Special Features of the 34th Monlam: The Yongle Karmapa Scroll
In 1407, the 5th Karmapa Dezhin Shekpa (1384–1415), arrived in
the Imperial Chinese capital of Nanjing at the invitation of the Yongle Emperor
Cheng Zu, who ruled from 1402 -1424 CE. The Emperor required religious
ceremonies to be performed for his deceased parents, and to this end, he
requested the 5th Karmapa to offer theRitual
of Universal Salvation, at Linggu Monastery.
In return for performing ceremonies for the Emperor's family,
the Emperor gifted the Karmapa with 700 measures of silver objects, gave him
the title 'Precious Religious King, Great Loving One of the West, Mighty Buddha
of Peace', and presented him with a material representation of the famous 'Vajra Crown‘. This was the crown which Dusum
Khyenpa received from the dakinis, woven from their hair. It is said to
be invisible to all except those pure in spirit. The Emperor’s version of the
crown was woven in black brocade and studded with jewels and is one of the
Karmapa lineage treasures still in existence.
The Karmapa Scroll was commissioned by the Emperor and records
the events that occurred during Dezhin Shekpa’s visit. 50 metres long and
painted on silk, the scroll depicts scenes of miraculous signs that took place
over twenty-two days during the performance of the ritual. These are described
in Chinese, Arabic, Uighur, Tibetan and Mongolian.
Unfortunately, the Emperor had ulterior motives. Having
usurped power from his nephew the Jianwen Emperor, he intended the scroll as
evidence of the legitimacy of his claim to be Emperor. In addition, he hoped to
establish a Ming-Tibetan alliance in a similar fashion to that established
between the Yuan Emperors and the Sakyas. The Fifth Karmapa, however, rejected
the Yongle Emperor’s overtures and returned to Tibet.
An original of the scroll has been preserved in the Tibet
Museum, Norbulingka Palace, and Lhasa.
Based on photographs of this scroll, an elderly Taiwanese monk,
who tutored the 17th Karmapa in classical Chinese drawing and painting, was
able to reproduce the original in collaboration with His Holiness. His
Holiness himself painstakingly completed the Tibetan calligraphy on each panel.
The reproduction does not include other languages in the original. This recreation
of the scroll was then put on display in the Monlam Pavilion, but people
commented that it was difficult to see the details. His Holiness responded by
commissioning a high-quality photographic enlargement. It was made in
Taiwan and is on display at the Kagyu Monlam this year.
One of the most important Tibetan Buddhist leaders worries about the growing Chinese influence and diminishing numbers of the community in exile
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
In the year 2000, a 14-year-old Ogyen Trinley Dorji or Karmapa Lama, head of the Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of Tibetan Buddhists, escaped from Tibet and walked across the mighty Himalayas to India. His daring escape was viewed with suspicion by some who thought that it was part of a Chinese conspiracy to disrupt Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist Exile community in India. Karmapa, who was selected through a complicated process that combined prophecy and rigorous interviews by Buddhist monks in Tibet, through the force of his charismatic personality has been seeking to assuage the misgivings and controversies that plague the exile community. Karmapa lives in Dharamshala, where Tibet’s capital in exile is located. He enjoys an excellent relationship with Dalai Lama and many see in him as the spiritual lea…
United Kingdom Tour - 2017 (London Time)
May 2011:00 - 12:30• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break15:00 - 16:30• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind
May 2111:00 - 12:30• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break15:00 - 17:00• Chenrezik Empowerment
May 2714:00 - 18:00• Long Life Empowerment
United Kingdom Tour - 2017 (Indian Time)
May 2015:30 - 17:00• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break19:30 - 21:00• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind
May 2115:30 - 17:00• Public teaching: 8 Verses of Training the Mind• Lunch Break19:30 - 21:30• Chenrezik Empowerment
May 2718:30 - 22:30• Long Life Empowerment
Gangtok, May 20 (PTI) A delegation of monks of various monasteries of Sikkim met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging early permission for Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit the state.
The monks called on Singh, who is on a two-day visit here, at the Raj Bhavan last evening, officials said.
They submitted the resolution taken after a peace rally here on May 18 which urged the Government of India to grant one of the "most important demand and aspiration" of the Buddhists of Sikkim seeking early permission for the Karmapa to visit Sikkim.
The delegation was led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, who is the elected political representative of the monks in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, the officials added.
A central government order bans entry of all the three Karmapa claimants to the title of Karmapa at Rumtek monastery in East Sikkim since 1994.
The Sikkimese Buddhists who follow the Khagyu sect recognize the 31-year-old Ogyen Trinley Dorj…
DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration, attended the convocation ceremony of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectic, Dharamsala and the college of higher Tibetan studies, Sarah, this morning. The event was held at Sarah college of Tibetan Higher Studies.
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Thinlay Dorjee graced the inauguration of the convocation as the chief guest. The function began with recitation of prayers by the students followed by serving sweet rice and butter tea to the guests, staff and students.
Ven. Kalsang Damdul, the director of IBD and CHTS gave welcome speech and briefly introduced the college and courses provided by the institution. Mr. Passang Tsering, Principal of CHTS read out the report of the college. The function was attended by Mr. Topgyal Tsering, secretary of Kashag secretariat, CTA, Mrs. Nangsa Choedon and Mr. Karma Senge, Secretary and Acting Secretary of Department of Education, representives of…
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived in central London this afternoon on his first ever visit to the United Kingdom. A long line of devotees offering katas greeted him on his arrival at his hotel. He was then officially welcomed at a special reception in the form of a traditional English afternoon tea.
April 30, 2017 – Sarah College of Higher Tibetan Studies, Dharamshala, Kangra, HP, India
The Gyalwang Karmapa’s car passed by ordained and lay students who stood along the tree-lined road leading to Sarah College. After a brief visit to the college office, he was invited into the main hall where he was offered a mandala and the three representations of body, speech, and mind. As the Chief Guest, the Karmapa had come to confer, along with Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, certificates to the Lobpon graduating students, the Uma Rabjampa and the Parchin Rabjampa students from Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, which shared this convocation ceremony with Sarah College.
Welcoming everyone, the Karmapa noted that he’d had quite a bit of experience attending functions at universities, both in India and abroad, yet he felt a special connection with Sarah College that made him especially happy to participate in this ceremony. For special greetings, the Karmapa singled out the students who had studied the…
GANGTOK, May 18: pending demand for allowing 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim saw scores of monks and followers taking out a robust rally in Gangtok on Thursday, a day before Union Home Affairs minister Rajnath Singh comes visiting the Sikkim capital.
Their well-timed persistence extracted an assurance from the State government that a 15-member delegation from their side would be allowed to visit Rajnath Singh on Friday to place the Karmapa visit demand.
Another strategic objective of the rally was to attract the attention of intelligence agencies based in Gangtok for sending a message to the visiting Union Minister that the Karmapa followers in Sikkim have reached exasperation level.
A meeting of Chief Ministers of five States who share borders with China is taking place at Gangtok on Saturday for which Rajnath Singh is arriving.
“We want the IB and RAW officials listening and taking note of our rally to take the…
Centre may allow him to visit any place, except Sikkim, without seeking its nod
Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, may be allowed to visit any place in the country, except Sikkim, without seeking the government’s permission. The Home Ministry has moved the proposal before the Cabinet Committee on Security, a senior government official said here on Tuesday.
The move assumes significance in the wake of China’s repeated warnings over the recent Northeast visit of the Dalai Lama, who Beijing describes as a “separatist” for spearheading the Tibetan freedom movement.
Though the Dalai Lama has endorsed Urgyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa, it does not necessarily mean that the latter succeeds him, said Amitabh Mathur, Adviser to the Home Ministry on Northeast subjects, including Tibetan affairs.
“But that doesn’t mean he is seen as his successor. That will depend on how Tibetans see him and whether they will look up to him for s…
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will begin his first Canadian tour at the end of May 2017. This visit, to last nearly a month, will begin in Toronto, proceeding to Calgary and reach Vancouver as its final Canadian destination in mid-June. Activities planned during His Holiness’ visit in Vancouver include: a Chenrezig empowerment, Akshobhya teachings and empowerment, and a panel discussion on our environment and social inequality.
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa is the spiritual leader of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Karmapa lineage dates back 900 years; it is the oldest and foremost lineage to commence a tradition of reincarnate teachers in Tibetan Buddhism. The current Karmapa has taken birth in 1985, unto a nomadic family in eastern Tibet. He was recognized as the 17th lineage holder at an age of seven, and journeyed from Tibet to India at the age of 14. Ever since, the Gyalwang Karmapa has assumed the role of a spiritual leader. He has traveled the wor…