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.
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 …
In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.
Sujit Nath | News18.com Updated:July 26, 2017, 11:31 PM IST
Kolkata: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant permission to 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit the state.
Any such visit to the by the Tibetan leader living in exile in India is likely to anger China. This comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a standoff in Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector.
In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on Dorje’s movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.
“I also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sikkim after the rainy season came to an end this year, which he agreed and promised to make a trip soon,” Chamling told the media after his mee…
གཟའ་འཁོར་འདིའི་ནང་བོད་ཕྱི་ནང་གཉིས་ཀར་ལོ་ཆུང་བྱིས་པ་རེ་རང་སྲེག་བཏང་འདུག །སེམས་ལ་ན་ཟུག་ཆེས་ཆེར་སློང་བའི་གནས་ཚུལ་འདི་དག་རྣ་བར་ཐོས་དུས། བཟོད་ཐབས་བྲལ་ཏེ་སླར་ཡང་གཞིས་བྱེས་བོད་མི་སྤུན་ཟླ་ཡོངས་ལ་འབོད་སྐུལ་ཞིག་ཞུ་འདོད་བྱུང་། This week, two young Tibetan children, one in Tibet and one in India, have burned themselves to death. These events pain me deeply. I could not bear to think of it when I heard the news, and for that reason I want to make a request of my fellow Tibetans at home and abroad.
༢༠༠༩ ལོ་ནས་ད་བར་བོད་ཕྱི་ནང་དུ་བོད་མི་བརྒྱ་ཕྲག་དང་ཕྱེད་ལ་ཉེ་བས་གཅེས་པའི་རང་ལུས་ཞུགས་སུ་ཕུལ་ཏེ་ཚད་མཐོའི་ལས་འགུལ་ཤུགས་ཆེར་སྤེལ་མོད། འོན་ཀྱང་མིག་སྔར་དེ་ལ་ཐོབ་འོས་པའི་སེམས་ཁུར་དང་། ཚེ་སྲོག་ལ་རིན་ཐང་དང་བརྩི་འཇོག །དེ་བཞིན་ཁོང་ཚོས་རང་སྲེག་གཏོང་བའི་རྒྱུ་རྐྱེན་དང་མངོན་འདོད་གང་ཡིན་ལ་དོ་ཁུར་བྱེད་མཁན་རྒྱལ་སྤྱི་དང་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་གང་ཡང་ཕལ་ཆེར་བྱུང་མེད་པའི་ཚོད་ཙམ་རེད། From 2009 to the present, nearly 150 Tibetans within Tibet and abroad have immolated their own precious bodies, maki…
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…
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…
THE PRACTICE OF DHARMA involves certain possibilities. How these potentials evolve into actual situations for the practitioner, and how much is possible within these situations depends on the capacity of individual beings. It depends upon the level of teachings that one is able to relate to, such as Mahayana or Hinayana. At this particular time in our lives, the practice of the Mahayana teaching is possible. It is absolutely precious and absolutely rare. Our concern for development and our sense of responsibility has placed us in a position to integrate the preciousness and rarity of the Mahayana teaching with our lives. Through it there is the possibility of the experience of no-returning back into Samsara and the experience of ultimate bliss that is self knowing and in which there are no doubts. In the midst of the wanderings of our minds we might sometimes fall into thinking that whether one practices or not, the Dharma will always be available. If you have tha…
TIBETAN DHARMA IS BASED ON Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibet there is a special Mahayana tradition. Centuries ago, Indian Mahasiddhas collected the essence of the Buddha's teachings which were subsequently brought to Tibet. Down to this present day, it is still possible to study these same teachings at an educational institution. In addition, you can actually come to experience the effect of what you have learned and enjoy the fruit of what you have practiced. I have confidence that you all are capable of experiencing this fruition of Buddhahood. The heart of Mahayana teaching is the practice of experiencing bodhicitta, or the enlightened mind. Bodhicitta can be seen from two aspects--the aspiration to benefit oneself and to benefit others--but when you are truly doing the practice then you generate bodhicitta that includes both yourself and all other beings. As you are working in the world or accomplishing some task, if you do it with the intention of benefiting…
The Gyalwang Karmapa graced KTD, his monastery in North America, with a short private visit toward the close of his international tour in July of 2017. Please enjoy the video celebrating this joyful occasion, along with the photos of his arrival, the traditional Tea and Rice Welcome Ceremony, and consecration of the new Stupa Project site.
The Gyalwang Karmapa Consecrates the Eight Auspicious Stupa Project at KTD (July 2017)
Today’s episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s maiden tour of Canada where he gave teachings all over the country. Many Canadian students had been waiting for years to hear him speak, and so it was a particularly special occasion.
This teaching is on the subject of meditation and how we can use this Buddhist practice to find inner freedom and bring about a more happy and beneficial life. The Karmapa approached the topic from the point of view of his own personal experience, and a wonderful, practical and sometimes humorous occasion unfolded over the course of the hour.
The talk is in Tibetan with an English translation and has been slightly edited for length and audio clarity.
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…