source for all practices and traditions that are followed at the Kagyu Monlam
is the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso (1454-1506). In a letter to Minyak Gang
Monastery in Kham, Chödrak Gyatso described how to combine the practices of the
Six Yogas with the Monlam they were practicing. The letter detailed what to do,
which texts to chant, and the practice of wearing the white cloth (ras
bud byed pa). Usually the termcotton-clad(ras pa) refers
to the followers of Milarepa (Mi la ras pa)
who were mountain yogis and yoginis clad in white cloth. The other Kagyu
tradition of Gampopa is for ordained monks who wear burgundy robes.
the tradition of Milarepa, a particular practice of wearing white cloth occurs
at the end of a three-year retreat, and also in some monasteries on special
days, such as the combined death anniversary of Marpa (the fourteenth of the
first Tibetan month) and Milarepa (the fifteenth of that month). During the
traditional three-year retreat, meditators practice tummo—one of the Six Yogas
of Naropa and a special practice of Milarepa. It involves generating body heat
to overcome the experience of cold. When they end their three-year retreat, the
retreatants wear a wet, white cotton cloth, which they should dry with their
body heat to demonstrate their success in tummo.
until now, this element had been lacking in the Kagyu Monlam performed in Bodh
Gaya, so the Karmapa decided that it should be revived this year and continue
as a part of the yearly gathering. Prior to tummo practice, the retreatants
must engage in vigorous yogic exercises, usually for a month but there was not
enough time in the program this year, so they practiced for a week from
February 12 to 19 in the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. These yogic
practices are always done in secret, because spectators could disturb the
meditators, leading to broken bones, and for those who look, obstacles could
come. All the windows of the hall, therefore, were covered with thick cloth,
and sentries were posted around it.
the hall, thick mats, a meter and a half square, were laid out in a spacious
formality for the 110 meditators. There were many candidates for the practice,
and to make it easy, this year it was decided that it would be for monks who
had completed a three-year retreat in the tradition of the Six Yogas of Naropa.
They should also be under sixty years old, since above that, the yogas do not
turn out so well. To teach and remind the older retreatants of the practices,
the retreat masters also participated.
his letter to Minyak Gang Monastery, the Seventh Karmapa had also noted: “Even
though there is no difference in the wearing of the white cotton cloth as it is
practiced in the traditions of Naropa or Niguma, we should follow Naropa’s
tradition since it has special qualities.” The Six Yogas of Niguma is practiced
in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition, and since the Karmapa wished to include these
yogis in the Monlam, a special area for them was curtained off in the shrine
hall, because the practitioners of these two traditions should not see each
other’s yogic exercises.
stayed up the whole night practicing, on February 19 in the early morning of
the last day of the Monlam, the lamas wore a long white cloth wrapped around
their bodies, the red Kagyu hat, a yoga belt, and short pants when they exited
the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. With their arms on their hips and
slowly turning side to side, they walked to the Monlam Pavilion between long
rows of disciples with khatas to honor their efforts in practice. The lamas
came down the central aisle and sat on the stage to the Karmapa’s left while
the ordained monks sat on his right. As part of the Offerings to the Guru, the
retreatants sang Milarepa’s song, theEssence
of Dependent Arising, and received a specially blessed gift from
the Karmapa. It was an auspicious beginning to the revival of another key
element in the Kamtsang Kagyu lineage, famous for being a lineage of great
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 …
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…
Worshipped as a living god, will the 17th Karmapa Lama also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity? By MARTIN REGG COHNOntario Politics Columnist Tues., May 30, 2017
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?
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…
Transforming Disturbing Emotions: Dialogue of the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism Date: Thursday, June 1st, 9:30AM – 12:00PM Place: University of Toronto, Convocation Hall (MAP) Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp9TaET_SNw
How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times In these two sessions, His Holiness will discuss the basic nature of mind and the methods of obtaining happiness through listening to and contemplating the teachings of the Buddha, and then meditating according to the teachings. Date: Friday, June 2nd, 9:30-11:30AM, 2:00-4:30PM Place:The Enercare Centre, Hall D (MAP) Video: How to Apply Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times 1…
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. …