Celebrating the Life of the Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche: A Ritual of Offerings to the Gurus
Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
extensive Ritual of Offerings to the Gurus, always performed on the last day of
the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, was composed in 2005 by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
It is a compilation drawn from many famous Buddhist texts. The puja often
serves as a memorial to a particular Lama who has passed away, and this year a
large portrait photograph of the Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche was placed
centrally below the shrine.
stage had been rearranged following the Sixteen Arhat and Alms Procession the
previous day. Four of the victory banners from that procession remained on the
top tier of the stage, and the others were arrayed in the wings. Below them,
three tiers of heavily laden offering tables stood to left and right of the
pagoda shrine containing the infant Buddha. The bottom tier was replete
with pyramids of fruit— black and green grapes, oranges, melons, and different
types of apple. The middle tier held the seven symbols of royalty and the eight
symbols of auspiciousness, and the top tier held the eight auspicious
substances. These were to be used in the afternoon.
the Lama Choepa began, in a symmetry of action, the Gyalwang Karmapa assumed
the role of ritual master. Standing in front of the shrine to the infant
Buddha, he made the offerings on behalf of everyone, as he had on the first
morning. In an innovative ceremony, the reception of the Cotton-Clad monks was
incorporated into this part of the ritual. (See report: Reviving the Tradition
of the Cotton-Clad Yogis.)
completed making the offerings, His Holiness lit candles in front of the photo
of Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche and sat in meditation for a while.
Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche established the Dorzong Monastic Institute
Jangchub Jong at Gopalpur H.P., and also maintained Dorzong Monastery in Tibet.
Dorzong Rinpoche, a devoted student of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa Rigpe
Dorje, had been very supportive and shown great kindness to the 17th Karmapa
and his sister after they came to India. When His Holiness the Dalai Lama
inaugurated the Dzongsar Monastic Institute in September 2010, Rinpoche invited
the 17th Karmapa as the guest of honour. Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche was the tutor
of the Ninth Khamtrul Rinpoche and both attended the two-month- long
transmission of the Kangyur given by HE Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche in the Karmapa’s
private quarters in Autumn 2011. Further, in October 2012, when the
Karmapa gave a Chöd empowerment and teaching, it was hosted by Rinpoche at the
Dorzong Monastic Institute. At that time, Rinpoche declared:
with the previous and present Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche of Tashi Jong, His
Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa was one of my outstanding root gurus. I am
extremely pleased to be able to host His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen
Trinley Dorje, who is also my root guru.”
Rinpoche had been ill with cancer for some time. At first, it had seemed he was
recovering but in October 2016 his condition began to deteriorate and steadily
worsened. At the end of January, the Karmapa spoke with Rinpoche in Delhi and
arranged for his medical evacuation to a famous hospital in Taiwan, where he
was treated with both Chinese and allopathic medicine. Once more his health
began to improve, but on 15th February 2017, when further complications arose,
Rinpoche asked to be transferred to the local Thrangu Dharma Centre, where, on
16th February, to the chanting of the Mahamudra Prayer, he assumed the
bodhisattva posture and entered the meditative state of thugdam. On February
19th, while his great contribution to the Dharma and to the benefit of sentient
beings was being commemorated at the Kagyu Monlam, he was still in thugdam.
Holiness slipped away during the morning session to visit the Mahabodhi Temple
in order to make further offerings for auspiciousness on the final day of the
Monlam. He returned later to conclude the session.
the afternoon, during the closing session of the Monlam, everyone joined in
chanting three times a special prayer which the Karmapa had written and
dedicated to Dorzong Rinpoche.
Rinpoche passed away,“ he said. “I have tried to compose a prayer. Perhaps it
is not so beautiful but the words have come from my heart.”
During his first visit to the UK from May 17 to 28, 2017, the Karmapa, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader, joined former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams together with scientists, scholars and cultural figures for a dialogue on the environment hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet and Inspire Dialogue Foundation.
The round table discussion, held on May 24, 2017, was intended to bring together perspectives “between disciplines and generations” as the beginning of an ongoing exchange, according to Lord Williams, Master of Magdalen College and a noted poet and theologian. It involved figures from the arts and sciences, including Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London; James Thornton, the founding CEO of ClientEarth; Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust; Dr Bhaskar Vira, Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute; Tracey Seaward, film producer …
May 29, 2017 - The 17th Karmapa, one of Tibet’s leading Buddhist figures arrived in Toronto yesterday on his first visit to Canada. Known for his concerns about current global issues as well as for his spiritual leadership, the 31-year-old Karmapa will engage in a wide range of religious activities and will speak on environmental and social responsibility at various universities.
During his month long trip to Canada, the Karmapa will travel to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor the 16th Karmapa, who travelled extensively throughout the country and was instrumental in introducing Canadians to Buddhism in the 1970s.
Head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th holder of a 900-year old lineage. Born in a nomadic family in eastern Tibet, he made headline news in 2000 with his dramatic escape to India, where he now lives near the Dalai Lama. The 17th …
Worshipped as a living god, will the 17th Karmapa Lama also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity? By MARTIN REGG COHNOntario Politics Columnist Tues., May 30, 2017
It is not his destiny to be the next Dalai Lama. For he is already reincarnated as the 17th Karmapa Lama.
Yet he may one day succeed his 81-year-old teacher and protector.
Revered since age 7 as spiritual leader of a 1,000-year-old branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is making his first trip to Canada this week at the age of 31.
Meeting Ontario politicians Tuesday before sitting down for an interview, the Karmapa padded around Queen’s Park in a pair of brown hiking shoes peeking out from under his simple maroon robes. A picture of youthful wisdom with his direct gaze, towering above other monks at six feet tall, he may yet emerge as the public face of Tibetan Buddhism
Worshipped as a living god and the Buddha of Compassion, will he also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity?
Transforming Disturbing Emotions: Dialogue of the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism Date: Thursday, June 1st, 9:30AM – 12:00PM Place: University of Toronto, Convocation Hall (MAP) Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp9TaET_SNw
How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times In these two sessions, His Holiness will discuss the basic nature of mind and the methods of obtaining happiness through listening to and contemplating the teachings of the Buddha, and then meditating according to the teachings. Date: Friday, June 2nd, 9:30-11:30AM, 2:00-4:30PM Place:The Enercare Centre, Hall D (MAP) Video: How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times 1…
May 31, 2017– In the morning after his arrival, at 9:00AM, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling– a Tibetan Buddhist centre under the direction of Lama Tenzin Dakpa. This was a visit of great significance, as the centre was first established in 1976 by the venerable Lama Namsel Rinpoche under the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.
Upon arrival, His Holiness was ushered into the main shrine hall and seated on the highest throne, on which he proceeded to receive a body-speech-mind offering from the sangha. The yellow rice and tea ceremony followed in sequence for the welcome ceremony. Shortly after tea was served, the current resident teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Lama Tenzin Dakpa, rose to speak.
Lama Tenzin referenced the founder of this centre, Lama Namsel Rinpoche, as one of the first Canadian resident lamas to request for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to visit Canada. …
Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:04Lavania Saraf, Tibet Post International
London, UK — "Free from concretizing the eight worldly concerns, we train our mind in the illusion-like outlook that sees things as not real," the 17th Karmapa said during his first trip to the UK, Through training our mind, "our compassion and patience increase and our minds open up."
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was received with anticipation and delight on his first visit to the United Kingdom on May 17th, 2017. His arrival in central London was received by numeral devotees and included a special reception with traditional English afternoon tea.
The visit had been highly anticipated by Karmapa himself, especially due to the strong dharmic connection between the United Kingdom and the Karmapa lineage, believed to be established earlier by the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. On May 18th, Karmapa visited the British Museum where some of the most crucial documents and artifacts in the his…
After a very successful visit to the United Kingdom, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived early afternoon for his first ever visit to Canada. He was welcomed at the Toronto airport by members of the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) and numerous devotees, who displayed a colorful bilingual banner with the KKAC insignia, ¨Karmapa, Welcome to Canada.¨ As he walked slowly past a long line of devotees offering white katas, the Karmapa smiled warmly at everyone.
Still looking delighted, he arrived at his hotel where an official reception followed that included over one hundred guests. Dungse Lama Pema began with a welcome speech thanking His Holiness for accepting the invitation to come to Canada, and his staff members for working so hard to make this visit possible. Lama Tenzin Dakpa and several members of the legislature followed with short speeches to express their joy and gratitude. A welcoming Tibetan ceremony was…
In his first ever visit to Canada, the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism paid a visit to the Ontario Legislative Assembly and attended the fifth anniversary of Tibet Day at the invitation of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, Canada at the provincial parliament on May 30, 2017.
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje also met with five members of the legislative assembly and thanked them for their support for Tibet and Tibetans settled in Ontario area, and urged the officials to continue their support towards Tibetans in Canada.
Mr. Sonam Langkar, the President of the Toronto Tibetan Association, along with members of the local Tibetan community attended the event.
Karmapa and his entourage toured the legislative assembly building following the gathering, and as part of the Tibet Day celebration, the organizers with the help from local Tibetans prepared traditional Tibetan cuisine.