Showing posts from April, 2011


April 24, 2011. Leh, Ladakh DAY 1, 24TH APRIL

Upon arrival in Leh, Ladakh, His Holiness was welcomed with a traditional Buddhist reception. He was greeted by thousands of cheering people who had gathered in the airport and along the road all the way to the Jhokhang, the main temple of Leh city which houses the statue of Jho Rinpoche. Auspicious mandala offerings were made to him there and refreshments were served to everyone gathered.  After a brief prayer session, His Holiness then visited a photograph exhibit detailing the flood catastrophe of August 6, 2010, where hundreds of lives were lost.   In the afternoon, he had a private meeting with the Vice President of the Ladakh Gompa Association, President of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, and the Ladakh Buddhist Association Youth Wing. They reported to him the source, event and aftermath of the floods and the details of how the community has gradually recovered since then. His Holiness expressed his deep sympathies for the losses. H…


April 22-23, 2011. India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The event was hosted by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, a not for profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organization established with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness in 1989.  Gyalwang Karmapa taught for three sessions exploring themes from Acharya Kamalashila’s text “The Middling Stages of Meditation”, and answering general questions from the audience.
There are certain fundamental themes in Buddhism, stated Gyalwang Karmapa, in his  general introduction. These include the view of cause and effect and dependent origination, which form   the basis of the Buddhist teachings;  samsara, the cycle of existence,  which is the cause of suffering, and the path of cessation  by which one can achieve the causes for liberation or nirvana. Common to all sentient beings is the desire for happiness and the wish to avoid suffering, but in order to fulfill  these, they need to understand an…

Remembering the 16th Karmapa (Tricycle)

April 20, 2011

In the 10th century AD, at the great Buddhist monastic university Nalanda in Bihar, India (which is currently being rebuilt), there was a monk named Naropa who was of the school's best and brightest students. Despite his academic standing, upon hearing of a great yogi named Tilopa, Naropa immediately felt great devotion to him and, wanting to learn on a deeper, more experiential level, resolved to leave the university behind in order to seek him. After a great search and many hardships, Naropa found Tilopa and is said to have attained a very high level of spiritual realization.

Naropa then taught Marpa, a great translator credited for transmitting a vast amount of Buddhist teachings from India to Tibet. Marpa did this not just through translation work, but also by physically transporting texts, on foot, over the course of several challenging journeys through the Himalayas.

One of Marpa's chief disciples was Milarepa, a yogi who is revered as one of the greatest sai…

The Lifestory of Düsum Khyenpa

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche Teachings on the Dohas of Düsum Khyenpa DK1_1 The Lifestory of Düsum Khyenpa
Recorded at Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, April 12, 2011 Published for the Bodhicharya Online Shedra in December 2011 Transcribed by Albert Harris

This year, we are celebrating the nine-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the first Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa, and the nine-hundredth year of the existence of Karmapas as Karmapas because the first Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa was born in 1110 in Tibet, in Kham, in a very kind of remote place – in fact, not very far from the place where I was born – and since then, 2010 was the nine hundredth year.  The Karmapa’s birth date is not recorded, it’s not known.  So, it was decided to start this celebration from the day of his passing away; and that happened in December, 2010.  And so in one year the Karmapa’s nine-hundredth anniversary will be celebrated.
The first Karmapa was called Düsum Khyenpa but he was not called Düsum Khyenpa from the beginning.  Later on,…


Saturday 9th April, 2011 - Gyuto On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of Gyalwang Karmapa’s followers from the Drukpa Kagyu tradition travelled especially from different parts of Himachal Pradesh to join together in offering a Drukpa Kagyu Tenshug for His Holiness in the main shrine room of Gyuto Ramoche Monastery. Many travelled for hours in order to reach Gyuto; some, from the remote regions of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, had even travelled for days. From early in the morning, the courtyard below the temple began to fill with their cars, jeeps, motorcycles and hired buses. His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche from Khampa Gar Monastery, Tashi Jong Tibetan refugee settlement, led this special Drukpa Kagyu Tenshug. Many other leading Rinpoches and community leaders from the Himalayan region supported him.  Those who attended included His Eminence Chogon Rinpoche, His Eminence Dorzong Rinpoche, Chogyal Rinpoche, Nupgon Chogya Rinpoche, Poppa Rinpoche, Somang Rinpoche, Tulku Ngawang Gelek and Jetsun…


April 5-7, 2011 The Gyalwang Karmapa  spent two –and- a- half days in Tibetan Children’s Village School (TCV) near Bir Tibetan settlement, Himachal Pradesh, at the invitation of TCV Suja School, who requested him to be Chief Guest at their 25th Anniversary celebrations. He was welcomed warmly with serbangs to TCV School by community leaders and the senior monks of local monasteries, before proceeding to TCV Suja School where staff and students gathered eagerly outside to greet him.
25th Anniversary Celebrations at TCV Suja School On April 6th, His Holiness presided over the 25th anniversary ceremony, during which he gave a talk to the students. Mr. Thubten Lungrik, Education Kalon [cabinet minister] in the Tibetan government-in-exile and Mr. Tsewang Yeshi, President of TCV also spoke. Students and staff gave a performance of traditional Tibetan songs and dances. Later His Holiness visited the school exhibition, displaying the pupils’ work on Tibetan culture, Science, and Recycling and…