Gyalwang Karmapa began teaching where he had left off in Session Two, by reading
the section on the words from theMukhagama
of Manjushri, found inThe
Torch of True Meaning, and then reflected on the idea of the root
guru based on this profound text.
sentient being who belittles
A Vajra bearer of the future,
Belittles me, so therefore I
Abandon them all for a time.
dwell in his body and receive
The offerings of other practitioners.
Those who please him will purify
The karmic obscurations in their own being.
InThe Torch of True Meaning,
Jamgon Kongtrul elaborates further that, even if you are not able to hear
dharma from a famous guru such as a lineage holder, if you take as your root
guru another guru who has the same experience and realisation, you will receive
root guru is portrayed as: “all individuals who work for the benefit of beings,
sun and moon, herbal medicines, even boats and bridges.” Committing the root
downfall of disrespecting the guru refers to all the gurus with whom you have a
dharmic connection, not just the root guru.
Holiness continued to read from the text. Innumerable sutras state that
receiving the supreme siddhi is possible only if we meditate on the guru. That
is unequalled among all practices because bodhicitta is the essence of the
text continues with a section on how examining faults in others is
self-destructive by nature. The First Jamgon Kongtrul warns us not to examine
others’ faults, in particular anyone who has started to practice the dharma,
but to rejoice and think positively. Furthermore, we do not know who might be
practising yoga internally and it is said that, other than the perfect Buddha,
no individual can truly measure another. Since examining others’ faults sweeps
away our good qualities, we should solely examine our own.
concluding point of today’s portion of the text was that the intensity of
blessings corresponds to our view of the guru and the level of devotion equals
the level of spiritual practice. The key for rapidly receiving blessings is to meditate
on the guru as a buddha.
The text reads: If you are practicing Mahamudra, you should think of the guru
as the naked dharmakaya. If you want to extend your life, think of him as
Amitayus or White Tara. If you want to cure illness, think of him as the
Medicine Buddha. For dons, think of him as their remedy. You must view him as
inseparable from the principal deities of any of the mandalas from the tantras.
This is the meaning of calling him, ‘the Guardian of the Mandala’.
Gyalwang Karmapa then explained the practice of taking empowerment from the
guru while imagining him above the crown of our heads. He said that if we have
transgressions of secret mantra vajrayana, the self-entry to the mandala of the
deity is important for restoring these violations. Mixing the minds means
effectively entering the mandala and receiving the self-empowerments.
to the Four-Session Guru Yoga, His Holiness explained some essentials of the
practice. It is called ‘four-session’ because it is meant to be practised four
times a day: two sessions before midday and two sessions after midday. Since it
is sometimes difficult for us to do four sessions, we should aim to recite it
at least once a day. The reason for four sessions is that it is a powerful tool
for purifying root downfalls. If a root downfall goes beyond the duration of
one session, from the time we commit it to the time we restore it, then it is
difficult to recover it. If it doesn’t go beyond that duration and we restore
it in that time, it is not considered to be a root downfall.
to the teachings on the guru yoga in Jamgon Kongtrul’s text, the Karmapa
related that we should not see the guru as a single individual, but the union
of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, deities of the mandala, and the union of
all the jewels. We should consider him inseparable in essence from the founder
of Buddhism, Buddha Shakyamuni, and from Gampopa, the founder of the Dakpo
Kagyu, because the Lord Buddha himself prophesized that Gampopa would continue
the Buddha’s teaching. As Vajradhara is the teacher of mantra, it is important
that the guru is seen as inseparable from him as well.
you should imagine your root guru as inseparable from one of the incarnations
of the Karmapa, whichever one you feel the greatest connection with. “The
question is: who is your root guru?” he asked, and continued by saying that, as
practitioners, we will have many gurus. Among the many lamas who have given us
guidance, the root guru is the one who has shown particular affection for us.
It is the one who has displayed the greatest kindness for us.
finding the root guru, the Karmapa asserted, fundamentally, we do not need to
look outside ourselves to see who our root guru is. Rather, we should examine
what experience or feeling arises in our minds. Our tendency, however, is to
examine the external qualities of a lama; we look at his fame, the size of his
monastery, his education, his looks, but we fail to pay attention to the level
of his realization.
Holiness equated that kind of attitude to shopping for things based on their
appearance. “Be your own store,” he advised, and, continuing the metaphor,
invited us to examine the wealth of our faith, because that was the currency
for finding the guru. It was not so difficult to find a guru, he suggested, if
we had faith, devotion and pure perception, because buddhas and bodhisattvas
are waiting to help us day and night, but we needed to give them a chance and
open the gate for them with the key of our faith and devotion.
to those who still felt that they were unable to find their root guru, great
masters have said that, if a person has received the tradition of Gampopa, they
could consider him to be their root guru.
though we should examine our feelings, we need to use our intelligence and
discernment too. His Holiness reminded us not to mistake our motivation while
examining the lama. We should not be looking only for negative aspects but
trying to find good qualities.
those words, he brought the morning’s session to a conclusion.
Aldershot, Hampshire, England – Morning, May 27, 2017
Early on this day of the Karmapa’s visit to the Nepali community in Aldershot, the double arch of a luminous rainbow filled the sky. It recalled his first visit to the US when rainbows followed him everywhere on the East Coast. The Karmapa was invited by the Buddhist Community Centre UK to this beautiful area of England, famous for its military garrisons and home to a sizeable population of Gurkha soldiers who have served in the British army. In 2006 they were allowed to live in England and in 2007, the Buddhist Community Centre UK was founded by Mr. Kaji Sherpa. He had the vision of establishing a Buddhist monastery to serve the growing Buddhist Community in this southeast region of the UK.
His daughter explained that about half of the Gurkha population in Nepal is Buddhist, and that her father felt a need for Buddhist guidance in this community, so a committee of Nepalis purchased a social club and completely transformed it into a …
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 …
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his first visit to the United Kingdom this month.
At 31 years old, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, a reincarnation lineage that dates back more than 900 years. His Holiness was born in eastern Tibet but fled to India in 2000, where he now resides at the Gyuto Monastery near Dharamshala. He is the only reincarnate Lama to have been recognised by both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese communist government.
The Karmapa’s 11-day visit began on May 17 and the first public event was held on May 20 in London’s Battersea Park.
“I would like to express my great delight at this opportunity that has come to pass for me to visit London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for the first time. Especially, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all you friends who are gathered here. I have been waiting for a long time to visit the United King…
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?
This morning the Karmapa traveled to a northwest suburb of London to visit the impressive BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in Europe. Marble and limestone have been brought alive by Indian artists, who carved every inch with intricate design. The founder of this Hindu bhakti tradition was guru Swaminarayan (1781-1830), famous for his support of the poor and encouraging women’s education. He was also known for his vegetarianism and opposition to animal sacrifice, positions that the Karmapa also supports.
At the temple, the Karmapa was met by Pujya Yogvivekdas Swami and offered the traditional greeting of a garland of flowers, a tika (the red mark of blessing) and a blessed cord. The Karmapa was then guided through the temple to see an exhibition on understanding Hinduism. Always curious, he asked many question of the guide. He then participated in prayers with the swami and other priests in two of the shrine rooms, both of white m…
May 27, 2017 – Lakeside International Hotel, Frimley Green, England
In the concluding public event of the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to the United Kingdom, nearly 2,000 people gathered at Lakeside International Hotel near Frimley Green in Surrey to receive an Amitayus Long Life empowerment. The Nepalese and Gurkha community turned out in force to welcome the 17th Karmapa and were joined by devotees from the UK, Europe, America, and other countries worldwide. This was the second part of a one-day program organised by the Buddhist Community Centre UK.
Monks from various Kagyu European centres and the Karmapa’s ritual master and attendants had worked hard to prepare the stage for the empowerment. The golden pagoda used during the Chenresik empowerment earlier in the visit now enshrined an image of Amitayus and a smaller image of Guru Rinpoche. To the left of the images, a large bowl contained long-life pills made from roasted barley and butter and to the right four bowls contained long-lif…
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. …