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Gyalwang KarmapA Teaches On “A Dharma Vast Enough to Include the Whole World”

December 6, 2009 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

Teachings, Day Three:

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa today tackled a number of complex debate issues, clearing the way for the examination of the main topic of this year’s winter debate teachings—how one person can keep all three types of vow. At the same time, he emphasized that the optimal Buddhist practitioner is one that does hold and preserve all three types of vow—pratimoksha, bodhisattva and tantric.

First, Gyalwang Karmapa explored the major points of contention that arise in defining and classifying pratimoksha and bodhisattva vows. Some texts mention traditions of conferring pratimoksha vows according to the Mahayana textual tradition, and His Holiness, who is fluent in Chinese and conversant with the Chinese Buddhist canon, noted that the Chinese canon preserves a number of texts that describe how to do so. By contrast, he pointed out, the Tibetan canon contains only scattered references and instances of such ritual texts, an example of which would be the Mahayana sojong vows offered each morning during the Kagyu Monlam.

Following the text, His Holiness moved on to a discussion of the ways the different types of vow are conferred, and how they are cancelled, or lost. He stressed that taking a Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on “Going for Refuge with Eyes Wide Open”

December 5, 2009 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

Teachings, Day Two:

The second session of the winter debate teachings opened today with His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa himself leading the chanting in Sanskrit of refuge and other prayers. His Holiness noted the intimate connections between the Sanskrit language and the Mahayana teachings preserved in Tibet, commenting that he himself had undertaken some study of Sanskrit. His Holiness then turned to the text, Brief Notes on Difficult Points of the Three Vows by the Seventh Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso. This text opens with an homage to the three jewels—Buddha, Dharma and Sangha—and His Holiness devoted the day’s session to the topic of refuge. In a style that is becoming the hallmark of his winter debate teachings, His Holiness’ wove deeply moving personal advice into a scholarly presentation of refuge.

Emphasizing the importance of understanding what our sources of refuge are, His Holiness provided concise explanations of the various ways that each of the three jewels is identified in the Listener-Disciples’ Vehicle, the Mahayana and the Vajrayana. Moving on to the topic of fear and faith as causes that lead us to generate refuge in the three jewels, His Holiness commented that while the fear that motivates us Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Commences Weeklong Teachings on the “Three Types of Vows”

December 4, 2009 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

With the sound of the gyaling heightening the sense of anticipation, His Holiness entered the packed assembly hall of Tergar Monastery this afternoon to commence a weeklong series of teachings. The teachings are part of the 13th annual Karma Gunchoe, or winter debates, now under way in Bodhgaya. For this year’s teachings, His Holiness will take as his main topic the relationship among the three types of vows: pratimoksha—which includes the monastic vows as well as the upasaka or genyen vows held by many lay Buddhists—bodhisattva and tantric vows. Over the course of the next six days, His Holiness will be commenting on Brief Notes on Difficult Points of the Three Vows, a concise but important work on the subject composed by the 7th Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso.

His Holiness began by greeting the learned abbots and members of the monastic assembly, and extended a special word of welcome to the lay disciples who had travelled from many countries. As His Holiness himself noted, the winter debate teachings have attracted increasingly large crowds. While the teachings are directed primarily at the monastics who have gathered from Kagyu monastic centers for an intensive period of study and debate, in recent years they have been Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates TCV Chauntra School Center for Disabled Students

November 21, 2009 – TCV Chauntra

On the 5th founding anniversary of the TCV School of Chauntra, His Holiness inaugurated and consecrated a special center for disabled students.

His Holiness graced the anniversary as chief guest, and Mr. Tsultrim Tenzin (Member of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile) and all the heads of the local Tibetan settlements also attended the occasion. Read more

Karmapa in America ’08 DVDs Now Available

November 9, 2009

Last year, through our joint effort, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his historic first visit to the U.S. He mesmerized audiences across America with his profound and compassionate teachings. Today, November 9, after much anticipation, those incredible teachings are finally available on DVD.

The new site (www.karmapafoundation.org) is now available with full information about the DVDs of the Karmap’s teachings, and links to our online Partner stores where you can pre-order them.

For those who were so fortunate to attend His Holiness Karmapa s precious teachings last year in the U.S., these DVDs will be a lasting reminder of the incredible experience of being in the presence of this young enlightened master. And for those who were not able to attend, the precious teachings His Holiness gave on his first American tour will now be available Read the rest of this article