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Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches in Sarnath on Keeping our Dharma Practice Pure

27 February 2015 – Varja Vidya Institute, Sarnath

As dawn broke in Sarnath on 27 February, the skies opened and an auspicious light rain began to shower, several peals of thunder ruffling the early morning stillness. By 9am the skies had cleared and the sun shone brightly down on the crowd gathered in the lush gardens of the Vajra Vidya Institute, eagerly waiting to enter the shrine hall.

Although he had not planned to teach in Sarnath, the previous evening the Gyalwang Karmapa had spontaneously announced he would give a talk the following morning. This came as a surprise gift for the large, international group gathered at Vajra Vidya Institute for the annual two-week teaching seminar with Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, many of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s own students and devotees among them.

The Karmapa began by joking with the gathering that since he had spoken so much and given so many teachings already this year, he felt he hadn’t much left to say. Nonetheless, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the Vajra Vidya khenpos had Read the rest of this article

Honoring The Forefathers of The Kagyu Lineage

24th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

On the 14th day of the Tibetan calendar, the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over a day of activities commemorating the founding luminaries of the Kagyu lineage. Organized by the Kagyu Relief and Protection Committee from the Central University of Tibetan Studies as well as the Vajra Vidya Institute, the day was an opportunity to venerate the realized masters who together form the great wellspring of the whispered lineage.

This year marks the 1000th birth anniversary of the glorious Marpa Lotsawa, the great translator who made the arduous journey to India four times in order to receive the sacred instructions and thereby plant the seeds of the practice lineage within Tibet. At the same time, today marks the commemoration of the Mahaparinirvana of Marpa himself and his heart-son Milarepa, the exalted yogi-saint whose remarkable life has inspired countless practitioners for generations. With this combination of lineage milestones, it was a particularly auspicious moment to conduct a day of Read the rest of this article

Making Our Minds More Relaxed, More Spacious: Spring Teachings Day 3

23rd Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 3 Report

On the third day of his Spring Teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa began by reflecting on the sacredness of the teaching space, and it’s preciousness to him personally. Arising out of the vast vision of its Abbot, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Vajra Vidya Institute is nestled at the edge of Sarnath’s Deer Park, the sacred place where the Buddha Shakyamuni first turned the wheel of dharma. The towering Dhamek Stupa, constructed over a millennia ago to venerate the Buddha’s monumental act of teaching the dharma, is only a short walk away from where the Gyalwang Karmapa’s own teachings are taking place, in Vajra Vidya Institute’s temple. “When I come to this temple it’s like I have a special feeling that arises here,” he said. “Since the time I came to India, for the few small things that I have done in my life they’ve all started here, in this monastery’s temple. It’s like Read the rest of this article

Shaping The World With Our Acts: Spring Teachings Day 2

22ND Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

Day 2 Report

Beginning several hours before the scheduled teaching time, hundreds of people began to gather at the Vajra Vidya Institute gompa for the second day of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Spring Teachings. With Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche once again in attendance, together with Tulkus and Khenpos, monks and nuns, and international and local devotees, the gompa was quickly filled to capacity. A large group of students from the nearby Central University of Tibetan Studies gathered, while a growing webcast audience also tuned in live from across the world, all eager to absorb the Gyalwang Karmapa’s vast and profound wisdom.

As the rain of dharma continued for a second day, the Gyalwang Karmapa opened the teaching by once again reiterating the urgency to practice the dharma right now, in this very moment.

“We need to practice the dharma from now. We need to do it on this very seat, in this Read the rest of this article

Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Offers Long-Life Tsedrup Puja to The Gyalwang Karmapa

21st Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

On 21 February 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s main teacher, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, commenced an elaborate Tsedrup (long-life puja) dedicated to the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Lasting for five consecutive days, the extensive prayers are being conducted at Vajra Vidya Institute by tulkus and monks from Thrangu Rinpoche’s monasteries, including many who have travelled especially from Nepal.

With the chanting lasting from morning until night, the puja will culminate in a grand long-life Tenshug offering to the Gyalwang Karmapa on the auspicious day of 25 February, which is known as Chotrul Duchen or the Day of Miracles. The 14 days leading up to Chotrul Duchen are considered to be a very auspicious time in the Tibetan calendar, with positive deeds performed at this time being especially potent. In this context, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s offering serves as a particularly powerful cause for the long life of the 17th Read the rest of this article