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Precious Handprint of H.H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at the age of eight


Mahamudra: Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance

By: 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

Book Description

Publication Date: 1978
Mahamudra, or the Great Seal, refers to a Mahayana Buddhist system of meditation on the nature of the mind and is undertaken for realizing Enlightenment. This text, by the Ninth Karmapa (1556-1603), is one of the most famous expositions of this meditational system. It covers both the preliminary practices as well as the actual Mahamudra meditations of mental quiescence (shamatha) and penetrative insight (vipasyana), Explaining the stages and paths as traveled in this system, it represents a complete path to Enlightenment. 
Accompanying the root text is a commentary given orally by Beru Khyentze Rinpoche, based on the teachings of his guru, His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. 
As a proper relation with a Guru is essential for realizing Mahamudra, also included is the basic text on Guru devotion by the first century B.C. Indian master Asvaghosa with an oral commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey.

Book Review: The Black Hat Eccentric

January-March 2013

The Black Hat Eccentric: Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa
By Karl Debreczeny with contributions by Ian A. Alsop, David P. Jackson and Irmgard Mengele
Rubin Museum of Art, New York; University of Washington Press 2012

The Black Hat Eccentric: Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa by Karl Debreczeny is at once a fascinating story of an unconventional artist and his times, and a landmark contribution to Tibetan studies. Debreczeny writes, “The life story of the Tenth Karmapa provides insight into the lives of Tibetan artists, who are typically absent from discussions of Tibetan art (65).” This book addresses this curious state of art history within Tibetan studies by offering the first publication about a single Tibetan artist, with a strong focus on “the hand of the master.”
The Tenth Karmapa, Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674), head of the Karma Kagyu school, was not a professional artist, but in Debreczeny’s words “painting and sculpture was his passion (65).” Chöying Dorjé’…

An Appeal from President Joint Action Committee Gangtok, Sikkim (INDIA)



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All are well aware that His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje passed away on November 5, 1981 in U. S .A. . The successive reincarnations of H.H. the Gyalwa Karmapa, in accordance with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, appear in the world for the protection and promotion of the Dharma, for the welfare and happiness of all sentient beings.

After the passing away of one Gyalwa Karmapa, and till the recognition and confirmation of his next incarnation, one or more among the senior Rinpoches are given the responsibilities of religious and administrative matters of H.H. the Gyalwa Karmapa, as his Regent(s). Following this tradition, the Regents thus appointed in December 1981 at Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, were Shamar Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and Tsurpu Gyaltsab Rinpoche. These four Regents were given the overall responsibilities, such as the administ…

In Rumtek, a Generation of Buddhist Monks Loses Hope(New York Times)

January 21, 2013, 7:18 amBy ANJANI TRIVEDI

RUMTEK, Sikkim —In their 13th year of waiting for their spiritual leader, the Tibetan Buddhist monks at a mountainside monastery in Sikkim are starting to give up hope.

“Our hearts have fallen — the master isn’t coming,” said Karma Yeshi, a monk and teacher at the Rumtek monastery, home to 150 monks in the Himalayas in the erstwhile kingdom annexed to India in 1975. “It’s like a house without a father.”

The person the monks are eager to see is Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 27-year-old man deemed to be the leader of the Kagyu order of Buddhism, one of the four main schools in Tibetan Buddhism.

Tibetan Buddhism stresses the importance of meeting the Karmapa. Teachings in the Kagyu order are passed on from master to student, and the Kagyu’s Web site says that “all great Kagyu teachers regard his Holiness Karmapa as the embodiment and source of all the blessings of the lineage.”

The young man known as the 17th Karmapa is currently based in …

Thrangu Rinpoche's Letter to Kyabje Shamar Rinpoche and Topga-la

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To the feet of Kyabje Shamar Rimpoche and Topga-la together;

Recently I received a letter of Topga dated 26/1/94 together with Shamar Rinpoche`s letter dated 7/2/94 via the hand of Karma Senge, the leader of Tsurphu Kyiduk. Generally, had the subject been a different one, I would have wholeheartedly fulfilled both of your commands. However with respect to the reincarnation of the Gyalwang Karmapa, who is the crown ornament of the Teachings in general and of the Kagyupa in particular and who is the only object of one s refuge in this and future lives, it is not suitable to accede simply because of the decree of an overlord, the wealth of a moneyed person or because of friendship or family connections. Instead, one must gain certainty through the threefold analysis relying on direct perception, syllogistic reasoning and the authority of valid scriptures. Therefore I see many reasons why both of your pronouncements are not correct:

1 ) The Sixteenth Karmap…