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Gyalwang Karmapa Begins Teachings on Nagarjuna’s “A Letter to A Friend”

December 18, 2009 – Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya

2nd Annual Teaching for Foreign Students: Day 1

Today His Holiness began his long-awaited annual teachings for foreign students. For three days at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, His Holiness will be giving a commentary on Nagarjuna’s “Letter to a Friend”- a text mainly focusing on the Six Perfections. In acknowledgment of the large proportion of the audience who are practicing Buddhism as “householders”, His Holiness explained that this text was addressed to a king, and thus contains practice advice that is particularly appropriate for laypeople. The number of attendees wishing to receive teachings from His Holiness exceeded the capacity of Tergar’s immense assembly hall, and some latecomers could be seen listening intently from outside the gompa.

The main topic for today’s morning session was Refuge, while the afternoon teachings were devoted to the practice of the Ten Virtues. The afternoon session closed with a question-and-answer period.

Speaking about the practice of Dharma in general, His Holiness said that we need to grasp the words and meaning of the Dharma, and that our Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Teaching on Madhyamika Continues

Tuesday 16th December, 2008

The assembly hall of Tergar Monastery was packed with monks and laypeople to listen to the second part of Gyalwang Karmapa’s teachings which continued this afternoon. This is only a brief report on the session. It may be possible later to provide a fuller report from the transcription of the Tibetan.

Because of Nagarjuna’s importance in establishing the Middle Way school of Buddhist philosophy Gyalwang Karmapa began with an overview of Nagarjuna’s life. Accounts of his life exist in both Chinese and Tibetan sources. The earliest Chinese source, written approximately one hundred years after Nagarjuna’s death, predates Tibetan sources. It seems he was born in South India into a Brahmin family, and studied Buddhism in South India. After many years of practice he reached an understanding of emptiness. There are also references to prophecies about Nagarjuna, but there is a need to exercise caution when citing prophecies, because the true intention and meaning of a prophetic text can only be disclosed by its author. Read more

Overview of HH Gyalwang Karmapa Activity in Bodhgaya 2008-09

12th Annual Karmae Gunchoe Debate Session from December 11th to 29th, 2008:

His Holiness presides over the 12th Annual Karmae Gunchoe Winter Debate and Logical studies session which will be held at Tergar Monastery located at Bodh Gaya (Bihar). During the Session His Holiness will give teachings on Umaë Dües Dhon Sur khol Senghe Nga ro (Lion’s Roar: the synopsis of the middle way).

Teaching in Bodhgaya from December 31st to January 2nd, 2009:

His Holiness will give a public teaching at Tergar Monastery, the topic will be: “The Teachings of Kagyu Masters.”

More information about this teaching, please click the following link: Hwa Yue Foundation
http://www.hwayue.org.tw/act/Lineage_Teachings_Annoucement_English.html.

26th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo from January 4th to 11th, 2009:

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa will preside over the 26th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo prayers for world peace which will be held at Bodhgaya. During the Monlam course His Read the rest of this article

His Holiness at the Great Kagyu Monlam Aspiration (Winter Tour 2007-08)

On this page, a detailed summary of His Holiness’s activities is provided. At this website, we are also providing extensive reports on the activity of HIs Holiness at The 25th Great Kagyu Monlam on other pages:

Great Kagyu Monlam Aspiration, 24th December

Mahabodhi Temple: The final day of the 25th International Kagyu Monlam began at 6.00am as the mist cleared and the sky lightened. Gyaltsab Rinpoche conferred the Sojong vows, and was the presiding lama for the morning prayers. As with every previous day, the western and southern sides of the Stupa and surrounding the Bodhi Tree were crowded with monks and nuns cloaked in their maroon and Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Presides Over Great Kagyu Monlam (December 27-January 3)

The 24th annual Kagyu Monlam commenced on the 27th of December. Over 4,500 ordained monks and nuns had registered by the commencement, as well as 2,000 foreign pilgrims and at least another 2,000 Himalayan pilgrims. The Monlam began at 5:30 A.M. with an amazing procession of 500 monks (Gelongs), each carrying crystal lotus mandalas and meditating as they walked slowly around the outer courtyard of the Maha Bodhi temple and took their seats. Additional photos are available from http://www.kagyumonlam.org/docs/home.htm

 

His Holiness presiding at the Great Kagyu Monlam Aspiration on December 28, 2007 in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

His Holiness Karmapa arrived and invited all who wished to renew their Sojung vows to do so. Once this was completed, His Holiness began teachings on the life of Milarepa The teachings were bestowed with profound clarity and devotion. Next all enjoyed hearing His Holiness and the thousands of devoted sangha singing Milarepa’s “Song of Aspiration”. Dedication prayers followed and the program at the Great Stupa, as the first day of the program concluded.

The next venue was held at the beautiful newly founded Tergar Monastery. After dinner period His Holiness gave teachings on how to meditate. Many eyes and minds were opened. Read more