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THE SUCHNESS OF SAMSARA AND NIRVANA by the Fifth Karmapa Deshin Shekpa

Whatever is the suchness of samsara—that is nirvana.  Whatever is the suchness of thoughts—that is original wisdom.  Essential reality is beyond being one thing or many things— May everyone have the ability to realize this.
Translation by Ari Coldfield

From the book "Heart Advice of Karmapa"


Title:  OM MA NI PE ME HUM  Artist: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Language: Tibetan

Karmapa Completes Two Weeks Of Teachings for European Youth

(Dharamsala- August 2014) A group of 16 young people from Europe have completed a two-week programme of daily interactions with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Under the auspices of Karmapa Foundation Europe and under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, the group met for 10 private sessions with His Holiness to discuss a series of topics proposed by the students. The young people hailed from 10 different European countries—Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK—and represent a wide range of professional backgrounds, including medicine, law, technology, environmental sciences, fashion, engineering, mathematics, arts and music. For much of the teachings, His Holiness taught directly in English. During their first meeting, each young person introduced him or herself to the Karmapa. His Holiness in turn expressed his delight at having the opportunity for this sustained engagement with Europeans and European culture. (Two …

Proclaiming Mind's Way of Being Mistaken by the Third Karmapa

I pay homage to all buddhas and bodhisattvas. This is a proclamation of mind’s way of being mistaken.
Mind, mentation, and consciousness Are what engage naturally pure and unconstrained luminousity, Free from reference points, through all kinds of clinging to reference points. You[mind], who conceives them as one, two, three, or six, Do not rest in anything but intrinsic lucidity.
Completely ensnaring yourself by saying “me,” Conceiving of forms, sounds, smells, tastes, and tangible objects, Objects and subjedts are imagined as being two. Through adopting and rejecting them, you deceive yourself.
Your ways are as fickle as those of a dancer, Being and object of ridicule in [all] places in the three realms. I will discuss the ways you act a bit, so listen!
Through name and form, your produce characteristics, Which make attachment, aversion, and dullness flourish greatly in samsara. Thus, you are born in its six sectors and dance through samsara, Serving as a ludicrous performance for the wise.

From the …

A Song on the Alaya by the Third Karmapa

Namo Guru

I supplicate the supreme guru,
Who shows me that my own mind is dharmakaya.

Please take a seat here and listen to these words.
Realize their significance and make them your living experience.

The alaya is the basis of all of samsara and nirvana.
When not realized, it is samsara,
And when realized, it is the Tathagata mind.
This describes the essence of the alaya.

For example, in a mirror pure of tarnish,
Reflections may appear. Likewise,
In the open expanse of your own stainless mind,
Various consciousnesses rise and perish.

Since this clinging to the duality of subject and object
Rises and appears within this open expanse all by itself, The single essence of samsara and
nirvana being nondual
Not realized is delusion and, if realized, is liberation.

Though the thinker and what it thinks of are not two,
Taking them to be two is the ground of samsara.
Once you see the nondual essence,
The Heart of the victors is revealed.

This song on determining the alaya Arose in a solitary place.
Through dispell…

The Wisdom Lamp That Illuminates the Basic Nature by the Third Karmapa

The view of being free from extremes, 
The meditation that is a continuous flow,
The conduct of being without do’s and don’ts, 
And the fruition of being without hope and fear—
All yogins who realize these to be one 
[Embody] the three kayas and five wisdoms.

The three kays are threefold—
Mind’s primordial purity is the dharmakaya,
Speech’s unrestrained empty resounding is the sambhogakaya, 
And the body’s various ways of conduct are the nirmanakaya. 

What are their divisions?
Mind’s great luminosity is the dharmakaya,
It’s being without meeting or parting is the sambhogakaya, 
And unobstructed thought-activity is the nirmanakaya—
These are the three kayas of mind, the dharmakaya.

Speech beyond words, thought, and expression is the dharmakaya, 
Sound resounding yet empty and free from clinging is the sambhogakaya, 
And breath’s many ways of coming and going are the nirmanakaya—
These are the three kayas of pure speech, the sambhogakaya.

The body in activity-free equipoise is the dharmakaya, 
Its unconstr…


Composed by The Third Gyalwa Karmapa

Namo Guru

Lamas, yidams, and deities of the mandala,
Victorious Ones and your sons and daughters of the ten directions and three times,
Please hold us in your great loving kindness
And bless our aspiration prayers that they may be perfectly fulfilled. (1)

May the rivers of my own and all limitless others’ gathered virtue,
undefiled by the three spheres,
That spring from the snow mountain
Of our completely pure intentions and actions
Flow into the ocean of the Victorious Ones’ four kayas. (2)

In this and in all our future lifetimes,
For as long as it may be until we attain enlightenment,
May not even the words ‘negative action’ or ‘suffering’ be heard
And may we enjoy the glory of oceans of virtue and happiness. (3)

In all our lifetimes may we gain the supreme freedoms and resources,
and have faith, joyous diligence, and prajna,
May we rely on excellent spiritual teachers, and having received
the nectar of their instructions,
May we practice accord…

HH the 17th Karmapa's translation from Chinese into Tibetan: Wang Zhihuan 's poem "On the Stork Tower "

Wang Zhihuan(688-742 / Shanxi Province / China)

白日依山盡﹐ 黃河入海流。 欲窮千里目﹐ 更上一層樓。 
On the Stork Tower

The sun along the mountain bows; The Yellow river seawards flows. If you’ll enjoy a grander sight, You’d climb up to a greater height.

HH the 17th Karmapa's translation from Chinese into Tibetan: Du Fu's poem "A Vision of Spring "

(712 - 770 / Henan Province / China)

國破山河在,城春草木深。感時花濺淚,恨別鳥驚心。 烽火連三月,家書抵萬金。白頭搔更短,渾欲不勝簪。 A Vision of Spring(A.D.757)                    
A wilderness of hills and rills since Changan's fall:   The city's spring is rank with shrubs and grasses tall.    In times so hard, the flowers brim with tears indeed ;    No kin in company, the hearts of birds do bleed.   The third month of another year, drags on the war;   A letter just from home does match a precious store.   I scratch my head to find the hoary hair so thin That I'm afraid it would no longer bear a pin.

Avalokiteshvara, Red Padmapani (tib. Korwa Tongtrug) Thangka painted by XIV Karmapa


Karmapa Inaugurates Calligraphy Exhibition in Delhi (VOA)

Tuesday 2014/08/12

Mr. Parvez Dewan, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Karmapa Rinpoche inaugurated an exhibition of Tibetan and Islamic Calligraphy to highlight creativity as the highest form of spirituality at the India International Centre, New Delhi on August 8, 2014. Works of two foremost calligraphers, Janab Anis Siddiqui and Jamyang Dorjee were on display. Scholars and prominent guests from various fields attended the inauguration including Ven. Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Chancellor, Sanchi University of Buddhist and Indic Studies; Maulana Dr. Mufti Mohd Mukarram Ahmed, Shahi Imam of Masjid Fatepuri, Members of National Commission for Minorities Prof. Farida Abdula Khan and Mr. T Namgyal Shanoo, and the Representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, Kasur Tempa Tsering. Organized by the International Buddhist Confederation, the exhibition will be on public view between August 9 to 16, 2014.

Politics is Not the Only Issue of Tibet, Says Karmapa (VOA)

Tuesday 2014/08/12

Karmapa visited the TCV Youth Hostel in Rohini, Delhi where he spoke with over 300 college going Tibetan students on August 9, 2014. He said, "Politics is not the only issue connected with Tibet issue. It has many facets. Buddhist religion and its tradition and culture, and many others are related with Tibet issue including environmental issues."  During the question-answer session of the talk, one of the students from the audience urged the Karmapa to speak about the political issues of Tibet with his followers from mainland China as he has more followers than the Dalai Lama there, to which the Karmapa disagreed and said, "If Tibetan Lamas spoke more frequently about political issues of Tibet then there will be a danger of devotees running away from them." Karmapa also said that since the former Karmapas over the last 800 years were not involved in politics, he too will follow their footsteps and take interest instead in the environmental issues of …

"Plemenito srce" mladog karmape (DW.DE)

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, najvjerojatniji nasljednik Dalaj Lame, iznenađuje svijet svojim stajalištima i načinom razmišljanja. Trenutno se nalazi u Njemačkoj gdje predstavlja svoju prvu knjigu "Plemenito srce".

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje po svjetovnom mjerenju vremena, navršio je 29 godina. No prema vjerovanju tibetanskih budista, ovom je mladiću više od 900 godina. Ovo je njegova, kažu budisti, 17 inkarancija. Titula 1. karmape znači da se on nalazi na čelu karma kagyje – jedne od četiri najveće grupe tibetanskog budizma kojoj pripada i sam Dalaj Lama. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje upravo je objavio svoju prvu knjigu koja se ovih dana pojavila i u njemačkim knjižarama. On se u njoj bavi promjenama i piše kako se ne moramo promjeniti sami mi sami već da moramo promijeniti i društvo. „Samo zato ako živimo u vremenu gospodarskog tržišta ne znači da moramo i živjeti u društvenom tržištu…“, kaže on. „Pohlepa je smiješna“ Ogyen Trinley Dorje ne tvrdi da posjeduje odgovore na sva s…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates the Exhibition of Buddhist Bhoti and Islamic Calligraphy

8th August, 2014 – IIC New Delhi. His Holiness the Gyawang Karmapa and Mr. Parvez Dewan, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India inaugurated an exhibition of Tibetan and Islamic Calligraphy to highlight creativity as the highest form of spirituality at the India International Centre, New Delhi. An exhibition of Buddhist Bhoti and Islamic Calligraphy is being organised by the International Buddhist Confederation – IBC – in collaboration with the India International Centre in a bid to promote inter-faith understanding as its core agenda. They are also making an attempt to highlight the universal nature of basic goodness of all religions, interdependence and responsibilities. The show, ‘Divinity in Syllables’, has brought together two calligraphers Jamyang Dorjee from Sikkim and Anis Siddiqui who have displayed their works. Scholars and prominent guests from various fields attended the inauguration including Ven. Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Chancellor, Sanchi University of…

H.H. the 17th Karmapa visited the first ever Tibetan calligraphy show, Divinity in Syllables, in New Delhi at the India International Centre [IIC].