Showing posts from January, 2017

The Fourth Animal Medical Camp Concludes with Special Private Audience

Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya 30th January 2017

In a special private audience with the team of twenty volunteers, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa personally thanked them all for their hard work and presented everyone with a mala as a token of his appreciation. He expressed his happiness at the continuing work and growing success of the Animal Medical Camp and shared his own plans to found both a permanent hospital for people and a veterinary hospital in Bodhgaya in the future. Dr Thinlay Nedup, head of the team, was able to inform His Holiness of the latest, exciting development: after a meeting with the District Magistrate and the Animal Husbandry Department, it had been agreed to establish a permanent ABCAR [Animal Birth Control- Anti-Rabies] facility in Gaya District.
Over ten days, this year’s camp treated 3,329 animals. This included 374 street dogs de-sexed and given anti-rabies injections, 1735 treatments by the outreach team in local villages, and 1259 treatments given at the outpatie…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the 28th Nyingma Monlam Chenmo

January 30, 2017 – Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to the Mahabodhi Stupa to visit the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, taking place from January 28 to February 6, 2017. Arriving for the first session, the Karmapa was received by Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, the current president of Nyingma Monlam Chenmo International Foundation. He accompanied the Karmapa as he made prayers and offerings inside the main temple and then greeted each of the lamas presiding over large groups of monks, nuns, and lay practitioners in all four directions. In front of the main altar, stretched out before the Bodhi Tree and filled with offerings, the Karmapa stopped to offer a white silk scarf and admire the tormas, some of which depicted important Nyingma lamas, the main one being a powerful sculpture of Guru Rinpoche. In an auspicious connection, the event this year is being managed by the Nyingma Monlam of Sikkim, home to the Karmapa’s seat outside Tibet, Rumtek Monastery. The altars …

Rumtek Retreatants Offer Long-Life Ceremony to the Gyalwang Karmapa

January 29, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

For the last five days, the first group of three-year retreatants and their retreat master from Yiong Samten Ling—the new retreat center for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Monastery in Rumtek, Sikkim—have been performing a long-life ceremony for him. The practice, based on the Guhayasamaja Tantra, is a terma revealed by Ratna Lingpa and one of the most popular long-life practices in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. Its purpose was to completely pacify any obstacles to the Karmapa’s life and to bring forth the flourishing of his enlightened activity. On the final day at 8am in the morning, the Karmapa was invited to be present for the practice, which had been taking place in the private temple of the Pavilion for the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo. Taking his seat on the throne and wearing his Activity Hat, the Karmapa participated in the practice with the sixteen monks. At the end the retreatants could offer His Holiness for the first time the re…

Three Days of Intensive Mahakala Puja and India’s Republic Day Celebration

January 24 to 26, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

After the Karmapa’s talks on Mikyo Dorje’s text, the ordained sangha engaged for three days in the practice of the Extensive Text of the Activity of the Protector, compiled by the Fifteenth Karmapa, Khakhyap Dorje. Since it is of considerable length, the monks rose at 3am, gathered in the shrine hall at 3:30am, and chanted from early morning to the evening. In speaking of the practice, the Karmapa recalled, “In Tibet, the practice lasted seven days, beginning at 9 in the evening and continuing to 12 noon the next day, and then it started again. Sometimes you did not know if it were day or night.” Taking an unusual step, the Karmapa appointed the khenpos as the chant masters, so they could learn this role. Khenpo Kelsang Nyima, Dean of the Rumtek Monastic College, became the main chant master and four other khenpos joined him as assistants. Another khenpo became the head of the tea servers for the three days. On the last d…

The Fourth Annual Kagyu Monlam Animal Medical Camp Is Under Way in Bodhgaya

Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya 23rd January, 2017

The annual Kagyu Monlam Animal Medical Camp has begun and will run until 29th January, 2017. This year the camp is located in front of the main entrance gate to the Monlam Pavilion.
Over ten days, an international team of vets and para-vets will be delivering important animal welfare and public health initiatives to the people of Bodhgaya and surrounding villages.  As in previous years, camp activities include:
a street dog sterilisation and anti-rabies vaccination programme; an outpatients clinic where local people can bring both pets and livestock for free treatment; an outreach programme of vets and veterinary assistants travelling to local communities to treat animals and give advice on husbandry; an educational initiative to instruct both children and adults in rabies prevention and compassionate treatment of animals.
The core veterinary team is from the Sikkim Anti-Rabies Animal Health Division, Government of Sikkim and is headed by Dr Th…

An important clarification concerning the Grand Chakrasamvara Empowerment (7-8 February, 2017)

During the teaching at the Kagyu Gunchoe this morning, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa clarified that the commitment for those taking the empowerment would be to offer a Guru Yoga practice daily. This Guru Yoga did not have to be Karmapa Mikyo Dorje's Four Session Guru Yoga. It could be another Guru Yoga Practice from a different tradition.
Source: Kagyu Monlam Facebook Page

During his teaching on 22nd January, the Gyalwang Karmapa shared a few words about the Chakrasamvara Empowerment that he is going to confer during the 34th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo. For those who are planning to come and take this empowerment, here we gently suggest that you listen to this brief introduction in the video below starting from 59mins.

Source: 噶舉祈願 Kagyu Monlam Office Facebook Page…

The Mind Only School: A New Book and Approach

January 22, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

Today the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Altruism Publications released a new book in its series, Philosophical Views: Beautiful Ornaments of the Dakpo Kagyu. This volume discusses the views of the Mind Only school and was created by the Committee for Composing Manuals for the Winter Debates, which is guided by the Gyalwang Karmapa. The Karmapa authored the introduction in which he first mentioned the three different names applied to the school, which are considered synonyms: Yogacarins (rnal ‘byor spyod pa, Yogic Practitioners), Vijnaptimatrins (rnam rig pa/tsam, followers of the Consciousness Only school), and Chittamatra (sems tsam pa, followers of the Mind Only school). The Middle Way school and the Mind Only school presented opposing views and their differences are sometimes described by saying that Nagarjuna, who composed the basic texts for the Middle Way system of tenets, represented the proponents of nonexistence, and Asanga, who…

Completing His Teachings, the Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks of the Chakrasamvara Empowerment

January 22, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

The Gyalwang Karmapa finished his teachings for the Winter Debates by giving a reading transmission of the last section of the Three Essential Points, which covered the supplementary instructions on view, meditation, and conduct. This part is long and very subtle so the Karmapa suggested that the translation be uploaded to the site allowing everyone to read and contemplate it. Commenting on the two teachings from Tsembupa and Mitra Yogi, he said this year the teachings were mainly related to Avalokiteshvara and he hoped they had been helpful to people. The Karmapa then spoke of the protector practice, composed by the Fifteenth Karmapa, Khakhyap Dorje, which will be performed for three days, beginning at 3am in the morning and lasting into the evening. In Tibet, the Karmapa recalled, the practice lasted seven days, beginning at 9 in the evening and continuing to 12 noon, and then started again. Sometimes you did…

Very positive 17th Karmapa would soon visit Sikkim: Sangha MLA - Sikkim Express

SE Report
GANTOK, January 22: Sangha MLA Sonam Lama has expressed his optimism that the permission would be granted by the Union government to 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit and bless Sikkim.
I am keeping track of the whole development very closely and therefore very positive that the 17th Karmapa would soon be visiting Sikkim to bless all of us, said the Sangha MLA in a press statement on Sumday.
Lama said the indefinite rely hunger strike by the monks under the banner of‘The Denjong Lhadey’here at BL House shall culminate into good news and development not before too long now. He thanked the various Sikkimese monk bodies, Denjong Monastic Chogchen, all the monasteries for directly or indirectly supporting the ongoing movement of The Denjong Lhadey.
I once again urge upon the dharma abiding people of Sikkim from all walks of life and political affiliation to render a final common support to the Sikkimese monks in realizing early arrival of the 17th Karmapa to Sikkim, appealed …

The Three Essential Points, Day Two, Part II: The Accumulation of Wisdom

January 21, 2107 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

After teaching the accumulation of merit that leads to realizing the form kayas, the Karmapa turned to the next section of Mikyö Dorje’s instruction that shows how to view and meditate on profound emptiness and achieve the dharmakaya through the accumulation of wisdom. First, the Karmapa gave a reading transmission for this section on view, which unfolds in extensive and subtle detail the line, “The key point of the view is recognizing whatever appears,” and then he gave his own commentary. [A translation of the complete text of the Three Essential Points will be posted on] “The main point, the Karmapa said, relates to our taking the phenomena that appear to us as being truly existent or truly established just as they appear. This talking them to be real and true (or undeceiving), and then clinging to them as existent things are what needs to be negated by the prajna that realizes profound emptiness.” The Karma…

The Three Essential Points, Day Two, Part I: The Accumulation of Merit

January 21, 2107 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

Yesterday, the Karmapa covered the first two of the three points, and today he discussed the third, the essential point of the Bardo. The root verse states: Recognize that this is the bardo.
Transform the outer, inner, and secret
And do the yoga of emptiness and compassion.
The wise thus take rebirth.Commenting on the first line, the Karmapa said it referred to seeing all the appearances of this life, all that arises as the objects of our senses, as the delusive appearances of the bardo. We need to recognize this bardo as actually being the bardo. If we can meditate like this in a stable way, when we are born into the bardo, we will have the feeling, “Oh, I’ve been born in the bardo,” and be able to recognize its appearances for what they are. In order to do this, the Karmapa explained, it is important to be able to recognize that we are dreaming when we dream. To develop this ability, from sunrise onward, we can maintain alertnes…