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Studies with Tenga Rinpoche

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His Holiness completed this round of studies with the Venerable Tenga Rinpoche at the end of November, and began preparations for his trip to Bodhgaya and Varanasi in connection with presiding over the Great Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo) will take place from 30 December, 2003 to 7 January, 2004.





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January at Kagyu Monlam

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His Holiness presided over the the Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo
from December 30 - January 8.

A slideshow of the event is available here. In addition to presiding over the Monlam, His Holiness also visited with the Dilgo Khyents Rinpoche Yangtsi, toured the Maitreya Project in Bodhgaya, and visited temples and monasteries in the region.
slideshow
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The passing of Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden

His Holiness Karmapa and the Kagyu Office have offered their sincere prayers and wishes in response to the passing of Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden, affectionately known to the Bhutanese people as Gayum Angay. Her Majesty passed away on August 24, at the age of 92. Her Majesty is the grandmother of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the current "Druk Gyalpo," who became King of Bhutan in 1974. Her family line traces back through centuries of Bhutanese history and includes the great terton Rigzin Pema Lingpa, one of the great figures of Bhutanese Buddhist history. Ashi Phuntsho Choden was married to the second Druk Gyalpo King Jigme Wangchuck, and gave birth in 1928 to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third Druk Gyalpo and father of the current King. During her life, Her Majesty was reknowned throughout Bhutan and Buddhist Asia for her role is supporting Bhutan's Buddhist traditions and practices. More information on the life of Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden is a…

Passing of the mother of HE Tai Situ Rinpoche(2003)

In September, His Holiness Karmapa toured the Gopalpur TCV. SOS Tibetan Children's Village at Gopalpur. TCV Gopalpur is a children's community with 32 homes, educational complexes, a medical centre and hostels for boys and girls. His Holiness wil visit Uppert TCV in October. Also in September, His Holiness received a visit from actor Jet Li. Li was an internationally renowned Wu Shu champion of China as a teenager, and has appeared in some 30 movies.





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Visit to Gopalpur and Meeting with Jet Li(2003)

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His Holiness Karmapa with martial artist and actor Jet Li


In September, His Holiness Karmapa toured the Gopalpur TCV. SOS Tibetan Children's Village at Gopalpur. TCV Gopalpur is a children's community with 32 homes, educational complexes, a medical centre and hostels for boys and girls. His Holiness wil visit Uppert TCV in October.
Also in September, His Holiness received a visit from actor Jet Li. Li was an internationally renowned Wu Shu champion of China as a teenager, and has appeared in some 30 movies.

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Studies with Bokar Rinpoche(2003)

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His Holiness studing with Ven. Bokar Rinpoche
His Holiness continues his studies with masters of the lineage. Bokar Rinpoche instructed His Holiness in his temporary residence at Gyuto Tantric University, in August and Tenga Rinpoche taught and transmitted lineage traditions to His Holiness in October and November.




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Tour of Shimla area of Himachal Pradesh

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At the invitation of the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society and area Tibetan settlements, His Holiness toured the Shimla area in July. A slideshow of photos of His Holiness during this visit is available from this site. On July 5th, His Holiness arrived and was greeted by local government representatives at Dorje Drak Monastery. On the next day, he was Guest of Honor at the Central School for Tibetans, where he was welcomed and addressed the large crowd who had come to celebrate HH Dalai Lama's birthday with the Karmapa. His Holiness gave teachings and empowerments at local monasteries, such as the Dorje Drak Monastery and Jonang Taranatha Monastery, and also made visits to the areaTibetan Senior Citizens' Home, the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Handicraft Society, as well as touring the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies. On July 8, while visiting the renowned Chail Palace Hotel, the Karmapa met with the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje. His Holiness also visit…

His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Visit to Shimla

His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Visit to Shimla, July 5 to July 9, 2003
His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, supreme head of the Kagyu Lineage, was invited to Shimla, capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Foundation as well as by various organizations and offices of the Tibetan government, monasteries and schools. 
On July 5, 2003 at 6 a.m., His Holiness along with a small personal entourage departed from Gyuto Monastery to take a ferry to Shimla, where he arrived at 12:15 p.m. He was first welcomed at Baluganj, where he was received with welcoming scarves by local officials of the Tibetan government. From there His Holiness traveled to Thubten Dorje Drak, the Nyingma monastery that was the center of preparations for His Holiness' visit. Tsetrul Rinpoche, the head of Thubten Dorje Drak, received His Holiness with welcoming scarves. This was followed by lamas and monks from the monastery perform…

His Holiness turns 18 years of age

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On June 26, 2003, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa turned 18 years old, according to the Western traditions of counting birthdays. (According to the Tibetan tradition, His Holiness was 19 years old as of the Tibetan New Year.) At Gyuto, though no large celebration was planned, many people showed up to wish His Holiness well. Offerings were made by representatives of the Tsurphu Labrang and Sherab Ling Monastery, and long life prayers were performed by a gathering of supplicants. His Holiness gave a teaching in the afternoon. In Rumtek, celebrations were presided over by HE Gyaltsab Rinpoche and a video message specially taped by His Holiness was played for the attendees.





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Gold Cup Football

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On June 1, 2003, His Holiness was the honored guest at the opening of the Gold Cup Football tournament in Dharamsala. He gave an opening address, and watched the first day's games.












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Shoton Speech

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Translation of Shoton Speech

On March 11, 2003, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa attended the last day of the Tibetan "Shoton" festival in Dharamsala, India, as the principal guest. The following is a transcript of remarks made by His Holiness on that day at 4:30 p.m. to the opera group of the Tibetan government-in-exile, in addition to various opera organizations from abroad and the members of the audience.
I would first like to offer warm greetings to all who are gathered here on this last day of the Tibetan Shoton festival: the opera group from the Tibetan government-in-exile, the opera groups from abroad, the monastics, and the laity gathered here. It is excellent that this anniversary has been so well observed in this way. 
And so it has come to pass that we Tibetans living in exile have been able to once again gather to witness the performing of the Shoton opera for the ninth time. I have very much enjoyed this opportunity, and as for the audience, on the one h…

Shoton Festival

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In April, His Holiness attended the Shoton Festival, which celebrates Tibetan culture, and is held annually in Dharamsala. The opening of the festival on April 4th was attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and other notables. On April 11th, His Holiness gave a public teaching to the attendees on the special quality of Tibetan culture and the importance of preserving the Tibetan heritage. Transcripts of His Holiness' teaching are available from this site in both Tibetan and English.



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With the Dalai Lama

On March 3rd(2003), His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa attended Losar celebrations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. This year, Losar observations for the Phukluk calendar were observed one month after Losar according to the Kagyu Tsurluk calendar. (More on the different Tibetan calendar traditions)


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Peace and War (2003)

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In March, His Holiness resumed his regular schedule of studies, practice, interviews, and public audiences at his temporary residence at Gyuto Monastic University in Sidbhari, India. During a question and answer session with the public, His Holiness was asked some questions by a 12 year old American boy about the war in Iraq. Following is the exchange between them:



Question: Is there a need for this war?
His Holiness: In general, wars inflict great harm on people.
While an individual country may reap economic benefits, basically, wars create tremendous fear and defeat the deep wish for well-being and peace that all living beings have.
Question: Will any good come of the war?
His Holiness: War plants the seeds of hatred and revenge. Temporarily, there might be benefits for some people, but in the long term, war creates within individuals a state of mind that is unsettled and unhappy. In brief, fighting wars brings harm to humans, to the planet, and to all the living beings who …

HH Karmapa Confers Public Chenresik Empowerment at Jayanti Park in Delhi

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February,2003

At the end of February, His Holiness returned to New Delhi on his way back to his camp at Gyuto Tantric University in Sidbhari. On February 23, at Buddha Jayanti Park in Delhi, the Karmapa gave a public teaching and offered a Chenresik empowerment. Some 6000 to 7000 persons were able to fit in the Park for the empowerment. A slide show is now available of His Holiness recent public conferral of an Avalokiteshvara ceremony in Buddha Jayanti Park in New Delhi. Some 6000 to 7000 persons were able to fit in the Park for the empowerment.








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Bodhicitta Teaching - HH 17th Karmapa

Vajra Vidya Institue 
Snarth, India
February 21, 2003





Karmapa Celebrates Losar (Tibetan New Year) in Sarnath with HH Dalai Lama

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His Holiness celebrated Losar, the Tibetan New Year of the Water Sheep, in Sarnath on February 2, 2003. The February celebration recognized New Year according to the Tsurphu calendar, which is the tradition of calendar calculation first developed by the Third Karmapa and maintained by the Kagyu lineage. (The two main Tibetan calendar calculating traditions are explained in more detail here; usually the New Year for both calendars coincide, but this year were separated by one month, as occasionally happens.)

February 16th was the first full moon after the New Year, as well as the anniversaries of the performance of miracles by Sakyamuni Buddha and of the parinirvana of Marpa Lotsawa. The Karmapa observed these important events by leading ceremonies at the stupa in Sarnath where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma.



His Holiness in Sarnath and Bodhgaya

At the conclusion of January through early February, 2003, the Gyalwang Karmapa was at the Kagyu Monastery in Sarnath. A photographic slide show of some of His Holiness's recent activities in Bodhgaya and Sarnath, India is now available here.
Sarnath, India, outside Varanasi, is one of the four most important pilgrimage spots marking the Buddha's life, and is where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma at Deer Park. While in Sarnath before Losar, His Holiness gave an Amitayus Empowerment on January 26th. On January 27th, he conferred Bodhisattva Vows on the assembly. On the 29th, he traveled through the area consecrating a number of new buildings, such as the stupa at the Universal Education Center. On the 31st and February 1st, he presided over the Mahakala Puja and other ceremonies for the New Year.

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The Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha

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In January, 2003, HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the conclusion of the Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo, "The Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha." The gathering of Kagyu monks from all over the world takes place annually at the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodhgaya, India, under the Bodhi tree, the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment. The purpose of the Monlam is to bring peace to the world and to increase happiness and wisdom for everyone.

His Holiness arrived in New Delhi on January 4th and Bodhgaya on the evening of the January 5th. He joined the Monlam on the 6th and in the afternoon conferred a Tara empowerment. On the 7th, the Monlam was graced by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who joined the Karmapa under the Bodhi Tree for the concluding session. The Karmapa performed Tsok offerings and prayers, and joined His Holiness the Dalai Lama in extending great blessings, prayers and aspiratio…