2002/09/01

The Wind of Emptiness

The Wind of Emptiness is a song from the Sweet Melody Of Joyful Aspiration album by H.H. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa



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Dharma Rain

Dharma Rain is a song from the Sweet Melody Of Joyful Aspiration album by H.H. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa




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September-December 2002


His Holiness Karmapa visits the Kolkata Museum
 in the company of museum administrators and 
the ever-present security force


In November, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to Rajasthan to preside over private ceremonies on behalf of students. Afterwards, he was in New Delhi meeting with students, members of the community and well-wishers. While in New Delhi, he was afforded a private tour of the National Museum of India under typically heavy security. The Karmapa returned to his camp at Gyuto Tantric University in mid-November, where he continued his studies with his main tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche through the end of December.



From September 30-October 4, His Holiness Karmapa was a guest of HH the Dalai Lama at a conference hosted by the Life and Mind Institute in Dharamsala. The conference studies the issues of mind and ethics, exploring the relationship between modern physical and biological sciences Buddhist views. The discussion this year focused on the criteria of life and matter. Participants include the Head of the Genome Research Centre at MIT, and the winner of the 1997 Nobel prize in Physics, Dr Steven Chu.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, other Buddhist teachers, scientists and committed persons from other walks of life, such as actors Richard Gere and Goldie Hawn, were present as observers.



His Holiness Karmapa made a brief trip through Kolkata (aka Calcutta) as part of a short trip from September 15 - 21.

Upon his arrival in Kolkata on September 16th for an event with the Maha Bodhi Society of India, His Holiness held a press conference. The Karmapa informed the assembled representatives of the press about his understanding of the government of India's position with respect to the return of His Holiness to the seat of the Karmapas at Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery, in Sikkim, India.

Sikkim is one of India's 25 states, and shares a border with China. Although the government has indicated that it has no objection to His Holiness going to Rumtek, first certain matters must be resolved. The return of His Holiness Karmapa to the traditional seat of the Karmapas is a very important occasion, historically and spiritually. Security must be adequate and extensive preparations must be made before His Holiness is able to safely go to Rumtek.

Although the timing of His Holiness' arrival has to be fixed after all the proper arrangements are made, His Holiness has stated that he believes that he will be in Rumtek within two years.
His Holiness was guest of honor at a Maha Bodhi Society celebration of the 138th Anniversary of the birth of Anagarika Dharmapala on September 17, 2002. Founded by Anagarika Dharmapala in 1891, the Maha Bodhi Society in Calcutta was established in 1915. The complex in Calcutta has its own publishing house, meditation halls, schools, and a social service unit with an ambulance service and free dispensaries.

Anagarika Dharmapala, born in Sri Lanka in 1864, devoted his life to supporting Buddhism in India and around the world. Through the Maha Bodhi Society, he won government sanction for the recognition of the Maha Bodhi Temple as the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment. He restored a number of historical structures at the site and established new buildings honoring the Bodhgaya location as well as other sacred sites of the Buddha throughout India.

Anagarika Dharmapala was also internationally renowned for representing Buddhist causes, traveling to countries such as in Japan, America, England, Honolulu, France and Italy.
His Holiness also had the opportunity while in Kolkata to confer the long life empowerment of Amitayus. He returned to Delhi on the 19th and to Gyuto Tantric University on the 21st.



Sweet Melody of Joyful Aspiration



A firm heart plays the Dharma instrument;
Elegant music blooms a joyous lotus wish.

Verdant trees spread fragrant sounds;
Leaves like notes sing of dignified visions.

Cool snow falls like healing laughter;
Light of Sun and Moon erode the dark.

White lotus is held in blessed days;
The fair Dharma eyes distinguish Buddhists.

Study sutras and play in lotus lake;
Wisdom brings honey sounds and dews of knowledge.

Cool and joyous is the vast Pure Land;
Benevolent moon shelters and makes the flowers rejoice.

Fortune and wisdom bring the pearl rain;
Nourish the virtue field to grow peaceful buds.


~ by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa





The Celestial Blessing

For eight days beginning at midnight of December 28, 1999, while most of the world was welcoming the new millennium, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was fleeing his homeland across the roof of the world and over Nepal's frozen passes. On a journey fraught with risk and danger, one starry night at 5000 meters the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa heard the Divine Mother singing. The celestial melody soothed and emboldened his heart during the cold, silent journey. 

After his successful flight to India, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa retained this melody despite the strange environment and the chaos of the world's attention to his journey. The melody was written out in musical notation, and. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa wrote a seven-stanza poem in Tibetan to accompany it. "Joyful Aspiration" is the central theme of this album, and the accompanying poem express it's fundamental spirit. 

This album is conceived and produced to bring hope to the world. In these Tibetan melodies, the voice of an ancient soul sings through a young body and mind, and expresses the movement and energy of life itself. 

The first melody "Affirmation" is the "celestial sound" the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa heard on the journey from Tibet. In this composition, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa hopes to present the grandeur and eternity of life's wisdom with the undulating power of waves surging from the depths of ocean. Following traditional Tibetan arrangement, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa's original melody is repeated seven times, so that listeners can repeatedly chant the seven-stanza poem "Joyful Aspiration", cultivating a lucid mind to discover the depths of inner truth. 

The second arrangement of "Joyful Aspiration" is the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa himself chanting the seven-stanza poem. With elegant background music, his voice chants out the peace of the "pure land." The mystical depth of his voice echoes the progenitive vibration of the universe. 

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Affirmation : Melody composed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa


Sweet Melody of  Joyful Aspiration : Tibetan lyrics & chanting by the 17th Gyalwnag Karmapa


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Feast Offering Melody



Tsok Song
Lyrics by the 17th Karmapa
Chanted by Umdze Bai Karma.




A HO
ZHI YING KANÉ DAKPA TRÖDRAL GYI NGOWO
LHÜNDRUP ÖSAL ROLMÖ JOGEK DANG DRAK NÉ
A HO 

The fundamental expanse is originally pure, its nature beyond embellishment.
Combined with the playful music of spontaneous luminosity,


ZUNGJUK KU SUM NORBÜ GA CHAR GYI MINPÉ
KHYABDAK DÖN GYI LAMA NYING Ü NÉ DREN JUNG 

it ripened into the delightful jewel-rain of unity, the trikaya.
I remembered the all-pervasive lord, the ultimate guru, in the midst of my heart.


GANG GI SANG SUM NYINJÉ NANG ZER GYI TRENGWÉ
NAM ZHI TRINLÉ GELEK Ö BUM GYI DRIP SIL

The rays of sunlight from his three secrets bestow cooling shade through the good brilliance of the four activities,


KALZANG DULJÉ NGAL TSOR LHÜN TUK TU JINPÉ
GAWA SUM GYI PEMO NYING Ü SU ZHÉ DO 

providing perfect solace for fortunate disciples.
The lotus of threefold joy has bloomed in my heart.


DALJOR TEN ZANG TSOKYÉ GESAR GYI NYINGPOR
NGEJUNG DRANGTSI YANG NYEN BUNGWA DANG DROK TÉ

May the essence in the center of the lotus, this good support of freedom and resources,
be found by the melodious honeybees of renunciation.


TSENDEN LA MÉ ZHAP SEN NYINJÉ KYI REKPÉ
ZHENPEN DAP ZANG GYEPAR JIN GYI RANG LOP SHIK

Bless me so that, touched by the sunlight of the authentic guru's feet,
the petals of helping others bloom wide.


ÖSAL RANGJUNG NYUKMÉ YESHE KYI RANG ZHAL
LAM DÜ SAL ZHAK MEPAR LHUKPA RU KYANGWÉ

Bless me so that the face of natural, self-arisen, luminous wisdom
may be openly fostered on the path without removal or addition;

DÖNDAM CHÖKÜ RANGZHIN TONGNYI KYI YING SU
DÖ MÉ GYALSA ZINPAR JIN GYI RANG LOB SHIK

and so that in the natural expanse of emptiness, absolute truth, dharmakaya,
I reach the primordial citadel.


KHA LA WANG ZHÜ LADRÉ DUKKAR GYI DZÉ SHING
BARNANG GELEK METOK CHAR ZIL DU NYILWÉ

May the sky be beautifully canopied by the white parasol of rainbows.
May the horizon be filled with the gentle flower-rain of goodness.

SATENG KYEGU GAWÉ DE KYI KYI GYANG LÜ
JIKTEN KÜN GÉ YIWANG TROKPA RU GYUR CHIK

May everyone on Earth sing with joy,
Captivating the world with delight.


LHAKSAM DRIMÉ NANG TER NORBU YI DRÖNMÉ
KAR MIN NAKCHOK MI GÉ MÜNPA LÉ DROL TÉ

May the brilliant jewel-lamp of immaculate benevolence
free us from the darkness of evil.


MI NUP DZOKDEN GATÖN NAM SÉ KYI ROL MÖ
DA MÉ DRAK KAR YANG NYEN SI SUM NA TROL CHIK

May the music that awakens us to an eternal golden age
be heard throughout the three existences in all its peerless euphony.


This aspiration 
was made as the sun rose above the eastern mountains in India on September 5th, 2001 by Ogyen Trinley, who bears the name Karmapa.




The Four-armed Bodhisattva's Simple Practice Chanted by H.H. the 17th Karmapa





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