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Gyalwang Karmapa’s teaching on the Vajradhara Lineage Prayer: Session Three

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28 February, 2012, Monlam Pavilion





The specialness of the 2012 Gutor
Gyalwang Karmapa began by describing how special Losar had been this year for him.  For the first time since he came to India, there had been a complete Gutor Mahakala ritual, including the empowerment, mantra recitation, the practice, the Cham dance, and the concluding activities. The Gutor ritual itself had been a revival of a particularly important text and melody. He hoped that those who were returning home at the conclusion of the teachings would share his happiness.
However, he warned, there is the danger that such things, especially the Cham dancing to which many people were invited, might be misunderstood and become a form of entertainment.  He had heard that in Japan there is a parallel tradition, but there the whole event becomes a form of meditation for both observers and dancers. It would be good if the Tibetan tradition could be like that.
Refuge vows:
Following a request from some attendees, Gyalwang Karmapa…

GYALWANG KARMAPA'S TEACHINGS ON THE VAJRADHARA LINEAGE PRAYER SESSION TWO: MATERIAL THINGS CANNOT BRING TRUE HAPPINESS

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27 February, 2012 Bodhgaya (Monlam Pavilion)
Gyalwang Karmapa began the second day of his teachings on the Vajradhara Lineage Prayer by providing further explanations on the previous day's teachings on the history of the Karma Kagyu lineage.  His Holiness spoke at length on the role of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche in the history of the Karma Kagyu tradition. He said that Jamgon Lodro Thaye is the first Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and his reincarnation, Jamyang Khyentse Oser, was born as the son of the Fifteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje. The Fifteenth Gyalwang Karmapa decided to include him as one of the heart sons, along with Tai Situpa, Shamar Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, Pawo Rinpoche and Treho Rinpoche.  Including the Karmapa, this brought the total number of heart sons in the Karma Kamtsang tradition to seven. Gyalwang Karmapa said Jamgon Kongtrul was clearly predicted in the prophecies of Lord Buddha. He said Jamyang Khyentse Wangmo and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye were ex…

GYALWANG KARMAPA'S TEACHINGS ON THE VAJRADHARA LINEAGE PRAYER SESSION ONE: GREAT MASTERS OF THE KARMA KAMTSHANG LINEAGE

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26 February, 2012 Bodhgaya (Monlam Pavilion)
February 26 is the first of the three days of teachings by the Gyalwang Karmapa to both the lay and ordained sangha. Coming from all over the world, they fill the ground under the vast blue arch of the tent, reminding us that the early incarnations of the Karmapa traveled widely with his retinue who stayed in tents, hence the name Tsurphu Gar, the Encampment of Tsurphu. Flanked on either side by four stands of flowers, the Karmapa's carved wooden throne is set up between the apron of the stage and the stairs that ascend up to the Buddha statue. Just behind the Karmapa's throne are paintings of central figures from the four different lineages in Tibet. Accompanied by the sound of gyalings, the Karmapa enters the Monlam Pavilion, makes three bows, and takes his seat on the Dharma throne. With three bells, everyone makes their bows and then recites in Sanskrit the refuge and two short teachings plus a dedication, which is followed…

LOSAR : THE YEAR OF THE WATER DRAGON BEGINS

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22 February, 2012 Bodhgaya Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya held its Tibetan New Year prayer ceremony on February 22, 2012. At around 7 am, two major lamas of the Karma Kagyu tradition, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and His Eminence Gyaltsap Rinpoche, entered the shrine room to lead the prayers, the first day of the three-day Tibetan New Year prayer festival. Monks, nuns and laypeople expectantly queued outside as early as 6 am, entering the monastery's main shrine room gradually at sunrise. Soon the monastery's main hall was packed to the brim. Visible from the main door and the windows were hundreds sitting on the portico of the monastery, partaking in the celebrations from the outside. The two lamas, sitting on thrones facing each other, led the prayers to clear away the obstacles and make an auspicious start to the new Water Dragon Year. The monks began to read from the texts, especially compiled by the Gyalwang Karmapa for the New Year prayer ceremony. At around 8 a…