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In Teaching for Members of KTD, Karmapa Returns to Basics

2015.04.19 KTD teaching
(April 19, 2015 – Woodstock, New York) Long-time members of the KTD community had the opportunity to spend the day with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in the shrine that is both the heart of their practice community and His Holiness’s own North American seat. The 17th Karmapa taught in the morning and in the afternoon, taking as his topic the four dharmas of Gampopa, which he described as containing the entire teachings of the Buddha.

As explained in the opening address by KTD President Tenzin Chonyi, the KTD community had grown far beyond what the main shrine room could hold. As a result, His Holiness had agreed to offer two separate days of teachings at KTD, to allow all those who have been members of KTD for the past three years or longer to have the opportunity to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa directly in their Dharma home. In order to share the teachings with all those not present due to space restrictions, the teachings were webcast live with translation into English, Chinese and Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Takes His Seat: Arrival at KTD Monastery

2015.04.17 KTD arrival(April 17, 2015 – Woodstock, New York) As billowing clouds of juniper smoke mingled with the warbling sounds of horns and the insistent beat of drums to fill the senses, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa arrived atKarma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat established by the 16th Karmapa over three decades ago. Although gusting winds made the tall banners a challenge to hold erect, several dozen monastics, Western as well as Asian, formed a dignified procession escorting the Gyalwang Karmapa along a walkway recently painted with auspicious signs.

At the entrance to the shrine hall, the 17th Karmapa was received by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the 91-year-old abbot who was chosen by the 16th Karmapa to create and oversee this hilltop monastery in the late 1970s.

Once inside the main assembly hall, His Holiness paid his respects to the sacred images enshrined there, lit a lamp and ascended the steps to the throne that has stood empty, awaiting his presence, Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches at His North American Seat

July 18, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

Early in the morning, shuttle buses discharged a steady stream of people, arriving from all directions to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa at his North American seat. By 10 am, an estimated 800 people were joyfully awaiting His Holiness’ arrival under a vast white tent that filled the space between KTD’s shrine hall and its residential wing.

During this historic second visit to KTD, His Holiness began by expressing his delight at being able to visit and meet with the larger KTD community once again. He noted the tremendous progress that had been made in recent years towards fulfilling the vast vision that His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa had had in founding the monastic seat. Since he bears the name of the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness said he would like to offer his heartfelt thanks and rejoice in the efforts of all involved.

The Gyalwang Karmapa cautioned Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on Compassion, Confers Avalokiteshvara Initiation in New Jersey

July 20, 2011 – Mount Laurel-New Jersey KTC

His Holiness the Karmapa departed his North American seat in Woodstock, NY, for a visit to another Dharma center under his spiritual guidance—Karma Thegchen Choling center of New Jersey (KTC-NJ). Arriving at midday in this rural setting in southern New Jersey, the Gyalwang Karmapa soon proceeded to offer the Dharma to a large gathering of disciples.

On the afternoon’s schedule was a Thousand-armed Chenrezig initiation. At the start of the session, His Holiness commented that he had just been cautioning the audience at KTD that it was unwise to offer initiations too easily, yet here he was giving initiation the very next day. However, because the KTC-NJ regularly performs Nyungne, a fasting practice connected with Thousand-armed Chenrezig, the Gyalwang Karmapa said he felt it would be unseemly to refuse their request.

In preparation for conferring the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to KTD

July 17, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

On the road that leads through the upstate New York town of Woodstock, a huge quilted sign hangs high, proclaiming: Welcome Home! His Holiness the 17th Karmapa was indeed welcomed back to his North American seat this afternoon, for a joyful second visit. (His Holiness first visited Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), located in Woodstock, during his trip to America in 2008.

With the sun high overhead on this bright summer day, a long line of retreat lamas, monks and nuns formed a golden procession to welcome His Holiness back to his home in North America. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche led members of the KTD and KTC communities to offer His Holiness a ceremonial welcome with tea and rice, as well as mandala offering and extensive prayers.

On behalf of the entire KTD community, KTD Executive Director Mark Rothe made a brief Read the rest of this article