2014/12/25

Webcast Announcement - 32nd Kagyu Monlam Speical Program



32nd Kagyu Monlam Special Program
The Initiations of “Knowing One Frees All” and Vajrasattva Initiation
20th –25th December, 2014
Location: Monlam Pavilion



Webcast Link:



32nd Kagyu Monlam Speical ProgramIndian Time
Trisamayavyūha Empowerment
Bestowed by His Holiness Sakya Trizin
December 20               8:00 - 10:30 IST
The Initiations of “Knowing One Frees All”
Bestowed by His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa
December 20Single White Tāra               14:00 - 16:30 IST
December 21• White Tāra With Retinue
• Tāra of the Acacia Forest
• Single Tāra Who Shakes the Three Worlds
8:00 - 10:30 IST
December 21• Single Kurukullā
• Single Auspicious Tāra Who Accomplishes Aims
14:00 - 16:30 IST
December 22• Yellow Prajñaparamita with Retinue
• Single Uṣnīṣa Vijaya
• Uṣnīṣa White Parasol with Retinue
8:00 - 10:30 IST
December 22• Single Blazing Uṣnīṣa
• The Five Queens of Awareness
14:00 - 16:30 IST
December 23• Single Yellow Leaf-Clad Shavari
• Mārichi with Retinue
• Single Dhvaja Grakeyura
8:00 - 10:30 IST
December 23• Single White Sarasvatī
• Orange Mañjushrī with Retinue
14:00 - 16:30 IST
December 24• Single White Mañjushrī
• Mañjushrī Nāma Saṁgiti with Retinue
• Single Mañjushrī, Lion of Speech
8:00 - 10:30 IST
December 24• Single Mañjushrī Arapacha
• Single Mañjushrī the Lion's Roar
14:00 - 16:30 IST
December 25• Single Amitāyus
• Four Armed Avalokiteshvara with Retinue
• Single Maitreya
8:00 - 10:30 IST
Vajrasattva Empowerment in the Tradition of Marpa
Bestowed by Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche
December 2514:00 - 16:30 IST


2014/12/17

Detailed Program for the 32nd Kagyu Monlam (December 29, 2014–January 4, 2015)






Day 1: Monday, December 29, 2014

Session I • 6:00–8:30 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Refuge and Bodhichitta and following.............................................. 31–42 (24–35)
Praises from The Sutra of Ornamental Appearances ............................ 43 (36–46)
Praises from The Ornament of the Sutras and following ................. 62–80 (55–72)
An explanation of The Sutra in Three Sections............................................ 10 min.
The Sutra in Three Sections and following ....................................................81–97
.................................................................................................................... (74–90)
The Dedication from the Light of Gold Sutra and following...... 106–116 (100–110)

Session II • 9:00–10:30 am

Mandala offering with thirty-seven features .......................................................613
Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow .........................................274
Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
The Aspiration of the Mind Training .................................................... separate text
Meditation .................................................................................................... 5 min.
The Concise Aspiration .....................................................................................169
Dedications for the Living and Deceased........................................... 170 (164–70)
The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations .......................................... 175 (169)
The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish .....................................................621

Session III • 1:30–3:00 pm

An explanation of The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct 10 min.
The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ............................................ 117 (111)
Maitreya’s Aspiration................................................................................ 130 (124)
The Aspiration from The Way of the Bodhisattva .................................... 136 (130)
Session IV • 3:30–5:00 pm
The Accomplishment of True Words........................................................ 333 (309)
Joy and Comfort for Beings ..................................................................... 337 (313)
The Aspiration to the Stages of the Path ................................................. 341 (317)
The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ......................................................... 181 (175)
Long Life Prayers............................................................................. 600–610 (S14)
Offerings to the Protectors ............................................................ 479-84 (431–36)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
Verses on Joy and Goodness from The Sutra Requested by a God ...... 197 (191)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)


Day 2: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Session I • 6:00–8:30 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Refuge and Bodhichitta and following.............................................. 31–42 (24–35)
Praises from the Rashtrapala Sutra and following........................... 54–80 (47–72)
A Praise of Manjushri............................................................................... 227 (221)
Praise of Noble Avalokiteshvara .............................................................. 229 (223)
The Sutra in Three Sections and following .................................. 81–116 (74–110)

Session II • 9:00–10:30 am

Mandala offering with seven features ................................................................613
Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow .........................................274
Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
The Aspiration of the Mind Training .................................................... separate text
Meditation .................................................................................................... 5 min.
The Concise Aspiration .....................................................................................169
Dedications for the Living and Deceased........................................... 170 (164–70)
The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations.......................................... 175 (169)
The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish .....................................................621

Session III • 1:30–3:00 pm

The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ............................................ 117 (111)
The Sukhavati Prayer “I prostrate with respect”....................................... 149 (143)

Session IV • 3:30–5:00 pm

An Aspiration for the Dharma of the Shangpa Kagyu .............................. 343 (319)
The Thirty Aspirations .............................................................................. 351 (327)
The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ......................................................... 181 (175)
Long Life Prayers............................................................................. 600–610 (S14)
Offerings to the Protectors ............................................................ 479-84 (431–36)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
The Auspiciousness of Twelve Deeds ..................................................... 190 (184)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)


Day 3: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Session I • 6:00–8:30 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Refuge and Bodhichitta and following.............................................. 31–42 (24–35)
Praises from The Ornament of the Sutras and following ................. 62–80 (55–72)
Brahma’s Crown: A Praise of Maitreya .................................................... 234 (228)
The Sutra in Three Sections and following .................................. 81–116 (74–110)

Session II • 9:00–10:30 am

Mandala offering with seven features ................................................................613
Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow .........................................274
Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
The Aspiration of the Mind Training .................................................... separate text
Meditation .................................................................................................... 5 min.
The Concise Aspiration .....................................................................................169
Dedications for the Living and Deceased........................................... 170 (164–70)
The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations .......................................... 175 (169)
The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish .....................................................621

Session III • 1:30–3:00 pm

Removal of Obstacles: Praises of Tara and Sarasvati ..............................281–306
(259–284)
Session IV • 3:30–5:00 pm
The Aspiration of Avalokita ...................................................................... 360 (336)
Twenty Aspirations of Taklungthangpa.................................................... 367 (343)
The Aspiration of Trophu ......................................................................... 372 (348)
The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ......................................................... 181 (175)
Long Life Prayers............................................................................. 600–610 (S14)
Offerings to the Protectors ............................................................ 479-84 (431–36)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
“May he who utterly conquers greed…”................................................... 187 (181)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)


Day 4: Thursday, January 1, 2015

Session I • 6:00–8:30 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Refuge and Bodhichitta and following.............................................. 31–42 (24–35)
Praises from The Ornament of the Sutras and following ................. 62–80 (55–72)
The Praise “Beautiful Ornament of the Earth”.......................................... 251 (244)
Praise of Shri Samantabhadra with Aspirations....................................... 254 (246)
Praise of the Six Ornaments and Two Great Beings ............................... 267 (250)
The Sutra in Three Sections and following .................................. 81–116 (74–110)

Session II • 9:00–10:30 am

Mandala offering with seven features ................................................................613
Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow .........................................274
Teachings on The Four Freedoms from Attachment
The Aspiration of the Mind Training .................................................... separate text
Meditation .................................................................................................... 5 min.
The Concise Aspiration .....................................................................................169
Dedications for the Living and Deceased........................................... 170 (164–70)
The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations .......................................... 175 (169)
The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish .....................................................621

Session III • 1:30–3:00 pm

Clearing the Path of Obstacles ................................................................ 308 (285)
Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes.......................................................... 321 (297)
Requested Prayers for the Removal of Obstacles

Session IV • 3:30–5:00 pm

The Aspiration “The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel”.........................................................380
An Aspiration for the Seven Spiritual Trainings..................................................383
The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ......................................................... 181 (175)
Long Life Prayers............................................................................. 599–610 (S14)
Offerings to the Protectors ............................................................ 479-84 (431–36)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
“I prostrate to the Buddha…” ................................................................... 186 (180)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)


Day 5: Friday, January 2, 2015

Session I • 6:00–8:00 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Refuge and Bodhichitta and following.......................................................... 31 (24)
The Praise of the Twelve Deeds and following....................................................69
Supplication of the Twenty-Five Chariots................................................. 270 (253)
The Short Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ...............................................................272
The Sutra in Three Sections and following ...................................... 81–97 (74–90)
The Aspiration from the Ratnavali......................................................................113

Kangyur Procession • 8:00 am

Session II • 8:30–11:00 am

Mandala offering
The Praise of the Twelve Deeds ..........................................................................69
Reading of the Kangyur
The Concise Aspiration .....................................................................................169

Session III • 1:30–3:00 pm

Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet ................................................(no English text)
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama ............................................595
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Sakya Trizin .................... separate text (S7)
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul ............................. separate text

Session IV • 3:30–5:00 pm

The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ............................................ 117 (111)
The Aspiration of the Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning ......................... 353 (329)
Yelpa’s Aspiration .................................................................................... 379 (358)
The Barom Aspiration .............................................................................. 405 (359)
Phagmodrupa’s Aspiration....................................................................... 408 (362)
The Tsalpa Aspiration .............................................................................. 410 (364)
The Uncommon Dedication and Aspiration ............................................. 416 (370)
The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ......................................................... 181 (175)
Long Life Prayers............................................................................. 600–610 (S14)
Offerings to the Protectors ............................................................ 479-84 (431–36)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
“May he who utterly conquers greed…”................................................... 187 (181)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)


Day 6: Saturday, January 3, 2015

Session I • 6:00–8:30 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Refuge and Bodhichitta and following..................................................... 31-33 (24)
Prostrations and Offerings to the Sixteen Elders ........................ 469-471 (421–23)
“For each and every being, a protector…” ........................................ 37-42 (31–35)
“Peerless, the sight of you never satiates…” .............................. 471-477 (423–29)
Abbreviated offerings ................................................................................... 80 (73)
Abbreviated confessions.............................................................................. 91 (83)
Rejoicing and so forth ....................................................................... 96-97 (89–90)
“Arya arhats, emanations…”.............................................................. 478 (429–30)

Alms Procession • 7:00 am

Session III • 1:30–3:00 pm

The Sutra in Three Sections ........................................................................ 81 (74)
Reading the Akshobhya Sutras................................................................ 487 (S31)
An Aspiration for Rebirth in the Realm of Abhirati.................................... 431 (387)

Session IV • 3:30–5:00 pm

An Aspiration for Birth in Sukhavati ......................................................... 442 (397)
The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ......................................................... 181 (175)
Long Life Prayers............................................................................. 600–610 (S14)
Offerings to the Protectors ............................................................ 479-84 (431–36)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
“I prostrate to the Buddha…” ................................................................... 186 (180)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)

Akshobhya Fire Puja • 5:00 pm


Day 7: Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fifteenth Day Sojong • 3:30 am
Ordained Sangha only

Session I • 6:00–8:30 am

Mahayana Sojong Vows ................................................................................ 3 (S1)
Sanskrit Prayers............................................................................................. 7 (17)
Offerings to the Medicine Buddha............................................................ 501 (S45)

Session II • 9:00–11:00 am

Offerings to the Gurus................................................................................533–562
(S96–111)

Session III • 1:00–2:30 pm

Offerings to the Gurus............................................................................ 562 (S111)

Session IV • 3:00–5:00 pm

Appreciation of the Sponsors................................................... 204–214 (198–208)
Special Address ........................................................................................... 30 min.
The Great Aspiration and Dedications ....................................... 157–180 (151–70)
Mila’s Aspiration....................................................................................... 424 (379)
Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet ...................................................... 427 (382)
Lord Marpa’s Song of Auspiciousness..................................................... 215 (209)
Auspicious Prayers from The Vinaya Topics ........................................... 185 (179)
The Dharma Blaze Aspiration .................................................................. 177 (171)
The Auspiciousness of the Great Encampment....................................... 217 (211)
“The one who taught the truth...”.............................................................. 221 (215)


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2014/12/16

DOs and DON’Ts when attending the Monlam



For security reasons, the following items will not be allowed:
Cameras, mobile phones, i-Pads, Androids, computers, scissors, knives, lighters, and aerosols. You will not be allowed to use your mobile as an FM radio. There will be nowhere to store these items securely, so please don’t bring them.


You may need to bring:
An FM radio with earphones to listen to translations of the teachings, prayers, and empowerments. We recommend you buy a radio in your own country because good quality radios are not available locally here in Bodhgaya. The English translation will be broadcast through the speakers for all the events, so you won’t need an FM if you listen to the English. 
Your own cup, plate and utensils will be useful for the tea served during the break, and the complimentary lunch during the “Knowing One Frees All” initiations from Dec 20 – 25, 2014.

32nd Kagyu Monlam Participant Registration Information



32nd Kagyu Monlam

Participant Registration Information




Participant registration is required for all those who would like to attend any Kagyu Monlam events.

Note: Kagyu Monlam Members do NOT need to register as participants

Registration will begin on December 15, 2014 at 2:00pm.

Registration is free of charge.

Location: Blue and white tent located in the field between Tergar Monastery and the Monlam Pavilion.

Opening hours:

Dates:
Dec. 15
Dec. 16 – Jan. 3
Time:


2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
*Schedule subject to change

Required documents for registration:
Foreigners
Indians, Bhutanese, Nepalese and Tibetans 
Passport
Photo ID card
Valid Indian Visa
ID size photo
Photocopy of passport

Photocopy of visa

ID size photo




Conclusion of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Gunchö Teachings Day 10: Teachings on One Hundred Short Instructions



11 December, 2014 Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya
The Gyalwang Karmapa completed the transmission of the chapter on Vast and Profound Light: Instructions on the Two Types of Bodhichitta According to the Founders of the Two Traditions by reading Mikyo Dorje’s post meditation instructions.
First come instructions on taking adversity into the path.
  •  During illness, think that you are suffering because in the past, deluded by self-clinging, you have struck, beaten and killed others. So the more serious the illness, the happier you should be. Visualise and supplicate the           Guru, acknowledge that this is the ripening of karma from a previous life and pray that you can take on the sufferings of other beings.
  • When you are stricken with illness caused by demons, you should visualise offering your flesh and blood to the harmful spirits which are causing the difficulties, similar to the Chod practice. Begin with a short Guru Yoga practice, and at the end, pray that you can bring all these beings to enlightenment.
  • Bringing adversity to the path whatever occurs: you accept that all adversity is the result of the ripening of karma consequent on the harm you did to other sentient beings, so it is completely appropriate. Rejoice that it is happening and pray that your suffering will repay the karmic debts of other sentient beings. Supplicate the Gurus that all of your virtue will bring happiness to other sentient beings.
  • Protecting ultimate bodhichitta: as illness and pain cannot be established as truly existing they cannot harm you. By meditating on the inseparability of wisdom and compassion, realise the two types of selflessness.
Next come instructions on training in bodhichitta, in the four activities. In other words, use whatever you are doing as a method for developing bodhichitta. Think that all the forms you see are forms of Chenresig [Avalokiteshvara]. All the sounds you hear are the sounds of the six syllable mantra [Om mani padme hum]. Meditate on devotion until all appearances become pure.
The chapter concludes with instructions on what to do at the time of death.
Transfer your consciousness at the time of death using the four powers–the seed, aspiration, resolve and habituation. The power of the seed is the state of the consciousness at the moment of death, so offer up all your possessions. Make the aspiration to develop bodhichitta. Resolve to give up all self-cherishing and work only for the benefit of others. Train in great compassion.
When you die, sit in the vajra posture if you can, otherwise lie on your right side in the lion posture. Visualise your lama at the centre of a pure realm, inseparable from Amitabha, and rest in mahamudra.
Details of the Muni Trisamayavyuha Initiation
Before the Monlam the Karmapa will bestow the blessing empowerments of the 24 peaceful deities of the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s ‘Knowing One Frees All’. His Holiness explained that this was the first time he had ever given an extended set of initiations.
Usually, before receiving an initiation, the supplicants need a tantric empowerment. The deities in the ‘Knowing One Frees All’ are mainly from the kriya [action] and carya [conduct] tantras. There are three kriya tantra families, Tathagata, Lotus and Vajra. The Tathagata family is the highest, so covers empowerments in the other kriya families. For this reason, on the morning of 20th December His Holiness the Sakya Trizin will give the empowerment from this family, the Muni Trisamayavyuha.
There are several reasons for requesting His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to bestow the empowerment. Firstly, this tantra has come down to us in the Sakya tradition. Secondly, Sakya Trizin is a highly-respected master and practitioner. Thirdly, from accounts of the life of the Sixteenth Karmapa, it is clear that Rigpe Dorje felt very close to the young Sakya Trizin and tried to nurture him during the early years of their exile in India.
From a different perspective, inviting Sakya Trizin counters the sectarian bias that sometimes exists in the Kagyu.
Concluding Remarks
The Karmapa turned his attention once more to the monks and gave advice on correct attitude and behavior.
The Kagyu forefathers said that listening, contemplation and meditation are the way to tame a rough and unruly mind, the Karmapa told them. Tibetan nomads have a way to make yak hide supple. First they steep it in water, then they rub butter into it, then they rub it again and again with their hands. Likewise, for our minds, listening is like the water, contemplation is like the butter, and meditation is like rubbing the hide again and again. The result should be that our minds become less rough and suppler. If our minds are becoming tamer and more malleable, it is a sign that our listening, contemplation and meditation is being done effectively.
Shedra studies need to be based on an unmistaken motivation and resolve from the beginning. Hearing even a single word of Dharma should help to decrease afflictions and increase pure perceptions.
The Karmapa also had a few words for the laypeople who had attended the teachings. He said how happy he was that they had come, even though it felt to him as if they had been short-changed, as the main emphases of the teaching was for the monks.
“It encourages me and makes me feel like I have support,” he said and thanked them.


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Enhancing Bodhichitta— Day 9: Teachings on One Hundred Short Instructions




9 December, 2014, Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya
During the teaching today, the Gyalwang Karmapa gave the monks the oral transmission and practice instructions for the 8th Karmapa Mikyö Dorje’s Four Session Guru Yoga, the practice recited over loudspeakers across the Garchen last thing each evening at 10.00pm.
First, however, His Holiness read a short section from Mikyö Dorje’s text, continuing the instructions on how to increase bodhichitta. The whole chapter can be understood as an extensive Guru Yoga practice, with a visualisation of the gurus in front of you, and continuous supplication of them. Within this section, the instructions on tonglen meditation continue.
By the blessings of the Guru and your own compassion, visualise that all the happiness and virtue you have exits on the out breath and transfers to all other sentient beings. Then, as you breathe in, you inhale their suffering in the form of black smoke. First you visualise this happening to those you feel close to, your parents, family and friends, gradually extending the circle of your compassion to include those in the wider society you belong to, until finally you are giving away your virtue and happiness to all sentient beings and taking their suffering upon yourself. At the end, you visualise that all the gurus dissolve into you, and you become a buddha blazing in splendour. The subtle light from your body pervades all the universes, bringing all sentient beings to buddhahood. Imagine that the sources of refuge melt into you, and then rest in equipoise. If a thought arises at this point, begin the tonglen meditation again.
You conclude the practice with the aspiration, “May I cherish others more than myself; may I take their suffering upon myself.”
In this way, ensure that whatever you do becomes mind training. Recognise anything not on the path to enlightenment as delusion. Whenever you have either physical or mental suffering visualise that you are taking on the faults of all sentient beings. Whether we feel attachment or aversion to others, we should always cherish others more than ourselves.
We can check whether our practice of tonglen is successful or not. When training in bodhichitta, if we still feel hatred for those who have wronged us or if we are still attached to prosperity, it is a sign that we have not been training our mind correctly. If bodhichitta fails to arise, it is a sign we are training poorly. If we have a temporary wish to cherish others when we are meditating, but then afterwards we are only concerned for the purposes of this life, it means our mind training is not stable, like a field of young shoots destroyed by frost.
The Gyalwang Karmapa advised that if any of these faults occur we should confess them through the four opponent powers of purification: regret for the action, reliance on the objects of refuge, applying the antidote, and resolving not to repeat the action. We need to practise gathering the two accumulations and purifying the obscurations. In particular, we should practise Guru Yoga with great fervor.
The Gyalwang Karmapa then gave the oral transmission of the Four Session Guru Yoga and gave detailed instructions on the visualisations which accompany this practice. He also discussed the role of the Karmapas.
In his summing up, His Holiness made some important general observations about samaya and devotion to the guru.
He spoke about the importance of maintaining samaya—the sacred bond created between a guru and his or her students during empowerments—and linked the problems which had arisen within the Kagyu during the last two hundred years to the many violations of samaya. These violations of samaya are the greatest enemy and the greatest obstacle, he warned. If there are infringements of samaya, we need to recognise the faults, confess, and make the commitment not to repeat them in the future.
His Holiness then raised the question: What is an authentic guru? Firstly, we need to look beyond appearances. When Naropa, a high-caste prince, first met Tilopa his guru, Tilopa was in the form of a low-caste fisherman, drying fish on the riverbank. If Naropa had rejected Tilopa at that point, there would never have been any Kagyu! Whatever the guru does, it is important not to develop misconceptions.
It has been said that we should observe a guru for up to twelve years to check whether they are authentic or not. This does not mean checking them for faults, but primarily assessing whether they have qualities or not. But once we have made a commitment and begun to serve the lama, even if we find faults, it is important not to break samaya of body speech or mind with them if we want to follow the path of the secret mantrayana. This is extraordinarily difficult because if your guru is an authentic guru anything you do which does not conform to the dharma is breaking samaya.
We are all dharma friends here, the Karmapa continued. We are gathered together in a single mandala and we have all received empowerments together. When minor things happen we should be prepared to forgive. Whatever our dharma friends do, we need to recognise that, from one aspect, it is our own fault, the result of bad karma we have accumulated from something we did in the past. Consequently, when we recognise them as our fault, it is unlikely that we will break samaya.
Samaya is an extremely special connection between guru and disciple, which can lead to the transfer of an authentic guru’s realisations to the disciple, if that disciple has unbearable, uncontrived devotion and faith.
Devotion in Tibetan is mö-gu. Mö means ‘longing’ and gu [pa] means dedication. We need to please the guru, by making offerings—practice, service, and material goods—but best of all is to always obey the guru’s command and accomplish their wishes.



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2014/12/14

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: His Holiness the Sakya Trizin will bestow the Muni Tri-Samaya-Vyuha Empowerment



His Holiness the Sakya Trizin will bestow the
Muni Tri-Samaya-Vyuha Empowerment
20th December 2014, 8.00am
Monlam Pavilion


His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, has graciously agreed to bestow this empowerment as a prelude to the special series of initiations, the twenty-four peaceful deities of “Knowing One Frees All”. 
Before receiving the “Knowing One Frees All” initiations, it is necessary to have received a Kriya-tantra empowerment. The Tri-Samaya-Vyuha tantra belongs to the Tathagata family, the highest of the three families of Kriya-tantra [action tantra], and so serves for all the deities in the “Knowing One Frees All” initiations. 
The Gyalwang Karmapa requested His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to grant this empowerment in honour of the fact that  it was due to the great kindness of the Sakya masters that this tantra  came into the Kagyu tradition at the time of the Sixth Karmapa Thonwa Donden

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