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June – Karmapa’s Birthday Celebrated

A mandala is offered to the Karmapa during his 2004 birthday celebration

On June 26, His Holiness became 19 years of age (20 years according to the Tibetan counting system). In the morning, His Holiness was feted at a private celebration with lamas and rinpoches and other invited representatives. In the afternoon, a public ceremony was held in the monastery’s courtyard.

 

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To Delhi and Rewalasar

 

The Guru Rinpoche statue in the cave at Tso Pema, a revered practice site for Guru Rinpoche and Mandarava, one of his principal students.

His Holiness Karmapa performed the empowerment for long life for a large public audience in New Delhi’s Buddha Jayanti Park at the end of February. The previous night, the Karmapa delivered a lecture at the India International Centre, sponsored by the Tibetan study group.

On March 1st, His Holiness was at Tso Pema (Rewalasar), one of the most famous Buddhist Vajaryana holy places, where Guru Padmasambhava was said to have manifested miraculous activities with Princess Mandarava. The anniversary was particularly auspicious because it was the first during the current Monkey Year, which occurs only once every 12 years.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama presided over anniversary ceremonies in the area, in the presence of over 50,000 pilgrims.

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January at Kagyu Monlam

His Holiness presided over the the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo) from December 30 – January

 

His Holiness at the Monlam which concluded in January of 2004; to his right is the late Ven. Bokar rinpoche

8. A slideshow of the event is available here. In addition to presiding over the Monlam, His Holiness also visited with the Dilgo Khyents Rinpoche Yangtsi, toured the Maitreya Project in Bodhgaya, and visited temples and monasteries in the region. Read the rest of this article

Visit to Gopalpur and Meeting with Jet Li

 

His Holiness Karmapa with martial artist and actor Jet Li

In September, His Holiness Karmapa toured the Gopalpur TCV. SOS Tibetan Children’s Village at Gopalpur. TCV Gopalpur is a children’s community with 32 homes, educational complexes, a medical centre and hostels for boys and girls. His Holiness wil visit Uppert TCV in October.

Also in September, His Holiness received a visit from actor Jet Li. Li was an internationally renowned Wu Shu champion of China as a teenager, and has appeared in some 30 movies. Read the rest of this article

Studies with Bokar Rinpoche

 

His Holiness studying with Ven. Bokar Rinpoche

His Holiness continues his studies with masters of the lineage. Bokar Rinpoche instructed His Holiness in his temporary residence at Gyuto Tantric University, in August and Tenga Rinpoche taught and transmitted lineage traditions to His Holiness in October and November. Read the rest of this article