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THE GYALWANG KARMAPA VISITS DEHRADUN

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After taking part in the 25th anniversary of Mila's Se-Cham at Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement, Dehradun, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Drikung Kagyu Institute’s branches Jangchubling Monastery, Songtsen Library, and Samtenling Nunnery.

Mila's Se-Cham is a sacred dance which was first performed celebrating Milarepa’s completion of the task of building the nine-story house called Lhodrak Sekhar Guthok. Traditionally, the Se-Cham is performed from the 12th to the 16th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar in Lhodrak, central Tibet.

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On the next day, September 1, 2012, the Gyalwang Karmapa, together with his sister and attendants arrived at Drikung Kagyu Jangchubling Monastery. All the monks,nuns and staff of the respective branches of Drikung Kagyu Institute and the Labrang welcomed him with a big reception. A Mandala was offered in the temple, followed by an offering of tea and auspicious rice.

His Holiness the Karmapa said, “Various schools…

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF MILA'S SE-CHAM

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31st August – Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement, Dehradun.
His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa graced the 25th anniversary of the Mila's Se-cham – a ritual religious ceremonial dance. The daylong program commenced after short addresses from the organizers and the settlement head. His Holiness expressed his gratitude to the elders of the community who has preserved this rare form of ritual religious dance (cham) " I'm really grateful to the elders who have manage to keep this tradition of our forefathers alive and be able to pass it on to the younger generation, when Tibet was invaded by Chinese many of Tibetan traditions and cultures were effected and some even lost. I haven't heard about this Mila's Se-Cham until recently and I'm excited to see it. " More than thousands have thronged to witness the Mila's Se-Cham and to have a glimpse of His Holiness Karmapa. Mila's Se-Cham – a religious ceremonial dance, which was first, performed on the celebration w…

A Feast Song by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje

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A Feast Song in Lhasa

I salute the guru Jewel.
In the ocean of true essence
arise multitudes of unreal concepts,
like varied patterns in the water.
Therefore I practice the following.
This heroic feast- the culmination of merit
for the profound mother tantra-
was taught to increase the merit of beings.
Thus do I understand its meaning:
Beings of the beginning stage
should visualize their body as a deity
at this stage of imaginative engagement.
Purify food and drink into nectar,
and offer the skandhas to the victorious sages.
This is called the great feast:
heros and heroines equal in number,
who have attained high realizations,
contemplate the essence of void and bliss
amid the abundance of food and drink.
Great is the assembly at the feast!
Since all heros have gathered,
it is called the joyous feast of heros.
The Master knows the way of mantra,
his mindstream is empowered,
he understands the essential precepts;
disciple-hosts of heroines and heros,
together engage in full absorption-
the stages of generation a…

His Holiness the 16th Karmapa on pointing out the Nature of Mind

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Here, in the thick darkness of deluded ignorance,There shines a vajra chain of awareness, self-arisen with whatever appears.Within uncontrived vividness, unimpeded through the three times,May we arrive at the capital of nondual, great bliss.Think of me, think of me; guru dharmakaya think of me.
In the center of the budding flower in my heartGlows the self-light of dharmakaya, free of transference and change,that I have never been separate from.This is the unfabricated wisdom of clarity-emptiness, the three kayas free of discursiveness.This is the true heart, the essence, of the dharmakaya, equality.
Through relying on the display of the unfabricated, unceasing, unborn, self-radiance,May we arrive at the far shore of samsara and nirvana- the great, spontaneous presence.May we enter the forest of the three solitudes, the capital of the forebears of the practice lineage.May we seize the fortress of golden rosary of the Kagyu.
O what pleasure, what joy my vajra siblings!Let us make offerings…

Ordinary Awareness & Pristine Awareness: A Treatise on the Distinction

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Composed by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)



To all of the buddhas and bodhisattvas, I pay homage!1
Having thoroughly relied upon learning and reflecting,I’ve resided in secluded places in order to apply the methods of meditation. In accord with these means, I’ll now describe my experience to you.
Some people think that the triple world and all living beings arose from itself, from others, from both, or without any cause.Others say that one’s own self and the world are generated from a creator god such as Cha, Śiva, Brahmā or Viṣṇu, from an external particle, or from a truly existing hidden substance.2
As the sole omniscient one taught, the three worlds are merely the mind.3They are not derived from themselves, from something else, from both of these, or without a cause—all phenomena arise interdependently.They are by their own essence empty, devoid of features that are distinct or unique, andfree from features of truth or falsity—like a magical illusion, the moon in water, and …
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“Birth and dying are part of the way things are. When we understand that dying is just a part of the way things are, we will not be afraid of death… ‘Death’ is what we call the mere cessation of the present grouping of our five skandhas. Actually, however, it is the stream of consciousness that we may call the ‘I’ or ‘self.’ The stream of consciousness does not cease at the time of death; it continues. Therefore, from this perspective, we may say to ourselves, ‘I will not die.’”

~  His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje 


http://www.thebuddhadharma.com/web-archive/2009/11/30/lives-lived-remembering-lisa-hilliard.html

His Holiness Caligraphy of new KTD Logo

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Original calligraphy painted by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa's Golden Handprints

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His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje as told by Venerable Chöje Lama Phuntsok Rinpoche

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I want to greet you kindly and wish to speak about the Lineage of the Karmapas, especially seeing that it’s very important to know that any practice one does depends upon the blessings of one’s Lama, which, in turn, depends upon oneself. “Lama” is a general term, but when we speak about Lama, we mean His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa. The Lineage of the Victorious Karmapas was founded by Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa, the First Gyalwa Karmapa (1110–1193 CE). The name of the Sixteenth in succession of the Karmapas was Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Many people living today met the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa and say that they never experienced another Lama who was as realized as he. The Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa knew the three times, because nothing impeded his clear vision. All Karmapas know the three times (the past, present, and future), although this name was only given to the First Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa, which means “Knower of the three times.” When His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa was se…