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Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on the Nature of Mind and Using Everyday Moments as Meditation (Podcast Episode #004)

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Today we bring you the fourth episode in our new podcast series.

This very special informal teaching from His Holiness the Karmapa took place at the Root Institute in 2013.

The Karmapa received a question early in the session about Buddha Nature and then proceeded to give a short but vibrant talk on how to use everyday moments to meditate on the true nature of mind, sometimes speaking directly to the audience in English!

This was a wonderful moment for everyone present, including His Holiness, who has made the trips to the Root Institute somewhat of an annual tradition.

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Overcoming Negative Emotions in Daily Life (Podcast Episode #002)

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Today we are happy to bring you the second episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

This special teaching comes from Karmapa’s most recent trip to the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation.

The talk was organized by a vibrant local Dharma center (that had to hire a hall to accommodate all the members present!) where the lama requested that Karmapa teach on any topic that he liked. His Holiness determined that loving kindness and compassion would be a good topic and begun a beautiful impromptu talk about how to apply the Dharma to daily life and overcome negative emotions or kleshas.

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Introducing the New Podcast: Selected Talks and Teachings from the 17th Karmapa (Episode #001)

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It is with great pleasure that we bring to you a new Podcast called Karmapa – Selected Talks and Teachings. We’re launching with the wonderful talk that His Holiness gave at Stanford University while visiting the USA in 2015.

Why a new podcast?

The Karmapa and the Kagyu Office use many new media such as live webcasts and social networking to make Karmapa’s teachings more accessible. This new podcast was created especially for those busy students around the world that would like to listen to His Holiness’s Dharma teachings but often struggle to find the time. Now you will be able to listen to a selection of Buddhist talks on your iPhone as you go about your work or home life.

How do I listen to each episode?

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The Heart Essence of Dharma: Become a Catalyst for Good in the World

2015.09.06
Bodhicharya Centre,
Berlin, Germany–September, 2015

More than 350 people comprising representatives of Bodhicharya centres across Europe, members and supporters of the Berlin centre, and invited guests crowded into the main shrine room to greet the 17th Karmapa on this his final teaching engagement during his second visit to Europe. A distant sound of Tibetan gyalin announced his arrival at the centre. His Holiness was greeted at the gates to the centre by its founder Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, who escorted him along the brick path through the buildings, preceded by a boy and a girl scattering flower petals. After planting a tree in the garden, His Holiness made his way to the shrine room.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche welcomed the 17th Karmapa once more to Bodhicharya Berlin and confessed, “We didn’t make any progress with the building, but,” he continued, “we are determined to work for the people here and for the Dharma.” He highlighted in particular the programme of hospice training and the volunteers who cared for the Read the rest of this article

The Importance of Retreat

2015.09.03
Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling Retreat Centre Halscheid – 2nd September, 2015

On Wednesday afternoon, the 17th Karmapa made his first visit to Halscheid to bless Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling retreat centre. Situated just outside the small village of Halscheid in the Windeck region of Germany, the centre is run by the German Karma Kagyu Gemeinschaft under the spiritual guidance of the Karmapa’s senior tutor, the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Although two traditional three-year retreats have been completed at Halscheid, the main focus of the centre’s work these days is to offer a variety of short and long-term retreats, so that laypeople with work and family responsibilities may benefit.

In readiness, the centre had been decorated with newly-hung prayer flags and the eight auspicious symbols had been painted on the gravel path. As His Holiness’ car approached, Lama Kunga Dorje, the Retreat Master, stepped forward to welcome him.

Sixty people, retreatants past and present, sponsors and friends of the centre, had gathered in the Read the rest of this article