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His Holiness the Karmapa Speaks on Compassion and the Nature of Mind on the Eve of His Departure to India

July 29, 2011 – Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC

His Holiness the Karmapa’s last public talk of His second overseas trip was held in Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City, on July 29. The admission tickets were taken up quickly on opening day of the online ticket sale. On the day of the talk, many arrived at the lecture hall two hours early, intending to find a good seat in their designated area. Some arrived without a ticket, hoping to be lucky enough to attend the talk at the last minute. An article in that day’s New York Times, “A Young Tibetan Lama Prepares for a Greater Role,” no doubt stimulated interest in the talk among the public.

Before 7:00 p.m., the seven hundred seats of the two-story lecture hall were filled completely. There were also about two thousand and five hundred viewers on the live webcast, waiting eagerly for this concluding talk of His Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches at His North American Seat

July 18, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

Early in the morning, shuttle buses discharged a steady stream of people, arriving from all directions to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa at his North American seat. By 10 am, an estimated 800 people were joyfully awaiting His Holiness’ arrival under a vast white tent that filled the space between KTD’s shrine hall and its residential wing.

During this historic second visit to KTD, His Holiness began by expressing his delight at being able to visit and meet with the larger KTD community once again. He noted the tremendous progress that had been made in recent years towards fulfilling the vast vision that His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa had had in founding the monastic seat. Since he bears the name of the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness said he would like to offer his heartfelt thanks and rejoice in the efforts of all involved.

The Gyalwang Karmapa cautioned Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on Compassion, Confers Avalokiteshvara Initiation in New Jersey

July 20, 2011 – Mount Laurel-New Jersey KTC

His Holiness the Karmapa departed his North American seat in Woodstock, NY, for a visit to another Dharma center under his spiritual guidance—Karma Thegchen Choling center of New Jersey (KTC-NJ). Arriving at midday in this rural setting in southern New Jersey, the Gyalwang Karmapa soon proceeded to offer the Dharma to a large gathering of disciples.

On the afternoon’s schedule was a Thousand-armed Chenrezig initiation. At the start of the session, His Holiness commented that he had just been cautioning the audience at KTD that it was unwise to offer initiations too easily, yet here he was giving initiation the very next day. However, because the KTC-NJ regularly performs Nyungne, a fasting practice connected with Thousand-armed Chenrezig, the Gyalwang Karmapa said he felt it would be unseemly to refuse their request.

In preparation for conferring the Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Continues KTD Teachings, Offers Buddha Shakyamuni Transmission

July 19, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

Disciples from afar gathered again today at KTD in New York, for a second full day of Dharma nectar dispensed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Continuing his historic second visit to the United States, His Holiness the Karmapa began the morning session by announcing that rather than the previously announced Thousand Buddha initiation, he would confer Buddha Shakyamuni meditation transmission. Explaining the change in plans, His Holiness first commented that the Thousand Buddha initiation is an elaborate initiation involving considerable time to prepare. He added that authentic tantric initiations are precious and of great value, and therefore it might be best not to confer them too readily. With this stance, His Holiness continued a theme he had touched on the previous day, when he observed that nowadays there is a tendency for people to feel that they have already accomplished something simply by having Read the rest of this article