17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s Words of Thanks to Friends of Kagyu Monlam Members
Monastery Shrine Room
of the Friends of the Kagyu Monlam started congregating on the lawn of Tergar
Monastery early in the afternoon of the third day, in eager anticipation of
their group audience with His Holiness the Karmapa. Very soon after, they were
ushered into the shrine room and lined up in rows to await his arrival. With
between 1,200 and 1,400 Members to fit in, that took some time and skill to
arrange - testament to the effort and patience of the guru sevakas who had that
responsibility, and who kept the atmosphere light with their good humour both
in English and in Chinese.
was hardly a buzz of nervous chatter amongst the waiting Members, their
whispered exchanges softer even than the twittering of the Tergar shrine room's
resident birds. Some took out their malas, some closed their eyes in
meditation, all preparing as best they could for this longed-for moment. As had
happened earlier in the day amongst the Mönlam Members waiting at lunchtime in
the Mahayana Hotel, spontaneous chanting ofKarmapa
spread through the rows and was sustained until, with none of the usual
security to-ing and fro-ing, His Holiness walked in.
Karmapa started by extending his warm greetings to the Members, commenting that
in the years since the inception of the Kagyu Mönlam the number of participants
had increased manifold. He shared his memories of the early days:
I joined the Mönlam and started giving teachings, it was in a basement hall in
the Mahayana Hotel, dark and windowless. It seemed a big venue at the time, as
the Mönlam was only for foreigners. But that basement soon became too small,
and we moved to the shrine room of Shechen Monastery. It was still only
attended by students from abroad, but as more of them came they spilled out
onto the veranda, they were opening windows and letting the mosquitos in. The
Mönlam was extended to India-based participants with teachings in the Taiwan
Temple, then Tergar was built.
Karmapa observed how tight a fit the Members were in the Tergar shrine room,
demonstrating the obvious need for the bigger Pavilion, and how even that was
barely enough for the 10,000 people and more now taking part. He stressed,
though, that drawing in a bigger and bigger crowd was not the most significant
aspect of the Mönlam:
is really important is the intended purpose which brings us together. This
year, people from 50 different countries are here, united in aspiration and
intent. That is what makes this gathering significant and important. We have
this united purpose for peace in the world and for the well-being of all,
without exception, so this is a sacred and precious gathering.
Karmapa added that this kind of auspicious event had a tradition in the noble
wishes and aspirations of previous Karmapas. He mentioned, especially, the 7th
Karmapa, Chödrak Gyamtso, pointing out that prayers that were made during his
time are done in the last day of the Kagyu Mönlam, and quoting an inspiring
exhortation of his: "May we gather different languages and nationalities
in joyous celebration. Let this happen again and again."
the Karmapa said that when we gather together and make prayers for the benefit
of all beings, we focus our attention and our attitude towards the flourishing
of the profound teachings of the Buddha, and towards universal peace and
harmony. He then related a recent personal experience that had made him
appreciate how precious truly heartfelt aspirations can be:
number of fellow Tibetans came to see me. Most were elderly, and told me that
they had held their hopes within their minds for so long, and they now wanted
to express them. They were wishing for these things, for peace and happiness
for all the world, for the spread of the Dharma, and asking me to pray for them
to come about, with tears in their eyes. It was more than mere words. Sometimes
when things are memorised we don't experience them in depth, but this was from
the core of their hearts, it was feeling articulated in words. This is not
common, it is rare, so all the more precious. When people can make this kind of
wholehearted aspiration, I think there is still hope for the world and for
Karmapa then reminded everyone that as far as they were concerned, as Members,
they couldn't be any closer to the Mönlam than they were already. That meant
that they must have dreams in their life that were not limited to themselves,
but were universal and global in their outlook, encompassing all sentient
beings; this was a noble aspiration that they must embrace.
Karmapa concluded the meeting by expressing his appreciation for the many ways
in which Members supported the Kagyu Mönlam, and as a token of that
appreciation, by handing out personally to each Member a calligraphy made by
himself with the Tibetan wordsNam
Yang De- 'completely
Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa went through a medical examination in Germany, his doctor strongly advise him to stop all Dharma propagation activities so that he has more time and space to treat some of the medical conditions that he has. After much consideration, the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to cancel this year’s Asia Dharma Teaching, i.e. the Diamond Sutra Teaching.
When we heard about the Gyalwang Karmapa’s decision to cancel the teaching, our emotions evolved from unspeakable shock to calm contemplation. Eventually, we understand the difficulty and necessity to make such a decision. We will continue to pray that the Diamond Sutra Teaching to be held in future, yet we are unsure when and where the teaching will be held. Therefore, we will begin the refund process for those who had registered for the teaching after we had negotiated with the hotel for refund.
Even though we feel a sense of regret that the Diamond Sutra Teaching cannot be held, yet we understand and …
In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.
Sujit Nath | News18.com Updated:July 26, 2017, 11:31 PM IST
Kolkata: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant permission to 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit the state.
Any such visit to the by the Tibetan leader living in exile in India is likely to anger China. This comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a standoff in Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector.
In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on Dorje’s movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.
“I also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sikkim after the rainy season came to an end this year, which he agreed and promised to make a trip soon,” Chamling told the media after his mee…
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Today’s episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s maiden tour of Canada where he gave teachings all over the country. Many Canadian students had been waiting for years to hear him speak, and so it was a particularly special occasion.
This teaching is on the subject of meditation and how we can use this Buddhist practice to find inner freedom and bring about a more happy and beneficial life. The Karmapa approached the topic from the point of view of his own personal experience, and a wonderful, practical and sometimes humorous occasion unfolded over the course of the hour.
The talk is in Tibetan with an English translation and has been slightly edited for length and audio clarity.