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The Calligraphy of Heart Sūtra Mantra Written by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Chinese

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Ringu Tulku Teaches on A Doha by Tusum Khyenpa

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Here is a link to a series of talks by Ringu Tulku, on dohas by the First Karmapa. There is video, audio, and there is a transcript available as well. Bodhicharya

http://thekarmapas.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/ringu-tulku-teaches-on-a-doha-by-tusum-khyenpa/

Schedule of the 30th Kagyu Monlam

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December 21, 2012 – January 1, 2013
As the main daily program of the Monlam, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and other senior tulkus and lamas will lead a gathering of several thousand of monks, nuns, and faithful laypeople in praying earnestly for there to be peace in the world and for the blessings of the wisdom, love, and power of the buddhas and bodhisattvas to touch all living beings. His Holiness will also give teachings on Je Tsongkhapa’s Three Primary Elements of the Path, which presents the essence of all the Buddha’s scriptures, instructions on refuge and bodhichitta as well as Vajrasattva practice from The Torch of Certainty, various instructions on meditation, and short explanations of some of the texts recited during the Monlam. His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche will give instructions on the profound, swift path of Calling the Guru from Afar. There will also be prayers for the well-being of Tibet, a Kangyur procession and recitation of the words of the Buddha for the…

Slide Show Commemorating the Life and Activities of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

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Slide Show 15 min
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Seal of Tathagath Great Precious Prince of Dharma

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Tathagath Great Precious Prince of Dharma was one of the Three Major Princes of Dharma. In the fifth year of Yongle(1470 A. D.), Ming Emperor Chengzu conferred the honorific title of “Tathagath Great Precious Prince of Dharma” upon Karmapa, the fifth Rinpoche of the Karma-bkav-brgyud-pa Sect and bestowed upon him a seal. From them on, Rinpoches of Karmapa Black Hat Sect of successive generations were all conferred upon the title of “Great Precious Prince of Dharma”, who was higher in status than Great Vehicle Prince of Dharma and Great Compassion Prince of Dharma. It was the highest honorific title among leading figures of Tibetan Buddhism.







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Ming letter from Wu-tsung to the eighth Karmapa, 1516

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PhotographerHugh: E. Richardson Date of Photo: 1946, 1950

Two men holding the Ming letter which was written by the Chinese emperor Wu-tsung to the eighth Karmapa Mikyod dorje (Mi-bskyod rdo-rje) in 1516. Richardson was shown this letter on a visit to Tsurphu monastery. It is being held unrolled by two men and supprted on two chairs. The scripts written in Chinese and Tibetan are clearly visible. The building in the background is most probably the living quarters (lha brang) of the Karmapa at Tsurphu monastery.









http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.13.58.1.html

GYALWANG KARMAPA PAYS HOMAGE AT MAHABODHI STUPA

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14th November – Bodhgaya.
The Gyalwang Karmapa left Tergar Monastery at 9 am today to pay homage at the central shrine of Buddhism, the Mahabodhi Temple, home to the Bodhi tree and other sites linked with the time when Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. The Gyalwang Karmapa was welcomed by Mr N.T. Dorje, Secretary of the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, and the Head Monk-in-Charge the Venerable Bande Chalinda. His Holiness was escorted in procession through the Mahabodhi Stupa Ground and went directly to the main shrine room. Having prostrated three times, he presented traditional offerings of light, fruit, flowers, a donation and a new golden silk robe for the Buddha image, and then recited prayers. Leaving the shrine room, Gyalwang Karmapa walked round to the area behind the temple, under the Bodhi tree, where he offered khatas at the alters of the ongoing Shabdrung monastery's Monlam prayer.

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Letter of Support from H.H. the 17th Karmapa for the New Primary School of Nepal Karma Leksheyling

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Choje Lama Phuntsok, of the Karma Lekshey Ling Shedra holding the dharma transmission of the Karma Kagyu Accomplishment Lineage, has taken on the responsibility of establishing a large primary school in Nepal that combines Buddhist instruction with a modern education in classes one to eight. He has asked for a letter of support, so with that in mind I request that you assist him in any way possible.

Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje, at the sacred site of Bodhgaya, March 12, 2012



An Appeal.
Karma Leksheyling Institute not only preserves the ancient culture but also works at implementing contemporary ways of studies, since 2009, by establishing the study of trainings that are related to Buddhism. But we face many problems. The biggest problem is to provide all needed facilities to run the school. For this reason, we started to work on extending the structure, which can be seen in the attached drawing. The pupils and students who are already lining up to receive a good education in the new scho…

The Calligraphy of Heart Sutra by H.H. the 17th Karmapa in Chinese

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THE GYALWANG KARMAPA TELLS STUDENTS IN SEARCH OF PEACE: JUST RELAX

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9th November – New Delhi.
The Gyalwang Karmapa left Dharamsala for Delhi on Tuesday 6th November, at the beginning of his winter programme. While in Delhi, he visited the American Embassy School, his third such visit, and spent the afternoon answering questions from students, parents and teachers. His Holiness visited school as part of Peace and Global Citizens initiatives. His Holiness arrived with little pomp and sat in the theatre, answering questions from students. Although the students came from younger age groups the questions they posed showed forethought and insight. His Holiness responded simply and frankly, describing his own life experiences, making practical suggestions, and exploring with his young audience the common values which we, as human beings, should hold- compassion, loving kindness and an appreciation of the interdependence of all sentient beings on planet earth. One student asked, "What is the most important value of the Tibetan culture?" The Karmapa…

Buddha Heart

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What does the word hope mean to you?

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Q: What does the word hope mean to you?
HHK: To say one has hope or not…I think you probably have to look at how many supportive conditions you have or not. When we have good supportive conditions, each of us can continue to hope. When we have not assembled supportive conditions or hopes are empty and futile and we find ourselves in a situation where we have to be destitute in misery.
Now, on Earth, for us to have hope, to say we have hope or not on Earth, principally is in regards to how many supportive conditions we have or not. Generally, on this Earth, when speaking about the external environment, since we have been taking with excessive use of power from the sources of the environment, there has been a great impact on the environment. Our supportive conditions, our “basic resources” are dwindling. Therefore, with regards to the environment we are always facing the fear of our basic resources declining and being used up.
Similarly, even when speaking about the human society, it has…

Today an NGO that was started by a young Tibetan woman and my NGO in America brought the elders over from Jampaling to have the audience. What were your thoughts on this morning?

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Q: Today an NGO that was started by a young Tibetan woman and my NGO in America brought the elders over from Jampaling to have the audience. What were your thoughts on this morning?
HHK: I think it has been 50 years since the Tibetan people came to escape the occupation. Honestly, like that approximately 50 years ago they left and arrived in India when they were still fairly young. Now they have already grown old. I think that each of them here in this country wish very much for it to come that they could stay in their homeland with their comrades and family. Since it is like that and because we do not have such an opportunity, on the one had this situation has me disappointed and saddened. But that is how we are. Though it is like this, I got to speak with them. And on the other hand, now in Tibet there are also many old people like them. They most likely with complete humility stay in their homeland together with the people of their household. They probably are fully wishing for a pl…

In the United States right now with Barack Obama just being elected, we have been told it was the young people in America that made this happen. What hopes might you have for him being the new leader of the United States?

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Q: In the United States right now with Barack Obama just being elected, we have been told it was the young people in America that made this happen. What hopes might you have for him being the new leader of the United States?
HHK: Barack Obama has become the President of America. I recognize that this depended on many significant factors. Besides having to do with politics, generally there was a relation to race and like that possibly to religion. From various relations like that, I recognize there were many significant factors that came from many directions. Because it is like that we see that his way is not like the others. During the duration of his responsibility as President he is definitely capable of producing a beneficial expression in the world. In particular, he is representative of the young people, from his side of carrying the responsibility of the 21st century young people, we hope he is truly able to produce a noticeable expression.


Do you believe that youth today will be more inspired because you are in body a young person speaking and giving teachings?

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Q: Do you believe that youth today will be more inspired because you are in body a young person speaking and giving teachings?
HHK: Maybe, because I am included as youth. Because they are seeing my position as something special, because of that reason they are moved or they pay attention. I think that it is not that many appropriate effects are not possible. Because of that, for example, when I speak about Dharma, or teach or when I converse this one direction, the subjects I speak about most are related to the direction of Dharma. Although most of what I speak about is the traditional system, I speak about it in a contemporary manner with fresh thinking. In that way, even though they are modern people of the 21st century, because I know about these fundamental mediation techniques, and the self, for that reason, from one side the youth are able to receive the essence of those superb knowledge and moral, upright behaviors which have been passed down from ancient generations. And also, …

What do you do on a regular basis to make the world a better place and to inspire others to do the same?

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Q: “You are only twenty-three and living in exile. What do you do on a regular basis to make the world a better place and to inspire others to do the same? Is there one thing that is maybe very small that you like to do every day that may be a very good example?” 

HHK: I think that even though generally my life has been going for 23 years, many changes have occurred. I have had the opportunity to come to fully understand the love and the hate in the relationships between people. Truly, what is most important is to be genuine and to be sincere to others from the depths of our hearts. Why is this important? On this earth it is certain that one who is sincere to others, not like a person who only employs intelligence and strategy for their own profit and concrete results. Truly a person who is sincere, genuine, is one who takes on the responsibilities of the welfare of others. I think it is very important to be like that, And, similarly, to generally live our life by being sincere and ent…

In regard to youth in the world today, what do you think their responsibilities are?

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Q: In regard to youth in the world today, what do you think their responsibilities are?

HHk: I think that since we have become the human generation on earth…as we are humans we protect ourselves. Similarly we have existed together with other beings. So we have carried the responsibility to exist in harmony with those other beings as much as was appropriate. But presently, the human population is greatly increasing. And likewise, from all sides, the capability of humans to rule the earth is increasing in strength. For this reason, the way we carry the responsibility of protecting ourselves and similarly our entire relationship between other beings. We unhurriedly carry the responsibility of protecting the welfare of other beings. And then together with the improvement of our material situation, we are forgetting to think about the protection of other beings. Most people go on this earth mistakenly led by the deceptive power of material wealth and illusion. Because it is like this, truly…

For someone who does have knowledge of Tibet nor Buddhism can you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your position?

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Q:For someone who does have knowledge of Tibet nor Buddhism can you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your position?

HHK: I was born in Eastern Tibet in 1985. I was recognized at the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa when I was seven years old. Then I received a traditional Tibetan Buddhist education. When I was seventeen I escaped fromTibet and arrived in India in 2000. This has become the biggest journey of my life. And then after arriving in India I enriched my traditional education. At the same time I studied different languages. I also studied various modern subjects.
Generally, the Karmapa is one of the important religious leaders within Tibetan Buddhism. In particular, the custom of recognizing incarnate lamas started with the Karmapa. Up until now there have been seventeen incarnations. I think most likely in the year 2010 it will be over 900 years. It is a long history. Mainly, the name Karmapa, in Indian Sanskrit, there is a relationship to ancient Indian Sanskrit. Th…

Anatta

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Thus Have I Heard

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Gyalwang Karmapa's foreword for the book Dakini Power by Michaela Haas

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THE 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA'S SUPPORT FOR BUDDHIST WOMEN


"The path to enlightenment which the Buddha taught was for all sentient beings, for women as well as men.
In the past there were many great women practitioners, such as Mahaprajabati Gautami, who was both Shakyamuni Buddha's adoptive mother and the first woman to be ordained into the sangha he established. Buddhist texts also refer to female Arhats. Equal practice opportunities were given to both men and women, and the four pillars of the house of Buddhism include ordained nuns and lay women. 
I am heartened to read the accounts in this book of the achievements of women teachers from different schools of Buddhism. It is a celebration of the contribution which female practitioners have made throughout history, and which they are continuing to make. Unfortunately, influenced by the views and customs of the time, too many societies have put too much emphasis on the difference between men and women, and this has led to discri…