For the Gyalwang Karmapa, the Tibetan New Year began in the
first hours of the day, as he met in the Tergar Monastery shrine hall with
tulkus, khenpos, and masters from various monasteries and received their
khatas. In return he gave them his blessing and a traditional bright red cord.
The monks recited prayers for peace in the world and the flourishing of the
teachings as well as the very long life of the Karmapa. Afterward the entire
monastic and lay Sangha gathered at 4:30 am in the Monlam Pavilion for a
special long-life practice based on theThree
Roots Combined, calledA
Life-Force Indestructible like a Vajra. The practice was led by the
Karmapa’s heart son, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who had bestowed this empowerment the
In February of 2016 the Karmapa had also given this empowerment,
and at the time commented on its importance for his Kamtsang Kagyu lineage. The
short lineage is traced back to a text based on the pure visions of the Third
Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339). The Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507–1554)
also practiced theThree
stated that through it, “especially pure visions and dreams appeared in my
experiential awareness.” Mikyo Dorje expanded the practice, and the Ninth
Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) created an extensive sadhana by
supplementing Kamtsang practices with those from the Nyingma tradition.
Later the treasure revealer Chöje Lingpa (1682–1725) discovered
a terma of theThree
Roots Combined, which resembled that of the Kamtsang tradition. It
was this newer tradition that the Kamtsang masters came to use, so the original
version almost disappeared. To revive the tradition, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro
Thaye (1813–1899) included the Kamtsang lineages of the empowerment and reading
transmission in hisTreasury
of Precious Terma. The Karmapa said that he had received these
empowerments from Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and among the hundreds of initiations, it
was this one of theThree Roots Combinedthat gave him a special
feeling. The Karmapa added, “Since the Three Roots Combined constitutes
an exceptional and profound text of the Karmapa’s tradition, I’ve taken a
particular interest in it and made efforts to find the old texts.” Through his
research, the Karmapa has found almost all of the texts.
The Karmapa also summarized an explanation of theThree Roots Combined:
the aspect of thelamais Tsepakme; the aspect of theyidamis the great compassionate one,
Chenrezik; and the aspect of the Dharmaprotectoris the wisdom protector Mahakala. In
this way, all the three roots are complete in one form. Mikyo Dorje stated,
therefore, that even if you have not received other empowerments, with this
single one you would be able to care for and guide students. The Karmapa added
that Mikyo Dorje gave this long-life practice another name, “Not a Lie” because
it arose from a pure vision. [More about the Empowerment and Practice of the Three RootsCombined].
Today’s puja began with Gyaltsap Rinpoche leading the practice
in the Monlam Pavilion. After having visualized and made offerings to the yidam
deity, he left to escort His Holiness into the Pavilion, accompanied by music
resembling that played for inviting a yidam deity to be present. After the
Karmapa took his seat on the throne, a very long and wide, white silk scarf was
offered and remained in a half circle around him. Gyaltsap Rinpoche then
connected five subtly colored scarves to the Karmapa by tucking the ends
underneath the cloth on which the Karmapa sat while the other ends extended in
a long, gentle curve to a semi-circle of five tables draped in cloth of the
same color and holding a torma of a similar hue. Behind each of the five tables
stood a dakini dancer, related to the family of that particular color.
Gyaltsap Rinpoche remained standing to make the extensive
offerings, first to the dakinis of the five directions. With each one, the
dakini dancer carried her torma down the central aisle to be offered outside.
The text relates that she is surrounded by a 100,000 of her kind, expanding the
dimension of the offering into vast space. After praises and offerings to each
dakini, their scarf is imagined to dissolve into space and requests are made
for them to perform various activities, such as extending the lama’s life,
assisting in his activities, and bringing well-being and peace to the world.
At the end of the ceremony, Gyaltsap Rinpoche offered the
Karmapa amrita from the kapala and then the long-life vase, and finally a round
column of long life pills. All of them have been blessed by Gyaltsap Rinpoche,
the practice, and the combined aspirations of everyone present. After the
dakinis, extensive offerings were made to the Karmapa, including the eight
auspicious substances, the eight auspicious symbols, and the seven articles of
royalty. Their purpose is to extend his life and facilitate his beneficial
activities throughout the world.
The mandala of giving thanks was followed by a long line of
offerings from the Kagyu Monlam Committee. Tashi prayers followed to spread the
goodness and benefits of the practice to all parts of the universe: “May all be
auspicious through the body, speech, and mind of the Victorious Ones.” Holding
fragrant incense, Gyaltsap Rinpoche escorted the Karmapa off the stage for a
short break before the public audience.
While the stage was being reorganized, tea servers spread
throughout the audience and the head monk read out thanks to the sponsors. Over
the loudspeakers, it was announced that the Karmapa would bless each and
everyone who had come and that they all would have a chance to offer him a
khata. The Karmapa returned to his throne and received the second long line of
offerings from, among others, the Tsurphu Labrang, Gyaltsap and Bokar
Rinpoches’ Labrangs, as well as the Karmapa Khyenno Foundation.
Afterward, the first of the 6,000 people from the lay Sangha,
followed by the ordained Sangha, offered their khatas and passed in front of
the Karmapa, who blessed the top of their head with an elegant silk tassel at
the end of a rod while the gyalings played in the background. As a young
incarnation at Tsurphu, the Karmapa also blessed people in a similar way as his
throne was very tall and it would have been difficult to reach each person.
Today it was a way to allow all the participants to come close to him. After
some two and a half hours, everyone had received the Karmapa’s blessing, a
wonderful way to usher in the New Year.
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…