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Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates Losar at Vajra Vidya Institute

March 5, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

New Year’s Day Morning

According to the Tibetan calendar this is now the Year of the Iron Rabbit.
The Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated Tibetan New Year in the company of his tutor, Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who is currently visiting from the U.S.A.

Preceded by an incense bearer and monks playing the gyalin [Tibetan trumpet] His Holiness arrived in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute shortly before 7.00am, splendidly attired in gold brocade tonka and wearing traditional Tibetan white felt boots for the occasion. He mounted the throne, carefully donned his black-and-gold activity crown, and the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s “Life of Milarepa” Play Performed in Bodhgaya

January 1, 2010 – Bodhgaya, India

After three years of reading the biography of Milarepa to Kagyu Monlam attendees, two hours at a time, His Holiness transmitted the entire life of Milarepa in a single, magnificent evening. In what was nothing short of a world-class theatrical event, approximately 12,000 people turned out and many viewers were watching live online to view a play of Milarepa’s life created by His Holiness and performed by actors from the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA). Read more

HH Karmapa Presides Over the Last Day of Mahakala Pujas

February 23, 2009

Today is the 29th day of final month according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The resident monks have been performing Mahakala pujas for the past two days. The text they are using was composed by 6th Karmapa, Thongwa Dönden. Read more

New Year’s Day: Gyalwang Karmapa Attends Interfaith Prayer Meeting for World Peace

Thursday 1st January 2009

His Holiness made a surprise visit to the Mahabodhi Stupa as guest-of-honour at an inter-faith prayer meeting, under the bodhi tree, where a small crowd was gathered, mainly Indian sangha, local schoolchildren, and representatives of the faith communities in Bodh Gaya. A few Tibetans and Westerners were also evident.
His Holiness first visited the main shrine hall and paid respect to Buddha image, later attended the meeting.

The meeting, organized by the International Buddhist Council of India, Bodh Gaya and Gaya branch, the Mahabodhi Management Committee and the local interfaith organisation, was held partly in memory of those who had died in the November Mumbai bombings, partly as an opportunity to pray for world peace and harmony on New Year’s Day. Read more

His Holiness Welcomes the New Year (February 18, 2007)

His Holiness Karmapa welcomed in the New Year on February 18, 2007, pursuant to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the Year of the Fire Pig, according to the Tsurluk calendar system. (Click here for background information on the Tsurluk system.)

His Holiness supervised the practice of Mahakala (the protector of Kagyu Lineage), for all sentient beings

In the traditional manner, His Holiness presided over the Mahakala puja on the Read the rest of this article