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H.H. Karmapa on cultivating compassion

Q: Where do you see the main problems of today’s world and human society and how do you think Buddhism can help to solve these problems?


Today, on this planet, with its ever-growing society of different nations, there are many conflicts. We cannot clearly identify all the particular reasons for each of these conflicts. However, we can recognize some common causes that generally lead to these conflicts:
Our actions are often governed by self-interest. And they are motivated by materialistic desires. The more we give in to these cravings the more conflicts arise.
If we were able to minimize our self-interest and our egoistic thinking and instead develop an attitude of altruism, of loving kindness and compassion – an attitude of genuine respect for the well being of others – then we can reduce conflict and we can develop peace.
This training is the very heart of the Buddhist way. We all can learn these techniques and experience the benefits of these exercises. This is one of the contribution…

H.H. Karmapa's relationship to H.H. the Dalai Lama

Q: What is your relationship to His Holiness the Dalai Lama?
In respect to the Dharma it is the relationship of master and deciple. Also in other respects we have a close relationship – we are friends – we support each other. So we are connected both through the Dharma and through a worldly friendship.

What is the mission of the Karmapa in this life time?

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Q: What is the mission of the Karmapa in this life time?

The mission of the 17th Karmapa in this 21 century is mainly Dharma activity. However, the Dharma must change in order to suit the time and the needs of society and its people. It's essence will be Buddha Dharma - but I may give it a new external shape. I will update its expression so it can most effectively benefit the people of the 21st century. That is my misson.  


DORZONG MONASTERY CONDUCTS CEREMONY FOR LONG LIFE OF GYALWANG KARMAPA AS CHÖD TRANSMISSION DRAWS TO CLOSE

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29th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.
Several thousand people converged on Dorzong Monastic Institute today to hold a long-life ceremony for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. In attendance were deeply devoted Rinpoches, Togdens, Khenpos, monks and nuns from across the Himalayan region, as well as international disciples from over a dozen countries. Following the long-life puja offered to him by Dorzong Monastic Institute, the Gyalwang Karmapa conferred the Amitayus long-life empowerment on all those assembled. The long-life ceremonies mark the conclusion of the Gyalwang Karmapa's five-day visit to Dorzong Monastic Institute. Three of those days were dedicated to empowerment and teachings on the practice of Chöd, organized by Tara Mandala and requested by Lama Tsultrim Allione and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Dorzong Monastic Institute was founded by His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche, who noted: "Along with the previous and present Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoc…

Advice for Young Practitioners ~ Interview by Karmapa Youth

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The KYC met with HH Karmapa on October 28th, 2012 at Dorzong Rinpoche’s Jangchub Jong monastery outside of Dharamsala. The Karmapa had just concluded a three-day empowerment and teaching on Chöd practice at the monastic institute. This program was initially requested by the abbot of the Tara Mandala center in Colorado, Lama Tsultrim Allione.

The monsoon had just ended, making the way for ample sunshine and cool, comfortable weather in the wooded foothills of the Himalayas. It was suggested that we conduct the interview outdoors, and Karmapa’s poise and humor, and clarity resulted in an exceptional interview.

Although this video interview has been posted online, we felt that these teachings should be more accessible to the global community. Since this may inspire those who wish to learn more about the Dharma and HH Karmapa’s views on common concerns for practitioners, we have transcribed and edited the interview.

The KYC interview with Karmapa was orally translated by Mitra Tyler Dewar, a…

DAY THREE OF CHÖD TEACHINGS: "SEEING OURSELVES AS PART OF OTHERS"

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28th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

For the third consecutive day, around a thousand disciples of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa made their way from the surrounding valley and mountainsides back to Dorzong Monastic Institute. Sited on a hilltop and nestled amidst pristine forest as far as the eye can see, the exquisitely painted main shrine hall of Dorzong Institute offers an ideal setting for this historical Dharma transmission by His Holiness on Chöd practice. The skilled hand of the 8th Dru-gu Choegyal Rinpoche, a highly accomplished artist, was everywhere in sight both in the elaborately painted main shrine hall and throughout the institute's grounds. The first topic for today's session was a history lesson. Recounting key events from the remarkable life of Machig Labdron, the Gyalwang Karmapa stated that Machig Labdron was taught by her mother to read, and gained so extraordinary a level of proficiency that she used to read the 8,000-verse Prajnaparamita Sutra twi…

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Comments on Lama Tsultrim and the 2012 Chöd Empowerment, Sponsored by Tara Mandala(Tara Mandala)

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Jangchub Jong, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, IndiaOctober 28, 2012

“The main condition for all of these teachings and for the Empowerment of C
höd to have taken place was at the request of Lama Tsultrim Allione. Lama Tsultrim had a very strong connection with the previous Karmapa, the 16th Karmapa, and all of you know about this and know about her so I don't need to say a lot, but since I have been given the name of the 17th Karmapa, she felt a wish to reconnect with Karmapa through making a Dharma connection with me. She has had a great devotion toward the teachings of Chöd for a long time. She has been doing a lot of work to preserve and maintain the continuity of the teachings and practice of Chöd, and she has a very pure heart motivation in doing this, which I deeply rejoice in.

I genuinely hope to be able to support the work that she does in this regard in a continuing way in the future, and from a personal perspective I feel grateful to her because this was my first opportun…

GYALWANG KARMAPA CONFERS CHOD TEACHING

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27th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.
With the morning light streaming in to the assembly hall from the east, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered teachings in the morning, while in the afternoon, at the special request of His Holiness, the audience had the privilege of receiving teachings on Chöd from His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche. His Holiness opened the day with a discussion of the qualities that make disciples worthy recipients of the Dharma. He then resumed the explication of the 8th Gyalwang Karmapa's guiding instructions for seven-day Chöd retreat. During the second day of the retreat outlined by Mikyo Dorje, the focus is on compassion. In that context, His Holiness explored the distinction between immeasurable compassion and great compassion, while underscoring the need to train in both. Immeasurable compassion refers to the immeasurable number of sentient beings, whereas the greatness of great compassion refers to the fact that not a single being is left out. As su…

Niti Central: 17th Karmapa initiates spiritual practice for women

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By NitiCentral StaffonOctober 26, 2012




The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is granting initiation and teachings on Chöd, a spiritual practice developed by a Tibetan yogini by the name of Machig Labdron. The historic Dharma transmission, is being conferred for the first time by His Holiness in response to a supplication made by Lama Tsultrim Allione, a Western Buddhist woman. She was ordained in 1970 as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Of the eight practice lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Chöd is the only lineage established by a woman. The practice, first developed in the 11th century, is practiced by nearly all sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dharma transmission is happening on October 28 and is reserved for serious practitioners. A long-life initiation will be offered to the general public at the Dorzong Institute on October 29. The historic event is being hosted at Dorzong Monastic Institute (Jangchub Jong) in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, by His Emi…

GYALWANG KARMAPA CONFERS CHOD WANG FOR FIRST TIME

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26th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.
Today His Holiness commenced a historical three-days of Chod teachings, conferring the empowerment for the first time ever. Hosted by His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche at his institute in the Kangra Valley near Dharamsala, the Dharma transmission drew an international audience of practitioners from several dozen countries, as well as nuns from across the Himalayans.   "I have been enthusiastic about the Chod practice from a young age, but have had few opportunities to do formal sadhana practice, and this is the very first time I am giving the empowerment, and am very pleased to have the opportunity to do so today." The empowerment that His Holiness conferred in the morning was based on the Opening the Door to Space text by the 3rd Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Following the main portion of the visualization-based initiation, His Holiness offered a torma empowerment to the event's hosts His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinp…

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY TARA MANDALA AND KARMAPA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION

26th October – Dorzong Monastery, Dharamsala.
His Holiness the Karmapa initiates a historic transmission, mainly for female practitioners (26 October, 2012, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh) In an unprecedented three-day event, His Holiness the 17thKarmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is granting initiation and teachings on Chöd. A spiritual practice developed by Machig Labdron, a Tibetan yogini in the 11th century, Chöd is practiced by nearly all sects of Tibetan Buddhism to this day. Approximately 1,000 people from across the Himalayan region and around the world are here to attend this historic Dharma transmission, which is being conferred for the first time by His Holiness in response to a supplication made by a western Buddhist woman, Lama Tsultrim Allione, on behalf of all women practitioners. Lama Tsultrim was ordained in 1970 as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and later pursued the path as a lay practitioner. The teachings and empowerment are taking place through 28 Octob…

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY TARA MANDALA AND KARMAPA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION(taramandala)

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His Holiness the Karmapa initiates a historic transmission, mainly for female practitioners 
(26 October, 2012, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh) In an unprecedented three-day event, His Holiness the 17thKarmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is granting initiation and teachings on Chöd. A spiritual practice developed by Machig Labdron, a Tibetan yogini in the 11th century, Chöd is practiced by nearly all sects of Tibetan Buddhism to this day. Approximately 1,000 people from across the Himalayan region and around the world are here to attend this historic Dharma transmission, which is being conferred for the first time by His Holiness in response to a supplication made by a western Buddhist woman, Lama Tsultrim Allione, on behalf of all women practitioners. Lama Tsultrim was ordained in 1970 as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and later pursued the path as a lay practitioner.
The teachings and empowerment are taking place through 28 October and hosted at Dorzong Monastic Institute (Jan…

16th Karmapa Memories

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