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His Holiness leads Karma Gön Chö and Great Kagyu Monlam

His Holiness Karmapa has returned from an extended trip which took place through the end of 2004. The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Varanasi on November 14, where he presided over the Karma Gön Chö, at which representatives of Kagyu monsteries from all over the world debated Kagyu philosophy and soteriology.

In December, His Holiness proceeded to Bodhgaya for the annual Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo). Subsequently he returned to Vajra Vidhya institute, where he engaged in more prayers, including a service for the Tsunami victims. Some photos of His Holiness travels are available here.

The Karmapa Holds Special Prayer Service in Varanasi for Tsunami Victims

In Varanasi, India, one of the four most sacred sites of Buddhism marking where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma and gave his first teachings, His Holiness held a special prayer service for all the deceased, injured and distressed victims of the Tsunami, which affected so many people throughout the countries in Southeast Asia bordering on the Indian Ocean. In front of the special statue of Lord Buddha, His Holiness prayed for all who suffered from the Tsunami: that there would be an end to the suffering caused by the Tsunami and that such a terrible tragedy would never happen again.

October Visit to Bokar Monastery in Darjeeling

On October 4, His Holiness presided over the concluding funerary ceremonies for the Very Venerable Bokar Rinpoche at Bokar Monastery in Mirik, Darjeeling, India. His Holiness left Gyuto for Delhi, where he flew to the Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, arriving at 1:35 PM. He was welcomed at the airport by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Gyaton Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Donyo Lodro Rinpoche, Drikung Gyalse Tulku, the Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, members of the Sikkim Ecclesiastical Department and numerous other government representatives, Tibetan organization leaders from Sikkim, Darjeeling and other community leaders, and devotees from places such as Bhutan, totalling nearly 6,000 welcomers. (A more complete listof dignitaries meeting with His Holiness during his visit is at the end of this report). His Holiness was also welcomed by Adzin Choktrul Rinpoche, who offered him a ceremonial scarf. Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche passed into parinirvana on 17.8.2004 outside Mirik, …

Radiant Blessing of Auspiciousness

lyrics by Lotsawa Marpa
composed & chanted by H. H. the 17th GYAKWANG KARMAPA

Radiant blessing of auspiciousness blazes and ornaments the world Shining upon the vast domain of mighty kingdom At the north of Snowland Lineage of practice flourishes and spreads to all May the world become blissful and auspicious May joy and delight for the world ever increase

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New Codes of Discipline for Kagyu Monlam

By His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Date: 2004/07/28
Place: Gyuto, India

The reason why I invited the Uchos and representatives from 19 Kagyu monasteries of Nepal and India here is to express my thoughts on future planning of Kagyu Monlams.

Firstly about myself, I have spent my childhood like an ordinary child in my country. Later the Kagyupas gave me the grand name of Karmapa. My responsibility became quite heavy and my concern about Kagyupa flows naturally.

Frankly speaking, it will not be possible for me to compete with the kindness and the activities of previous Karmapas but timely change is important.

Coming to the point of talking on Kagyu Monlam, this is not an inovation after we reached India. This was initiated three hundred years back, by the 7th Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, and the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje. During those days, although it was not called Kagyu Monlam specifically, but all Kagyupas gathered to appreciat…

Announcement Regarding Decision of the Supreme Court of India (July, 2004)

The Supreme Court of India Decision
Regarding Litigation In Sikkim District Court
The Kagyü Office of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has recently been notified by its legal counsel that a motion designed to bring the litigation over Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery to a swifter conclusion has been unsuccessful. Although the Kagyü Office is disappointed with the news because it will prolong the litigation, the ruling by the Supreme Court of India was not unexpected due to the legal technicalities involved in the underlying suit. The ruling was collateral to the litigation pending in the District Court of Sikkim and has no significant impact on the continuing administration of His Holiness's Office or Rumtek Monastery. The underlying case will now proceed, and the Kagyu Office is confident that the court system of India will resolve the underlying litigation in a just and expeditious manner.

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court case is related to a pending Civil S…

June - Karmapa's Birthday Celebrated

On June 26, His Holiness became 19 years of age (20 years according to the Tibetan counting system). In the morning, His Holiness was feted at a private celebration with lamas and rinpoches and other invited representatives. In the afternoon, a public ceremony was held in the monastery's courtyard.