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.
Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was recently taken to review the restrictions on his travel in an attempt to “engage” him.
Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:May 24, 2017 2:26 am
The government is set to lift the travel restrictions imposed on Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. The Home Ministry has proposed to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that the Karmapa be allowed to travel to any part of the country, except Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, without seeking prior permission from New Delhi.
Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu (Black Hat) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was born in Tibet and escaped to India through Nepal at the age of 14. He reached McLeod Ganj, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, in 2000. He lives in Dharamshala and is recognised by the Dalai Lama.
Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was re…
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
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 …
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…
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…
May 24, 2017 – St Catharine’s and King’s College, Cambridge, England
Today His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa left London and travelled north to Cambridge, a city whose name has become almost synonymous with its world-famous university. The Karmapa’s visit to Cambridge was hosted by the International Buddhist Confederation’s Secretary for Environment and Conservation, Dr Barbara Maas.
His Holiness’s day in Cambridge began with an academic seminar on animal sentience and animal welfare science, and their significance for our relationship with and treatment of animals. Veterinarians turned animal welfare scientists, Dr Murray Corke and Peter Fordyce from the University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, provided His Holiness with background about the complexities of assessing the wellbeing of animals and introduced him to some of the latest research developments that have transformed our understanding of animal awareness and suffering. These include a wide range of behavioural and physio…
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.
DHARAMSHALA, MAY 24: In a positive development for the Tibetan religious figure 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the Indian government is reportedly set to lift the travel restrictions currently in place.
The Home Ministry has proposed to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that the Karmapa be allowed to travel to any part of the country, except Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, without seeking prior permission from New Delhi. The CCS chaired by PM Modi is a core committee on National Security with the MoD and the MEA among other significant panels, which offer directives on the Karmapa’s security and movement among other things.
The move in question has received a shot in the arm earlier this week when a delegation of monks from various monasteries in Sikkim met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging permission for the Seventeenth Karmapa to visit Sikkim.
The delegation led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, who is the elected poli…