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The Healing Continues: The Medicine Buddha Empowerment

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May 31, 2014 Nuebergring, GermanyKamalashila Institute, the Karmapa’s seat in Lagenfeld, Germany, is located in an area connected with healing for hundreds and hundreds of years. In pre-Celtic times, it was a holy place for healers, who gathered here. There are also strong Christian connections. Just three kilometers below the village is a small chapel dedicated to Saint Jodokus (600CE to 668CE), the patron saint of hospitals, hospices, and farming. In a story similar to the Buddha’s, Jodokus was the eldest prince, next in line to rule the kingdom, but he renounced his heritage to live the life of an ascetic in the woods for eight years. Afterward he traveled widely and became famous in his lifetime for healing powers and good works.Centuries later, a duke from the Lagenfeld area was leaving for the Crusades. He made the commitment that if he came back alive, he would build a chapel for St. Jodokus. The duke did return, and to fulfill his promise, he began to construct a chapel to she…

Purifying our negative actions: Vajrasattva Empowerment

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Teaching Day 331st May, 2014.
Nuerburgring, Germany.On the final day of the teachings the emphasis turned towards practice requirements for Buddhist practitioners. In keeping with the overarching theme of the ngondro or preliminary practices, the morning session was dedicated to a Vajrasattva empowerment. This is necessary for those who wish to complete the second part of the special Mahamudra preliminaries, the Vajrasattva Purification practice.Shortly before nine o’clock, His Holiness arrived to perform the preparatory rites of self-initiation. The audience of his devotees supported his activities by softly chanting “Karmapa Khyenno”—“Karmapa, think of me”.  After an hour of preparation, His Holiness exited the auditorium and then returned swiftly to take his seat.  Joining his palms together in traditional greeting, he stood on the throne smiling warmly.  As His Holiness gazed out over the audience, embracing everyone with his love and compassion, his face was reminiscent of the bod…

Conclusion – The Karmapa Concludes his Teachings with Thanks to Supporters

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May 31, 2014 Nuebergring, GermanyAfterward the Medicine Buddha empowerment, the Karmapa brought the teaching program to conclusion by saying, “Although it took many years, at last this visit happened, because we continued to have hopes and aspirations. This is the first time I could step onto the land of Europe. For a long time I couldn’t come here, and it was difficult for you to come to India. This time, I could only come to Germany, but many of you from the different countries of Europe could come here, and we have now established a meaningful relationship. I am very pleased about that.“The main thing that made it possible for me to come here is my friends in the government of India who made a lot of effort and because of their support, this trip could happen. Though they are not here, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to them. I also want to mention the Tibetan Government, and especially His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who have always supported and helped me in my activiti…

Gyalwang Karmapa meeting Benchen board members

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On the 30th of May 2014 a group of Benchen representatives had the precious opportunity to have an audience with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Thrinley Dorje at the Kamalashila Institute. After a warm welcome Tempa individually introduced the groups of board members from Benchen Phuntsok Ling Allmuthen, Lotus Direkthilfe, Benchen Karma Kamtsang Poland, Karma Tegsum Tashi Ling Italy and Benchen Tashi Ling Cologne.
During the audience His Holiness Karmapa said that after a long time of trying, he finally was able to visit Europe, but unfortunately this time he couldn't make it to more places. His Holiness expressed his hope and wish that next time he could also visit Benchen centres in Belgium, Poland, Italy and other places. The Karmapa said we all are very fortunate to have had such a great master like Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche and that we all should keep on following Rinpoche's instructions.
His Holiness recounted how some years ago at one day during Kya…

Buddhistische Heiligkeit besucht Langenfeld(Rhein-Zeitung)

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30.05.2014

Langenfeld - Die Menschen sind von dem Besuch Seiner Heiligkeit überwältigt: Der 17. Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje wurde bei seiner Ankunft in Langenfeld voller Freude von vielen seiner Anhänger frenetisch gefeiert.



Stundenlang hatten Hunderte vor Freude strahlende Menschen, unter anderem viele traditionell gewandte Nonnen und Mönche aus aller Welt, Seine Heiligkeit in der Vordereifelgemeinde erwartet.Seit der Gründung des Instituts für buddhistische Studien im Jahre 1981 wartete man darauf, das Oberhaupt im Zentrum begrüßen zu dürfen. Der Karmapa wird nach dem Dalai Lama und dem Panchen Lama als bedeutendster Vertreter des tibetischen Buddhismus verehrt und als eine vielversprechende Hoffnung für das Überleben des tibetischen Buddhismus und seiner Kultur angesehen. Nachdem die ursprünglich für 2010 geplante Reise wegen Visaproblemen abgesagt wurde, war es nun endlich soweit. Banner, der geheimnisvolle Klang der Muschelhörner und Rauchwerk hießen den 29-Jährigen bei se…

Dewachen (Sukhavati) Prayer Chanted by the 17th Karmapa

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EMAHO NGOTSAR SANGYE NANGWA TAYÉ DANG
ÉMAHO! Wondrous Buddha of Boundless Light,

YÉ SU JOWO TUKJÉ CHENPO DANG
On your right, the Lord of Great Compassion,

YÖN DU SEMPA TUCHENTOP NAM LA
And on your left, the Bodhisattva of Great Power,

SANGYE JANGSEM PAKMÉ KHOR GYI KOR
All are surrounded by countless buddhas and bodhisattvas.

DEKYI NGOTSAR PAK TU MEPA YI
There is wonderful, immeasurable happiness and joy

DEWACHEN ZHÉ JAWÉ ZHINGKHAM DER
In this realm called Sukhavati.

DAK NI DI NÉ TSÉ PÖ GYUR MA TAK
The moment I pass from this life,

KYEWA ZHEN GYI BAR MA CHÖPA RU
Without taking another birth,

DÉ RU KYÉ NÉ NANG TÉ ZHAL TONG SHOK 
May I be born there and behold the face of Amitabha.

DEKÉ DAK GI MÖNLAM TABPA DI
Having made this aspiration,

CHOK CHÜ SANGYE JANGSEM TAMCHÉ KYI
May all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of  the ten directions

GEKMÉ DRUBPAR JIN GYI LA BA TU SOL
Give their blessing that it be fulfilled without hindrances.

TEYATA PENTSA DRIYA AWA BODHANAYÉ SOHA

CHOK DÜ GYALWA SÉ CHÉ GONG
Victors an…

The heart of Dharma practice: the three trainings

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Nuerburgring, 30th May, 2014Teaching Day 2: Session 2Having contemplated the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma, and having understood the purpose of Dharma practice, how should one practise Dharma? His Holiness addressed this issue by giving a short explanation of each of the three trainings in ethical conduct, meditation, and wisdom. “All of Dharma practice is contained in these three,” he said.The first training is in conduct. Human beings, unlike most other sentient beings, have moral discernment: we can distinguish between what to do and what not to do. But we often make mistakes because we are too short-sighted; we focus on temporary benefits and do not consider the long term.The 17th Karmapa is well-known for his concern for the environment and his appeal for a world with less greed and more compassion. As an illustration of focusing on temporary benefits, he spoke of how, in order to gain short-term comforts for themselves, humans have created long-term effects which a…

Karmapa’s heart advice on Dharma practice

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Teaching Day 230th May, 2014. Morning Session 1.
Nuerburgring, Germany.

In the first of two sessions this morning, the 17th Karmapa clarified what it means to really practice Dharma.

First he dealt with some misconceptions. Many people have mistaken expectations about Tibetan Buddhism. They believe that Tibetan Buddhist practices have magical properties or miraculous powers that can solve all problems; if you’re ill, a Lama or prayers will heal you; if you have economic problems you will become rich. Though some advanced practitioners may be able to cure illness and help others, His Holiness warned that this is very unusual. The practice of Dharma is not intended to solve such problems. “The practice of Dharma is there to solve the most fundamental problems in life,” he explained. What are these problems? However healthy we are, however successful or rich, there is no guarantee that we will be happy. We all experience mental suffering, agitation, and negative emotions. H…

The Empowerment of the Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas

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Teaching Day 230th May, 2014.
Nuerburgring, Germany.

On the morning of the 30th, a double-tiered shrine was set up next to the Karmapa’s throne. On the top level, the central focus was the image of a deep blue Vajradhara (Dorje chang), surrounded by the powerful eighty-four mahasiddhas. It is flanked by two vases with their curving spouts and peacock feathers. In front of Vajradhara is placed a metal mandala plate with heaped rice and next to it, a glistening long life vase. On the level below are the seven traditional offering bowls, one of which has a tall sculpted torma, an offering of nourishment, which is decorated with two circular flower ornaments in red and blue. All these blessed objects on the shrine are the basis for a vast mental offering that fills space.

This empowerment of the eighty-four mahasiddhas is the first one the Karmapa will give in Europe. The siddha, or accomplished masters’ tradition, is a lay one that includes both men and women. They were the great meditators…

The Way of Guru Yoga

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The Afternoon of May 29th, 2014At the beginning, the Karmapa recited prayers to the root lama and then made a beautiful, long, deep bow in a movement of profound devotion and respect. This gesture embodied the entire teaching, communicating it with a power and elegance beyond words.In this prelude, the Karmapa reprised the theme of the preliminary practices. The topic for the morning talks was the common preliminaries, which belong to the sutra tradition; the uncommon preliminaries belong to the path of the secret mantrayana (or vajrayana). They number four—refuge and bodhicitta, Vajrasattva, mandala offering, and guru yoga—and this fourth practice would be the focus of the talk today.Providing some background, the Karmapa explained that the teachings of the Buddha came to Tibet from India beginning in the seventh and eighth centuries. The vehicle of secret mantra took root in Tibet as well as two others, the great vehicle and the vehicles of the hearers and the solitary realizers. Th…

Interdependence and responsibility

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Teaching Day 129th May, 2014. Morning Session 2.
Nuerburgring, Germany.
After a short break, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa continued his teaching on the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma. He began by discussing the dangers of being self-centred and of misunderstanding the true nature of self.Because we lack courage and confidence or because we are trapped in the prison of our own self-centredness, we ignore opportunities to make our life meaningful and to fulfil our human potential.When reflecting on his own experience, he had reached the conclusion that at those times when we feel stressed by our responsibilities or under pressure, the root cause is that we do not have sufficient compassion. Thus, we need to develop our love and compassion in order to release this power to benefit others.This focus on ourselves is based on a misapprehension of what the ‘self’ and ‘I’ really are. Although there is, of course, a sense of self, if we reflect, we understand that the self is depend…

Interpreting the Buddha Dharma for the 21st century

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Teaching Day 129th May, 2014. Morning Session 1.
Nuerburgring, Germany.
The mission of the 17th Karmapa in the 21st century is mainly Dharma activity. However, the Dharma must change in order to suit the time and the needs of society and its people. Its essence will still be Buddha Dharma but I may give it a new external shape.17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
His Holiness The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, began his first ever European teaching programme with a skilful presentation of a classic Buddhist contemplation, the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma. In an address which acknowledged the wide range of interest and experience in the audience of 2000 people, he rewove the ancient philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism in a way which was meaningful and accessible to all.It was an amazing and moving moment for the Buddhist practitioners present, many of whom could hardly believe that finally their teacher was here in Europe. A feeling, it seemed, that was shared by His Holiness who…