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Four-Session Guru Yoga Session Two


Monlam Pavillion, Bodhgaya — 11 February 2017 

In the afternoon lecture on The Four-Session Guru Yoga, the Gyalwang Karmapa gave nuanced instructions to the assembly on visualisations essential for this profound sadhana practice. In a truly gracious manner, His Holiness extended the session until late in the afternoon in order to deliver detailed and comprehensive guidance to gathered initiates. 

Today’s guided lecture was the crowning session, not only for the training on The Four-Session Guru Yoga, but for the long series of teachings on The Torch of True Meaning which has  stretched over five Kagyu Monlams.

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Four-Session Guru Yoga Session One


11 February 2017 – Monlam Pavillion, Bodhgaya,

Displaying creative and informed scholarship of history, the Karmapa divided his morning talk among four main topics that clarified key features of his incarnation lineage: the history of the Karma Kamtsang, including the concept of the four earlier and the eight later lineages; how the name Karmapa came about; the meaning, actual
color, and origination of the Black Crown; and how the mantra “Karmapa Khyenno” arose.

In the morning, the Gyalwang Karmapa discussed key elements of his tradition as a preparation for explaining the practice in the afternoon. Beforehand, however, he made some important points about doing the practice. People can listen to the explanation, but in order to do the actual practice, they must have received an empowerment in the highest yoga tradition Read the rest of this article

The Main Chakrasamvara Empowerment


February 6, 2017 – Monlam Pavilion, Bodh Gaya, India
On this remarkable day, after two days of initial rituals, the followers of Gyalwang Karmapa had, for the first time, been given the opportunity to receive the grand empowerment of Chakrasamvara from the head of the Kagyu lineage.

His Holiness introduced the initiates into the meaning of Secret Mantra clarifying that the word “mantra”, in Chinese translations, means “the words of truth”.

“It is when we speak in accordance with the nature of how things are, the power of those words, and the way of bringing benefit to the world through that power,” he said and illustrated the point with stories of Angulimala and Buddha Akshobhya. The Angulimala Sutra tells of Angulimala encountering a pregnant woman unable to give birth. Buddha advised that Angulimala, who had killed many people in Read the rest of this article

Rumtek Retreatants Offer Long-Life Ceremony to the Gyalwang Karmapa



January 29, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
For the last five days, the first group of three-year retreatants and their retreat master from Yiong Samten Ling—the new retreat center for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Monastery in Rumtek, Sikkim—have been performing a long-life ceremony for him. The practice, based on the Guhayasamaja Tantra, is a terma revealed by Ratna Lingpa and one of the most popular long-life practices in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. Its purpose was to completely pacify any obstacles to the Karmapa’s life and to bring forth the flourishing of his enlightened activity.

On the final day at 8am in the morning, the Karmapa was invited to be present for the practice, which had been taking place in the private temple of the Pavilion for the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo. Taking his seat on the throne and wearing his 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