Ugen Trinley Dorjee, the Karmapa, speaks to the crowd on eco tourism at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 24, 2008.Ashwini Bhatia / AP
the apparent astonishment and delight of his American retinue, the baby-faced
22-year-old who may one day replace the Dalai Lama as the world symbol of
Tibetan Buddhism and icon of Tibetan aspirations said today, on his first trip
here, that he hoped he might be able to spend two months a year in the United
States, raising the possibility that in decades to come, America could become
an important focus for that community.
Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, or head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism,
sat at his ease in a throne-like overstuffed chair, rimless rectangular glasses
perched on his pleasantly round, shaven head, a yellow shirt peeking out from
underneath a dark red robe, feet in pebbled brown loafers. Reputedly stern, the
Karmapa, who spent half an hour with TIME, was both remarkably well-tempered
and focused for a man who had just come off a 14-hour flight — by far his
longest since he arrived in India eight years ago as a teenager after a
swashubuckling escape from China by foot, horseback and plane. Asked whether he
had slept on on his way here, he replied in English, "Sleep, but not well.
Lot of..." and he did an expert mime of transatlantic turbulence.
two-week American trip, which will include stops in New York City, the Kagyu
center in Seattle and the vast monastery his adherents have nearly completed in
Woodstock, N.Y as his American seat, is a literal "coming out." The
Indian government, wary of relations with China, had not until now allowed the
young man, whom the Dalai Lama had taken under his wing, to travel
internationally. Followers here who have not seen their leader since his
predecessor died in 1981 (they believe four years passed before his
reincarnation) will bask in his attention and teachings. "The previous
Karmapa visited the U.S. several times and his dharma activity here was
vast," he said (this time through a translator). "It is my hope to
continue that." He added, "My work is not going to be conducted only
among other Buddhists, but to help everyone." He also said he wants to
"look at things not only from a Buddhist perspective," but from the
viewpoint of other faiths as well — a tall order.
although he confirmed an adviser's caution that Kagyu leaders have no tradition
of engaging in politics, he noted, "As far as I'm concerned, the situation
in Tibet, particularly the political situation, has reached a level of
emergency." He sees his teacher as a major player in dealing with it:
"The Dalai Lama is both the spiritual and secular leader of all the
Tibetan people, and is recognized as such all over the world, and the Dalai
Lama has a tremendous responsibility in his great efforts to bring about a
peaceful resolution." But he noted that "in the Tibetan tradition we
regard the connection between a lama and his spiritual teacher to be
sacred." And "like all Tibetans, I will continue to support him in
this as best I can in the future."
when the Dalai Lama, currently a relatively healthy 72, dies, the Karmapa could
end up his replacement as the face of Tibet. He could never be the next Dalai
Lama. "Karmapa," like "Dalai Lama," is its own reincarnate
title. Nor could he become the hands-on political leader of a Tibetan government
or government-in-exile, a job the Dalai Lama has ceded to a prime minister. But
a recent YouTube video shows the Dalai Lama talking to the Karmapa and Ling
Rinpoche, the 19-year-old reincarnation of another high monk. The older man
tells them, "You two... are still young, and when I die you will be the
ones who continue by work." In the video, the Karmapa starts slightly, and
his eyes roll back a moment before he regains composure.
video, which seems authentic, reinforces sentiments the Dalai Lama expressed in
public in 2001 and acknowledges the Karmapa's unique portfolio. The Karmapa is
traditionally regarded as the third most important person in Tibetan Buddhism
after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, who disappeared years ago and whose
replacement, picked by the Chinese, is not recognized by most Tibetans. He is
unusual among a new generation of leaders because of his birth and training as
a high lama in Tibet. He speaks fluent Chinese, and attracted numerous Chinese
adherents before fleeing. The Karmapa's close relationship with the Dalai Lama
knits up a historic tension between their two lineages, and helps make him a
Thurman, an expert in Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University who knows the
Dalai Lama well, has had repeated contact with the Karmapa and will soon
publish a book titledWhy the
Dalai Lama Matters, worries that "if [the Karmapa] is pressured by
devotees to travel and teach too much at too young an age at the expense of his
studies," it could prevent him from "manifesting his full
strength." But if he is allowed to mature, says Thurman, "50 years from
now my son may have to write a book sayingWhy
the Karmapa Matters."
for the head of a major Tibetan lineage to spend a sixth of every year in the
United States would be a tremendous boost for the Buddhist community here. The
Karmapa's p.r. representative claims he has attained a near sell-out of 21,000
seats at teachings he will give here (starting with one Saturday at Manhattan's
Hammerstein Ballroom) almost solely on the strength of e-mail chains. Many in
the audience will be his age. When a reporter noted that the Kagyu lineage is
known for its stress on practice and that his own generation is not known for
its patience, the Karmapa delivered some advice that his American followers
could no doubt appreciate. "If people have no patience," he said,
"they have no patience, and I can't insist that they develop it. But I've
observed that human life without patience becomes unworkable. My experience has
been that I've been forced to develop patience with unchangeable
situations." It is a virtue to recommend as well to those hoping for a
solution for Tibet's status.
His Holiness Karmapa has arrived in New Jersey, United States. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, President Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, KTD and Karme Ling lamas, New Jersey KTC Lama Tsultrim, and Danang Foundation Lama Tsewang Rinpoche welcomed him.
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Practices of loving-kindness and compassion are indispensable elements of all religious traditions. These are qualities everyone can practice, regardless of their religious affiliation or ancestry. In fact, training to develop loving-kindness and compassion provides a bridge between all religions and all the many parts of our global society.
I am a Buddhist, but I still have to live my life as a member of the larger world community and take full part in society, where Buddhism is not the only spiritual tradition. There are many different forms of religion and spirituality, and there are also many different types of people, including those who are inclined toward religious or spiritual approaches and those who are not.
Since our world community is so very vast and diverse, it is important for us to respect the…
The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student. Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about "Calling the Lama from afar." “Karmapa Chenno” can be roughly translated as "Embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, turn attention to me." In Central Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, it is pronounced Karmapa Kyen-no or Karmapa khen-no. In East Tibet, it is p…
First the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke a few words related to the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama:
We Tibetans consider the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama to be extremely important. We are most fortunate that he lights our way like a blazing torch as we pass through these dark and difficult times. His birthday, therefore, is an important occasion for us. Born in the Land of Snow, His Holiness is the protector and refuge for all the Tibetan people. This enormous good fortune brings delight to all of us and also gives us great courage.
However we might celebrate his birthday, we can recall his life story and his worldwide activity to benefit others.
In relation to any advice he might give us, it is essential that we consider how we can assist him and implement his counsel in its true sense. Not only has His Holiness devoted himself to improving our material welfare externally, he has also encouraged the growth of our spiritual welfare internally. In response, from our…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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Karmapa is the title given to the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are the oldest institutionalised series of rebirths in Tibetan Buddhism, preceding the Dalai Lama of Gelug sect. Currently, there are three contenders who claim to be the rightful reincarnation of 16th Karmapa. While Ogyen Dorje, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama as well as the Peoples’…