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Increasing our Compassion: A Meditation Instruction and Transmission of All Pervading Benefit of Beings

Bonn, Germany – 28th August, 2015
Morning Session

A major theme during His Holiness’ second visit to Europe is how spirituality can be integrated into our everyday lives. Yesterday, when speaking of the need to develop empathy and compassion, he used the refugee crisis in Europe as a real-life example. He developed this further this morning when he referred to two recent events: the discovery of the bodies of 71 migrants abandoned in a truck in Austria, and the hundreds of migrants feared drowned when two boats capsized off the coast of Libya. “It is not sufficient to just say, ‘Oh those poor people’, and have sympathy,” he commented. “We should give rise to genuine compassion… genuine involvement, and more action.”

His Holiness acknowledged that, given our relatively comfortable existence, we often find it difficult to fully empathise with the suffering of others, but if we wish to practice genuine compassion there should be no sense of separation between ourselves and the object of compassion. If we can use Read the rest of this article

The Power of Compassion: Karmapa Begins His Second European Teaching Tour

Bonn, Germany – 27th August, 2015

Just over a year since His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to Europe, students gathered from across the continent to join him in Bonn on his second visit. The venue chosen for this year’s teachings was the Maritim Hotel’s grand theatre-like auditorium which lent itself well to the atmosphere of a second-year reunion. As Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Chime Rinpoche, Tanpai Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Lama Gyurme and other dignitaries took their seats in the front row, the ample space filled with the joyful buzz of the 1,300 people eager to hear this first teaching of the tour.

The theme for this, the Karmapa’s second visit to Germany, is “Love, Compassion, Rejoicing and Equanimity: Without Limit.” Inaugurating the teaching series, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered two sessions today devoted to the practice of Chenrezig, as part of the cultivation of the four immeasurable thoughts mentioned in the theme.

He immediately drew his audience into the Read the rest of this article

The 17th Karmapa Arrives at Kamalashila

26th August, 2015 – Langenfeld, Germany
Mid-afternoon, His Holiness arrived at the Kamalashila Institute in Langenfeld, a small town set in the German countryside of Eifel, south of Cologne. He will spend one night here on his way to Bonn, where he will give Buddhist teachings, empowerments and hold audiences for his European students, in addition to giving two public talks.

A traditional golden procession, headed by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, the Karmapa’s representative in Europe, received His Holiness and escorted him in his car into the institute. Nuns, monks and laypeople carried auspicious victory banners. Lamas blew Tibetan trumpets and beat their drums, and a monk walked beside the car, holding aloft the great golden parasol which symbolises royalty. Once within the grounds, the 17th Karmapa was welcomed warmly by Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Horst Rauprich, president of the Karma Kagyu Gemeinschaft, the German organisation which has sponsored and organised this His Holiness’ second visit to Europe.

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In Teaching for Members of KTD, Karmapa Returns to Basics

2015.04.19 KTD teaching
(April 19, 2015 – Woodstock, New York) Long-time members of the KTD community had the opportunity to spend the day with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in the shrine that is both the heart of their practice community and His Holiness’s own North American seat. The 17th Karmapa taught in the morning and in the afternoon, taking as his topic the four dharmas of Gampopa, which he described as containing the entire teachings of the Buddha.

As explained in the opening address by KTD President Tenzin Chonyi, the KTD community had grown far beyond what the main shrine room could hold. As a result, His Holiness had agreed to offer two separate days of teachings at KTD, to allow all those who have been members of KTD for the past three years or longer to have the opportunity to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa directly in their Dharma home. In order to share the teachings with all those not present due to space restrictions, the teachings were webcast live with translation into English, Chinese and Read the rest of this article

Karma Pakshi in Kingston: Karmapa Confers Empowerment

2015.04.19 KarmaPhakshi emp
(April 19, 2015 – Kingston, New York) In the Ulster Performing Arts Center, an appliqué thangka of the Buddha, flanked by his two main disciples, descended from the ceiling of the stage to its floor, filling the space with a vibrant cascade of rich color. This special image was last displayed publicly decades ago, when it was unfurled by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on the exterior of the old building of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), which was sponsoring this evening’s event. Immediately below the resplendent Buddha was the Karmapa’s throne and on his right, the two tiers of an altar held the traditional offerings and crystal for the ritual purification. As the Karmapa sat on the throne, his golden and maroon robes blended seamlessly with the hues of the thangka so that he became a part of it, bringing the image to life.

After a mandala offering, the Karmapa spoke to the audience about the lineage of the Karmapas. He noted that usually Read the rest of this article