source for all practices and traditions that are followed at the Kagyu Monlam
is the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso (1454-1506). In a letter to Minyak Gang
Monastery in Kham, Chödrak Gyatso described how to combine the practices of the
Six Yogas with the Monlam they were practicing. The letter detailed what to do,
which texts to chant, and the practice of wearing the white cloth (ras
bud byed pa). Usually the termcotton-clad(ras pa) refers
to the followers of Milarepa (Mi la ras pa)
who were mountain yogis and yoginis clad in white cloth. The other Kagyu
tradition of Gampopa is for ordained monks who wear burgundy robes.
the tradition of Milarepa, a particular practice of wearing white cloth occurs
at the end of a three-year retreat, and also in some monasteries on special
days, such as the combined death anniversary of Marpa (the fourteenth of the
first Tibetan month) and Milarepa (the fifteenth of that month). During the
traditional three-year retreat, meditators practice tummo—one of the Six Yogas
of Naropa and a special practice of Milarepa. It involves generating body heat
to overcome the experience of cold. When they end their three-year retreat, the
retreatants wear a wet, white cotton cloth, which they should dry with their
body heat to demonstrate their success in tummo.
until now, this element had been lacking in the Kagyu Monlam performed in Bodh
Gaya, so the Karmapa decided that it should be revived this year and continue
as a part of the yearly gathering. Prior to tummo practice, the retreatants
must engage in vigorous yogic exercises, usually for a month but there was not
enough time in the program this year, so they practiced for a week from
February 12 to 19 in the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. These yogic
practices are always done in secret, because spectators could disturb the
meditators, leading to broken bones, and for those who look, obstacles could
come. All the windows of the hall, therefore, were covered with thick cloth,
and sentries were posted around it.
the hall, thick mats, a meter and a half square, were laid out in a spacious
formality for the 110 meditators. There were many candidates for the practice,
and to make it easy, this year it was decided that it would be for monks who
had completed a three-year retreat in the tradition of the Six Yogas of Naropa.
They should also be under sixty years old, since above that, the yogas do not
turn out so well. To teach and remind the older retreatants of the practices,
the retreat masters also participated.
his letter to Minyak Gang Monastery, the Seventh Karmapa had also noted: “Even
though there is no difference in the wearing of the white cotton cloth as it is
practiced in the traditions of Naropa or Niguma, we should follow Naropa’s
tradition since it has special qualities.” The Six Yogas of Niguma is practiced
in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition, and since the Karmapa wished to include these
yogis in the Monlam, a special area for them was curtained off in the shrine
hall, because the practitioners of these two traditions should not see each
other’s yogic exercises.
stayed up the whole night practicing, on February 19 in the early morning of
the last day of the Monlam, the lamas wore a long white cloth wrapped around
their bodies, the red Kagyu hat, a yoga belt, and short pants when they exited
the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. With their arms on their hips and
slowly turning side to side, they walked to the Monlam Pavilion between long
rows of disciples with khatas to honor their efforts in practice. The lamas
came down the central aisle and sat on the stage to the Karmapa’s left while
the ordained monks sat on his right. As part of the Offerings to the Guru, the
retreatants sang Milarepa’s song, theEssence
of Dependent Arising, and received a specially blessed gift from
the Karmapa. It was an auspicious beginning to the revival of another key
element in the Kamtsang Kagyu lineage, famous for being a lineage of great
One of the most important Tibetan Buddhist leaders worries about the growing Chinese influence and diminishing numbers of the community in exile
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
In the year 2000, a 14-year-old Ogyen Trinley Dorji or Karmapa Lama, head of the Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of Tibetan Buddhists, escaped from Tibet and walked across the mighty Himalayas to India. His daring escape was viewed with suspicion by some who thought that it was part of a Chinese conspiracy to disrupt Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist Exile community in India. Karmapa, who was selected through a complicated process that combined prophecy and rigorous interviews by Buddhist monks in Tibet, through the force of his charismatic personality has been seeking to assuage the misgivings and controversies that plague the exile community. Karmapa lives in Dharamshala, where Tibet’s capital in exile is located. He enjoys an excellent relationship with Dalai Lama and many see in him as the spiritual lea…
India has been a special place for him and the Karmapa says it has helped him personally gain in many ways particularly in developing his spiritual powers including patience.By: PTI | New De | Published: April 23, 2017
India has been a special place for him and the Karmapa says it has helped him personally gain in many ways particularly in developing his spiritual powers including patience. "Particularly for Tibetan people, India is a very special country. Many of them have fled to India from Tibet. So for all Tibetan people, India really occupies a special place in our hearts," he says.
"It has been 17 years since I myself came to India. Personally, during this period, there have been some difficult times. But since I came, India has helped me develop my spiritual powers including patience," Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, told PTI in an interview.
The spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism has come up with a book "Interconnected: E…
United Kingdom Tour - 2017 (London Time)
May 2011:00 - 12:30• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break15:00 - 16:30• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind
May 2111:00 - 12:30• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break15:00 - 17:00• Chenrezik Empowerment
May 2714:00 - 18:00• Long Life Empowerment
United Kingdom Tour - 2017 (Indian Time)
May 2015:30 - 17:00• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break19:30 - 21:00• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind
May 2115:30 - 17:00• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break19:30 - 21:30• Chenrezik Empowerment
May 2718:30 - 22:30• Long Life Empowerment
The internet has brought people closer to each other but also needed is an "innernet" to make us feel our inter-connectedness inwardly too, Tibetan spiritual leader, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, said on Sunday.
"The information age makes us highly aware of our interconnectedness and the internet allows us to see how much we depend on one another. But we also need to have an innernet -- not just a connection on a material or outer level. We need to be able to feel our connectedness inwardly," said the Karmapa at the release of his new book "Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society".
The book, which came out of a month-long dialogue with a group of students from the University of Redlands, California, who travelled to Dharamsala to learn from him, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, outlines his vision for a global society that truly reflects the interdependence that is now becoming widely recognised and s…
DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration, attended the convocation ceremony of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectic, Dharamsala and the college of higher Tibetan studies, Sarah, this morning. The event was held at Sarah college of Tibetan Higher Studies.
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Thinlay Dorjee graced the inauguration of the convocation as the chief guest. The function began with recitation of prayers by the students followed by serving sweet rice and butter tea to the guests, staff and students.
Ven. Kalsang Damdul, the director of IBD and CHTS gave welcome speech and briefly introduced the college and courses provided by the institution. Mr. Passang Tsering, Principal of CHTS read out the report of the college. The function was attended by Mr. Topgyal Tsering, secretary of Kashag secretariat, CTA, Mrs. Nangsa Choedon and Mr. Karma Senge, Secretary and Acting Secretary of Department of Education, representives of…
Gangtok, May 20 (PTI) A delegation of monks of various monasteries of Sikkim met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging early permission for Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit the state.
The monks called on Singh, who is on a two-day visit here, at the Raj Bhavan last evening, officials said.
They submitted the resolution taken after a peace rally here on May 18 which urged the Government of India to grant one of the "most important demand and aspiration" of the Buddhists of Sikkim seeking early permission for the Karmapa to visit Sikkim.
The delegation was led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, who is the elected political representative of the monks in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, the officials added.
A central government order bans entry of all the three Karmapa claimants to the title of Karmapa at Rumtek monastery in East Sikkim since 1994.
The Sikkimese Buddhists who follow the Khagyu sect recognize the 31-year-old Ogyen Trinley Dorj…
New Delhi/Gangtok, 22 April: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s new book, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society, was released today in India at a special event at the Habitat Centre in Delhi, by Simon and Schuster India/Wisdom Publications. In this book, the Karmapa outlines his vision for a global society that truly reflects the interdependence that is now becoming widely recognized, and shows a way forward to enacting that vision. The Karmapa is an influential voice in the new generation of thought leaders and spiritual head of one of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, which has been working with the notion of interdependence for many centuries.
Despite polarizing forces that would seek to erect barriers and deny our connectedness, global economic integration and information technology are making our interdependence increasingly direct and undeniable. Within this historical moment, the Karmapa argues that we must not retreat behind wall…
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived in central London this afternoon on his first ever visit to the United Kingdom. A long line of devotees offering katas greeted him on his arrival at his hotel. He was then officially welcomed at a special reception in the form of a traditional English afternoon tea.
April 30, 2017 – Sarah College of Higher Tibetan Studies, Dharamshala, Kangra, HP, India
The Gyalwang Karmapa’s car passed by ordained and lay students who stood along the tree-lined road leading to Sarah College. After a brief visit to the college office, he was invited into the main hall where he was offered a mandala and the three representations of body, speech, and mind. As the Chief Guest, the Karmapa had come to confer, along with Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, certificates to the Lobpon graduating students, the Uma Rabjampa and the Parchin Rabjampa students from Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, which shared this convocation ceremony with Sarah College.
Welcoming everyone, the Karmapa noted that he’d had quite a bit of experience attending functions at universities, both in India and abroad, yet he felt a special connection with Sarah College that made him especially happy to participate in this ceremony. For special greetings, the Karmapa singled out the students who had studied the…