Showing posts from March, 2010


March 27, 2010 - Dharamsala This beginning of the 15th Shoton festival, an annual celebration of Tibetan Opera (Lhamo), was blessed and inaugurated by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The event opened at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala on 27th March, 2010. His Holiness presided at the TIPA performance as the chief guest. From all over India and Nepal, Tibetan Opera associations from Tibetan communities came together to perform Tibetan dramatic arts. Through dramaticperformances of song and choreographed dance, vibrant traditional Tibetan artistic practices were expressed. In Tibet, Shoton is held annually from the end of the sixth month to the middle of the seventh month (according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar) and traditionally celebrates the coming of spring and a generous harvest This year, the participating performance company will travel to six Tibetan Schools in the Dharamsala area, to introduce this historic Tibetan art…

Karmapa's Gift to the Karmapa

In 1978, Tashi Mannox's father, Peter Mannox, was commissioned to make a container -- a tangshup -- for an image created by the 16th Karmapa, with whom he was quite friendly. Peter Mannox is the Western world's foremost maker of Dharma articles from precious metals -- a career that was indeed chosen for him by means of divination.
This container is twenty inches in length, of solid silver, and lapis enamel.
What image this container actually encases is unknown, but as Peter reports, "It is meant for transmission to the 17th Karmapa," if and when he is ever able to visit Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, in Scotland.
The whole story can be found at Peter's wonderful blog North Fife.

Friday, March 12, 2010
16th and 17th Karmapa

In 1978 i was commissioned to make a container for an image created by 16th Karmapa It's length is a Cubit, Standard cubit: elbow to end of middle finger (20") I've just measured my own and I'm 19 3/4 inches, That's me…


March 12, 2010 - Gyuto His Holiness presided over the two-day Tantric Dialectical Examination of Gyuto Tantric University. The examination is held every three years. In the presence of His Holiness and Khenpos, over 70 Geshe Lharimpas who have completed their studies of the four classes of tantra: Kriya Tantra, Carya Tantra, Yoga Tantra, and Annuttarayoga Tantra, took their Tantric Dialectical Examination. All the examinees came from the main three monasteries: Sera, Drepung, Gaden, and other 6 monasteries. The previous Dalai Lama, The 13th Dalai Lama, introduced the first Tantric Dialectical Examination at Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Tibet.

Dialectical Examination of Gyuto Tantric University

Message of H.H. the Karmapa to Europe


In many countries in Europe there are numerous students connected with the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and also many people who have a direct connection with the Karmapa. Many of them have been wishing and expecting me to come to Europe for twenty or thirty years. This has become a very important purpose in my life. Since my childhood I have kept it very strongly in my heart. This year there is a strong hope that I may be able to visit Europe and this is good news for me and those who have invited me. I hope and wish that this year all our expectations and aspirations to meet together in Europe will be fulfilled.
All the centres and students have been making preparations for a long time with prayers and aspirations that I will be coming there. I am very grateful to all of you. I am hoping and aspiring to visit Europe, not only this year but also many times in the future.
It’s very difficult to remember past lives. Although there could be countless past lives it is not neces…

His Holiness the Karmapa and Women's Issues (Buddhadharma Magazine)

a pillar is missing from our house:
gyalwang karmapa on full ordination for women

Article by Dharmadattā Nuns' Community member Lhundup Damcho, originally written for publication in German in Dharma-Nektar Magazine.
An abbreviated version of this article will appear in the Spring 2010  edition of Buddhadharma Magazine. Download a pdf of this and the accompanying articles on women's place in Buddhism.

Last winter, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa stunned an international audience in Bodhgaya by making an unprecedented declaration of commitment to ordaining women as bhikshunis in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Responding to a question as to when there would ever be bhikshuni ordination in the Tibetan tradition, His Holiness leaned forward and spoke directly in English. “I will do it,” he said. As enthusiastic applause broke out across the large assembly hall, Gyalwang Karmapa cautioned against expecting quick results. “Be patient,” he said. “Be patient.” “As to when it will be…


March 4, 2010 The Office of Administration of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa (Tsurphu Labrang) at Gyuto Tantric University has been reorganised. The new structure will take effect from March 4th, 2010, for a term of one year, with responsibilities allocated as follows: 1. Thupten Sherab: Director of Finance and Accounts & Secretary Tibetan, 9418294401 2. Lama Phuntsok: Director of Information and Communication, 9882735918

3. Karma Tenkyong Wangpo: Director of Internal Affairs, 9418540297

4. Gompo Tsering: Director of External Affairs, 9816045556

5. Karma Thinley Yongdu - Director of Supplies and Procurement, 1892-236637

6. Chemed Choegyal: Secretary (English), 9816315336

7. Sonam Tsewang: Director of Legal Matters/Delhi Office, 9818443684

From Information and Communication.


March 4, 2010 - Gyuto At 7 am this morning, His Holiness bestowed the inaugural prayers for the appointment of new office bearers who have now been assigned to look after the different sections of Karmapa's Office of Administration (Tsurphu Labrang). The prayer was attended by both Chagzoes, Ngodup Palzom. The newly appointed office bearers are: Thubten Sherab Lama Phuntsok Cheme Choegyal Gonpo Tsering Sonam Tsewang
Appointment of the new Administrative Office