Karmapa_Winter


The Gyalwang Karmapa’s Winter Program and travel details. This page will be updated as the schedule changes. Please bookmark and check back regularly.

Announcement for the 3rd Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering
(14th January to 2nd February 2016)

The timing of the 3rd Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering has been changed from after the Kagyu Monlam to before the Tibetan New Year celebrations. It will now be held from 14th January – 3rd February, 2016.

During the gathering the Gyalwang Karmapa will resume his teachings on Lord Gampopa’s The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, starting from Chapter Six  and continuing to Chapter Eight.

The nuns will continue their study of debate on Collected Topics at Intermediate and Higher level.

In addition there will be the practice of the White Tara Sadhana on 24th January, the Karma Pakshi Guru Sadhanaand the Tsering Che Nga puja and prosperity ritual from the 26th – 28th January, and the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje’s Chöd practice The Precious Garland on 2nd February.

Finally, on an auspicious day to be announced, in the early morning, there will be the Ritual for the Flourishing of the Nuns’ Dharma. Later the same day there will be an ordination ceremony for nuns.

Program for the 3rd Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering

Date Activity
14th – 23rd January Teachings on Jewel Ornament of Liberation; 
Debate on Collected Topics
24th January 9.00am : White Tara Sadhana composed by the 5th Shamarpa
25th January Holiday
26th – 28th January Karma Pakshi Guru Sadhana and Tsering Che Nga puja and prosperity ritual
29th January – 1st February Teachings on Jewel Ornament of Liberation; 
Debate on Collected Topics
2nd February 8.00am : 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje's Chöd practice: The Precious Garland
3rd February Final debate on collected topics

 

Announcement for the Tibetan New Year 2016 Public Events at the Monlam Pavilion Bodhgaya
(4th – 11th February, 2016)

Tibetan New Year [Losar] begins shortly before the 33rd Kagyu Monlam. Therefore, celebrations for the Tibetan Year of the Male Fire Monkey will be held in the Monlam Pavilion from 9th – 11th February, 2016.

For purification and removal of obstacles at the end of the Year of the Wood Sheep, the Four-Armed Mahakala Torma Offering  ritual will be offered from 4th – 7th February, 2016

On New Year’s Eve, 8th February 2016, at 9.00am, the Gyalwang Karmapa will bestow the long-life empowerment of Amitayus Buddha: The Practice of the Three Roots Combined.

In the early morning  on New Year’s Day, in accordance with the Karma Khamtsang tradition, there will be  The Practice of the Three Roots Combined ritual and a long-life offering  for the Gyalwang Karmapa, followed by a public audience.

On 10th February at 9.00 am there will be the ritual offering of Sangharama, combining both Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist traditions.

On 11th February at 9.00am, in the presence of the Gyalwang Karmapa and his heart sons, there will be the traditional Great Seating Ceremony for all the Rinpoches, Khenpos, Lamas and staff members of Karma Kagyu monasteries and nunneries. In the afternoon at 2.00pm the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts will give a performance of Lhamo, traditional Tibetan opera.

Losar  Programme at the Monlam Pavilion 4 Feb

Date Activity 
4 Feb Chakrasamvara self-visualization
Visualization of the thirteen deities of Four-Armed Mahakala
5-6 Feb Chakrasamvara self-visualization
Torma practice of Four-Armed Mahakala
7 Feb Chakrasamvara self-visualization
Torma practice and expulsion ritual of Four-Armed Mahakala
8 Feb 9:00 am: Long life empowerment of Amitayus The Practice of the Three Roots Combined
9 Feb 4:30 am: Practice of the Three Roots Combined
7:00-8:30 am: Long life offering
9:00 am: Public audience and blessing
10 Feb 9:00 am: Sangharama ritual
11 Feb 8:00-10:00 am: The Great Seating Ceremony
2:00 pm: Tibetan Dance and Lhamo Performance

 

Announcing the Program for the 33rd Kagyu Monlam

The 33rd Kagyu Monlam will be held during the first Tibetan month, the “Month of Miracles,” of the Fire Monkey year, February 2016, in Bodhgaya, India. The Gyalwang Karmapa will teach the chapter on mandala offerings from The Torch of True Meaning on February 12 and 13 as well as on the Kadampa master Potowa’s Long Soliloquy during the actual Monlam.

On February 14, there will be a ceremony to commemorate the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa. The main Kagyu Monlam will be held for seven days from February 16 to 22. There will also be an Ocean of Kagyu Songs ganachakra offering for those who have completed one hundred thousand repetitions of all four special preliminaries.

The Monlam will conclude with the Marme Monlam on February 23. For details, see the schedule below.

Virtue in the Beginning
Teachings on The Torch of True Meaning
February 12-13, 2016 at the Monlam Pavilion

Session Time & Activity
I 8:00–9:00 am: Teachings on mandala offerings from The Torch of True Meaning
9:00–9:30 am: Tea Break
9:30–10:30 am: Accumulation of mandala offerings
II 2:00–3:00 pm: Teachings on mandala offerings from The Torch of True Meaning
3:00–3:30 pm: Tea Break
3:30–4:30 pm Accumulation of mandala offerings

A Commemoration of the Sixteenth Karmapa
February 14, 2016 at the Monlam Pavilion
Time: 9:00 am

Examination of Monastic Forms
February 12–14, 2016 at the Monlam Pavilion

Time: 7:00–9:00 pm

Virtue in the Middle: The Kagyu Monlam
February 16–22, 2016 at the Monlam Pavilion 

Day 1: Tue February 16 Activity
I 6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong
Twenty-Branch Monlam
II 9:00–10:30 am Teachings on Mind Training: Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
III 1:30–3:00 pm The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct
Maitreya’s Aspiration
Aspiration from The Way of the Bodhisattva
IV 3:30–5:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 2: Wed February 17 Activity
I 6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong
Twenty-Branch Monlam
II 9:00–10:30 am Teachings on Mind Training: Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
III 1:30–3:00 pm The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct
The Sukhavati Prayer "I Prostrate with Respect…"
IV 3:30–5:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
7:30pm The Ocean of Kagyu Songs Ganachakra Offering
Day 3: Thu February 18 Activity
I 6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong
Twenty-Branch Monlam
II 9:00–10:30 am Teachings on Mind Training: Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
III 1:30–3:00 pm Prayers to Tara and Saraswati
IV 3:30–5:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 4: Fri February 18 Activity
I 6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong
Twenty-Branch Monlam
II 9:00–10:30 am Teachings on Mind Training: Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
III 1:30–3:00 pm Prayers to Guru Rinpoche
IV 3:30–5:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 5: Sat February 20 Activity
I 6:00–8:00 am Mahayana Sojong and the Twenty-Branch Monlam
8:00 am Kangyur Procession
II 9:00–10:30 am Reading the Kangyur
III 1:30–3:00 pm Prayers for the well-being of Tibet
IV 3:30–5:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
Day 6: Sun February 21 Activity
I 6:00–11:00 am Mahayana Sojong and the Sixteen Arhats Puja
7:00 am Alms Procession
II 1:30-3:00 pm Sutra in Three Sections
Reciting Akshobhya Sutras
III 3:30-5:00 pm The Twenty-Branch Monlam
5:00 pm Akshobhya Fire Puja
Day 7: Mon February 22 Activity
I 6:00–8:30 am Mahayana Sojong and the Medicine Buddha
II 9:00–10:30 am Offerings to the Gurus
III 1–2:30 pm Offerings to the Gurus
IV 3:00–5:00 pm Sponsor Appreciation

Virtue in the End: The Marme Monlam
February 23, 2016 at the Monlam Pavilion
Time: 7:30 pm

Announcement
 for Special Clothing for Lay Practitioners Attending the 33rd Kagyu Monlam

16th – 22nd February, 2016



The 33rd Kagyu Monlam will be held during the Month of Miracles which is regarded as a most auspicious time. For this reason, all lay practitioners are encouraged to receive the Mahayana Sojong vows each day during the Monlam this coming year. All lay practitioners who receive the Mahayana Sojong vows, both men and women, should dress completely in white during this time, as a sign of purification.
 

Announcing The Nineteenth Kagyu Gunchö
 Winter Dharma Teachings and Debates for Kagyu Shedras
26th February – 10th March, 2016

The timing of the 19th Kagyu Gunchö has changed and it will be held after the 33rd Kagyu Monlam, from 26th February to 10th March, 2016.

During the Gunchö, the Gyalwang Karmapa will continue his teachings from the Eighth Karmapa’s One Hundred Short Instructions with the chapter on the Six Paramitas. In addition, we have requested Kyabje Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche to give the oral transmission of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje’s commentary on the Vinaya: The Mandala of the Sun.

The main part of the programme in this year’s Gunchö will be a conference on the matchless Lord Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation Chapters Three to Ten.

All the students will be divided into two classes, upper and lower, for the study of Collected Topics, Tarig and Lorig. There will be traditional group debate on Tenets and also, in-between, Western-style debate on two topics:
Whether blind faith can be considered faith or not.
Whether the Dharma and the secular world are mutually opposed or not.

The detailed program is shown below.

Date Morning Afternoon Evening
26 – 28 Feb Teachings Conference Group Debate
29 Feb Teachings Conference -
1 – 2 March Conference Conference Group Debate
3 March Conference Conference Western-style Debate
4 March Holiday
5 March Puja Puja Western-style Debate
6-9 March Conference Conference Group Debate
10 March Conference Conference All Night Debate

 

Announcing the Spring Khoryug Conference
March 21-22-23-24, 2016 in Sarnath

Prior to the Annual Spring Teaching there will be four days Khoryug Conference from March 21-22-23-24 in Sarnath.

Announcing the Annual Spring Teaching
March 25-26-27, 2016

His Holiness will continue the tradition of giving the Annual Spring Teachings at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, Varansi. More details about the program to come at a later date.