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Karmapa Teaching

Announcement of the Eighteenth Kagyu Guncho

The Eighteenth Kagyu Guncho will be held from November 20–December 17, 2014 at Tergar Monastery near the sacred site of Bodhgaya. Participants from Kagyu Shedras will discuss and debate the topics of Advanced Collected Topics, Types of Mind, and Types of Evidence. His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa will continue his teachings from Mikyö Dorje’s Hundred Short Instructions, and the Guncho will conclude with a four-day conference discussing Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation. The original plans included Chakrasamvara empowerments, but those have been canceled. The detailed schedule is below.

Schedule for the Eighteenth Kagyu Guncho
First Round November 20–25
First holiday November 26
Puja November 27
Teachings on the Hundred Short Instructions November 28–December 11
First Round (continued) November 28–December 3
Second holiday December 4
Puja December 5
Semi-finals December 6 – 11
Debate and discussion on Madhyamika December 12
Finals December 13
Conference on The Jewel Ornament December 14 – 17

32nd Monlam

Grand Examination of Monastic Forms
Date: December 19, 2014
Location: Monlam Pavilion
Time: 8 am–4 pm
Special Program
The Initiations of “Knowing One Frees All”(Chikshe-kundrol) and Vajrasattva
Date: December 20–25, 2014
Location: Monlam Pavilion
Time: 8:00–10:30 am
2:00–04:30 pm
Virtue in the Beginning
Teachings on The Torch of True Meaning
Date: December 26–27, 2014
Location: Monlam Pavilion
Session Times:
I         8:00–09:00 am Teachings on Vajrasattva Practice from The Torch of True Meaning
          9:00–09:30 am Tea break
          9:30–10:30 am Vajrasattva practice
II        2:00–03:00 pm Teachings on Vajrasattva Practice from The Torch of True Meaning
          3:00–03:30 pm Tea break
          3:30–04:30 pm Vajrasattva practice

Virtue in the  Middle
The Kagyu Monlam
Date: December 29, 2014–January 4, 2015
Location:  Monlam Pavilion
Day 1: Monday, December 29, 2014
I         6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong, The Twenty-Branch Monlam
II        9:00–10:30 am Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
III       1:30–03:00 pm The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct, Maitreya’s Aspiration, Aspiration from The Way of the Bodhisattva
II        2:00–03:00 pm Teachings on Vajrasattva Practice from The Torch of True Meaning
IV       3:30–05:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 2: Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I         6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong, The Twenty-Branch Monlam
II        9:00–10:30 am Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
III       1:30–03:00 pm The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct, The Sukhavati Prayer “I Prostrate with Respect…”
II        2:00–03:00 pm Teachings on Vajrasattva Practice from The Torch of True Meaning
IV       3:30–05:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 3: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I         6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong, The Twenty-Branch Monlam
II        9:00–10:30 am Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
III       1:30–03:00 pm Praises of Tara and Saraswati
II        2:00–03:00 pm Teachings on Vajrasattva Practice from The Torch of True Meaning
IV       3:30–05:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 4: Thursday, January 1, 2015
I         6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong, The Twenty-Branch Monlam
II        9:00–10:30 am Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
III       1:30–03:00 pm Prayers to Guru Rinpoche: Clearing the Path of Obstacles and Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes
II        2:00–03:00 pm Teachings on Vajrasattva Practice from The Torch of True Meaning
IV       3:30–05:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 5: Friday, January 2, 2015
I         6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong, The Twenty-Branch Monlam
            8:00 Kangyur Procession
II        9:00–10:30 am Reading the Kangyur
III       1:30–03:00 pm Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet
IV       3:30–05:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 6: Saturday, January 3, 2015
I         6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong, The Twenty-Branch Monlam
           9:00 Alms Procession
II        1:30–03:00 pm The Sutra in Three Sections, Akshobhya Sutras
III      3:30–05:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
          5:00 pm Akshobhya Fire Puja
Day 7: Sunday, January 4, 2015
            3:30 am Fifteenth Day Sojong (Ordained sangha only)
I         6:00–8:30 am The Twenty-Branch Monlam, Sixteen Arhats
II        9:00–11:00 am Offerings to the Gurus
III       1:30–02:30 pm Offerings to the Gurus
IV       3:00–05:00 pm Sponsor Appreciation, Special Address
Virtue in the End
The Marme Monlam
Date January 5, 2015
Location Monlam Pavilion
Time 7:00 pm

Announcement

Second Annual Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering
8th – 24th January, 2015

The Second Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering will be held from 8th – 24th January, 2015 at Tergar Monastery, in Bodhgaya.

Nuns representing different Kagyu nunneries will gather together to debate on
“Beginning and Intermediate Logic” from the Collected Topics.

Teachings begun last year on The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa will be continued.

This is the second year of this important Winter Gathering for nuns, which was established by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to support and encourage nuns. His vision is to empower nuns through a rigorous education, and to give them the same educational and practice opportunities accorded traditionally to monks.

As His Holiness states:  “Nuns require the full practice of the three trainings in order to uphold the Buddhadharma properly.”

 

Schedule
January 8–13: Teachings and discussions on logic
January 14: Free time
January 15: Chöd Puja “A String of Jewels”
January 16-19: Teachings and discussions on logic
January 20: Ritual for the Nuns’ Dharma to Flourish, and 16 Arhats
January 21-23: Teachings and discussions on logic
January 24: Tara puja
  Closing formal debate

Teachings from Kagyu Monlam

The following links are to transcripts or videos of the Karmapa’s teachings from the Kagyu Monlam over the years.

Teachings from Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath

The following links are to teachings by His Holiness given at Vajra Vidya Institute over the years.

Teachings from Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya

The following links are from His Holiness the Karmapa’s teachings in Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya.