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The Gyalwang Karmapa Attends 34th Kalachakra


January 14, 2017 -Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
On January 10th the Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Tergar Monastery, his residence in Bodh Gaya, to attend the 34th Kalachakra empowerment bestowed by HH the Dalai Lama. 120,000 devotees from 90 different countries came to receive the well-known empowerment, which His Holiness is giving for the fifth time here at the Kalachakra Grounds.

In support of this special event, the Karmapa’s office of administration offered food and lodging free of charge to 4,000 people, including monks (mainly from Sera Monastery and Dzongsar Shedra) as well as lay devotees from the Himalayan region, poor school children and old people. Tergar is also a temporary home to the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts, whose members use the spacious stage in the Monlam Pavilion for practice and store their costumes on site. They all are Read the rest of this article

The Relationship Between Buddhism and Science (Podcast Episode #012)

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This week’s podcast episode is a short teaching from the Gyalwang Karmapa on the relationship between Buddhism and science as well as a Q&A session on this and other topics.

The recording took place on the Gyalwang Karmapa’s previous visit to Switzerland where he gave teachings, empowerments and was able to visit many Tibetan communities. In it he discusses the importance of Buddhist and scientific investigation, and how these two different but related fields can benefit our own lives and society in general.

In the Q&A portion of this episode His Holiness covers topics such as Tonglen meditation, how people from different Read the rest of this article

A Day Moving from Empowerment to Intellectual Pursuit and Finally Song and Dance


December, 10, 2016 – Sherabling Monastery, Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh, India
Today’s events took place in the vast shrine hall of the new shedra (monastic college), which was inaugurated in 2015 and provides housing for 500 monks. In the center of the shrine hall, the Karmapa’s throne has been set before a radiant statue of the Buddha in preparation for the empowerment he will bestow today. The hall is bright with light that streams in through side windows and illuminates the thangkas of the Golden Garland hung on either side of the central aisle. Down this path His Holiness entered in a formal procession and took his seat in front of the altar specially set up for the empowerment. Here he preformed the preparations and then took his seat on the throne. After a formal mandala offering by Mingyur Rinpoche, the Karmapa began the empowerment, and finishing Read the rest of this article

Guru Rinpoche and the Gyalwang Karmapa Are Celebrated at Palpung Sherabling


December 9, 2106 – Upper Bhattu, Baijnath, HP, India
In the early hours of this Guru Rinpoche day, the Sangha gathered at 2am in the shrine hall to practice the Eight Chapters of the Tenth Day. “The Tenth Day” refers the month’s tenth day devoted to Guru Rinpoche, and “Eight Chapters” refers to the stages of practice, such as the preliminaries, offerings, mantra recitation, and so forth. In the Tibetan calendar, this year is the fire Monkey Year and considered very auspicious since Guru Rinpoche was born in a Monkey Year.

This terma, or rediscovered, text comes from the nyingma master Guru Chöwang. It was brought to Palpung Monastery, Situ Rinpoche’s seat in Tibet, in 1740 and reinstituted three years ago here at Sherabling in India. Guru Chöwang’s Read the rest of this article

The Historic Visit of the Gyalwang Karmapa to Palpung Sherabling Monastery


December 8, 2016 – Upper Bhattu, Baijnath, HP, India
Since arriving in India in 2000, the Gyalwang Karmapa had waited almost 17 years to visit Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche at his nearby monastery of Palpung Sherabling. To celebrate this special occasion, crowds had gathered in a festive mood from all parts of the Himalayan region and from abroad.

The day before His Holiness arrived, the monastery was astir with preparations. Diamond-shaped images of the 16 auspicious symbols and substances lined in bright colors the first part of the monastery road. In the middle of the road close to the main shrine hall, devotees were painting a welcome of the 8 auspicious symbols in brilliant white. The shrine hall was filled with lay people making stately flower arrangements of fragrant lilies while Read the rest of this article