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The Gyalwang Karmapa Holds Candlelight Vigil for MH370

2014.03.12 MH307

12 March 2014, – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath

Four days after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, as so many people wait, distressed and puzzled, to discover the fate of the passengers, His Holiness held a candlelight vigil at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, to make prayers for the missing people, their families and friends. His Holiness was joined by the monks of the Institute, and many foreign students. As we chanted supplications to the protectress Tara and to Guru Rinpoche, some monks began to light butter lamps. As per His Holiness’s instruction, they had written out the flight number with the lamps. Gentle tones echoed through the night, carrying our best wishes and prayers for the well-being of the lost passengers, their loved ones, and indeed all beings in distress. It was a good opportunity to slow down and feel our connections with others. As our leader and guide, His Holiness presided over the entire ceremony, setting a tone of both introspection and compassionate outreach. The vigil Read the rest of this article

Spring Teaching

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6 March 2014 – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath

In the fresh warmth of an early spring afternoon, just a few days into the Tibetan new year, more than five hundred people crowded into the Vajra Vidya Monastery shrine room eager to hear the Gyalwang Karmapa’s words of wisdom.

For days many had dotted the lawns of the monastery, sitting outside on the grass catching rays of the spring sunshine, hoping that the teachings would take place. When they finally joined the long queues to enter the shrine hall many wore broad smiles on their faces, a joyful atmosphere palpable among the crowd.

Although he had originally been scheduled to give three days of spring teachings, as he is currently recovering from a minor illness the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to teach for a single session only.

“Because of the difficulty with my health,” he explained, after reciting the opening prayers, “at first I thought that we’d have to cancel the entire spring teaching. But when I came down to Read the rest of this article

Happy Losar

2014.03.02 LOSAR
2 March 2014 – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath

A week after his arrival in the holy Buddhist town of Sarnath the Gyalwang Karmapa enjoyed Losar, or Tibetan New Year, with his main tutor Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

It was standing-room-only inside Vajra Vidya Monastery’s main shrine hall on the morning of Losar, with many monks, nuns, local Tibetans and international devotees crowding inside. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche began by making mandala offerings to the Gyalwang Karmapa, followed by a traditional Tibetan ceremony with tea, sweet rice, and special Losar ‘kapsi’ bread for all. The two masters then retired to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s private rooms where they enjoyed tea and each other’s company.

Celebrations marking the Year of the Wood Horse continued throughout the day, with lion dances and comical races amongst the youngest monks entertaining the crowd in the morning, including the sack race, spoon-and-marble race, tug-of-war competitions, and a lively game of musical chairs. Members of the Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Confers Long Life Empowerment

2014.02.19
22nd February, 2014. Samyeling (Majnukatilla) Delhi.

This chilly February morning found the Tibetan colony of Majnukatilla bedecked with flags and banners as people lined up early to get a good seat for the long life empowerment from the Gyalwang Karmapa. His Holiness first inaugurated the colony’s new community center, and then made his way to Samye Ling TCV school where more than two thousand people were waiting for the blessing and empowerment. The local head of the Tibetan community extended a whole-hearted welcome to His Holiness with speeches and a traditional offering of tea and rice.

His Holiness then bestowed the empowerment of Amitayus, expressing that our faith and good heart gave this meeting its auspicious meaning. Following the empowerment, he spoke at some length to the community members, giving them advice on many matters, from health to the Tibetan political cause. He stressed the importance of unity among Tibetans – that they shouldn’t allow the changing world situation to divide them, but should Read the rest of this article

Mahamudra Arises Spontaneously

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February 2nd, 2014 – Root Insititute

Root Institute is an oasis of peace and tranquility, like a Pure Land within the environmental chaos of Bodhgaya. HH Karmapa’s teaching after the Monlam at the Institute, established by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, has become an annual tradition, a special event eagerly awaited by his Western students. When His Holiness enters the cosy shrine room it feels like the Buddha has come home to his sitting room, in marked contrast to the vast space of the Monlam Pavilion which seats 10,000.

To create the right atmosphere, the Venerable Ani Sarah read Lama Zopa’s translation of Guru Rinpoche’s teaching on the benefits of making offerings to the Bodhgaya stupa, (and all stupas), a lengthy poetic treatise covering every possible object of offering and its incalculable benefits.

With this preparation, HH Karmapa enters and offers a katag to the life-like photo of HH Dalai Lama resting on the throne. His own throne is garlanded in brilliant orange and gold Read the rest of this article