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What Makes An Authentic Buddhist?

9th April, 2013 –Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala.

Meeting recently with a private group of 300 advanced Mahamudra students, the Gyalwang Karmapa explored what it means to be an authentic Buddhist. The group of international students had travelled to Gyuto Monastery to seek the Gyalwang Karmapa’s heart advice in an annual tradition, after recently receiving the Level 6 Mahamudra transmissions from Kyabje Tai Situ Rinpoche.

The Gyalwang Karmapa began his teaching by observing that it’s difficult if we merely call ourselves dharma practitioners or Buddhist followers in name, without really understanding the essence of being a true Buddhist. “Sometimes the most important thing is to be a good person, a good human being. This is very important,” he began. Turning to himself as an example, the Gyalwang Karmapa continued, “For example, in terms of me myself, sometimes I think I’m a real Buddhist follower or a real Buddhist student, because I was born in a Buddhist family and raised in a Buddhist environment, in a monastery. I Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Opens New Library At Gyuto Monastery

18 April,2012 – Dharamsala

At a special ceremony this morning, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje officially opened Gyuto Monastery’s new library and presented certificates to four monks who had successfully completed their studies for the degree of Geshe Ngakrampa.

Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of the Tibetan Central Administration, Tulku Tenzin Jampa Choesang Rinpoche, the Abbot of Gyuto Monastery, and Mr Pema Choejor, Minister for Religious Affairs, all attended the ceremony.

In a short address, Gyalwang Karmapa referred back to comments His Holiness the Dalai Lama had made during the recent Kalachakra teachings in Bodhgaya. The Dalai Lama had chided his followers for always asking him to give Buddhist teachings but never taking the initiative themselves to study the Buddha’s teachings directly from the old books of the Tibetan Buddhist canon (the Kangyur and Tengyur), which sat gathering dust on the shelves of Tibetan Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Confers Blessings to Nearly A Thousand Himalayan People

December 14, 2011 – Gyuto, Dharamsala

Nearly a thousand people from across the Himalayan region, including many Tibetans newly-arrived from Tibet, sought darshan and blessings from His Holiness the Karmapa yesterday afternoon. His Holiness gave an oral transmission of the Compassion Buddha practice to the large gathering, followed by an individual blessings to every person present.

The blessings were conferred at Gyuto Monastery as part of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s normally scheduled public audiences, held every Wednesday and Saturday when His Holiness is in residence in Dharamsala. Read the rest of this article

*Revised Schedule* Karmapa Grants Autumn Teachings Sept 15-19, 2010

September 4, 2010

The Karmapa’s Office of Administration is delighted to announce that His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has kindly decided to grant series of teachings each season.

The revised schedule of His Holiness’ Autumn Teaching is as follows:

September 15th –19th, 2010

The autumn teaching will be held at Gyuto Monastery from the 15th to 19th of September. The teaching will take place daily from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. His Holiness will teach in Tibetan, however, Chinese and English translations will be available.

The topic will be “How to Generate Relative Bodhichitta.”

To attend the teachings, advance registration will be required and will be conducted on site at Gyuto Monastery. Registration will be open from September 10th–14th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Passport or ID is required.

The teachings will be Read the rest of this article

Gyuto Monastery in Exile Organises Special Prayer, Led by Karmapa

April 22, 2010 – Gyuto

The recent earthquake in Yushu Count., Xianghai Province, has caused a great loss of life, destruction of property, and left many injured and children orphaned.

While expressing their sympathy for those who have lost their lives, and in support for those who have lost their property and dear ones, as well as those injured in this catastrophic earthquake; the Gyuto Monastery in Exile organised a special prayer in the main temple this morning from 9am to 10am. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa led this special prayer which was also attended by Venerable Denma Locho Rinpoche as well as many venerable abbots and venerable tulkus of their monastery.

At the request of media representatives of Radio Free Asia, Tibetan Voice of America, Phayul.com, Tibetan Voice of Tibet, Tibetan Chitsok Melong, Bod-kyi Bang-chen, Bod-kyi Dus-bab, Tibetan DIIR, and CTA, His Holiness sent his condolences and special message to all Read the rest of this article