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Sikkim Monks and the 17th Karmapa(Buddhism -

By July 19, 2010

Here's some news that may, or may not, be significant -- According to Voice of Sikkim,  Kagyu Buddhist monks in Sikkim are joining forces to call for the enthronement of His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, at Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre , the official home-monastery-in-exile of Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism.  And if that doesn't interest you, keep reading. As they say, it gets juicy. Monks of the three largest Kagyu monasteries in Sikkim -- Phodong, Ralong and Rumtek -- have received the support of some major Nyingma monasteries in Sikkim, plus some other organizations, to bring His Holiness to Rumtek. Further, the majority party of the Sikkim state  legislature apparently had the return of the Karmapa to Rumtek in its most recent campaign platform. I say "return" of the Karmapa, because the 16th Karmapa lived there for many years. The current Karmapa has never been there, however, and I don't believe the other curr…

History of Kagyu Monlam - Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

When we intend to listen to the teachings, we should generate the proper motivation, the altruistic mind of bodhichitta. All the buddhas of the past, entering the path, expressed their motivation. Likewise, the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, when he entered the path, he uttered five hundred aspiration prayers. Thanks to the power of his prayers he was able to, in the times of Kali-Yuga, turn the Wheel of Dharma and manifest the Twelve Great Deeds. Similarly, all the buddhas manifest their activities as a result of the power of their previous prayers. We gathered here in order to recite aspiration prayers known as the Kagyu Monlam. The practice of group prayers was held by all Karmapas, in all of their incarnations. The tradition flourished particularly during the times of the 7th Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso. When he was residing in the Pongpo area in Tibet he used to call prayer meetings during which not only prayers were recited but also performances of traditional Tibetan operas were organi…


July 6, 2010 - Dharamsala His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa attended the 75th birthday celebration function of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Featuring a day-long cultural show, the event was held in the courtyard of the Main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglag-Khang) in the presence of the Dalai Lama. Thousands of Tibetan exiles, joined by visiting tourists and members from local Indian and Nepali community, attended the birthday celebration. Leaders of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, including Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Mr Penpa Tsering, other senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, and local Indian dignitaries attended the function. A group of Chinese from Australia also greeted the Dalai Lama on the occasion. Well-wishers representing local schools and the Indian and Nepali community of Dharamsala presented birthday gifts and greetings to the Dalai Lama. Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali artists performed cultural songs and dances…

His Holiness Karmapa's Message for the 1st North American Kagyu Monlam

Recorded at Gyuto Tantric University, Sidbhari, India, July, 2010