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Gyalwang Karmapa Attends Long Life Puja for His Holiness Dalai Lama & Receives White Tara Initiation

January 9, 2010 – Bodhgaya, India

Gyalwang Karmapa received a White Tara initiation and attended a long-life puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The initiation and puja marked the conclusion of a series of teachings offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a large gathering in Bodhgaya. Jamgon
Kongtrul Rinpoche was also present, as was Ganden Tri Rinpoche and many other high lamas. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Receives Teachings from His Holiness Dalai Lama

January 5-8, 2010 – Bodhgaya, India

Gyalwang Karmapa is currently receiving teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya. From January 5 through 9, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is conferring the teachings to a crowd of over 30,000 devotees from across the Himalayan region as well
as worldwide. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa’s “Life of Milarepa” Play Performed in Bodhgaya

January 1, 2010 – Bodhgaya, India

After three years of reading the biography of Milarepa to Kagyu Monlam attendees, two hours at a time, His Holiness transmitted the entire life of Milarepa in a single, magnificent evening. In what was nothing short of a world-class theatrical event, approximately 12,000 people turned out and many viewers were watching live online to view a play of Milarepa’s life created by His Holiness and performed by actors from the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA). Read more

27th Kagyu Monlam: Day Eight – Kagyu Monlam Comes to a Rousing Conclusion

December 31, 2009 – Under the Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya

The tremendous efforts undertaken by organizers seeking to fulfill His Holiness’ vast vision for this year’s monlam came to their fullest fruition today, as the 27th Kagyu Monlam drew to a joyful close. From early morning until the deep chill of the night, thousands of disciples who had gathered from all corners of the planet spent the final day of 2009 in the presence of His Holiness. Read more

27th Kagyu Monlam: Day Seven – Stretching into the Deep Past and the Distant Future

December 30, 2009 – Under the Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya

By inviting and embracing attendees from all over the world, providing translation into nine languages and sending out a live webcast viewed by people all over the globe, and by generating aspirations that encompass other worlds as well, the Kagyu Monlam has truly expanded to fill all space. On its seventh day, the scope of the Kagyu Monlam also stretched to fill time, with activities to protect the environment as well as to honor the Kagyur, or the canon of Buddha’s teachings. As such, the day’s focus spanned from 2,500 ago in India when the Buddha first taught, to a distant future that monlam participants actively seek to create, so that our heirs to this planet may still find it a viable and welcoming home.

As part of the morning’s focus on the Kagyur itself, Gyalwang Karmapa and the other Kagyu lineages holders led a solemn and stately procession of bhikshus and bhikshunis (gelongs and gelongmas) to carry the 108 volumes of the canonical collection on a circumambulation around the stupa. The procession path was lined with the reverential public, white scarves and flowers in their hands, and deep faith in their hearts, as the members of the sangha moved past with great dignity as each respectfully bore a single Read the rest of this article