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HH the Gyalwang Karmapa Pays His Respects to the Kudung of HH Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche

2016-11-10
November 10, 2016 – Chhattarpur, New Delhi, India.
HH the Gyalwang Karmapa came to pay his final respects and he was welcomed by all the members of the Sakya family and hundreds of people who had come for the pujas. Upon arriving, the Karmapa went directly to the shrine hall where the Kudung resided to offer a ceremonial scarf and heartfelt prayers. Afterward HH the Karmapa met with HH the Sakya Trizin at the monastery and they spent a long time together in conversation before the Karmapa returned to his hotel in Delhi.

Last April 29th, HH Vajra Dhara Kyabgön Dagchen Rinpoche Ngawang Kunga Sönam passed into parinirvana at the age of 87. More commonly known as Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche, he was the leader of the Phuntsok Phodrang, one of the two main lineages that alternate holding the Sakya throne. After a traditional education in Tibet, he Read the rest of this article

Connecting with the Younger Generation of Tibetans

2016-10-10
October 10, 2016 – Tibetan Children’s Village School Upper Dharamshala, India
Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa spent three days at the Tibetan Children’s Village School Upper Dharamsala to make a closer connection with the students and their teachers as well as their way of life and study. As he arrived on the morning of this first day, he was greeted by long lines of teachers and students with their khatas, and escorted to the school’s main hall by officials of the school, including Mr. Ngodup Wangdue, the Director, and Mr. Namdol Tashi, the Principal.

In this hall the first event of the Karmapa’s visit took place—the concluding program of a month-long study of logic in the Tibetan tradition. As the chief guest, the Karmapa addressed the assembly. He first cited HH the Dalai Lama’s counsel that students should focus on Buddhist Read the rest of this article

Working Towards a Compassionate Society

2016.07.06
July 6, 2016 – New Delhi, India
Today the Gyalwang Karmapa gave the opening address for a three-day program, entitled Compassion in Action. It was initiated by a group of Tibetan and Indian social activists, residing in Delhi and nearby, who support human rights and universal responsibility. The event was in celebration of a yearlong journey, beginning with HH the Dalai Lama’s birthday last year, which involved 11 schools and 1000 young people. Through a variety of creative modalities, they explored, shared, and interpreted compassion in action, the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The program was sponsored by Lunar Energy, a group of socially engaged artists, and by Empowering the Vision, whose director Yudron Aukutsang, welcomed His Holiness the Karmapa. She explained that her organization is dedicated to empowering Read the rest of this article

Songs of the Kagyu Fathers: A Special Ganachakra Blessing

2016.02.17i
17 February, 2016 -Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
Every three years HH the 17th Karmapa offers a reward to those who have completed the 400,000 long ngondro or traditional foundation practices: refuge recitations and prostrations, the Vajrasattva 100 syllable mantra of purification, the Mandala offering of the universe and Guru Yoga. Each of these practices prepares the ground for receiving advanced yidam practices and Mahamudra on the Vajrayana path. Refuge and prostrations to the Mahamudra lineage focuses the mind on the Kagyu lineage masters; recitation of the Vajrasattva mantra cleanses negativity; the Mandala offering accumulates merit; and through Guru Yoga we receive the blessings of the lineage through the three gates of body, speech and mind.

At 7 pm the Karmapa walked in casually and re-arranged the 1000 international practitioners who Read the rest of this article

Commemorating the Great Sixteenth Karmapa: the Dharma King

2016.02.14i
14 February, 2016 -Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya,
Seated on a simple throne directly below the eighteen-foot image of Shakyamuni Buddha, a life-like replica of the Sixteenth Karmapa, cloaked in golden brocade emblazoned with dragons and flowers and wearing his black activity hat, gazed down on the assembly of 10,000 gathered to celebrate his life and activities.

Many dignitaries and eminent people from across the Indian subcontinent and the world had gathered for this special event. They included eminent Rinpoches and learned Khenpos, members of the Bhutanese royal family, politicians, government officials, academics, and thousands of ordinary monks, nuns and laypeople whose lives had been touched in some way by the 16th Karmapa. The guests were dressed in a rich variety of national dress. Tibetan dignitaries in chubas, Bhutanese in their own Read the rest of this article