three days of talks on Gampopa in the morning and then debate for the rest of
the day from March 6 to 8, the nuns engaged in three days of practice in the
main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. Beside the Karmapa’s throne were two
stunning paintings: the one on his right depicting the mandala of Gyalwa Gyatso
(Red Avalokiteshvara), and to his left was a lively, swirling presentation of
the Five Tseringma (long life) goddesses, making it seem that they had just
appeared out of the high mountain winds. Between the two, was the more simple,
carved wooden throne where the Karmapa sat as a powerful presence for the three
first practice in the morning was the Karma Pakshi Sadhana and Feast Offering,
composed from a pure vision that came to a previous incarnation of Mingyur
Rinpoche, the founder of this Tergar Monastery. The practice relates to the
thangka (scroll painting) of Gyalwa Gyatso that hangs next to the Karmapa,
since the five deities of this mandala are also found in the sadhana of Karma Pakshi.
The text of the Karma Pakshi practice begins with beautiful teachings on the
nature of the mind, such as:
you remain without clinging to anything that appears, whatever arises is
liberated of itself.
Not wandering from this, seeing nakedly with mindfulness and awareness—that is
if demonstrating this, during the morning break, the Karmapa came down from his
throne and walked around the shrine hall, talking to the nuns, especially the
chant leader, and making adjustments in how things were set up. After playfully
engaging with the hard-working staff, he returned to his throne to finish the
the Karmapa had explained that there is a custom of combining the practice of
Karma Pakshi with that of Tseringma, which is the practice for the afternoons.
At 1:30, the Karmapa came back to the shrine hall to preside over this practice
of Tseringma, which this year involves torma offerings and a practice of
repairing and fulfilling, often performed for the purpose of extending the lama’s
life. The previous day, the Karmapa had explained that Tseringma practice is
continuing from last year (when this version was first published by his
Altruism Publications), so that the community of nuns would flourish and be
free of any obstacles to their study and practice.
Karmapa also explained that Tseringma is the principal one of the twelve
goddesses or spirits who protect Tibet. And she is not merely a goddess, but an
extraordinary being as Milarepa chose her to be the holder of his teachings in
the non-human world. Milarepa stated, “My teachings will be held among humans
by the Teacher from U (Gampopa, who was from central Tibet) and Tseringma will
hold them in the non-human realm.”
dual holding of the teachings harks back to the Buddha and his decision to have
two types of beings hold his teachings. He considered entrusting them just to
humans, but they have a short life so the teaching would not last long. If he
gave them to the gods, however, they are continually distracted by sensual
pleasures and, therefore, careless. So the Buddha decided to install
Mahakshayapa as his regent in the human realm, and appointed the Kings of the
Four Directions as the holders of his teachings in the non-human realm.
Milarepa was following, therefore, a custom dating back to the time of the
Karmapa also mentioned that last year, this Tseringma practice was also
performed so that the reincarnation of Tenga Rinpoche would come quickly, and
this again year it will be recited so that he may be swiftly found.
the long hours of the puja, the Karmapa sat on the throne as straight as the
long-life, beribboned arrow that rose from the table next to him.
His Holiness Karmapa has arrived in New Jersey, United States. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, President Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, KTD and Karme Ling lamas, New Jersey KTC Lama Tsultrim, and Danang Foundation Lama Tsewang Rinpoche welcomed him.
When we can no longer bear the suffering of sentient beings, says the Seventeenth Karmapa, we unleash our full potential to help others and ourselves.
Practices of loving-kindness and compassion are indispensable elements of all religious traditions. These are qualities everyone can practice, regardless of their religious affiliation or ancestry. In fact, training to develop loving-kindness and compassion provides a bridge between all religions and all the many parts of our global society.
I am a Buddhist, but I still have to live my life as a member of the larger world community and take full part in society, where Buddhism is not the only spiritual tradition. There are many different forms of religion and spirituality, and there are also many different types of people, including those who are inclined toward religious or spiritual approaches and those who are not.
Since our world community is so very vast and diverse, it is important for us to respect the…
The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student. Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about "Calling the Lama from afar." “Karmapa Chenno” can be roughly translated as "Embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, turn attention to me." In Central Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, it is pronounced Karmapa Kyen-no or Karmapa khen-no. In East Tibet, it is p…
Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa went through a medical examination in Germany, his doctor strongly advise him to stop all Dharma propagation activities so that he has more time and space to treat some of the medical conditions that he has. After much consideration, the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to cancel this year’s Asia Dharma Teaching, i.e. the Diamond Sutra Teaching.
When we heard about the Gyalwang Karmapa’s decision to cancel the teaching, our emotions evolved from unspeakable shock to calm contemplation. Eventually, we understand the difficulty and necessity to make such a decision. We will continue to pray that the Diamond Sutra Teaching to be held in future, yet we are unsure when and where the teaching will be held. Therefore, we will begin the refund process for those who had registered for the teaching after we had negotiated with the hotel for refund.
Even though we feel a sense of regret that the Diamond Sutra Teaching cannot be held, yet we understand and …
First the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke a few words related to the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama:
We Tibetans consider the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama to be extremely important. We are most fortunate that he lights our way like a blazing torch as we pass through these dark and difficult times. His birthday, therefore, is an important occasion for us. Born in the Land of Snow, His Holiness is the protector and refuge for all the Tibetan people. This enormous good fortune brings delight to all of us and also gives us great courage.
However we might celebrate his birthday, we can recall his life story and his worldwide activity to benefit others.
In relation to any advice he might give us, it is essential that we consider how we can assist him and implement his counsel in its true sense. Not only has His Holiness devoted himself to improving our material welfare externally, he has also encouraged the growth of our spiritual welfare internally. In response, from our…
A group from Palpung Wales, which actually consisted of people from all over UK, traveled to join the His Holiness 17th Karmapa’s first teaching weekend in London, Battersea. It was an absolute privilege to be part of that weekend, in many ways. We received touching and inspiring teachings from His Holiness Karmapa on Geshe Langri Tangpa’s famous “Eight verses of Mind Training,” a key instruction on how to bring the Dharma into daily life. At the same time it was like a gesture of welcoming His Holiness Karmapa’s 17th incarnation to this country for the first time. Meeting with the many Dharma friends and coming together in His Holiness’s mandala was a very heart-warming experience. We were also very fortunate to have a group audience with His Holiness on Saturday afternoon. From original Palpung Wales group it slowly formed into a Palpung United group of about 60 people from Wales, Ireland and Slovenia, and some from Italy as well. It was a great chance, although only…
ONE EARLY MORNING [in 1980] His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa generously granted an interview to the readers of Densal. What follows is the text of that interview, word for word, as translated by Ngodup Tsering Burkhar. In it, His Holiness touches on many important aspects of spiritual practice, the Kagyu lineage, and life in the world today for the Dharma practitioner. It is a timely and most valuable teaching for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Densal: This is your third tour to America. Do you have any observations you would like to share about it, and about the growth of the Dharma in the United States? H.H.: The responsibility of the teacher is to always give the teachings. It doesn't matter that only a short time has passed, or a long time has passed; what matters is that the teachings are continuously given. Sometimes it may seem to be more appropriate to teach because most people are at leisure and have a lot of time, and it appears to be a good time to give teach…
The land of Sikkim, at the border of India and Tibet, was consecrated as a hidden sanctuary for the Buddha's teachings during the present epoch by the second Buddha, the great master Padmasambhava, who blessed it with the vajra wisdom of his body, speech, and mind. Through the infallible power of his aspiration and through our great effort, the monastery Shaydrup Kunkhyap Otong Khyilway Tsuklakhang (the Temple of Pervasive Teaching and Practice Blazing with a Thousand Lights), has been established for the preservation of the precious doctrine of the Buddha, which is the source of all benefit and happiness in existence and tranquility, and for the sake of all beings in the world.
Before the building's foundation was begun, I performed the customary removal of impediments and, using a sand mandala, the ritual of Chakrasamvara, blessing the location so that it is his wisdom mandala. In that and similar ways, the site has been consecrated m…
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DHARAMSHALA: With his rival Trinley Thaye Dorje now a married man, who shed monk’s robes to get hitched with his childhood friend, the claim of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to the title of the 17th Karmapa and Rumtek Monastery throne has become stronger
Thaye Dorje, 33, married Rinchen Yangzom, 36, in a private ceremony attended by close family members in New Delhi on March 25 and announced it on March 30. His office described the couple as “close childhood friends” who have known each other for more than 19 years.
Karmapa is the title given to the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are the oldest institutionalised series of rebirths in Tibetan Buddhism, preceding the Dalai Lama of Gelug sect. Currently, there are three contenders who claim to be the rightful reincarnation of 16th Karmapa. While Ogyen Dorje, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama as well as the Peoples’…