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VAST ACTIVITIES OF THE KARMAPAS: SPRING TEACHINGS DAY 7

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28th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.Day 7 Report On the final day of his weeklong Spring Teachings, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, shared some thoughts about his own life. He began the session by openly reflecting on his life situation, compared to the vast accomplishments of the previous Karmapas. "From my own perspective, I'm growing older and older but I have this feeling that up until now I still have not really done much to bring benefit to Buddhism and sentient beings, or anything to be satisfied with. When I look at the activities of the previous Karmapas, from a very early age they all did vast activity for the benefit of the teachings and for the benefit of sentient beings. Putting aside whether or not I can be compared to the other Karmapas, but as a follower of the Karmapas I still do not really feel that I have been able to do the same amount of benefit for beings and the teachings." The very name 'Karmapa' contains the seeds o…

SHOULD BUDDHIST PRACTITIONERS EAT MEAT? : SPRING TEACHINGS DAY 6

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27th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
Day 6 Report On the sixth day of his Spring Teachings the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, cut straight to the core of an issue that is vital not only for the sustainability of our contemporary world, but also within our individual lives as Buddhist practitioners. Exploring the topic from many different angles, the Gyalwang Karmapa discussed his views on whether Buddhist practitioners should eat meat or not, and if so, when and how it may be acceptable to do so. "A few years ago at one of the Kagyu Monlams I spoke about the topic of vegetarianism, giving up eating meat. You could say it was an announcement, but it was really like making a suggestion. Since then many years have passed, and over the years I've heard people say various things. Some people have even said, 'Oh, Ogyen Trinley Dorje says that if you don't give up eating meat then you're not a Kagyupa.' Now, it actually wasn't me who said that.…

OPENING THE DOOR OF DEVOTION: SPRING TEACHINGS DAY 5

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26th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
Day 5 Report
As the Spring Teachings entered their fifth day, the Gyalwang Karmapa began to explore the role of devotion in our practice. Teaching from a new instruction within the 'Tri Thung Gyatsa' text, he began by explaining that devotion is critical for our dharma practice, particularly within the Kagyu tradition. And yet, it isn't all that easy to correctly develop devotion. First we need to understand what devotion means. Drawing a clear distinction between faith and devotion, the Gyalwang Karmapa said, "When we think about faith, then faith is like a feeling we have in our minds. But devotion isn't just a feeling. It's not just an emotion. It's something that we put into practice with our body and speech." To illustrate his point, the Gyalwang Karmapa then explained the meaning inherent within the Tibetan term for devotion, mo-gü. The first syllable of the word means to have great longing, he explaine…

THRANGU RINPOCHE OFFERS TENSHUG TO THE GYALWANG KARMAPA ON THE DAY OF MIRACLES

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25th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
In the culmination of weeklong activities dedicated to the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, which was organized by Tsurphu Labrang, today Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche offered a grand long-life Tenshug ceremony to the Gyalwang Karmapa, on behalf of the Tsurphu Labrang. Today is Chotrul Duchen or the Day of Miracles, an exceptionally auspicious day in the Tibetan calendar. The day celebrates the Buddha's great act of displaying miracles in order to subdue his opponents from rival philosophical schools. On this auspicious day the positive results of good actions are traditionally considered to be multiplied million times, making the vast offerings for the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa especially powerful. The highlight of the morning's activities was an invocation of wisdom-dakinis, which represents the five elements, through a sacred Five-Dakini dance. The dancers began by weaving around the Gyalwang Ka…

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's telling a story: What do you want? Book or money?

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There is an older one who comes to me, he is not often seen here, and he only comes to my place occasionally. When he's here, I just finished arranging the room. There is one red envelop together with a pile of things inside my room, I do not know whether it is Australian dollars or pounds, Beside the red envelope, there is a commemorative album published by "Remembering the Activities of All Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche's" entitled "Calling Lama from Afar".

I picked up these two things, a red envelop in one hand and a booklet "Calling Lama from Afar" in another hand. I told that person who came to me said: "You want money or you want this book?" I did not expect him to be shocked after hearing what I said and step back, he folded his palm together and thought for a moment, and finally, he said that he wants both.

In Tibetan, to pronounce the sound of "money" should toot up his mouth. I can see he already toot up his mouth and almost…

HONORING THE FOREFATHERS OF THE KAGYU LINEAGE

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24th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
On the 14th day of the Tibetan calendar, the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over a day of activities commemorating the founding luminaries of the Kagyu lineage. Organized by the Kagyu Relief and Protection Committee from the Central University of Tibetan Studies as well as the Vajra Vidya Institute, the day was an opportunity to venerate the realized masters who together form the great wellspring of the whispered lineage. This year marks the 1000th birth anniversary of the glorious Marpa Lotsawa, the great translator who made the arduous journey to India four times in order to receive the sacred instructions and thereby plant the seeds of the practice lineage within Tibet. At the same time, today marks the commemoration of the Mahaparinirvana of Marpa himself and his heart-son Milarepa, the exalted yogi-saint whose remarkable life has inspired countless practitioners for generations. With this combination of lineage milestones, it was a particula…

A WISHFULFILLING JEWEL WITHIN OUR OWN MINDS: SPRING TEACHINGS DAY 4

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24th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
Day 4 Report On the fourth day of the Spring Teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa turned the focus firmly inwards: if we look inside our own minds, a wishfulfilling jewel is already waiting. No matter how long we may search elsewhere for it, in the end we come back to what was already present within ourselves from the very beginning. "Within our beings, all of us, there are these uncontrived, natural roots of virtue, these instinctive seeds of innate goodness. We still look for something outside ourselves, not knowing how priceless and how important what we already have is. We need to look at these seeds of virtue in our mind as if they were as rare as a Buddha." By first being able to see the innate treasure already present in our own minds, we can then work to develop it further and further. "We need to take those virtuous seeds within ourselves and increase them," he said. "We need to elicit the power that is naturally t…

MAKING OUR MINDS MORE RELAXED, MORE SPACIOUS: SPRING TEACHINGS DAY 3

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23rd Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
Day 3 Report
On the third day of his Spring Teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa began by reflecting on the sacredness of the teaching space, and it's preciousness to him personally. Arising out of the vast vision of its Abbot, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Vajra Vidya Institute is nestled at the edge of Sarnath's Deer Park, the sacred place where the Buddha Shakyamuni first turned the wheel of dharma. The towering Dhamek Stupa, constructed over a millennia ago to venerate the Buddha's monumental act of teaching the dharma, is only a short walk away from where the Gyalwang Karmapa's own teachings are taking place, in Vajra Vidya Institute's temple. "When I come to this temple it's like I have a special feeling that arises here," he said. "Since the time I came to India, for the few small things that I have done in my life they've all started here, in this monastery's temple. It's like this place has b…

17th Gyalwang Kaymapa chants Akshobhya mantra

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SHAPING THE WORLD WITH OUR ACTS: SPRING TEACHINGS DAY 2

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22ND Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
Day 2 Report

Beginning several hours before the scheduled teaching time, hundreds of people began to gather at the Vajra Vidya Institute gompa for the second day of the Gyalwang Karmapa's Spring Teachings. With Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche once again in attendance, together with Tulkus and Khenpos, monks and nuns, and international and local devotees, the gompa was quickly filled to capacity. A large group of students from the nearby Central University of Tibetan Studies gathered, while a growing webcast audience also tuned in live from across the world, all eager to absorb the Gyalwang Karmapa's vast and profound wisdom. As the rain of dharma continued for a second day, the Gyalwang Karmapa opened the teaching by once again reiterating the urgency to practice the dharma right now, in this very moment. "We need to practice the dharma from now. We need to do it on this very seat, in this very session. It's right now that we need …

SPRING TEACHINGS BEGIN IN SARNATH

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21st Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
Day 1 Report On the 11th day of the 1st month of the Year of the Water Snake, in the holy land of Sarnath, very close to the exact site where the Buddha Shakyamuni taught his first five disciples more than 2500 years ago and thereby set into motion the entire Buddhist teaching tradition, the Gyalwang Karmapa once again turned the wheel of dharma. Coinciding with an annual dharma seminar at Vajra Vidya Institute being led by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the Gyalwang Karmapa commenced a week-long series of teachings on a text which has been one of his personal favorites since a young age, called 'Tri Thung Gyatsa' or 'One Hundred Short Instructions.' The text, composed by the glorious 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, comprises a treasury of pith instructions spanning the entire path to enlightenment. Each instruction is skillfully crafted so that the reader can enter the text at any point to find a gem of the 8th Karmapa's heart advic…

VERY VENERABLE KHENCHEN THRANGU RINPOCHE OFFERS LONG-LIFE TSEDRUP PUJA TO THE GYALWANG KARMAPA

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21st Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
On 21 February 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's main teachers, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, commenced an elaborate Tsedrup (long-life puja) dedicated to the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Lasting for five consecutive days, the extensive prayers are being conducted at Vajra Vidya Institute by tulkus and monks from Thrangu Rinpoche's monasteries, including many who have travelled especially from Nepal. With the chanting lasting from morning until night, the puja will culminate in a grand long-life Tenshug offering to the Gyalwang Karmapa on the auspicious day of 25 February, which is known as Chotrul Duchen or the Day of Miracles. The 14 days leading up to Chotrul Duchen are considered to be a very auspicious time in the Tibetan calendar, with positive deeds performed at this time being especially potent. In this context, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's offering serves as a particularly powerful cause for the long…

Slight adjustment to the timing for His Holiness the Karmapa's webcasts.

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Slight adjustment to the timing for His Holiness the Karmapa's webcasts. They have been extended to 1 1/2 hours with a break on Feb 25. So new schedule is February 21-24, and 26-28, Indian time: 1600-1730
 E u r o p e  UK: 1030-1200  Continent: 1130-1300
 N o r t h A m e r i c a   New York: 0530-0700  Chicago: 0430 - 0600  Colorado: 0330 - 0500  California: 0230 - 0400
 L a t i n A m e r i c a:  Chile; Argentina: 0730 - 0900  Puerto Rico: 0630-0800  Mexico: 0430-0600
 A s i a P a c i f i c:  Taiwan, Singapore: 1830 - 2000  Australia (Sydney): 2130-2300 

 Watch it here: http://kagyuoffice.org/livewebcast


 Calculate your local time here:http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Losar Card from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

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THE GYALWANG KARMAPA ARRIVES IN SARNATH, VARANASI.

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8th Feb –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath. Sarnath, Feburary 8: The Gyalwang Karmapa was accorded a grand reception today upon his arrival in Sarnath. Vajra Vidhya monks with their Serbangs, Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten the Vice Chancellor and the students of Central University for Tibetan Studies and international devotees lined up on the streets to welcome the Gyalwang Karmapa. The Gyalwang Karmapa is scheduled to preside over Mahakala prayers and Losar prayers over next few days. His Holiness will be staying here at the Vajra Vidhya Institute for a month and will give the spring teaching after Losar.

http://www.kagyuoffice.org/#VVI2013-1

Tashi Delek!

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CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION OFFERS TENSHUG TO THE 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA.

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4th Feb –Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala. DHARAMSHALA, February 4: The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala offered a long life prayer ceremony (Tenshug) to Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Monday. The tenshug offering was held at the Gyuto monastery near the exile Tibetan headquarters. The 17th Karmapa has lived close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since his escape from China occupied Tibet at the turn of the new millennium. Monks of the Gyuto Monastery recited prayers as Kalon Pema Chhinjor made the ceremonial offerings, beseeching Gyalwang Karmapa to continue blessing and guiding the Tibetan people in particular and the all beings in general. Hundreds of Tibetans and foreigners, along with the two Kagyu Members of Parliament and Secretaries of the Departments of Religion and Culture and Home of CTA also attended the ceremony. At 27, Gyalwang Karmapa is the most prominent teacher of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and one of t…

Removal of Obstacles for His Holiness Karmapa? His Holiness Himself Said to Recite the Seven-Line Prayer!

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Please read the following important message from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and join us in helping HH Karmapa so that he can best benefit all beings with his vast activity! You can help where ever you are by reciting Seven Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche and submitting the amount to email found in the message below. You can freely share - and please do share - this message! Here is the message from Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

 "Dear Dharma Friends,

 As many of you know, I had the good fortune to participate in a small KTD audience with our Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, the Gyalwang Karmapa during the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya this past December. Over the years, there has been great concern regarding the Karmapa's ability to travel in order to perform his Dharma activites as the supreme holder of the lineage.

 More recently, he mentioned on several occasions that he had not been feeling well. After various medical examinations and tests, there is no certainty about the cause of his sickness.

 During our aud…

History Of The Karmapas: The Odyssey Of The Tibetan Masters With The Black Crown

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Book Description
Release date: April 16, 2012 
Masters of esoteric knowledge and miraculous practices, the lineage of the Karmapas is the earliest of all the recognized incarnate lineages and is said to descend from the great Indian tantric master Tilopa through a chain that includes Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. The Karmapas are distinguished by their black crowns, said to have been woven by dakinis and symbolizing the activity of the buddhas. Unlike other Tibetan Buddhist lineage heads, each Karmapa has specific knowledge of his next reincarnation and leaves behind a "Last Testament," a letter to his disciples describing the place and circumstances of their future rebirth, the name of their parents, and so on. At a very young age, each successive incarnation is often able to recognize himself as the Karmapa. In their recounting of the histories of the seventeen Karmapas, the authors reveal the universal and marvelous concealed in the everyday world. Their lively account peppe…

Contact

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TSURPHU LABRANG DHARAMSHALA (KARMAPA’S OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION)Mailing Address:
Gyuto Tantric Monastery
P. O. Sidhbari-176 057
Dharamshala, District Kangra (H.P.) INDIA
Tel: +91 1892-235307
Fax: +91 1982-235744Mr. Karma Chugyalpa, Deputy General Secretary
Cell phone: 7602530705
kargyal@gmail.comKunzang Chungyalpa, Director Tsurphu Labrang (Delhi office)
New Delhi
chungyalpak@gmail.com
Cell phone: 918826909287Gyaltsen Sonam, Human Resource Manager
tl.internal@gmail.comKhenpo Lekshey, Ghamchar, CMDC, Library In-charge 
tl.cmdc2010@gmail.comKarma Rabgye Chozang, Assistant (Library In-charge) cum Appointment Secretary
tl.sy.eng@gmail.com
Cell phone: 9805403411