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Vast Activities of The Karmapas: Spring Teachings Day 7

28th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 7 Report

On the final day of his weeklong Spring Teachings, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, shared some thoughts about his own life. He began the session by openly reflecting on his life situation, compared to the vast accomplishments of the previous Karmapas.

“From my own perspective, I’m growing older and older but I have this feeling that up until now I still have not really done much to bring benefit to Buddhism and sentient beings, or anything to be satisfied with. When I look at the activities of the previous Karmapas, from a very early age they all did vast activity for the benefit of the teachings and for the benefit of sentient beings. Putting aside whether or not I can be compared to the other Karmapas, but as a follower of the Karmapas I still do not really feel that I have been able to do the same amount of benefit for beings and the teachings.”

The very name Read the rest of this article

Opening The Door of Devotion: Spring Teachings Day 5

26th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 5 Report

As the Spring Teachings entered their fifth day, the Gyalwang Karmapa began to explore the role of devotion in our practice. Teaching from a new instruction within the ‘Tri Thung Gyatsa’ text, he began by explaining that devotion is critical for our dharma practice, particularly within the Kagyu tradition. And yet, it isn’t all that easy to correctly develop devotion.

First we need to understand what devotion means. Drawing a clear distinction between faith and devotion, the Gyalwang Karmapa said, “When we think about faith, then faith is like a feeling we have in our minds. But devotion isn’t just a feeling. It’s not just an emotion. It’s something that we put into practice with our body and speech.”

To illustrate his point, the Gyalwang Karmapa then explained the meaning inherent within the Tibetan term for devotion, mo-gü. The first syllable of the word Read the rest of this article

A Wishfulfilling Jewel Within Our Own Minds: Spring Teachings Day 4

24th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 4 Report

On the fourth day of the Spring Teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa turned the focus firmly inwards: if we look inside our own minds, a wishfulfilling jewel is already waiting. No matter how long we may search elsewhere for it, in the end we come back to what was already present within ourselves from the very beginning.

“Within our beings, all of us, there are these uncontrived, natural roots of virtue, these instinctive seeds of innate goodness. We still look for something outside ourselves, not knowing how priceless and how important what we already have is. We need to look at these seeds of virtue in our mind as if they were as rare as a Buddha.”

By first being able to see the innate treasure already present in our own minds, we can then work to develop it further and further. “We need to take those virtuous seeds within ourselves and increase them,” he said. Read the rest of this article

Special Prayers for those Affected by The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

March 11, 2011Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath

On hearing of the natural disaster which had struck Japan and threatened islands in the Pacific Ocean, Gyalwang Karmapa  called everyone together for special evening prayers in the main shrine room at Vajra Vidya Institute.  Several hundred monks, nuns and laypeople gathered at 7.30pm.  Relating the special prayers to his current Spring Teachings, Gyalwang Karmapa commented that his teachings had focused on how we could be of benefit to sentient beings. To join together in prayers for those who had suffered in this natural disaster was one way of benefitting beings. Read the rest of this article

Losar Day 3

March 7, 2011. Sarnath, Varanasi.

On the third day of Losar His Holiness Karmapa had lunch at the Ramada Hotel hosted by Vajra Vidhya Institue. Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the entourage of His Holiness were invited for the Lunch.

Later at evening His Holiness performed a special Guang Gong Puja in the evening outside in front of Vajra Vidya Monastery’s main shrine hall. Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche attended the prayers. The evening concluded with a burst of fireworks.

“How to Become a Good Person through the Wish to Benefit Others”
His Holiness the Karmapa Gives Spring Teachings in Sarnath

His Holiness the Karmapa will be giving Spring Teachings from the 9th through the 12th of March at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath. The theme of the Read the rest of this article