On the 27-28th of October at Gyuto Tantric University, His Holiness received the transmission of “Mila Gurbum” from Khamtrul Rinpoche. Khamtrul Rinpoche (Shedrup Nyima) is the 9th reincarnation in his line, and was recognized by 16th Karmapa and Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. Khamtrul Rinpoche is the head of Khampagar Monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage and currently is residing in Tashijong, Himachal Pradesh. - Tashi Paljor
His Holiness visited Dechen Chokhorling Mahavira (DCM) from 21-25 October, 2007. DCM, approximately 200 kms away from Gyuto, is situated on a hilltop in Bhuntar, District Kullu Himachal Pradesh. DCM is a Drukpa Kagyu lineage Monastery. The head of the DCM is His Eminence Choegon Rinpoche. Rinpoche invited His Holiness to consecrate the main shrine hall and its core Buddha statue.
Short Biography: The ninth and present emanation of Choegon Rinpoche (Jigmey Choekyi Senge) was recognized at the age of three by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. The Karmapa presented His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche with three letters detailing the precise location of Choegon’s whereabouts, the house of his birth, his family and the year. Rinpoche was enthroned at the age of 6 in Khampagar Monastery. Khamtrul Rinpoche transmitted the complete teachings of Drukpa Kagyu tradition to him in Bhutan. Rinpoche also received many teachings from Kyabje Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, H.E Trulshig Adiu Rinpoche, H.H Je Khenpo and H.E Tulku Ogyen Rinpoche. Rinpoche completed many practices in retreat including Vajrakilaya, Green Tara, Buddha Amitayus, Vajrapani and Padmasambhava and received the Khenpo degree at the age of 28.
Rinpoche supports and funds many community projects, and currently is working on a project of building a new monastery at Kullu, while also renovating many old temples throughout the western Himalayan regions.
21st October, 2007: On the arrival at the DCM, His Holiness was received and escorted by Khamtrul Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Dorzong Rinpoche, Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, Somang Tulku, the Bhuntar Tibetan Welfare Officer and Principal of Sambhota School with all the Serbang. The nearby Sambhota Tibetan school assembly presented “Tashi Shoepa” (the auspicious welcoming dance). Following the arrival of His Holiness in the main shrine hall Mandala offerings and tea were offered with sweet rice.
22nd October: His Holiness performed the prayer of “Gyal wa ja tson yang sab konchok chidue” and led the consecration of the main shrine hall’s core Buddha statue, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Drozong Rinpoche, Drgu Choegyal Rinpoche and Somang Tulku were also present at the puja. The puja continued for whole day.
23rd October: In the morning, His Holiness visited the Shambala Art School, which is nearby DCM. His Holiness observed the Tibetan Thangka paintings and consecrated the school. Afterwards, His Holiness, along with Khamtrul Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Dorzong Rinpoche and Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, enjoyed tea outside at the lawn. In the afternoon, His Holiness gave the initiation of Buddha Avalokteshvara, and also gave talk about the meaning of the “Om Mani Padme Hung” and its importance, advising the audience that in his view, being a better human is the true import of the Buddha’s dharma.
This initiation and puja was translated into Hindi as almost ten thousand persons from near and around this Himalayan region gathered for this initiation. After finishing the initiation, His Holiness gave blessings to each person individually. People in this region keep their faith in the dharma strong, and everybody shared the bliss of the guru's empowering blessing.
24th October: The Sambhota and Manali Tibetan Day School presented a cultural show in the courtyard of DCM. His Holiness expressed appreciation to the school for their enduring effort to preserve and keep alive the Tibetan culture, the future seeds of Tibet, within the heart. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness returned to Gyuto Tantric University. - Tashi Paljor
His Holiness Karmapa celebrated the award of the US Congressional Gold Medal to the His Holiness Dalai Lama. The Karmapa stated that he was rejoicing in this "historic day with utmost pleasure." The award of the highest civilian honor in the United States is another recognition of His Holiness Dalai Lama's exemplary peaceful, non-violent approach to the issues concerning the peoples of Tibet, and indeed, all beings.
In the morning, at Gyuto Ramoche Temple, His Holiness offered the mandala offering at the seat of His Holiness Dalai Lama and performed a puja for this remarkable and historic day. Later, in an elaborate function by the Gyuto Ramoche University, Tibetan cultural songs and dances organized by TCV School of Suja, Gopalpur and local Nepali community were performed at the temple's courtyard.
The Tsurphu Labrang and Gyuto Ramoche University organised the aspiration Puja led by His Holiness, and offered lunch to everyone who has gathered for the celebraton. - Tashi Paljor
At the invitation of the local Tibetan community, NGOs, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), Tibetan Women's Association and the Center School for Tibetans (CST) Dalhousie, His Holiness The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited Dalhousie, district Chamba, on the 4th of October 2007. His Holiness consecrated and inaugurated a new settlement to benefit particularly scattered and destitute Tibetans.
The settlement project was funded through Tibetan Home Affairs by foreign supporters of Tibet. His Holiness presented the prizes awarded to students who topped the Center School Examination. During the visit, he CST students presented Tibetan cultural dances and songs. The school principal, Mr. Phunrab Choesang, spoke to the assembly, stating "It is our great merit that His Holiness has blessed this place" and expressed the deeply felt gratitude and many Tashi Delek to His Holiness. The principal narrated a short biography of His Holiness in Tibetan, English and Hindi to the public.
On the second day of the visit, His Holiness gave a public teaching based on The Six Perfections (Prajnaparamita) and conferred the Amitayus empowerment on the public consisting of thousands of devotees from the regions all around and foreigners. Later in the afternoon His Holiness consecrated the Tibetan Handicraft Center and school with prayers. The Dalhousie Tibetan Handicraft Center is one of the first and most famous handicraft makers among the various Tibetan handicrafts makers all over India.
In the morning of the third day of the visit, 6th October, His Holiness was invited to the oldest Gyuto Monastery for a consecration ceremony. That afternoon he visited the tourist point of Khachari. With an escort of motor bike, cars and many followers, His Holiness and the entourage left Dahousie for Dharamshala, reaching his residence at Gyuto Monastery, Sidhbari, in the evening. The visit to Dalhousie was very successful and benefited thousands of people with profound blessings. All were very happy and felt blessed by Holiness's graceful visit. - Tashi Paljor