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Letter From His Holiness The 17th Karmapa

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The Peaceful & Calming Victory Flag: Melodious Song of the Battle Victorious over Maras

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By His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

A garland of dawn's glowing moonlight this wisdom,profound and clear, sheds luminous joy.
Virtuous signs of radiant clarity,a cluster of lively moons turns in the gracious dance of emptiness, free of fabrication, and luminosity, cool and fresh;
A broad and calming shade of benefit and happiness permeates the whole universe.
The sweet melody of auspicious virtue and excellence for all beings resonates as the glorious ornament of the three realms.
The two rising curves of pure gold are great joy's loving, radiant smile;
The vibrant blue reflects the ultimate,dharmakaya lit by a vigorous and youthful sun; sphere of light, this hand draws
And plays, gathering into the glide of an image the unity of the profound and vast, the peaceful and soothing.
Throughout existence, may the victory banner of the Buddha's teachings resound its famous and melodious song.





In order to liberate [beings] from the four maras, this aspiration praye…

The Pleasant Melody of a Right-Turning Conch: A Visionary Aspiration

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By His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Om Swasti.
From the state of peace, in nature an expanse of profundity and clarity,The vast space of dharmakaya, all-pervading absolute truth,Resounds graceful music, connate magic,The pleasant melody of myriads of excellent virtues.
At the sunset of Shakyamuni's doctrine,The approach of the waning of the youthful rays,Appears a torch smiling like the moon's face,Three secrets that gracefully ornament the sky of the victor's doctrine.(1)
In the vast park of endless existence,Bloom poisonous leaves, the appearances of bewilderment.The suffering of these appearances, their taste and potency,Is this really worthy of praise as a true medicine? (2)
On the vast face of the luminous skyClouds of merit play, delighting all.Through the cooling, honeyed rain of camphor, bodhicitta,May all enjoy the nutriment of the definitively secret result. (3)
On the calyx, a thousand varieties of discernment,Rests sweet dew, the full potency …

A Joyful Aspiration: Sweet Melody for Fortunate Ones

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By His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Om Swasti. The right-turning conch of pure compassion in body, speech, and mindPours forth a stream of good intentions that never change.Thereby, may a sweet, resonant melody beyond compare, such music for the ears,Open the lotus petals of virtue, excellence, and goodness.
It has the supreme name of the Wish Fulfilling Tree, the ambrosial one.Musical tones of this stainless tree, granting every wish, are dulcet and pleasing.Throughout its branches the gems of lasting happiness nestle among their leaves.Sovereign in our realm, may the world be resplendent with the beauty of this tree.
Aspiration for Tibet
A chain of fragrant flowers, these snow mountains are tranquil and fresh.In a healing land where white incense rises sweet,May the gracious beauty of luminous moonbeams, light of the spiritual and temporal world,Conquer all strife, the darkness of the shadow side.
Aspiration for the Dalai Lama
Inspiring festivals of merit in the La…

A Prayer for the Longevity of the Victorious Fathers & Songs of the Glorious Karma Kagyu

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By His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje


OM SVASTI Majestic holder of the ocean of activityOf the wisdom and bodies of innumerable victors,Gyalwang Karmapa, omniscient throughout the three times,May your lotus feet remain firm and your activity flourish.
Amitabha, lord of Sukhavati,Lord of the dance, skilled in upholding the victory banner of the teachingsThrough the intentional, wondrous dance of emanation--I bow to the peerless predecessors.
Although you have possessed from the beginning the vajra bodyUnconquered by existence or peace, you appear as one on the pure levels.Situpa, display of the great victor Maitreya,May your lotus feet remain firm and your activity flourish.
Conqueror of ignorance's gloom, giver of the supreme treasure of wisdom,Actual appearance of Manjushri, great life-tree of the teachings,Jamgon Lama, protector in these degenerate times,May your lotus feet remain firm and your activity flourish.
Display of the great, primordial, indestructible …
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In the last few years I have taken some interest in Akshobhya and we have offered the fire puja of Akshobhya at the Kagyu Monlams. I have also created some Akshobhya retreats here with Lamas from different countries and tried to explain what I knew about this practice. One reason I did this is because technical and material progress in the 21stcentury means that the activity of human beings is very powerful and has a great effect, unlike in ancient times. We harm other beings and the environment very much. Thus it is an age when we are creating very strong negative karma. Therefore if we practice Akshobhya, I think it will help a lot because Akshobhya is a Buddha especially meant to purify negative karma.

~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa / The 29th Kagyu Monlam: Day One

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The practice of Dharma is like exercising or carefully following a course of training, which is powerful and deeply significant. For example, if you are in the military, you train every day, and in the same way, with the Dharma, you have to train your mind daily, not just to relax but to be able to relate to whatever is happening around you. You integrate your practice with whatever conditions you meet so that you are not carried away by them and do not lose your patience.

~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa / The 29th Kagyu Monlam: Day Four


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The word dharma in Sanskrit has ten different meanings. It was translated into Tibetan as chos, which means to change, to transform, or to make better. We have to alter our mind, transform it. When we talk of Dharma, it is not an alteration that tools can perform: only mind can transform mind. You have to use your mind to change your mind.


~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa/ The 29th Kagyu Monlam: Day Four


TENGA RINPOCHE: PRAYER FOR SWIFT RETURN

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by 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Namo Guru

Mighty Vajradhara, wisdom of all conquerors in a single form,
Splendid guru, your kindness towards me has been beyond compare.
This way in which you left for dharmadhatu, even though for a just while,
Aches and hurts unbearably as if a thorn has pierced my heart.

Even though the clarity of your eyesight did decline,
And even though your legs and fingers were removed,
You never tired of working for the happiness of beings.
Single father, noble guru, how I miss your kindness!

I think of you and meet your joyful, smiling face.
I think of you and hear your gentle tone of voice.
I think of you, your loving kindness leaves an imprint in my heart.
Again, again, I think of you, oh guru how I miss you!

May your triple trainings’ golden orb remanifest
Among the eastern peaks, your tireless resolve,
So your beneficial and joyous waves of light shine far and wide;
Please let your emanation soon arise like a youthful sun.

Without you, there’s no chance to clear the glo…

H.H. the 17th Karmapa’s Portrait of Guan-Yin

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Lion's Roar Great Compassion

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Title: Lion's Roar Great CompassionArtist: 17th Gyalwang KarmapaLanguage: Tibetan







Avalokiteshvara - Namka Gyalpo (Gaganaraja) Painted by H.H. the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje

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A Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha by H.H. the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje

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The Buddha said that two things are essential: study and practice. Gampopa advised people to study first. The Kagyu is known as the practice lineage, and meditation plays a central role; it is the lineage of experience and realization. Like Milarepa, we have to receive the instructions, and then put them into practice. This involves hardship and effort.


 - HH 17th Karmapa



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"A Nyingma lama once said that when we are really suffering and our minds are deeply disturbed, the only things which help are Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, and The Songs of Milarepa." 

- HHK Orgyen Trinley Dorje



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True peace cannot be achieved by force or by merely invoking the word "peace." It can only be attained by training the mind and learning to cultivate inner peace. Peace is a calm and gentle state of mind.


~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa



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...if we keep a grateful attitude in mind,... we will be able to uphold, preserve, and spread the teachings of the practice lineage. Otherwise, we will turn the Dharma into an empty façade.


~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa


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The ideal which underpins Mahayana Buddhism is the aspiration to help and benefit as many sentient beings as possible, and for anyone who believes in that ideal, environmental protection is immediately relevant because the environment is the basis for the survival and well-being of all the sentient beings for whose welfare we are working. By protecting the environment we are indirectly serving the needs and welfare of all these other sentient beings who depend upon the health of the environment in which they live.


~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa





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From the Buddhist perspective the root cause of the environmental degradation the world faces now is ignorance and self-centredness. Naively, we think of "I", "me" and "mine" , conceiving it as autonomous and independent, but if we carefully consider all the things we need in order to live, such as clothing and food, even the oxygen we breathe, we realise that our very survival depends on factors outside ourselves.


~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa


Karmapa on the Pursuit of Happiness

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17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinely Dorje discusses the universal aspiration for happiness and how to achieve it, irregardless of religious association. Footage from the 2003 Kagyu Monlam prayer festival includes HH the Dalai Lama, 4th Jamgon Kontrul, Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche.







Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation – Bodhgaya, December 2003

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17th Gyalwang Karmapa's Teachings -- “Living The Dharma” (Tibetan/English)part3

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17th Gyalwang Karmapa's Teachings -- “Living The Dharma” (Tibetan/English)part2

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17th Gyalwang Karmapa's Teachings -- “Living The Dharma” (Tibetan/English)part1

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Karmapa Teaching: Tilopa (Tibetan/English/Chinese)

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The Four Foundations: Special Preliminaries (Tibetan/English/Chinese) part3

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The Four Foundations: Special Preliminaries (Tibetan/English/Chinese) part2

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The Four Foundations: Special Preliminaries (Tibetan/English/Chinese) part1

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