowing how priceless and how important what we already have is. We need to look at these seeds of virtue in our mind as if they were as rare as a Buddha.”

By first being able to see the innate treasure already present in our own minds, we can then work to develop it further and further. “We need to take those virtuous seeds within ourselves and increase them,” he said. Read the rest of this article

Making Our Minds More Relaxed, More Spacious: Spring Teachings Day 3

23rd Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 3 Report

On the third day of his Spring Teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa began by reflecting on the sacredness of the teaching space, and it’s preciousness to him personally. Arising out of the vast vision of its Abbot, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Vajra Vidya Institute is nestled at the edge of Sarnath’s Deer Park, the sacred place where the Buddha Shakyamuni first turned the wheel of dharma. The towering Dhamek Stupa, constructed over a millennia ago to venerate the Buddha’s monumental act of teaching the dharma, is only a short walk away from where the Gyalwang Karmapa’s own teachings are taking place, in Vajra Vidya Institute’s temple. “When I come to this temple it’s like I have a special feeling that arises here,” he said. “Since the time I came to India, for the few small things that I have done in my life they’ve all started here, in this monastery’s temple. It’s like Read the rest of this article