Home sweet home: Karmapa lama returns to KTD and plans Woodstock appearance on July 25(Hudson Valley Times)
Barrist SternHudson Valley Times
July 21, 2011 12:36 PM
What a difference three years can make. A visibly
matured Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa lama and at the age of 26
the head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, visited a vastly changed Karma
Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), his North American seat, for the second time last
With only 11 days of notice because of visa restrictions imposed
by India, which has given him sanctuary since his flight from Tibet in 2000, KTD
marshaled a small battalion of volunteers, staff members, security personnel,
shuttle van drivers, parking attendants, greeters, cooks and other recruits to
do the thousands of things necessary to make the visit possible, according to
Mark Rothe, KTD executive director. Following the lama’s arrival on Friday, the
visit’s first leg included teachings on Saturday and Sunday for some 1000
ticketed followers in a specially erected tent on the property along with
various other smaller ceremonies and audiences for individual groups. After a
several-day visit to Karma Thegsum Choling in Shamong, New Jersey, one of some
40 KTD affiliate centers nationwide starting on Wednesday, the Karmapa is
expected to return to Woodstock on Friday or Saturday in time for a public
appearance at Woodstock’s Comeau property at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 25. The
Karmapa will speak about “Caring for the Earth,” sharing teachings on “caring
for ourselves as human beings and for the earth we call home,” said Rothe. The
appearance is intended to give local residents an opportunity to meet the
At KTD last weekend, where followers assembled from
around the world to hear his remarks, the Karmapa began his teachings by
emphasizing the importance of cultivating human goodness and compassion,
cautioning students against permitting a self-consciousness of their Buddhist
practice to obscure the basic importance of always acting first as a human
being. “Sometimes we skip the necessary first step,” he emphasized in Tibetan
that was translated into English, although the lama said he is currently
studying English. “It is not sufficient for the dharma [teachings] to embody
perfection; it is also important for the individual practicing it to be
In monks robes, with a shaved head, and wearing his
ever-present wire-rimmed glasses, the lama segued to Buddhist teachings by
stressing the importance of coordinating one’s actions, speech and thoughts to
alleviate the so-called “suffering” that is the human condition. “It is our own
mind that hurts us,” he said. “What hurts us is our own anger and ill will. We
can run away from that which is physical but it is harder to run away from that
which is the mind.”
We tend to identify ourselves based on outward,
physical attributes and skills, he noted. An individual may be a physician but
that person is actually “so much more.” What is truly authentic and at the core
of our essence is “our innate capacity for love and compassion,” he
In today’s technological society, we are constantly being
bombarded by “an unprecedented amount of information that actually increases our
self-fixation” and “leads us further and further from the truth,” the Karmapa
said. Even our software refers to “my computer, my documents.” Added the lama,
“We need to think about not only our bodies, speech and mind but also the
interconnectedness between ourselves and others...The concept of ‘mine’
imprisons us and places us in solitary confinement.”
The Karmapa’s visit
to Woodstock followed a 10-day gathering in Washington, DC “Kalachakra for World
Peace,” with the Dalai Lama, spiritual head of the Tibetan people. Beginning on
July 6, the 76th birthday of the Dalai Lama, the event was intended to amplify
his commitment to the values of love, compassion, wisdom and interfaith
Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa went through a medical examination in Germany, his doctor strongly advise him to stop all Dharma propagation activities so that he has more time and space to treat some of the medical conditions that he has. After much consideration, the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to cancel this year’s Asia Dharma Teaching, i.e. the Diamond Sutra Teaching.
When we heard about the Gyalwang Karmapa’s decision to cancel the teaching, our emotions evolved from unspeakable shock to calm contemplation. Eventually, we understand the difficulty and necessity to make such a decision. We will continue to pray that the Diamond Sutra Teaching to be held in future, yet we are unsure when and where the teaching will be held. Therefore, we will begin the refund process for those who had registered for the teaching after we had negotiated with the hotel for refund.
Even though we feel a sense of regret that the Diamond Sutra Teaching cannot be held, yet we understand and …
In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.
Sujit Nath | News18.com Updated:July 26, 2017, 11:31 PM IST
Kolkata: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant permission to 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit the state.
Any such visit to the by the Tibetan leader living in exile in India is likely to anger China. This comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a standoff in Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector.
In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on Dorje’s movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.
“I also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sikkim after the rainy season came to an end this year, which he agreed and promised to make a trip soon,” Chamling told the media after his mee…
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