For the Gyalwang Karmapa, the Tibetan New Year began in the
first hours of the day, as he met in the Tergar Monastery shrine hall with
tulkus, khenpos, and masters from various monasteries and received their
khatas. In return he gave them his blessing and a traditional bright red cord.
The monks recited prayers for peace in the world and the flourishing of the
teachings as well as the very long life of the Karmapa. Afterward the entire
monastic and lay Sangha gathered at 4:30 am in the Monlam Pavilion for a
special long-life practice based on theThree
Roots Combined, calledA
Life-Force Indestructible like a Vajra. The practice was led by the
Karmapa’s heart son, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who had bestowed this empowerment the
In February of 2016 the Karmapa had also given this empowerment,
and at the time commented on its importance for his Kamtsang Kagyu lineage. The
short lineage is traced back to a text based on the pure visions of the Third
Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339). The Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507–1554)
also practiced theThree
stated that through it, “especially pure visions and dreams appeared in my
experiential awareness.” Mikyo Dorje expanded the practice, and the Ninth
Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) created an extensive sadhana by
supplementing Kamtsang practices with those from the Nyingma tradition.
Later the treasure revealer Chöje Lingpa (1682–1725) discovered
a terma of theThree
Roots Combined, which resembled that of the Kamtsang tradition. It
was this newer tradition that the Kamtsang masters came to use, so the original
version almost disappeared. To revive the tradition, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro
Thaye (1813–1899) included the Kamtsang lineages of the empowerment and reading
transmission in hisTreasury
of Precious Terma. The Karmapa said that he had received these
empowerments from Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and among the hundreds of initiations, it
was this one of theThree Roots Combinedthat gave him a special
feeling. The Karmapa added, “Since the Three Roots Combined constitutes
an exceptional and profound text of the Karmapa’s tradition, I’ve taken a
particular interest in it and made efforts to find the old texts.” Through his
research, the Karmapa has found almost all of the texts.
The Karmapa also summarized an explanation of theThree Roots Combined:
the aspect of thelamais Tsepakme; the aspect of theyidamis the great compassionate one,
Chenrezik; and the aspect of the Dharmaprotectoris the wisdom protector Mahakala. In
this way, all the three roots are complete in one form. Mikyo Dorje stated,
therefore, that even if you have not received other empowerments, with this
single one you would be able to care for and guide students. The Karmapa added
that Mikyo Dorje gave this long-life practice another name, “Not a Lie” because
it arose from a pure vision. [More about the Empowerment and Practice of the Three RootsCombined].
Today’s puja began with Gyaltsap Rinpoche leading the practice
in the Monlam Pavilion. After having visualized and made offerings to the yidam
deity, he left to escort His Holiness into the Pavilion, accompanied by music
resembling that played for inviting a yidam deity to be present. After the
Karmapa took his seat on the throne, a very long and wide, white silk scarf was
offered and remained in a half circle around him. Gyaltsap Rinpoche then
connected five subtly colored scarves to the Karmapa by tucking the ends
underneath the cloth on which the Karmapa sat while the other ends extended in
a long, gentle curve to a semi-circle of five tables draped in cloth of the
same color and holding a torma of a similar hue. Behind each of the five tables
stood a dakini dancer, related to the family of that particular color.
Gyaltsap Rinpoche remained standing to make the extensive
offerings, first to the dakinis of the five directions. With each one, the
dakini dancer carried her torma down the central aisle to be offered outside.
The text relates that she is surrounded by a 100,000 of her kind, expanding the
dimension of the offering into vast space. After praises and offerings to each
dakini, their scarf is imagined to dissolve into space and requests are made
for them to perform various activities, such as extending the lama’s life,
assisting in his activities, and bringing well-being and peace to the world.
At the end of the ceremony, Gyaltsap Rinpoche offered the
Karmapa amrita from the kapala and then the long-life vase, and finally a round
column of long life pills. All of them have been blessed by Gyaltsap Rinpoche,
the practice, and the combined aspirations of everyone present. After the
dakinis, extensive offerings were made to the Karmapa, including the eight
auspicious substances, the eight auspicious symbols, and the seven articles of
royalty. Their purpose is to extend his life and facilitate his beneficial
activities throughout the world.
The mandala of giving thanks was followed by a long line of
offerings from the Kagyu Monlam Committee. Tashi prayers followed to spread the
goodness and benefits of the practice to all parts of the universe: “May all be
auspicious through the body, speech, and mind of the Victorious Ones.” Holding
fragrant incense, Gyaltsap Rinpoche escorted the Karmapa off the stage for a
short break before the public audience.
While the stage was being reorganized, tea servers spread
throughout the audience and the head monk read out thanks to the sponsors. Over
the loudspeakers, it was announced that the Karmapa would bless each and
everyone who had come and that they all would have a chance to offer him a
khata. The Karmapa returned to his throne and received the second long line of
offerings from, among others, the Tsurphu Labrang, Gyaltsap and Bokar
Rinpoches’ Labrangs, as well as the Karmapa Khyenno Foundation.
Afterward, the first of the 6,000 people from the lay Sangha,
followed by the ordained Sangha, offered their khatas and passed in front of
the Karmapa, who blessed the top of their head with an elegant silk tassel at
the end of a rod while the gyalings played in the background. As a young
incarnation at Tsurphu, the Karmapa also blessed people in a similar way as his
throne was very tall and it would have been difficult to reach each person.
Today it was a way to allow all the participants to come close to him. After
some two and a half hours, everyone had received the Karmapa’s blessing, a
wonderful way to usher in the New Year.
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…
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. …
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…