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His Holiness Welcomes the New Year (February 18, 2007)

His Holiness Karmapa welcomed in the New Year on February 18, 2007, pursuant to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the Year of the Fire Pig, according to the Tsurluk calendar system. (Click here for background information on the Tsurluk system.)

His Holiness supervised the practice of Mahakala (the protector of Kagyu Lineage), for all sentient beings

In the traditional manner, His Holiness presided over the Mahakala puja on the 29th (Guthor) of the Tibetan lunar calendar (February 16, 2007), at his temporary camp at Gyutoe Monastery in Himachal Pradesh. This practice is done prior to Losar (Tibetan New Year) to clarify and remove obstacles and bad Read the rest of this article

Official Notice from the Karmapa’s Office of Administration (Jan. 12, 2007)

Faxed notification letter from Office of the Karmapa’s Administration in English and TibetanDownload document in Adobe PDF format

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His Holiness Karmapa granted an audience to HE Shamar Rinpoche at the Oberoi Intercontinental Hotel in New Delhi on January 9, 2007

“When His Holiness Karmapa was in Bodhgaya, India, recently, he was approached by Tulku Chökyi Nyima, from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal, who requested His Holiness Karmapa to meet with His Eminence Shamar Rinpoche. His Holiness accepted this request.

“Pursuant to this request, His Holiness the Seventeenth Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Concludes Fall-Winter Tour

The Karmapa arrived back to his temporary camp at Gyuto Monastic College in Dharamsala, after presiding over the the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo) in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. He also offered the Chakrasambhara and Green Tara initiations at Tergar Monstery, and was a Buddhist representative at the interfaith ceremony commemorating the Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Lord Buddha 2550 years ago. Before arriving in Bihar, His Holiness presided over the Karma Gön Chö, the Winter Retreat for Debate and Logical Study, held annually at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. HH Karmapa also hosted His Holiness Dalai Lama at Vajra Vidya Institute. At the inception of his Fall-Winter Tour, His Holiness presided over the Parinirvana Anniversary of Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche at Bokar Ngedon Choekhar Ling in Mirik, West Bengal, India. Details of the Fall-Winter Tour are set forth below. Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Presides Over Great Kagyu Monlam (December 27-January 3)

The 24th annual Kagyu Monlam commenced on the 27th of December. Over 4,500 ordained monks and nuns had registered by the commencement, as well as 2,000 foreign pilgrims and at least another 2,000 Himalayan pilgrims. The Monlam began at 5:30 A.M. with an amazing procession of 500 monks (Gelongs), each carrying crystal lotus mandalas and meditating as they walked slowly around the outer courtyard of the Maha Bodhi temple and took their seats. Additional photos are available from http://www.kagyumonlam.org/docs/home.htm

 

His Holiness presiding at the Great Kagyu Monlam Aspiration on December 28, 2007 in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

His Holiness Karmapa arrived and invited all who wished to renew their Sojung vows to do so. Once this was completed, His Holiness began teachings on the life of Milarepa The teachings were bestowed with profound clarity and devotion. Next all enjoyed hearing His Holiness and the thousands of devoted sangha singing Milarepa’s “Song of Aspiration”. Dedication prayers followed and the program at the Great Stupa, as the first day of the program concluded.

The next venue was held at the beautiful newly founded Tergar Monastery. After dinner period His Holiness gave teachings on how to meditate. Many eyes and minds were opened. Read more

Christmas Day Ceremony in Bodhgaya with His Holiness

+Larger photoHis Holiness presenting an individually signed copy of one of his calligraphies to attendees at the Great Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya. The ceremony was held on Christmas Day at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, and coincided with the 2550th anniversary celebrations for the parinirvana of Lord Shakyamuni, the Buddha

On Christmas day His Holiness gave teachings on the four Extraordinary Preliminary practices in morning. Later in the day, His Holiness presented Christmas gifts of his own calligraphy and a painting from his own collection to all the international devotees who have gathered for teaching, distributing them by individually signing each one of them on the spot. It took two and one half hours for more Read the rest of this article