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Night Dharma: To Guru Karmapa

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though 40,
i am a little child devoted to his guru, the 17th Karmapa, and his retinue.
Your wings fly
to North America Where Indians once roamed freely for Bison.
I live in the mountainless plains
and listen to your daily dharma springing forth like the winds in all directions
i am born with karma
and attachments, but thinking about you i find bodhichitta
to free all beings from suffering
to swiftly attain the state of vajradhara to love completely without elaboration
you, my guru,
speak silently in this room through the walls you empty space around me the house opens to the stars boundless light penetrates me we are inseparable joy
illuminating all into the night dream
of penetrating compassion and wisdom!
–okiebuddhist
http://okiebuddhist.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/night-dharma-to-guru-karmapa/

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WHAT MAKES AN AUTHENTIC BUDDHIST?

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9th April, 2013 –Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala.
Meeting recently with a private group of 300 advanced Mahamudra students, the Gyalwang Karmapa explored what it means to be an authentic Buddhist. The group of international students had travelled to Gyuto Monastery to seek the Gyalwang Karmapa's heart advice in an annual tradition, after recently receiving the Level 6 Mahamudra transmissions from Kyabje Tai Situ Rinpoche.

The Gyalwang Karmapa began his teaching by observing that it's difficult if we merely call ourselves dharma practitioners or Buddhist followers in name, without really understanding the essence of being a true Buddhist. "Sometimes the most important thing is to be a good person, a good human being. This is very important," he began. Turning to himself as an example, the Gyalwang Karmapa continued, "For example, in terms of me myself, sometimes I think I'm a real Buddhist follower or a real Buddhist student, because I was born in a Buddhist fam…