Announcement: Gyalwang Karmapa to Revive Tsurluk Tsechu Cham Tradition In Bodhgaya

As one of the major events of the upcoming 31st Kagyu Monlam Chenmo prayer gathering, on 10 January 2014 the Gyalwang Karmapa will lead a historic performance of the Guru Chöwang Tse Chu lama dance in Bodhgaya.
The day-long event heralds the revival of the unique Tsurphu tradition of the dance, and will be performed for the first time in India under the Gyalwang Karmapa’s direct guidance.
The Gyalwang Karmapa will personally dance during the event, adorned in full costume, while other luminaries to join him on stage include Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and numerous other Kagyu lineage tulkus.
And, in another historic first, nuns from five Kagyu nunneries will also take part in the lama dance, allowing female dancers for the first time to perform the female roles such as Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal. The nuns will join monks from four monasteries of the Tsurluk tradition, including Rumtek, Palchen Choling, Mirik, and Benchen.
The lama dance centers around the sacred biography of Guru Rinpoche, in a profound ritual discovered by the great treasure revealer Guru Chöwang. Preparations have been underway for a full year to create the elaborate masks and costumes that form an essential part of its performance.
The purpose of this particular lama dance is to ward off outer and inner obstacles, and it is said to have a powerful effect on all who witness it.
The dance will come at the culmination of a special Guru Rinpoche puja, the Garchen Tse Chu, taking place from January 6-10, and is followed immediately by Kagyu Monlam prayers running from January 11-16, both of which will be presided over by the Gyalwang Karmapa.

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Winter Schedule
December 2013 – February 2014, Bodhgaya
The following is the detailed schedule of Gyalwang Karmapa’s activities during his annual winter sojourn in Bodhgaya.
His main public activities taking place during this period include:
  • Pre-Monlam Teachings (Jan 3-5, 2014);
  • Special Monlam Program: Garchen Tse Chu (Jan 6-10, 2014);
  • 31st Kagyu Monlam Chenmo (Jan 11-15, 2014);
  • Marme Monlam (Jan 16, 2014), and
  • Losar New Year Celebration (according to the Tsurluk calendar) (Jan 31, 2014).
Several of the other activities listed below are intended primarily for monks and nuns.
Many of the public activities will be broadcast via live webcast. Full webcast details will be announced closer to the time of the activities.
Updates and changes to the schedule will be announced on this page – please check back regularly.

17th Kagyu Gunchö Winter Dharma Teachings & Debates for Kagyu Shedras
December 3, 2013 – January 1, 2014
Gyalwang Karmapa will preside over the annual Winter Gathering for Kagyu monks. For further details please see here.

31st Kagyu Monlam
January 3 – 16, 2014
Jan 3-5, 2014Pre-Monlam Teaching:
The Torch of Certainty.

Refuge and Vajrasattva Chapters.
Jan 3-4
Session I: 8.00-10.30am
Session II: 2.00-4.30pm

Jan 5
Empowerment for Jatsön Nyingpo’s Konchok Chiduritual & explanation of theSeven-Line Prayeraccording to Ju Mipham’s commentary.
Monlam Pavilion
Jan 6-10, 2014Special Monlam Program: Garchen Tse ChuJan 6
Session I: 8.00-10.00am (Guru Rinpoche Empowerment: Chöwang Lama Sangdü)
Session II: 2.00-4.30pm (Seat Assignment for Sangha)

Jan 7-9
Ritual: The Mind Practice of Guru Rinpoche: The Eight Chapters of Lama Sangdü & Ritual of the Dharma Protector Shinkyong

Session I: 6.00-8.30am
Session II: 9.00-11.30am
Session III: 1.30-3.30pm
Session IV: 4.00-6.30pm

Jan 10
Tse Chu Lama Dance & completion of the puja

Session I: 2.00-3.30am (Ritual)
Session II: 4.00-5.30am (Ritual)
Session III: 7.00am-4.00pm (Lama Dancing)
Session IV: 5.00-6.30pm (Concluding Ritual)
Monlam Pavilion
Jan 11-15, 201431st Kagyu Monlam ChenmoJan 11 – Day 1
Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam)
Session II: 9.00-11.00am (Teaching on Eight Verses of Mind Training)
Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (King of Aspirations, Maitreya’s Aspiration, Aspiration from the Bodhicaryavatara, Sukhavati Prayer)
Session IV: 3.30-5.00pm Twenty-Branch Monlam
Monlam Pavilion
Jan 12 – Day 2
Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam)
Session II: 9.00-11.00am (Teaching on Eight Verses of Mind Training)
Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (Removal of Obstacles: Prayers to Tara and Saraswati)
Session IV 3.30-5.00pm: Twenty-Branch Monlam
Monlam Pavilion
Jan 13 – Day 3
Session I: 6.00-8.00am (Mahayana Sojong; Medicine Buddha)
8.00am Kangyur Procession (at Mahabodhi Temple)
Session II: 8.30-11.00am (Reading the Kangyur)
Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet)
Session IV: 3.30-5.00pm (Twenty-Branch Monlam)
Monlam Pavilion
Jan 14 – Day 4
Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong; Twenty-Branch Monlam)
Session II: 9.00am (Alms Procession)
Session III: 1.30-3.00pm (Akshobhya Ritual)
Session IV: 3.30-5.00pm
(Twenty-Branch Monlam)
5.00pm Akshobhya Fire Puja
Jan 15 – Day 5
3.30-5.00am (Fifteenth-Day Sojong, for ordained sangha only)
Session I: 6.00-8.30am (Mahayana Sojong, Twenty-Branch Monlam, Ritual of the Sixteen Arhats)
Session II: 9.00-11.00am (Lama Chöpa: Offerings to the Gurus)
Session III: 1.30-2.30pm (Lama Chöpa: Offerings to the Gurus)
Session IV: 3.00-5.00pm (Sponsor Appreciation; Special Address)
Jan 16, 2014Marme Monlam7.00pmMonlam Pavilion
1st Ārya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Kagyu Nuns
January 20 – February 2, 2014
Gyalwang Karmapa will preside over the first annual Winter Gathering for Kagyu nuns. For further details please see here.
Jan 20, 2014Opening Ceremony

Teaching: Gampopa’s The Ornament of Liberation.Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Jan 21-28, 2014Debates (Collected Topics)Daily schedule for nuns to be advised.Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Jan 29, 2014Day Off
Jan 30, 2014A Special Ritual for the Nuns’ Dharma to FlourishDetails to be advised.Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Jan 31, 2014Chöd Ritual: A String of JewelsDetails to be advised.Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Feb 1, 2014Ritual of the Sixteen Arhats and TaraDetails to be advised.Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion
Feb 2, 2014Closing CeremonyDetails to be advised.Tergar Monastery / Monlam Pavilion

Tsurluk Losar (New Year) Celebration – Year of the Wood Horse
Date January 31, 2014 (following the Tsurphu tradition Calendar)
Full details of Gyalwang Karmapa’s Losar activities to be held in Bodhgaya will be announced.

Schedule last updated: 10 December 2013.


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