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Karmapa 900 Launches Year-Long Commemoration of Founder’s Birth: Karma Kagyu Lineage Looks to its Past with Gratitude, to its Future with Hope

December 8, 2010 – Bodhgaya | www.karmapa900.org

(December 8, Bodhgaya) One could say it was many months in the making. One could also say it was 900 years in the making. In either case, the opening ceremony of Karmapa 900, the yearlong celebration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, was a magnificent display of gratitude toward the past, and optimism for the future of the Karma Kagyu lineage.

The ceremony combined sacred song and dance by Indian classical musicians as well as traditional Tibetan performers, reflecting the commitment to preserving Tibetan culture as well as the deep respect for Indian culture that was expressed by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who presided over the opening ceremony. However, as splendid as the performances were, the speeches were equally remarkable for their universal expression of trust placed in His Holiness the Karmapa as a spiritual leader for the 21st century, for the Tibetan people and for the world at large.

“We have the hope and we believe that there is an opportunity that the Seventeenth Karmapa will Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Leads Assembly in Dusum Khyenpa Guru Yoga

December 8, 2010 – Bodhgaya | www.karmapa900.org

(December 8, Bodhgaya) For the final session of the Karmapa 900 Opening Ceremony’s first day, the focus was firmly on the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, with three hours of Dusum Khyenpa Guru Yoga practice. His Holiness himself especially compiled the text used for the session, entitled Streaming Shower of Blessings. The blessings were showering indeed, as His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, His Eminences Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche and other Karma Kagyu lineage holders led a gathering of bhikshus, bhikshunis and yogis of the Karma Kagyu lineage in a palpably powerful evening of intense practice.

Admission to the evening activity was open only to fully ordained monks and nuns and to those who have completed a three-year retreat. As their admission ‘ticket,’ those who qualified received a full-color photo of Dusum Khyenpa from the lineage thangka series from Palpung Monastery in Tibet. During the session, the assembly hall was a sea of saffron monastic robes ringed by lay practitioners, many in white cotton. The portico surrounding Tergar Read the rest of this article

Request to Devotees for Photographs of His Holiness Karmapa, in Particular the 16th Karmapa

October 30, 2010

This year marks the 900th year since the birth of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193), who founded the lineage of Kagyu in 1139 C.E.

It is said:

Those who observe the anniversary
Of the passing of their lamas and venerate them,
Will soon be born among their first circle
Of disciples, and become a guide for beings.

Monasteries and dharma centers of the Karma Kagyu, the lineage of practice, are collaborating to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the birth, in Tresho, Kham, of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa, the glorious crown jewel of the practice lineage.

As part of the 900th year celebration, His Holiness Karmapa’s Office of Administration (Tsurphu Labrang) is collecting photographs of His Holiness Karmapa, in particular the 16th Karmapa.

The Tsurphu Labrang is Read the rest of this article

*Revised* Announcement of the Opening Ceremony of the 900th Anniversary of The Karmapas

September 24, 2010

It is said:

Those who observe the anniversary
Of the passing of their lamas and venerate them,
Will soon be born among their first circle
Of disciples, and become a guide for beings.

As this indicates, recollecting the glorious lama’s good qualities and activities of body, speech, and mind is the foundation of all the goodness there is in samsara and nirvana. For this reason, monasteries and dharma centers of the Karma Kagyu, the lineage of practice, are collaborating to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the birth, in Tresho, Kham, of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa, the glorious crown jewel of the practice lineage. The celebration will open with two days of festivities at the sacred site of Bodhgaya, India, on December 8 and 9, 2010. An opening ceremony will be held on the morning of December 8, followed Read the rest of this article

French Language Kagyu Office Website Opens

A French-language verson of the website for His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has been opened under the auspices of His Holiness Karmapas Office of Administration. Please visit us at:

www.kagyuoffice-fr.org

Le Site Officiel Français de Sa Sainteté le XVIIe Karmapa Orgyèn Trinley Dorjé, Chef spirituel et détenteur de la lignée Karma Kagyu, vous invite à découvrir la Biographie détaillée du XVIIe Karmapa – depuis sa reconnaissance au Tibet jusqu’à son arrivée en Inde – ses innombrables Activités, la riche Histoire de sa Lignée, ainsi que ses précieux Enseignements parmi tant d’autres.

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