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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

Christmas Day Ceremony in Bodhgaya with His Holiness

+Larger photoHis Holiness presenting an individually signed copy of one of his calligraphies to attendees at the Great Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya. The ceremony was held on Christmas Day at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, and coincided with the 2550th anniversary celebrations for the parinirvana of Lord Shakyamuni, the Buddha

On Christmas day His Holiness gave teachings on the four Extraordinary Preliminary practices in morning. Later in the day, His Holiness presented Christmas gifts of his own calligraphy and a painting from his own collection to all the international devotees who have gathered for teaching, distributing them by individually signing each one of them on the spot. It took two and one half hours for more Read the rest of this article

The Karmapa Teaches and Empowers at Tergar Monastery Prior to Commencement of the Monlam

 

His Holiness gives the Green Tara empowerment to a crowded assembly in Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya on December 22, 2006

In the evening 21st December, His Holiness performed the initial preparation puja for the Chakrasambhava preliminary Empowerment at Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya. The Chakrasambhava Formal Empowerment was transmitted on 22nd December. Recipients included Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche and Venerable Hai Ta Fa Su from Taiwan, who also received the Vajrayana Crown from His Holiness.

More than 2000 international devotees gathered from western countries and eastern countries. In the afternoon, His Holiness gave a public Green Tara Empowerment on the request of visitors from Korea.

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His Holiness Arrives In Bodhgaya (December 2006-January 2007)


His Holiness, Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (middle) inspect some of the sculpture offerings being prepared for the Great Kagyu Monlam

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya on December 19, for the next leg of his 2006 fall-winter tour. The Karmapa was received by Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche at Tergar Monastery. The Karmapa began his activity in Bodhgaya by making offerings at the Mahabodhi Temple, which commemorates where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. The head of the Mahabodhi Society welcomed him and escorted His Holiness inside the main shrine hall. His Holiness performed a short puja and circumambulated the temple three times, then headed to the Bhutanese Temple. There His Holiness checked the elaborate tormas and butter Read the rest of this article