Kagyu Mönlam is an auspicious gathering that generates immense devotion in its
participants, and amongst its events, none does it more than the Procession of
the Sixteen Arhats, which took place in the morning on the sixth day.
Anticipation began the evening before, with the announcement that Mönlam
Members were to line up to frame the procession, and that all participants
would have the opportunity to make an offering.
the morning, Mönlam participants arrived to find the Pavilion transformed. The
central aisle had become a beautifully elaborate carpet of flowers, leading up
to a giant golden bowl overflowing with piled fruits. Precious seats for the
Sixteen Arhats were laid out on the main stage, where a black pagoda shrine
occupied the centre ground.
transformation was in store. In the short space of time for Sojong vows and the
first morning prayers, a red carpet walkway strewn with orange and yellow
petals had appeared outside. Mönlam Members lining up along it, some still
finishing their breakfast, all with their katas at the ready, quickly filled
the short stretch from Tergar Monastery to the Pavilion.
the sun rising out of the early morning haze, the opening prayers from theProstrations and Offerings
to the Sixteen Elderswere
heard from the Pavilion, and simultaneously the sound of jalings rang out from
Tergar. Victory banners and parasols emerged, signalling the start of the
procession, which slowly came into view. Under each parasol was one of the
Sixteen Arhats in a mask and costume, faithfully represented with the
attributes described in theProstrations
and Offerings to the Sixteen Elders.Each arhat was accompanied by an
attendant, similarly in character, carrying the parasol. Behind the Arhats came
groups of monks with alms bowls. The head of the procession entered the
Pavilion to the sound of music succeeding the prayers inside, their soft
measured steps barely disturbing the carpet of flowers as their solemn progress
neared the stage, where His Holiness Karmapa waited.
self-possessed precision the Sixteen Arhats, their attendants and the
accompanying monks proceeded up onto the stage and fell into position. Closing
the procession, a spectacular golden statue of the Buddha was wheeled in and
placed inside the pagoda shrine, flanked by two more masked and costumed Elders
with ringing staff and bowl, representing the Buddha's main disciples,
Shariputra and Maudgalyayana. The final group of monks escorting the statue and
taking their places on the tiered seats either side of the stage could well be
described as 'innumerable', and must have given Mönlam participants a small
taste of what the Buddha's wanderings with his company of bhikshus over these
very lands may have been like.
Twenty-Branch Monlam prayers resumed, and the stage was made ready for the
offerings. A laden basket was placed at the feet of each of the Sixteen Arhats,
and katas were draped around the giant golden bowl. When the prayers ended, the
Arhats under their parasols and the Elders exited the stage, and their places
were taken by their monk attendants.
last and longest part of the event, which lasted the remainder of the morning
session, began: monks and nuns and lay followers, Tibetan and foreign, came up
with their individual offerings in a long but orderly line which ran the length
of the Pavilion. The mantra changed back and forth fromNamo ShakyamunayetoKarmapa
Khyenno. Bags of fruits, tubs of sweets, cartons of biscuits filled
sack after sack and, most importantly, the generousness of the offerings
swelled the hearts of all those who shared this moment.
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…