2006/12/30

His Holiness Concludes Fall-Winter Tour

The Karmapa arrived back to his temporary camp at Gyuto Monastic College in Dharamsala, after presiding over the the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo) in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. He also offered the Chakrasambhara and Green Tara initiations at Tergar Monstery, and was a Buddhist representative at the interfaith ceremony commemorating the Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Lord Buddha 2550 years ago. Before arriving in Bihar, His Holiness presided over the Karma Gön Chö, the Winter Retreat for Debate and Logical Study, held annually at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. HH Karmapa also hosted His Holiness Dalai Lama at Vajra Vidya Institute. At the inception of his Fall-Winter Tour, His Holiness presided over the Parinirvana Anniversary of Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche at Bokar Ngedon Choekhar Ling in Mirik, West Bengal, India. Details of the Fall-Winter Tour are set forth below.

http://www.kagyuoffice.org/karmapa.currentactivities.2006d.html

2006/12/29

His Holiness Represents Buddhist Religion at Interfaith Ceremony Celebrating Lord Buddha's 2550th Anniversary


His Holiness, at the celebration of the 2550th Anniversary of the Lord Buddha's Parinirvana, speaks to the Governor of Bihar, His Excellency R. S. Gawai


On December 29, 2006, His Holiness attended an interfaith ceremony at Maha Bodhi Temple to represent the Buddhist religion on the occasion of the 2550th anniversary of the year of Lord Buddha's Mahaparinirvana. The occasion was celebrated by an interfaith prayer for world peace. His Holiness was invited to attend by the Maha Bodhi Temple Society who organized the prayer. The Governor of Bihar, His Excellency R.S.Gawai, was also present. - Tashi Paljor

2006/12/27

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 fromhttp://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.
Following the ceremony, reports began circulating about a climatic phenomenon that many had witnessed after the Gelong procession as attendees were being seated. Lama Chodrak called the phenomenon a "Rain of Nectar": "In an area about 75 feet in diameter and about 100 feet in front of Karmapa's throne, shortly after the sunrise, people began to feel wetness. It was not the wetness of a typical 'falling' rain. This 'rain' just appeared at about ten feet from the ground and then fell to the ground. The drops were of unusual shape and of a very low intensity. Adding even more wonder, the sky was blue. Yes, a rain of nectar fell from a cloudless blue sky, and a blue sky is somewhat rare in Bodh Gaya! The temperature stayed comfortably warm well into the night too.'"
On the 29th of December, in the early dawn light at 5:30 am in morning, His Holiness presided over the monlam prayers, held that day at Tergar monastery due to the anniversary celebrations being held at the Mahabodhi Stupa (see above). His Holiness gave directions earlier that day to the ordained monks, so that the seating arrangements would be like the old tradition of Tibet: those who arrive early were seated at the front of the line, in the order of arrival. His Holiness justified the importance of this tradition as showing the willingness of participants to engage in practicing dharma.
After arriving back at the Tergar Monastery, and a quick lunch break, His Holiness attended the Monlam's next session and gave the Akshobya empowerment. His Holiness also gave a public audience to to international devotees, including all the new arrivals from Tibet who had came to Bodh  Gaya for pilgrimage. - Tashi Paljor

2006/12/24

Christmas Day Ceremony in Bodhgaya with His Holiness





His 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 than two thousand devotees, who waited in a long queue. His Holiness wished merry Christmas to all at the end.
Afterwards, that His Holiness took time for a brief question and answer session with the representatives of centers. Group photos were taken later on. - Tashi Paljor

2006/12/21

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





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.
On 23rd December, His Holiness began teaching on the Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices. Afterwards, His Holiness gave refuge to all the devotees. Later in the evening , at the request of His Holiness, Mingyur Rinpoche gave additional detailed teachings (Tib. kyar tri) on the same text. His Holiness teachings are sponsored and organized by Hwa Yue Foundation of Taiwan. - Tashi Paljor

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


His Holiness pre-Monlam Schedule of Ceremonies and Teachings In Bodhgaya (December 2006)



Date
Time
Program
21/ Dec
07:00 pm
Chakrasambhava (Khorlodumpa) Preliminary Empowerment (For Public)
22/Dec
10:00 am
Chakrasambhava Formal Empowerment (Empowerment receivers must commit to fulfill the Four Extraordinary Practices)
02:00 pm
Green Tara Empowerment (For Public)
23/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
11:30 am
Refuge Ceremony (Refuge Certificates will be handed out later)
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
24/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
25/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
03:30 pm
Group Photo Taking With His Holiness Karmapa and Mingyur Rinpoche
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
26/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices
11:00 am
Course Perfection Offering by Representatives of all groups Singing Offering of H.H Karmapa's long life, good health and his continuum of turning the Dharma wheel.
03:00 pm
"Practice of Offering to Lama" for all Chinese Disciples
07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
Teachings sponsored and organized by Hwa Yue Foundation of Taiwan
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/karmapa.currentactivities.2006d.html

HIS HOLINESS IN BODHGAYA - 2006-07 TOUR


His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa continued his Fall-Winter tour, arriving at noon in Bodhgaya on December 19. The Karmapa was received by Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche at Tergar Monastery. Many International visitors at the monastery welcomed His Holiness by loudly chanting "Karmapa Khenno. Construction was recently completed on the new Tergar Monastery, and this was the first visit of His Holiness there since the monastery's completion. 
His Holiness thereafter headed for the Mahabodhi Temple, which commemorates where Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment, to make offeriings to the Buddha for the benefit of beings. 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 sculptures (offerings made out of butter) prepared for the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo), over which the Karmapa will preside. He was joined there by Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness gave an audience at Terga Monastry to international followers.

December 21-23

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.
On 23rd December, His Holiness began teaching on the Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices. Afterwards, His Holiness gave refuge to all the devotees. Later in the evening , at the request of His Holiness, Mingyur Rinpoche gave additional detailed teachings (Tib. kyar tri) on the same text. His Holiness teachings are sponsored and organized by Hwa Yue Foundation of Taiwan.

December 25

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 than two thousand devotees, who waited in a long queue. His Holiness wished merry Christmas to all at the end.
Afterwards, that His Holiness took time for a brief question and answer session with the representatives of centers. Group photos were taken later on.

December 27-30th Kagyu Monlam

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.
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 Milerapa. The teachings were bestowed with profound clarity and devotion. Next all enjoyed hearing His Holiness and the thousands of devoted sangha singing Milerapa'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.
Following the ceremony, reports began circulating about a climatic phenomenon that many had witnessed after the Gelong procession as attendees were being seated. Lama Chodrak called the phenomenon a "Rain of Nectar": "In an area about 75 feet in diameter and about 100 feet in front of Karmapa's throne, shortly after the sunrise, people began to feel wetness. It was not the wetness of a typical 'falling' rain. This 'rain' just appeared at about ten feet from the ground and then fell to the ground. The drops were of unusual shape and of a very low intensity. Adding even more wonder, the sky was blue. Yes, a rain of nectar fell from a cloudless blue sky, and a blue sky is somewhat rare in Bodh Gaya! The temperature stayed comfortably warm well into the night too.'"
On the 29th of December, in the early dawn light at 5:30 am in morning, His Holiness presided over the monlam prayers, held that day at Tergar monastery due to the anniversary celebrations being held at the Mahabodhi Stupa (see below). His Holiness gave directions earlier that day to the ordained monks, so that the seatng arrangements would be like the old tradition of Tibet: those who arrive early were seated at the front of the line, in the order of arrival. His Holiness justified the importance of this tradition as showing the willingness of participants to engage in practicing dharma.
At around 9:30 am His Holiness visited Maha Bodhi Temple to represent the Buddhist religion on the occasion of the 2550th anniversary of the year of Lord Buddha's Mahaparinirvana. The occassion was celebrated by an inter-religious prayer for world peace. His Holiness was invited to attend by the Maha Bodhi Temple Society who organized the prayer. The Governor of Bihar, His Excellency R.S.Gawai, was also present.
After arriving back at the Tergar Monastery, and a quick lunch break, His Holiness attended the Monlam's next session and gave the Akshobya empowerment. His Holiness also gave a public audience to to international devotees, including all the new arrivals from Tibet who had came to Bodh  Gaya for pilgrimage.
- Tashi Paljor

Schedule

His Holiness pre-Monlam schedule in Bodhgaya was as follows:
Date
Time
Program
21/ Dec
07:00 pm
Chakrasambhava (Khorlodumpa) Preliminiary Empowerment (For Public)
22/Dec
10:00 am
Chakrasambhava Formal Empowerment (Empowerment receivers must commit to fulfill the Four Extraordinary Practices)

02:00 pm
Green Tara Empowerment (For Public)
23/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices

11:30 am
Refuge Ceremony (Refuge Certificates will be handed out later)

07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
24/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices

07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
25/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices

03:30 pm
Group Photo Taking With His Holiness Karmapa and Mingyur Rinpoche

07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche
26/Dec
10:00 am
Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices

11:00 am
Course Perfection Offering by Representatives of all groups Singing Offering of H.H Karmapa's long life, good health and his continuum of turning the Dharma wheel.

03:00 pm
"Practice of Offering to Lama" for all Chinese Disciples

07:00 pm
Teaching of Mingyur Rinpoche

The overall schedule for His Holiness's 2006-07 Fall Winter tour follows; embedded within are links to any published daily public schedules, as they become available:
HH Karmapa's Schedule:
November 2006 - January 2007 
2.11.2006Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling (Mirik) for 3rd Parinirvana anniversary of VV Bokar Rinpoche (public schedule)
16.11.2006Kalu Rinpoche's Monastery (Siliguri) (public schedule)
19.11.2006Vajra Vidhya Institute (Sarnath)
20.12.2006Terga Monastery (Bodhgaya)
   6.1.2007Vajra Vidhya Institute (Sarnath)
  10.1.2007Return to Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala



2006/12/19

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 sculptures (offerings made out of butter) prepared for the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo), over which the Karmapa will preside. He was joined there by Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness gave an audience at Tergar Monastery to international followers. - Tashi Paljor



2006/12/17

His Holiness Dalai Lama Meets His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa In Sarnath (November-December 2006)


On December 17, 2006, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Sarnath airport Sunday noon to give religious teachings beginning 19th December at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Sarnath. His Holiness the Gyalwa  Karmapa  received him at the airport.
His Holiness Dalai Lama, accompanied by His Holiness Karmapa, arrived at Vajra Vidya Institute, where Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche offered a mandala to His Holiness Dalai Lama. After finishing their prayers, His Holiness had lunch at Vajra Vidya Institute with His Holiness Karmapa ,Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche.
His Holiness left Vajra Vidya Institute for CIHTS. It appears to be His Holiness Dalai Lama’s  fourth visit to Vajra Vidya Institute.

The Dalai Lama with the Gyalwa Karmapa at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Sarnath on December 17, 2006