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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Anthem for The Vajra Vidya Institute

March 20, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

At the request of Khenpo Lobsang Tenzin, Head of Vajra Vidya Institute, Gyalwang Karmapa wrote a short song to be used as the anthem for the Institute, and presented it to Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche during the Lama Choepa on Saturday morning.

At 4.00pm, after the heat of early afternoon had subsided, there was a short celebration in the main shrine room during which the song was performed for the first time by monks of the Vajra Vidya Institute.
Gyalwang Karmapa sat cross-legged and at ease in the golden sun chair he uses for less formal occasions. His senior tutor Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche sat in a comfortable armchair to his left and Khenpo Sogyal, Head of the Kagyu Section at the Central University for Tibetan Studies, sat to the right. The audience was much smaller than in previous days: mainly monks from Read the rest of this article

Marpa Day and The Festival of Miracles

March 19, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

Once more the shrine room had been re-arranged, and the three images of the glorious Kagyu forefathers, Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa, had been placed centrally below the great golden image of Lord Buddha. They now topped a special shrine decorated with seven white torma offerings and seven bowls of rice and incense sticks.

A day-long celebration of rituals began at 8.00am with the Lama Choepa [Offering to the Lamas] in the main shrine room, and ended in the evening towards 9.00pm. The Gyalwang Karmapa attended every event. During the morning and afternoon sessions in the temple, His Holiness sat on a low throne at a level below the three images of the Kagyu forefathers, his presence adding a sense of completion, great blessing and timelessness to the ritual. During the Lama Choepa, he led everyone in the prayers Read the rest of this article

Two-Day Commemoration of the Forefathers of the Kagyu Lineage, Marpa Lotsawa and Jetsun Milarepa

March 18, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

The first month of the Tibetan year is counted as extremely auspicious and contains several memorable festivals and anniversaries for Tibetan Buddhists and for the Kagyu Lineage in particular.

Milarepa Day: 18th March, 2011

Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the first part of the morning celebrations of Milarepa Day. He was accompanied by Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, his senior tutor, the Vice-Chancellor of CUTS, Professor Ngawang Samten and the Head of the Kagyu Section, Khenpo Sogyal, who was responsible for organising the event. Each year Kagyu members of the Central University for Tibetan Studies celebrate the anniversaries of the founding fathers of the Kagyu Lineage and this year the Kagyu Welfare Society of the Central University for Tibetan Studies, in co-operation with Vajra Vidya Read the rest of this article

“Consciousness and Wisdom” A Teaching by The Gyalwang Karmapa

March 17, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

During the teaching, Gyalwang Karmapa explained that three topics had been suggested: the lama- disciple relationship, consciousness and wisdom [to link in with Thrangu Rinpoche’s teachings] or a topic of his own choosing. His Holiness covered all three in nearly two hours of teaching to a packed shrine room!

Gyalwang Karmapa began by reprising a theme consistently highlighted in his teachings: the Dharma has to be brought to bear on every part and moment of our lives.

In the context of the twenty-first century, it seems that from one perspective there have been great advances in science and technology, yet, according to the Buddhist scriptures, the twenty-first century is predicted to be a time of the five degenerations, a time when sentient beings have many coarse afflictions and Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Confers 1000-Armed Chenrezig Empowerment

March 13, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

An audience of 600 devotees crowded into the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute to receive the 1000-armed 1000-eyed Chenrezig empowerment from Gyalwang Karmapa.

The empowerment was broadcast worldwide by live webcast over the Internet and there were more than 4,000 ‘hits’. [It’s not possible to estimate the actual numbers watching the webcast as many of these ‘hits’ would have been from dharma centres where students of His Holiness had gathered together to watch.] Students of the Gyalwang Karmapa from 42 different countries filled the hall, including two groups of students from local schools and a senior delegation from the All India Buddhist Organization. His Holiness taught in Tibetan, while translators provided translation into 8 languages: English, Hindi, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese and Read the rest of this article