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Gyalwang Karmapa Shares His Thoughts With 500 Indian Buddhists

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31 May 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala Over 500 Buddhists from across India recently converged on Gyuto Monastery to receive a teaching from the Gyalwang Karmapa. The Nalanda Shiksha group, representing Buddhist associations from throughout the country, met with the Gyalwang Karmapa on the eve of their annual teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. Speaking through a Hindi translator, the Gyalwang Karmapa told the packed room that it was very important for each individual to make their connection with the Buddha dharma on a personal level, rather than just following along with traditions and customs. “If you truly know why you are doing your practice,” he told the group, “then you understand how deep the relationship is between your practice and your life, and how your practice is helping you to live a good life. It’s very important that you know and understand what you are doing, and what the goal of practice is. The danger is that if religion becomes just a traditi…

‘I Express Myself Through Art’, The Gyalwang Karmapa Tells us Students

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28 May 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala


When a group of students from Emory University in the United States recently visited the Gyalwang Karmapa, he spoke candidly with them about his life. The group of around 26 students, led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, travelled to Gyuto Monastery during an annual study-abroad program, and spent about an hour with the Gyalwang Karmapa. When asked by one student about the role of art in his life, the Gyalwang Karmapa responded, “There could be a number of reasons why art is important, and it’s not necessarily important to everyone for the same reason. In my case, when the environment around me seems to be quite restricting, which happens to be often, and I feel the need to vent out this feeling of restriction that I’m bound by, then I want to put my feelings of creativity or imagination on paper or canvas and nobody’s trying to restrict me from doing that. For me art is a very important way to express myself under such circumstances, to have an outlet fo…

Celebrating Tibetan Culture With Young Tibetans

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28 May 2013 – Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala


The Gyalwang Karmapa graced the annual Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) ‘Inter-House Cultural Competition’ as guest of honor on the evening of 28 May. He watched with enjoyment as the students showcased the richness of Tibetan culture through song and dance, in a friendly performance competition between the school’s four houses (Nyatri, Trisong, Songtsen and Triral). Adorned in vibrant costumes and hats from different regions of Tibet, the students offered their performances. The Gyalwang Karmapa warmly thanked the students for their presentation of Tibetan culture, adding that he enjoyed the show a lot. “During the Cultural Revolution almost 80-90% of Tibetan cultural artifacts were destroyed,” he told those gathered. “All those things that were destroyed, including precious documents, texts and objects, were things which had lots of history, and we cannot get them back. This is a very great loss, and I feel very saddened. It’s the lo…

17 Karmapas

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Meaning of “Karmapa Khyeno” ~ 17th Karmapa

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Q: What is the profound meaning of reciting “Karmapa Khyeno”?

A: The meaning of “Karma” is action or activity, and “Karmapa” means the one who does the activity. The activity here refers to the activity to benefit beings, and that is the main concern of the Buddhas in the ten directions and of the three times. 
As to the origin of this title, it comes from a pure vision that the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, had when he was sixteen years old. As he first took the monastic vow, he had a vision that all of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the 100,000 Dakinis made a black hat out of their hair, and then offered it to him to wear. He was then consecrated or enthroned as the doer, the one who does the activities of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It was at that time that Dusum Khyenpa received the title “Karmapa”.

Additionally, the name “Karmapa” does not necessarily refer to one particular individual. It can also be a general name for all Dorje Lopons – the Vajra Masters, or Vajra Acharyas -…

Karmapa released souls from purgatory

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Once when Karmapa was 6 years old, while he was taking a walk near Gombu Gyaka Valley where he resided, he playfully inserted his whip handle into a stone. The stone broke and there appeared a lung shaped being with many small white and black sesame like bugs on its body and eating it. 

Karmapa spat on it as a blessing, then the being died and its body was cremated.

Karmapa said: " In the past, when I was Playful Vajra (the 4th Karmapa), a local guru who consumed the wealth of the devotees and the dead used to pray to me. Now I have liberated him from the lower realms. Otherwise he will have to fall into the hell. Those white bugs are the karmic result of him using the wealth of the living; and the black bugs are the consequence of him using the wealth from the dead."


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Wish all mothers have a happy Mother’s Day!!!

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The Gyalwa Karmapa is the father and mother of all sentient beings, the parent of all sentient beings. The parent nurtures the child and brings up the maturity of the child step by step, from a very helpless and innocent newborn to a fully matured, self-standing, capable adult.

~ the XIIth Khenting Tai Situpa / The Qualities of the Gyalwa Karmapa 

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It Starts from Zero

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Shambhala Sun | May 2013






Emptiness and interdependence—they’re more than concepts; they’re key to realizing real-world benefits in our lives. HIS HOLINESS THE KARMAPA helps us put our wisdom into practice.
How do you relate to this infinite ground of possibility that your life is built on? How can you create a meaningful life within whatever shifting circumstances you find yourself?
Buddhist thought devotes a great deal of attention to these questions. The view that life holds infinite possibility is explored using the concepts of “interdependence” and “emptiness.” When you first hear the term “emptiness,” you might think this suggests nothingness or a void, but actually “emptiness” here should remind us that nothing exists in a vacuum. Everything is embedded within a context—a complex set of circumstances. Those contexts themselves are endlessly shifting. When we say that things are “empty,” we mean they lack any independent existence outside of those changing contexts. Because everythi…

Fifteenth Karmapa on benefits of Om Mani Peme Hung mantra

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Here is an excerpt from the writing of the Fifteenth Gyalwa Karmapa Khakyab Dorje (1871–1922), the Head Lama of the Karma Kagyu tradition, on the meaning and benefits of Chenrezig’s mantra OM MANI PEME HUNG. Karmapa has given this commentary on a Four-Armed Chenrezig practice at the request of two of his female disciples: The first syllable, OM , is in white colour; it is the manifestation of Lord Chenrezig’s five wisdoms and the essence of all his qualities. It is the expression of perfect meditation. It purifies the karma of pride, the general result of pride, and in particular it purifies the suffering of change and falling of the god realms. It is also the inseparable union of the activity and body of the Buddha of the god realm (Tib. Gya jin, Skt. Muni Zakra). The self-arisen form of the wisdom of equanimity, it liberates beings from the six realms to the Glorious Pure Land of the southern direction (Tib. Lho pal tang den pa’i shing, Skt. Ratnaloka) and it enables everyone to achi…

Amitabha Buddha Mantra Chanted by HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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from the double CD "老實念佛 II" launched on May 10, 2013

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SUPPLICATION TO THE KARMAPAS

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THE SHORT SUPPLICATION TO THE
SUCCESSIVE MANIFESTATIONS
OF THE LORD OF VICTORIOUS ONES


In the future, you will be the buddha named Drukpa Sengge, In the present, you nurture all realms through many emanations. Lord of dharma, ruler of the teachings of the practice lineage, Düsum Khyenpa, we supplicate at your feet.
Mastering the yidam, you gained control over the world of appearance. You tamed the haughtiness of the tirthika emperor of Mongolia, And conquered the energy of fire, water, poison, weaponry and demons. Karma Pakshi, we supplicate at your feet.
Through your miraculous ability in commenting on the many sutras and tantras, You reveal the heart meaning to the diverse host of beings, Vastly propagating the teachings of the great siddhas. Rangjung Dorje, we supplicate at your feet.
In various languages, you tame many types of beings. Through reasoning that is free of the extremes, you dispel all wrong assertions, And with perfect speech reveal the true state of things. Rölpay Dorje, we supplicate…