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The Gyalwang Karmapa Holds Candlelight Vigil for MH370

2014.03.12 MH307

12 March 2014, – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath

Four days after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, as so many people wait, distressed and puzzled, to discover the fate of the passengers, His Holiness held a candlelight vigil at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, to make prayers for the missing people, their families and friends. His Holiness was joined by the monks of the Institute, and many foreign students. As we chanted supplications to the protectress Tara and to Guru Rinpoche, some monks began to light butter lamps. As per His Holiness’s instruction, they had written out the flight number with the lamps. Gentle tones echoed through the night, carrying our best wishes and prayers for the well-being of the lost passengers, their loved ones, and indeed all beings in distress. It was a good opportunity to slow down and feel our connections with others. As our leader and guide, His Holiness presided over the entire ceremony, setting a tone of both introspection and compassionate outreach. The vigil Read the rest of this article

Celebration of Kyabje Jamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche’s 60th Birthday at Vajra Vidya

2014.03.09 TSR birthday

9 March, 2014 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath

On the occasion of Kyabje Jamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche’s 60th birthday, His Holiness Karmapa, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, monastics and lay practitioners gathered on the lawn in front of Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath to celebrate with long life prayers for Tai Situ Rinpoche followed by tea and cake. It was a gentle and joyous afternoon party. Kyabje Jamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche’s main birthday celebration took place on the same day in Bodh Gaya.

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Spring Teaching

2014.03.06 spring teaching
6 March 2014 – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath

In the fresh warmth of an early spring afternoon, just a few days into the Tibetan new year, more than five hundred people crowded into the Vajra Vidya Monastery shrine room eager to hear the Gyalwang Karmapa’s words of wisdom.

For days many had dotted the lawns of the monastery, sitting outside on the grass catching rays of the spring sunshine, hoping that the teachings would take place. When they finally joined the long queues to enter the shrine hall many wore broad smiles on their faces, a joyful atmosphere palpable among the crowd.

Although he had originally been scheduled to give three days of spring teachings, as he is currently recovering from a minor illness the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to teach for a single session only.

“Because of the difficulty with my health,” he explained, after reciting the opening prayers, “at first I thought that we’d have to cancel the entire spring teaching. But when I came down to Read the rest of this article

Happy Losar

2014.03.02 LOSAR
2 March 2014 – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath

A week after his arrival in the holy Buddhist town of Sarnath the Gyalwang Karmapa enjoyed Losar, or Tibetan New Year, with his main tutor Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

It was standing-room-only inside Vajra Vidya Monastery’s main shrine hall on the morning of Losar, with many monks, nuns, local Tibetans and international devotees crowding inside. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche began by making mandala offerings to the Gyalwang Karmapa, followed by a traditional Tibetan ceremony with tea, sweet rice, and special Losar ‘kapsi’ bread for all. The two masters then retired to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s private rooms where they enjoyed tea and each other’s company.

Celebrations marking the Year of the Wood Horse continued throughout the day, with lion dances and comical races amongst the youngest monks entertaining the crowd in the morning, including the sack race, spoon-and-marble race, tug-of-war competitions, and a lively game of musical chairs. Members of the Read the rest of this article

Inaugural Meeting of the Karma Kamtsang Directors of Publications

2014.02.26 publication meeting
26th Feb, 2014 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Varanasi.

For the purpose of establishing cooperation and unity between the publishing groups of the different Karma Kamtsang monasteries, His Holiness called a meeting of their leaders at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche graced the conference with his presence, offering his full support and encouragement towards this important endeavour. As His Holiness explained, until now, the publishing groups of the different monasteries have been working hard within their own spheres, but because of a lack of communication between them, there have been some problems such as multiple printings of a common text, while more rare and important texts have been overlooked. Since the readership of Tibetan is relatively small, he expressed that it is important for the groups to come together to pool their resources, and share the responsibility for preserving the full Karma Kamtsang textual tradition and the Buddha’s teachings in Read the rest of this article