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Marpa Day and The Festival of Miracles

March 19, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

Once more the shrine room had been re-arranged, and the three images of the glorious Kagyu forefathers, Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa, had been placed centrally below the great golden image of Lord Buddha. They now topped a special shrine decorated with seven white torma offerings and seven bowls of rice and incense sticks.

A day-long celebration of rituals began at 8.00am with the Lama Choepa [Offering to the Lamas] in the main shrine room, and ended in the evening towards 9.00pm. The Gyalwang Karmapa attended every event. During the morning and afternoon sessions in the temple, His Holiness sat on a low throne at a level below the three images of the Kagyu forefathers, his presence adding a sense of completion, great blessing and timelessness to the ritual. During the Lama Choepa, he led everyone in the prayers Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Confers 1000-Armed Chenrezig Empowerment

March 13, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

An audience of 600 devotees crowded into the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute to receive the 1000-armed 1000-eyed Chenrezig empowerment from Gyalwang Karmapa.

The empowerment was broadcast worldwide by live webcast over the Internet and there were more than 4,000 ‘hits’. [It’s not possible to estimate the actual numbers watching the webcast as many of these ‘hits’ would have been from dharma centres where students of His Holiness had gathered together to watch.] Students of the Gyalwang Karmapa from 42 different countries filled the hall, including two groups of students from local schools and a senior delegation from the All India Buddhist Organization. His Holiness taught in Tibetan, while translators provided translation into 8 languages: English, Hindi, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese and Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Spring Teachings 2011: Session Four

March 12, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

How to be Truly Happy

The session began with questions and answers.

If we have been educated in the West we have a spirit of competition, as it is considered a virtue there. When we deeply wish to practise Dharma properly, we have to work on this competitiveness and also on our jealousy. Could Your Holiness please tell us how to recognise these negative aspects in our mind, how to deal with them, and how to work with others’ projections of jealousy onto us. Is this competitiveness and jealousy connected with low self-esteem or pride?

Gyalwang Karmapa: In general, the Buddhist teachings classify laziness into three types, one of which is the laziness of self-deprecation. It’s the worst type of laziness. Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Spring Teachings 2011: Session Two

March 10, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

There were people from forty-two nations gathered in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute to hear the second day of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Spring Teachings, and a further 1400 were logged on to watch the webcast.

“How to become a good person through the wish to benefit others.”

Creating a meaningful life

To begin His Holiness greeted everyone warmly before resuming his discourse on how one becomes a good person. He began by emphasising that human beings are inherently wholesome, innately noble and virtuous, yet because of certain causes and conditions, this innate goodness becomes hidden and is no longer expressed. We have to recognise our true nature and reclaim it. As the Buddha taught, our inherent nature is pristine, like the sun veiled by the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Spring Teachings: Session One

March 9-12, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

His Holiness Begins Annual Spring Teachings in Sarnath

The Gyalwang Karmapa is currently on an annual springtime visit to his senior tutor’s monastery, the Vajra Vidya Institute, in Sarnath, outside of Varanasi. This is a special time when he receives private initiations and teachings from Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, a highly respected Karma Kagyu master, who was appointed as his senior tutor by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

This is the third year in a row that the Gyalwang Karmapa has given spring teachings to an audience of local Tibetan, Indian, and international students at the Vajra Vidya Institute. His students worldwide look forward to what has become an annual event in this highly auspicious place, where the Lord Buddha taught the Dharma for the first time after his enlightenment.

Nearly six hundred people gathered to listen to Read the rest of this article