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THE FIRST DAY OF GYALWANG KARMAPA’S LINEAGE PRACTICE TEACHINGS

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Wednesday 31st December, 2008 These teachings, sponsored and organized by the Hwa-Yue Foundation from Taiwan, are the third in a series of teachings entitled: Lineage Practice Teachings. More than one thousand five hundred people filled the main assembly hall at Tergar Monastery to listen to His Holiness deliver the teachings in a mixture of Tibetan and Chinese. Chinese devotees from Taiwan and Hong Kong formed the majority of the audience. However, there were also disciples from the Americas, from Europe and from other Asian countries including Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The morning and afternoon sessions began with prayers in Chinese, accompanied by traditional Chinese instruments – a wooden bell beaten to keep time, and a bronze bell. At the morning session, representatives from the audience prostrated along with the Gyalwang Karmapa.

His Holiness’ theme was teacher and student. He began by joking that these teachings, and the ‘English’ ones which would follow Monlam, were as…

GYALWANG KARMAPA TEACHES ON THE BODHISATTVA VOW

Friday 26th December, 2008 His Holiness Karmapa graciously accepted an invitation from the Root Institute, the F.P.M.T. Dharma centre in Bodh Gaya, and addressed the staff and a general audience which included a group who were about to undertake a short retreat course on the Bodhisattva Vow. His Holiness was accompanied by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. His Holiness emphasized the preciousness of bodhichitta - the altruistic intention. Quoting, he explained that if bodhichitta were to take physical form the universe would be too small to contain it, the reality of bodhichitta was sometimes misunderstood. It was far more than kind thoughts towards others or common acts of kindness. Bodhichitta arose from a deep understanding of the suffering of all sentient beings, tremendous compassion, the resolve to achieve Buddhahood for one’s self and the determination to work unceasingly for the benefit of all sentient beings. Gyalwang Karmapa reminded everyone: All happiness comes from cherishing othe…

HIS HOLINESS VISITS THE ROYAL BHUTANESE MONASTERY

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Before returning to Tergar Monastery, His Holiness visited the Royal Bhutanese Monastery in order to check on progress in making the Kagyu Monlam torma (butter sculptures). This year a film crew from US is making a documentary about the unique Tibetan tradition of butter sculptures, so His Holiness drew the word ‘torma’ with brush and ink in Tibetan calligraphic style for them.
His Holiness teaching on the Bodhisattva Vow and
visiting the Royal Bhutanese Monastery
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GYALWANG KARMAPA DISTRIBUTES PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Wednesday 24th December, 2008 In the afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa distributed small presents – a bag and an umbrella from this year’s Monlam souvenirs – to the staff of Tsurphu Labrang and to members of the Kagyu Monlam Working Team.
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27TH KAGYU MONLAM OPENS IN BODHGAYA - A THEME OF "GRATITUDE"

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December 24, 2009 - Under the Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya As His Holiness moved through the dawn mist yesterday to take his place under the graceful branches of the Bodhi Tree, the long-awaited 27th Kagyu Monlam was officially underway. The theme for this year’s prayer gathering is "gratitude," and this theme was surely reflected in the hearts of the thousands of disciples who managed to bring together the conditions to be present in Bodhgaya after this year of economic turmoil. The Gyalwang Karmapa opened Kagyu Monlam by offering the 24-hour Mahayana Sojong precepts to the immense gathering of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. His Holiness has noted in the past that aspirations made by men and women together are more powerful and carry greater effects, as are the aspirations made by people holding vows. As such, the Mahayana Sojong ceremony is a particularly appropriate way to open Kagyu Monlam, since it allows monastic and lay to observe pure ethical discipline and so to strengt…

LAST DAY OF THE KARMA GUNCHOE TEACHINGS

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December, 2008 Gyalwang Karmapa completed the reading transmission of the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s The Lion’s Roar which Destroys Confusion. He described the Four Yogas of Mahamudra, one-pointed, simplicity, one-taste, and no-meditation, and the three stages within each yoga – lower, middle, greater – and mapped each one onto the five paths and ten levels of the Bodhisattva. His Holiness went on to explain the phrase “appearances are mind”, and to speak more on the controversies between the rangtong and shentong viewpoints. Finally His Holiness addressed the foreigners present – thanking them for attending the teaching and wishing them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – first in Chinese and then in English.
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GYALWANG KARMAPA'S TEACHINGS ON THE LION’S ROAR THAT DESTROYS CONFUSION

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Saturday 20th December, 2008 Displaying both erudition and a sense of humour, Gyalwang Karmapa continued his transmission and exposition of the text. He dealt with two new issues. The first was whether or not it was valid to rank the Consequentialist Middle Way School and the Autonomous Middle Way School, holding one as a higher view than the other. The second was with regard to rangtong (self-empty) and shentong (other-empty). His Holiness explored the historical context of the debate between the proponents of rangtong and shentong, the acceptance of the shentong view in the Khamtsang Kagyu, and the role of the Jonang School. Gyalwang Karmapa then moved on to highlight the interrelationship between study and practice. He stressed that all the texts, both sutra and tantra, were written or taught for the purpose of practice and there was not one single word in the canon that was not a quintessential instruction to bring us to awakening. Even the commentarial treatises were written for…

UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE AKSHOBHYA RETREAT

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Friday 19th December, 2008 Following some changes, the retreat began on Friday 19th December, a day later than originally planned, and will last for fifteen days, concluding on 2nd January 2009. There are 16 monks, drawn from all the Kagyu monasteries, in retreat. The retreat is a preparation for the Akshobhya Ritual to be held on the 9th and 10th January 2009, during the 26th Kagyu Monlam. This year’s ritual will be especially dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the typhoon which hit Burma, the March disturbances and demonstrations in Tibet, the Sichuan earthquake in China, and the November terrorist attack on Mumbai (Bombay). During the retreat the monks, who must have already completed a three year retreat in order to qualify, offer four sessions each day of the Akshobhya Saddhana, and keep strict soljong. They do not eat after midday. They do not eat meat or any ‘black’ foods - onion, garlic, eggs – and their food is specially prepared by a small team of volunteers: a …

GYALWANG KARMAPA’S TEACHING ON MADHYAMIKA : FOURTH SESSION

Thursday 18th December, 2008 Gyalwang Karmapa gave a scholarly overview of some of the issues in the Tibetan canon, with particular reference to differences between Tibetan and Chinese texts. He focused on the Tibetan and Chinese versions of the Five Works of Maitreya, using internal evidence from the texts themselves to argue a logical order. He also began the transmission of the main text for the teaching : The Lion’s Roar that Destroys Confusion by 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje.
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THIRD SESSION OF GYALWANG KARMAPA’S TEACHING ON MADHYAMIKA

Wednesday 17th December, 2008 Madhyamika is noted as being a very difficult area of study, yet, each day, the number of people attending the teaching has grown, and this prompted His Holiness to tell a funny story. Looking around the large assembly hall at Tergar, he told how a Geshe had gone abroad to deliver a teaching on the Middle Way approach. The first day there was a good number of people present. The following day there were fewer, and this continued until the final day, when the Geshe found himself addressing an empty room. His Holiness concluded that this was definitely not the case at Tergar. Gyalwang Karmapa began by relating the life of Aryadeva, comparing the Chinese and Tibetan versions of his life story. Aryadeva is famous for his “400 Verses”, and for his skills in debating with non-Buddhists. According to some sources, he came from a royal family in Sri Lanka, studied with Nagarjuna in South India, and became his direct disciple. His Holiness then returned to the pr…

GYALWANG KARMAPA’S TEACHING ON MADHYAMIKA CONTINUES

Tuesday 16th December, 2008 The assembly hall of Tergar Monastery was packed with monks and laypeople to listen to the second part of Gyalwang Karmapa’s teachings which continued this afternoon. This is only a brief report on the session. It may be possible later to provide a fuller report from the transcription of the Tibetan. Because of Nagarjuna’s importance in establishing the Middle Way school of Buddhist philosophy Gyalwang Karmapa began with an overview of Nagarjuna’s life. Accounts of his life exist in both Chinese and Tibetan sources. The earliest Chinese source, written approximately one hundred years after Nagarjuna’s death, predates Tibetan sources. It seems he was born in South India into a Brahmin family, and studied Buddhism in South India. After many years of practice he reached an understanding of emptiness. There are also references to prophecies about Nagarjuna, but there is a need to exercise caution when citing prophecies, because the true intention and meaning …

GYALWANG KARMAPA BEGINS TEACHING ON MADHYAMIKA

Monday 15th December, 2008 Each year, during the Karma Gunchoe, the Gyalwang Karmapa gives a dharma teaching. Although strictly part of the Karma Gunchoe and not part of Kagyu Monlam, many of the Kagyu Monlam staff as well as lay students of His Holiness and pilgrims attend these teachings. Consequently, for the first time, simultaneous translation into Chinese and English has been made available this year. The teaching will be based primarily on The Lion’s Roar which Destroys Confusion, a text written by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje In the first session, the Gyalwang Karmapa began by emphasizing the importance of motivation and intention these days, since modern methods of transport had made travel so much easier than in the past and great determination and perseverance were no longer necessary. Without correct motivation and intention, there would be no real benefit in travelling to Bodh Gaya on pilgrimage or to receive teachings. Further, it was important to concentrate on the …

THE 12TH ANNUAL KAGYU ANNUAL WINTER PROGRAM OF PHILOSOPHY AND DEBATE COMMENCES

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Friday 12th December, 2008 In the morning of the 12th of December, the Gyalwang Karmapa completed his first public engagement, visiting the Mahbodhi Stupa. He was greeted by the President of the Mahabodhi Management Committee, who presented His Holiness with a traditional Tibetan khatag. He then went to the Mahabodhi stupa main temple and into the shrine hall where he prostrated three times, offered Mandala prayers and recited the Praise of the Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha. He then completed two circumambulations: one inner and one outer circuit. The visit to the Mahabodhi Stupa was followed by a visit to the Bhutanese Temple, where His Holiness inspected the work in progress on the butter sculptures for the Kagyu Monlam. The sculptures are being prepared by a group of monks and nuns, chosen for their expertise from several Kagyu monasteries and nunneries. In the afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over an assembly of the participants in the 12th Annual Karmae Gunchoe. He spoke abo…

HIS HOLINESS THE GYALWANG KARMAPA ARRIVES IN BODHGAYA, WHERE THE BUDDHA ATTAINED ENLIGHTENMENT

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December 11, 2008 His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Tergar Monastery at dusk. Many devotees, local Tibetans and six hundred monks have been waiting for hours eagerly to have a glimpse and blessing of His Holiness. He arrived from Delhi via Patna to Bodhgaya. This is the beginning of his annual winter tour.

The monks holding Serbangs were led by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and all the head Khenpos of different monasteries who are attending the annual Karmae Gunchoe Winter Debate.
> His Holiness Karmapa arrives at Tergar December 11, 2008
Video footage and other information are available at the Monlam blog. The schedule through the 20th: December 12 His Holiness will visit the Mahabodhi Stupa in the morning. This will be his first visit to the Stupa for this tour. At Tergar in December, His Holiness is formally presiding over the 12th Karmae Gunchoe, the Kagyu Annual Winter Program of Philosophy and Debate (Karma Gön Chö). The Karmae Gunchoe involves extensive debate and philosophic…

OVERVIEW OF HH GYALWANG KARMAPA ACTIVITY IN BODHGAYA 2008-09

12th Annual Karmae Gunchoe Debate Session from December 11th to 29th, 2008: His Holiness presides over the 12th Annual Karmae Gunchoe Winter Debate and Logical studies session which will be held at Tergar Monastery located at Bodh Gaya (Bihar). During the Session His Holiness will give teachings on Umaë Dües Dhon Sur khol Senghe Nga ro (Lion's Roar: the synopsis of the middle way). Teaching in Bodhgaya from December 31st to January 2nd, 2009: His Holiness will give a public teaching at Tergar Monastery, the topic will be: “The Teachings of Kagyu Masters.” More information about this teaching, please click the following link: Hwa Yue Foundation
http://www.hwayue.org.tw/act/Lineage_Teachings_Annoucement_English.html. 26th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo from January 4th to 11th, 2009: His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa will preside over the 26th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo prayers for world peace which will be held at Bodhgaya. During the Monlam course His Holiness will confer Soljong vows and give teaching…

Portraits of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa by Claude-Max LOCH

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ABC News : After the Dalai Lama

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Broadcast: 18/11/2008
Reporter: Eric Campbell





The Karmapa was just 14 years old when he fled in secret across the desolate mountains of Western Tibet and Nepal, to exile in Northern India.

It was a controversial and provocative move, as he is the only significant Buddhist figure to be officially endorsed by both China, and its nemesis - the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetans, the Dalai Lama.

Now, eight years later, he's being granted more freedom of movement by the Indian government, touring America earlier this year, and visiting the Himalayan province of Ladakh, which borders Tibet.

Eric Campbell caught up with the Karmapa in Leh, the picturesque high-altitude capital of the province often dubbed "Little Tibet" because it looks so similar.

Banned by India from taking up his official seat at a monastery in Sikkim, the Karmapa lives near the Dalai Lama near Dharmasala, home to thousands of Tibetan emigres, the Tibetan government in exile, and a place of pilgrimage for B…

48TH ANNIVERSARY OF TCV SCHOOL - OCT 28, 2008

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Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) school of Dharamsala celebrates its 48th founding anniversary celebration on 25th of October. His Holiness Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa were invited by the school to attend the celebrations as chief guests.

TCV’s founding anniversary day was huge celebration event. The day-long celebration showcased children presenting colorful cultural programs, fascinating callisthenic display formations and an impressive performance by the school band. There were also traditional Tibetan song and dance performances by individual and group artists. The actual event usually lasts for three days.

On the second day TCV School observed its 24th Inter- House Athletic meet which is an annual inter-house games and sports competition.
The Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest for this program.

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at 8:50 am, he was heartily welcomed by all the students and heads of the school including Jetsun Pema La (His Holiness Dalai Lama's sister)
The…

HH KARMAPA GREETS HH DALAI LAMA, OCTOBER 20, 2008

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Hundreds of Tibetans and well-wishers holding traditional ceremonial scarves and burning incense greeted His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he returned to his hometown. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was received at the Gaggal Airport, which is an hour drive from McLeod Ganj, by The Gyalwang Karmapa and officials of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, and heads of major Tibetan non-governmental organizations. Dalai Lama arrived from the Indian capital, where he successfully underwent a surgery to remove gall stones at a private hospital.


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HH KARMAPA OBSERVES DEBATE - OCTOBER 18, 2008

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His Holiness was invited to observe the 14th annual winter debate of the Nuns which is held at Jamyang Chöeling Nunnery located in Garoh, 17 kilometers away from Gyuto Monastery. The debate commenced after the arrival of His Holiness at 3 pm, which went on for two and half hours, later at 5:30 pm the debate was completed and His Holiness left for Gyuto Monastery.
His Holiness observes 14th annual winter debate, October 18, 2008
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NUN’S EDUCATION AND CONDUCT IN MODERN TIMES

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On October 18th, 2008, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to preside over the second all-night debate session of the fourteenth Jamyang Guncho for nuns, which was held at Jamyang Choling Institute in Dharamsala. Over two hundred nuns from seven different nunneries were present. The following presents the main points of the remarks which His Holiness gave on that occasion. These days many friends from abroad with a modern viewpoint are giving help and direction to Tibetan nuns and laywomen and I would like to thank them for their help. But I think we need to begin from within our own Tibetan society to find a particular Tibetan way of being modern. The reason for this is that other viewpoints and Tibetan culture are sometimes incompatible, and as Tibetan culture is already endangered, insisting too strongly on imposing other ways of doing things could very well weaken what we are working hard to preserve. There are quotations in the scriptures and treatises which say that orda…

HHK RECEIVES AVALOKITSHVARA INITIATION - OCTOBER 4, 2008

The Gyalwang Karmapa attended the Saturday morning Avalokiteshvara initiation (Thug-je-Chenpoe-Wang) given by His Holiness Dalai Lama at Tsuklag Khang.


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Gyalwang Karmapa's Foreword for " Environmental Guidelines for Karma Kagyu Buddhist Monasteries, Centers and Community"

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A PDF of His Holiness' Environmental Guidelines Booklet can be downloaded here.





In the past, people in most parts of the world had a very straightforward relationship with the environment. They used the resources provided by nature as needed and due to the simplicity of their lives, rarely did great damage to the Earth. However, this has changed considerably in more recent times. Not only are our lives no longer so simple, our relationship with the environment is much more complicated and we now have tremendous power to do it harm.
Our lifestyle in the 21st century makes huge demands on the environment. We use more and more resources like fossil fuels, timber and water without any understanding of what the outcomes will be. We think we need all kinds of gadges, toys and machines without stopping to think if these are really important and useful to us. Sometimes there seems to be no natural limit to human desires. But there is a limit to how much Mother Earth can sustain us and we ca…

HHK GIVES LONG LIFE EMPOWERMENT - SEPTEMBER 28, 2008

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Nangchen Nyer-nga Society offered Ten-Shug (Long Life) to His Holiness Dalai Lama on morning of 28th September. Gyalwang Karmapa was invited as Chief guest for the event. Later at afternoon as requested by the Nangchen Nyer-Nga Society Karmapa gave the long live empowerment at Gyuto Temple which was attended by almost a thousand devotees including all the members of the society.
His Holiness gives Long Life Empowerment, September 28, 2008
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HHK ARRIVES IN GYUTO - SEPTEMBER 26, 2008

Today His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa arrived safely back to his residence at Gyuto University. His Holiness could not complete the later branch of his Dharma tour to the regions of Jispa, Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur - part of Himachal Pradesh - due to heavy snowfall and blockage of the high mountain passes. His Holiness will resume his daily activities.
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HH KARMAPA AIRLIFTED OUT OF LADAKH - SEPTEMBER 21, 2008

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His Holiness Karmapa and his aides which includes his sister and the General Secretary Drupon Rinpoche were airlifted by an army helicopter from Bara-lacha Pass to Leh in Ladakh after he was stranded on the Bara-lacha pass for the last two days due to heavy snowfall. (Ladakh Gonpa Association, Ladhak Buddhist Association and Mr.Tsering Dorji organised the airlift). His Holiness was on his way to complete his next leg of Dharma tour in Lahual spiti and Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh. "His Holiness and his followers are fine and in good health, and will spend two more days in Leh in Ladakh" said Drupon Rinpoche General Secretary to His Holiness.


His Holiness in Ladakh, September 17-24, 2008 (Photographer: Karma Norbu)
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TIBETAN NEWS ABOUT HHK IN LADAKH, SEPT 18-24, 2008

To read the news release in PDF format click here. Report by Khenpo Chokdup.


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