Gyalwang Karmapa began teaching where he had left off in Session Two, by reading
the section on the words from theMukhagama
of Manjushri, found inThe
Torch of True Meaning, and then reflected on the idea of the root
guru based on this profound text.
sentient being who belittles
A Vajra bearer of the future,
Belittles me, so therefore I
Abandon them all for a time.
dwell in his body and receive
The offerings of other practitioners.
Those who please him will purify
The karmic obscurations in their own being.
InThe Torch of True Meaning,
Jamgon Kongtrul elaborates further that, even if you are not able to hear
dharma from a famous guru such as a lineage holder, if you take as your root
guru another guru who has the same experience and realisation, you will receive
root guru is portrayed as: “all individuals who work for the benefit of beings,
sun and moon, herbal medicines, even boats and bridges.” Committing the root
downfall of disrespecting the guru refers to all the gurus with whom you have a
dharmic connection, not just the root guru.
Holiness continued to read from the text. Innumerable sutras state that
receiving the supreme siddhi is possible only if we meditate on the guru. That
is unequalled among all practices because bodhicitta is the essence of the
text continues with a section on how examining faults in others is
self-destructive by nature. The First Jamgon Kongtrul warns us not to examine
others’ faults, in particular anyone who has started to practice the dharma,
but to rejoice and think positively. Furthermore, we do not know who might be
practising yoga internally and it is said that, other than the perfect Buddha,
no individual can truly measure another. Since examining others’ faults sweeps
away our good qualities, we should solely examine our own.
concluding point of today’s portion of the text was that the intensity of
blessings corresponds to our view of the guru and the level of devotion equals
the level of spiritual practice. The key for rapidly receiving blessings is to meditate
on the guru as a buddha.
The text reads: If you are practicing Mahamudra, you should think of the guru
as the naked dharmakaya. If you want to extend your life, think of him as
Amitayus or White Tara. If you want to cure illness, think of him as the
Medicine Buddha. For dons, think of him as their remedy. You must view him as
inseparable from the principal deities of any of the mandalas from the tantras.
This is the meaning of calling him, ‘the Guardian of the Mandala’.
Gyalwang Karmapa then explained the practice of taking empowerment from the
guru while imagining him above the crown of our heads. He said that if we have
transgressions of secret mantra vajrayana, the self-entry to the mandala of the
deity is important for restoring these violations. Mixing the minds means
effectively entering the mandala and receiving the self-empowerments.
to the Four-Session Guru Yoga, His Holiness explained some essentials of the
practice. It is called ‘four-session’ because it is meant to be practised four
times a day: two sessions before midday and two sessions after midday. Since it
is sometimes difficult for us to do four sessions, we should aim to recite it
at least once a day. The reason for four sessions is that it is a powerful tool
for purifying root downfalls. If a root downfall goes beyond the duration of
one session, from the time we commit it to the time we restore it, then it is
difficult to recover it. If it doesn’t go beyond that duration and we restore
it in that time, it is not considered to be a root downfall.
to the teachings on the guru yoga in Jamgon Kongtrul’s text, the Karmapa
related that we should not see the guru as a single individual, but the union
of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, deities of the mandala, and the union of
all the jewels. We should consider him inseparable in essence from the founder
of Buddhism, Buddha Shakyamuni, and from Gampopa, the founder of the Dakpo
Kagyu, because the Lord Buddha himself prophesized that Gampopa would continue
the Buddha’s teaching. As Vajradhara is the teacher of mantra, it is important
that the guru is seen as inseparable from him as well.
you should imagine your root guru as inseparable from one of the incarnations
of the Karmapa, whichever one you feel the greatest connection with. “The
question is: who is your root guru?” he asked, and continued by saying that, as
practitioners, we will have many gurus. Among the many lamas who have given us
guidance, the root guru is the one who has shown particular affection for us.
It is the one who has displayed the greatest kindness for us.
finding the root guru, the Karmapa asserted, fundamentally, we do not need to
look outside ourselves to see who our root guru is. Rather, we should examine
what experience or feeling arises in our minds. Our tendency, however, is to
examine the external qualities of a lama; we look at his fame, the size of his
monastery, his education, his looks, but we fail to pay attention to the level
of his realization.
Holiness equated that kind of attitude to shopping for things based on their
appearance. “Be your own store,” he advised, and, continuing the metaphor,
invited us to examine the wealth of our faith, because that was the currency
for finding the guru. It was not so difficult to find a guru, he suggested, if
we had faith, devotion and pure perception, because buddhas and bodhisattvas
are waiting to help us day and night, but we needed to give them a chance and
open the gate for them with the key of our faith and devotion.
to those who still felt that they were unable to find their root guru, great
masters have said that, if a person has received the tradition of Gampopa, they
could consider him to be their root guru.
though we should examine our feelings, we need to use our intelligence and
discernment too. His Holiness reminded us not to mistake our motivation while
examining the lama. We should not be looking only for negative aspects but
trying to find good qualities.
those words, he brought the morning’s session to a conclusion.
His Holiness Karmapa has arrived in New Jersey, United States. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, President Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, KTD and Karme Ling lamas, New Jersey KTC Lama Tsultrim, and Danang Foundation Lama Tsewang Rinpoche welcomed him.
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I am a Buddhist, but I still have to live my life as a member of the larger world community and take full part in society, where Buddhism is not the only spiritual tradition. There are many different forms of religion and spirituality, and there are also many different types of people, including those who are inclined toward religious or spiritual approaches and those who are not.
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The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student. Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about "Calling the Lama from afar." “Karmapa Chenno” can be roughly translated as "Embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, turn attention to me." In Central Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, it is pronounced Karmapa Kyen-no or Karmapa khen-no. In East Tibet, it is p…
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 …
First the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke a few words related to the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama:
We Tibetans consider the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama to be extremely important. We are most fortunate that he lights our way like a blazing torch as we pass through these dark and difficult times. His birthday, therefore, is an important occasion for us. Born in the Land of Snow, His Holiness is the protector and refuge for all the Tibetan people. This enormous good fortune brings delight to all of us and also gives us great courage.
However we might celebrate his birthday, we can recall his life story and his worldwide activity to benefit others.
In relation to any advice he might give us, it is essential that we consider how we can assist him and implement his counsel in its true sense. Not only has His Holiness devoted himself to improving our material welfare externally, he has also encouraged the growth of our spiritual welfare internally. In response, from our…
A group from Palpung Wales, which actually consisted of people from all over UK, traveled to join the His Holiness 17th Karmapa’s first teaching weekend in London, Battersea. It was an absolute privilege to be part of that weekend, in many ways. We received touching and inspiring teachings from His Holiness Karmapa on Geshe Langri Tangpa’s famous “Eight verses of Mind Training,” a key instruction on how to bring the Dharma into daily life. At the same time it was like a gesture of welcoming His Holiness Karmapa’s 17th incarnation to this country for the first time. Meeting with the many Dharma friends and coming together in His Holiness’s mandala was a very heart-warming experience. We were also very fortunate to have a group audience with His Holiness on Saturday afternoon. From original Palpung Wales group it slowly formed into a Palpung United group of about 60 people from Wales, Ireland and Slovenia, and some from Italy as well. It was a great chance, although only…
ONE EARLY MORNING [in 1980] His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa generously granted an interview to the readers of Densal. What follows is the text of that interview, word for word, as translated by Ngodup Tsering Burkhar. In it, His Holiness touches on many important aspects of spiritual practice, the Kagyu lineage, and life in the world today for the Dharma practitioner. It is a timely and most valuable teaching for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Densal: This is your third tour to America. Do you have any observations you would like to share about it, and about the growth of the Dharma in the United States? H.H.: The responsibility of the teacher is to always give the teachings. It doesn't matter that only a short time has passed, or a long time has passed; what matters is that the teachings are continuously given. Sometimes it may seem to be more appropriate to teach because most people are at leisure and have a lot of time, and it appears to be a good time to give teach…
The land of Sikkim, at the border of India and Tibet, was consecrated as a hidden sanctuary for the Buddha's teachings during the present epoch by the second Buddha, the great master Padmasambhava, who blessed it with the vajra wisdom of his body, speech, and mind. Through the infallible power of his aspiration and through our great effort, the monastery Shaydrup Kunkhyap Otong Khyilway Tsuklakhang (the Temple of Pervasive Teaching and Practice Blazing with a Thousand Lights), has been established for the preservation of the precious doctrine of the Buddha, which is the source of all benefit and happiness in existence and tranquility, and for the sake of all beings in the world.
Before the building's foundation was begun, I performed the customary removal of impediments and, using a sand mandala, the ritual of Chakrasamvara, blessing the location so that it is his wisdom mandala. In that and similar ways, the site has been consecrated m…
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DHARAMSHALA: With his rival Trinley Thaye Dorje now a married man, who shed monk’s robes to get hitched with his childhood friend, the claim of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to the title of the 17th Karmapa and Rumtek Monastery throne has become stronger
Thaye Dorje, 33, married Rinchen Yangzom, 36, in a private ceremony attended by close family members in New Delhi on March 25 and announced it on March 30. His office described the couple as “close childhood friends” who have known each other for more than 19 years.
Karmapa is the title given to the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are the oldest institutionalised series of rebirths in Tibetan Buddhism, preceding the Dalai Lama of Gelug sect. Currently, there are three contenders who claim to be the rightful reincarnation of 16th Karmapa. While Ogyen Dorje, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama as well as the Peoples’…