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Some Pictures and more Details

From Tempa Lama, March 27, 2017

On 21st March at the Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya, India, at 9:30am His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa introduced Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche's reincarnation to the world with an introduction ceremony. It was not more than that. Please do not misunderstand this fact. It was not an enthronement nor a hair cutting ceremony. It was simply an introduction of Rinpoche's yangsi (reincarnation). Please don't confuse the differences. There are lots of meanings in the various ceremonies of our tradition.

His Holiness has stated that the hair-cutting ceremony and the enthronement shall only take place after Yangsi Rinpoche is seven years old. The dates of the enthronement and hair-cutting ceremonies will be decided only later by His Holiness and Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. It is not certain when the ceremonies will take place. Until then he is going to spend time with his parents playing with the children in the village openly in a clean and …

17th Karmapa Reveals New Khoryug Logo

March 27th, 2017

During his opening address of the 8th Khoryug Conference, the 17th Karmapa revealed his design for a new Khoryug logo. The new design depicts Mount Kailash at the center with rivers flowing down to Lake Mansarovar, all of which is embraced by two hands.His Holiness explained that he chose to portray Mount Kailash in the new logo due to its great significance in Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies. Referred to as Mount Meru in ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts, Mount Kailash features in both Hinduism and Buddhism as the physical and metaphysical center of the universe. It continues to have considerable importance in both Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism today. Ancient Indian texts depict four great rivers, including the sacred Ganges, originating at Mount Kailash and flowing down the four faces of this King of Mountains. Ancient Tibetan scriptures also describe the rivers similarly, referring to them flowing down the four sides of the Precious Snow Mountain. His Holiness further…

Karmapa calls for protection of Himalayas and Ganga - Hindustan Times

25 Mar 2017PatnaAnil Kumar Ojha

The three-day Khoryug conference organized by Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, concluded at the Tergar monastery in Bodh Gaya with a call to monks and nuns to protect the environment across the Himalayan region. The Khoryug conference also released a book written by theKarmapa that contains, disaster management guidelines for over 65 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries spread over across the Himalayas and in South India.

Khoryug, a network of monasteries and nunneries, was established in 2009 and has so far organized at least seven regional workshops and one international workshop-cum-conference to create awareness among Tibetans about the significance and need to protect the Himalayan environment.

Taking a serious view on how the Himalayas are extremely vulnerable to climate change and also an acknowledged earthquake zone, the Karmapa in 2015 decided to provide specialized training to monks and nuns to take up d…

Introduction of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi

From Tempa Lama March 23, 2017

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
As all of you know by now, on the 21 of March, 2017, at 9am Indian time His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa introduced Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi in the Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya. Rinpoche is a four years old boy but from time to time I see him as an old man. It is hard to believe he is that young.
I am very sorry at the moment I am very busy. I will later let you know details about the search and how we found Yangsi Rinpoche and provide you with photos and video clips for you to enjoy.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche instructed us to wait for His Holiness’ advice to Yangsi Rinpoche how to further proceed from here.
Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche could not come to this occasion of His Holiness’ introducing Tenga Rinoche’s Yangsi since he has a schedule in Bhutan that was arranged long time ago. As you all know Bhutan is a remote area and in order to join teachings and initiations elderly people have to be ca…

Khoryug Delegates Review Past Activities and Strategize for Future

Day Two, 8th Khoryug Conference23 March, 2017Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

The second day of the 8th Khoryug conference was largely dedicated to internal reporting, focus group analysis, and decision making.Participants first reviewed the Disaster Management Guidelines and made suggestions on how to improve the recommendations and knowledge provided by the book. Conference participants then split into focus groups to reflect together on the successes and challenges faced in their disaster management initiatives over the past year and how to improve their approach. The focus groups also carried out analysis to identify information and capacity gaps that will become future priorities for Khoryug. Each group included representatives from India, Nepal and Bhutan so that participants could hear firsthand about the experiences in other countries and draw upon this diversity to devise the best solutions.All representatives agreed that holding smaller localized workshops in 2016 on disaster manag…

Khoryug Nepal offers demonstration of disaster response skills

Day 1, 8th Khoryug Conference22 March, 2017Kagyu Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya
In 2015, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa announced during the 6th Khoryug Conference that all Khoryug monasteries and nunneries should receive disaster management training.  Khoryug Nepal took up this initiative by partnering with the White Mountain Training Institute, whose head trainer Dr. Behrouz Moghaddassi introduced them to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. Over the course of 2016, Khoryug Nepal organized four five-day trainings with Dr. Behrouz for a total of 125 monks and nuns.During the afternoon, Khoryug Nepal monks and nuns showcased their CERT skills with a disaster response demonstration. 30 participants from Nepal led the audience through a series of emergency and disaster scenarios.All of the monastics performed their duties efficiently and intently. While the dramatic play-acting periodically generated comic relief and laughter from the audience, the CERT monastics rema…

His Holiness 17th Karmapa launches new book of Disaster Management Guidelines

Day One, 8th Khoryug Conference22 March 2017Tergar Shrine Hall, Bodhgaya

At 9.00am, 72 delegates, representing 27 different monasteries and nunneries, schools and communitiesfrom across the Himalayan region, gathered at Tergar Monastery for the 8th annual Khoryug conference. Khoryug was founded in 2009 by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje as an environmental association of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries all working towards environmental protection, sustainability and climate change resilience.Khoryug is an initiative of Kun Kyong Charitable Trust. This year’s conference welcomed 38 delegates from Nepal, 26 from India and 8 from Bhutan. Khoryug’s Program Officer, Lhakpa Tsering and Khoryug Adviser, Dekila Chungyalpa, began the day by greeting everyone warmly.At the request of the Khoryug members themselves, this year’s conference will provide an introduction to the topic of waste management, a difficulty which is faced by every single monastery and nunnery. Waste manageme…

Khoryug Announces Launch of Disaster Management Guidelines

Khoryug announces the launch of its latest publication, “Disaster Management Guidelines for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries,” on March 22nd, 2017, during the first day of the 8th Khoryug Conference. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa will launch the book of guidelines, a collection of practical recommendations on preparing, responding and recovering from disasters common in the Himalayas. The book also features a chapter from His Holiness on addressing and healing the heart and mind from a disaster.

Second Letter of Prediction

From Tempa Lama, March 19, 2017
During an audience with His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa on the 2nd March 2017 he told me that Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche Yangsi's exploration team should come to the Tergar Monastery, Bodgaya, during the nun's winter seminar at the time of the three days of Tseringma puja. During the end of the puja on the third day His Holiness sent a Rumtek Khenpo to ask me to step forward to the throne.
Previously His Holiness had presented the first prediction letter to Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche on the 24th February 2016, the second item of prediction, the first drawing, was given to the exploration team and the second drawing was presented to me last year. Now at this occasion His Holiness gave me the second letter of prediction with a katag.
His Holiness requested that the exploration team should come after the puja to further discuss the details. Then after giving us detailed explanations about the second letter His Holiness told us to go back…

Sikkim Monks dharna outside BJP office with Karmapa demand - Sikkim Express

SE Report
GANGTOK, March 16: A delegation of monks from various monasteries of Sikkim staged a sit-in protest outside the BJP national headquarters in New Delhi today demanding the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to be allowed to visit and bless the people of Sikkim.

The delegation led by Denjong Lhadey chanted slogans demanding and also submitted a memorandum with the demand to the Prime Minister’s Office through senior officials.

The memorandum reiterates the Denjong Lhadey’s demand to urgently send the Buddhist spiritual leader to Sikkim. The monks on dharna outside the BJP office were also detained by Delhi police at Mandir Marg police station and later released, informs a press release.

Third Cohort of Nuns Trains to be Health Workers

March 14, 2017Monlam Pavilion

For the third year in succession, the Taiwan Health Corps has been working with Kagyu nuns during the Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering.
Twenty-one nuns from eight nunneries—Ralang, Tilokpur and Palpung Yeshe Rabgye Ling in India, Karma Leksheyling, Tara Abbey, Osel Karma Thekchöling and  Samten Ling in Nepal,  and Drubde Palmo Chökyi Dingkhang in Bhutan– have successfully completed a nine-day  training in basic health care.
Dr Jeffrey Chen, CEO of the Taiwanese based NGO Taiwan Health Corps, first responded to a request from the Gyalwang Karmapa to develop initiatives to improve the health and healthcare of nuns more than three years ago. This year he has returned for a third time with a team of six health professionals to provide basic training for a new batch of nuns. The team comprises Professor Kuo Su Chen, a specialist in Women’s Health, Dr Chin Min Yi, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, Dr Wei Cheng Chou, urologist and surgeon, Hsin-Yu Lee, a…

Gyalwang Karmapa on finding the reincarnation Tenga Rinpoche

March 14, 2017
Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

YANGSI KYABJE TENGA RINPOCHE seems on his way back:

HH KARMAPA just announced the following at the end of his teachings on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation: "You might remember, it was a year or two ago - during the winter dharma gathering - we started looking for the reincarnation of Bokar Rinpoche; we searched for and found the reincarnation and brought him here during the winter dharma gathering. And so now if all the external and internal conditions will work out properly, if there are the proper signs and so forth, it’s quite possible and we have the hope that we will be able to look for and recognize the reincarnation of the Lord of Refuge Tenga Rinpoche and bring him here to this winter dharma gathering.

It is not certain that this is gonna happening, there is no definite thing that it is gonna happen, it is quite possible that it might happen; and so in case that it does happen, then we may well have to extend this Gunc…

History in the Making: The First Step Toward Full Ordination for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns

March 11, 2017Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

On December 28, 2016, in a historic letter sent to his Kagyu nunneries in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, the Karmapa officially announced that the actual process of establishing full ordination for nuns in the Karma Kamtsang tradition would begin. He stated that at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, on the auspicious day of the full moon in the Month of Miracles, (the first month in the Tibetan calendar, falling on March 12, 2107), the shramaneri (getsulma) vows would be conferred on those nuns wishing to take full ordination.
Following much deliberation, a path to full ordination was established. It was decided that the nuns would hold these shramaneri vows for a year, after which they will take the shikshamana (gelopmaor training) vows from Dharmaguptaka nuns and keep them for two winters or two summers. Finally, they will receive the bhikshuni (gelongmaor full ordination) vows with the participation of nuns from the Dharmaguptaka tra…