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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

Inaugural Meeting of the Karma Kamtsang Directors of Publications

2014.02.26 publication meeting
26th Feb, 2014 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Varanasi.

For the purpose of establishing cooperation and unity between the publishing groups of the different Karma Kamtsang monasteries, His Holiness called a meeting of their leaders at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche graced the conference with his presence, offering his full support and encouragement towards this important endeavour. As His Holiness explained, until now, the publishing groups of the different monasteries have been working hard within their own spheres, but because of a lack of communication between them, there have been some problems such as multiple printings of a common text, while more rare and important texts have been overlooked. Since the readership of Tibetan is relatively small, he expressed that it is important for the groups to come together to pool their resources, and share the responsibility for preserving the full Karma Kamtsang textual tradition and the Buddha’s teachings in Read the rest of this article

Vajrayogini Puja on The Day of Dakinis

7th March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

On the 25th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar, the Day of Dakinis, the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over special puja centered on the deity Vajrayogini. The Day of Dakinis celebrates female wisdom-deities, while Vajrayogini is considered to be the supreme manifestation of female enlightened energy. With His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche also in attendance, the puja assumed an extra dimension of tantric potency and sacredness.

The Gyalwang Karmapa began his preparatory rituals and the consecration of the mandala in the closed gompa several hours before the actual puja began. The puja was restricted to only those who had previously received the Vajrayogini empowerment. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Performs ‘Korwa Dhung Drup’ Puja for The Deceased

5 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

In a powerful ceremony, on the afternoon of 5 March 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over a sacred puja on behalf of those who have recently passed away. The puja, called the ‘Korwa Dhung Drup’, was dedicated to all sentient beings particularly to Pema Lakshi, the sister of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

The Gyalwang Karmapa, His Eminence Kyabje Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, as well as the entire sangha. With these three masters in attendance the puja was extraordinarily powerful, and was an especially strong cause for liberating the consciousness of those who have passed away.

During the early stages of the puja, sacred visualizations and invocations were made to Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. The Gyalwang Karmapa then burned the names of the deceased in a powerfully symbolic ritual, directed the consciousness of those beings towards the pure realms of Dewachen, thus helping to liberate Read the rest of this article

Modernizing The Monastic Education: Gyalwang Karmapa Presides Over Education Workshop

1-7 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

One of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s core interests has long been to revive the “Thongwa Gyue-pe Chaglen” (unbroken ritual practice) and to modernize the education available to all Karma Kagyu monks and nuns. With this goal in mind, the Gyalwang Karmapa has this week been chairing a weeklong ‘Workshop on Monastic Education’ at the Vajra Vidya Institute. Key persons who are attending the discussions, including His Eminence Kyabje Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, who has travelled to Sarnath especially for the Workshop, as well as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Chant-masters(Umze), Discipline-masters(Choetrimpa) and Ritual-masters(Chopon) mainly from Rumtek Monastery.

The discussions are aimed at improving all stages of the monastic education system, from the earliest level right through to Shedra (university) level. One of the key ideas being explored is to add several modern subjects into the curriculum, such as Science and English language, in order to give Read the rest of this article