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
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Aldershot, Hampshire, England – Morning, May 27, 2017
Early on this day of the Karmapa’s visit to the Nepali community in Aldershot, the double arch of a luminous rainbow filled the sky. It recalled his first visit to the US when rainbows followed him everywhere on the East Coast. The Karmapa was invited by the Buddhist Community Centre UK to this beautiful area of England, famous for its military garrisons and home to a sizeable population of Gurkha soldiers who have served in the British army. In 2006 they were allowed to live in England and in 2007, the Buddhist Community Centre UK was founded by Mr. Kaji Sherpa. He had the vision of establishing a Buddhist monastery to serve the growing Buddhist Community in this southeast region of the UK.
His daughter explained that about half of the Gurkha population in Nepal is Buddhist, and that her father felt a need for Buddhist guidance in this community, so a committee of Nepalis purchased a social club and completely transformed it into a …
During his first visit to the UK from May 17 to 28, 2017, the Karmapa, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader, joined former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams together with scientists, scholars and cultural figures for a dialogue on the environment hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet and Inspire Dialogue Foundation.
The round table discussion, held on May 24, 2017, was intended to bring together perspectives “between disciplines and generations” as the beginning of an ongoing exchange, according to Lord Williams, Master of Magdalen College and a noted poet and theologian. It involved figures from the arts and sciences, including Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London; James Thornton, the founding CEO of ClientEarth; Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust; Dr Bhaskar Vira, Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute; Tracey Seaward, film producer …
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his first visit to the United Kingdom this month.
At 31 years old, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, a reincarnation lineage that dates back more than 900 years. His Holiness was born in eastern Tibet but fled to India in 2000, where he now resides at the Gyuto Monastery near Dharamshala. He is the only reincarnate Lama to have been recognised by both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese communist government.
The Karmapa’s 11-day visit began on May 17 and the first public event was held on May 20 in London’s Battersea Park.
“I would like to express my great delight at this opportunity that has come to pass for me to visit London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for the first time. Especially, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all you friends who are gathered here. I have been waiting for a long time to visit the United King…
May 29, 2017 - The 17th Karmapa, one of Tibet’s leading Buddhist figures arrived in Toronto yesterday on his first visit to Canada. Known for his concerns about current global issues as well as for his spiritual leadership, the 31-year-old Karmapa will engage in a wide range of religious activities and will speak on environmental and social responsibility at various universities.
During his month long trip to Canada, the Karmapa will travel to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor the 16th Karmapa, who travelled extensively throughout the country and was instrumental in introducing Canadians to Buddhism in the 1970s.
Head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th holder of a 900-year old lineage. Born in a nomadic family in eastern Tibet, he made headline news in 2000 with his dramatic escape to India, where he now lives near the Dalai Lama. The 17th …
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It is not his destiny to be the next Dalai Lama. For he is already reincarnated as the 17th Karmapa Lama.
Yet he may one day succeed his 81-year-old teacher and protector.
Revered since age 7 as spiritual leader of a 1,000-year-old branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is making his first trip to Canada this week at the age of 31.
Meeting Ontario politicians Tuesday before sitting down for an interview, the Karmapa padded around Queen’s Park in a pair of brown hiking shoes peeking out from under his simple maroon robes. A picture of youthful wisdom with his direct gaze, towering above other monks at six feet tall, he may yet emerge as the public face of Tibetan Buddhism
Worshipped as a living god and the Buddha of Compassion, will he also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity?
This morning the Karmapa traveled to a northwest suburb of London to visit the impressive BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in Europe. Marble and limestone have been brought alive by Indian artists, who carved every inch with intricate design. The founder of this Hindu bhakti tradition was guru Swaminarayan (1781-1830), famous for his support of the poor and encouraging women’s education. He was also known for his vegetarianism and opposition to animal sacrifice, positions that the Karmapa also supports.
At the temple, the Karmapa was met by Pujya Yogvivekdas Swami and offered the traditional greeting of a garland of flowers, a tika (the red mark of blessing) and a blessed cord. The Karmapa was then guided through the temple to see an exhibition on understanding Hinduism. Always curious, he asked many question of the guide. He then participated in prayers with the swami and other priests in two of the shrine rooms, both of white m…
May 27, 2017 – Lakeside International Hotel, Frimley Green, England
In the concluding public event of the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to the United Kingdom, nearly 2,000 people gathered at Lakeside International Hotel near Frimley Green in Surrey to receive an Amitayus Long Life empowerment. The Nepalese and Gurkha community turned out in force to welcome the 17th Karmapa and were joined by devotees from the UK, Europe, America, and other countries worldwide. This was the second part of a one-day program organised by the Buddhist Community Centre UK.
Monks from various Kagyu European centres and the Karmapa’s ritual master and attendants had worked hard to prepare the stage for the empowerment. The golden pagoda used during the Chenresik empowerment earlier in the visit now enshrined an image of Amitayus and a smaller image of Guru Rinpoche. To the left of the images, a large bowl contained long-life pills made from roasted barley and butter and to the right four bowls contained long-lif…
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May 31, 2017– In the morning after his arrival, at 9:00AM, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling– a Tibetan Buddhist centre under the direction of Lama Tenzin Dakpa. This was a visit of great significance, as the centre was first established in 1976 by the venerable Lama Namsel Rinpoche under the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.
Upon arrival, His Holiness was ushered into the main shrine hall and seated on the highest throne, on which he proceeded to receive a body-speech-mind offering from the sangha. The yellow rice and tea ceremony followed in sequence for the welcome ceremony. Shortly after tea was served, the current resident teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Lama Tenzin Dakpa, rose to speak.
Lama Tenzin referenced the founder of this centre, Lama Namsel Rinpoche, as one of the first Canadian resident lamas to request for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to visit Canada. …