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Karmapa in a Cave Thangka

The 10th Karmapa painted this thangka while he was in exile in Lijiang and Gyalthang (in today's Yunnan China), 1648-1671. It is a self-portrait. On the Karmapa's right is Kunto Zangpo (the Karmapa's faithful attendant for many years) and on the left is the Sixth Gyaltsab Norbu Zangpo. Chenrezig is depicted at the top. Photo courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art.

A Letter from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

"Ringu Tulku Rinpoche sent a letter on March 26th to Bodhicharya Berlin to encourage us to support the preparations for the visit of HH Karmapa in whatever way is possible" (Maria Kaiser):

Dear Friends,

I am sure you have got the happy news that His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje will visit Berlin from 4th June to 9th June this year. This is his first and historic visit to Europe. As you know he is not only a head of a School of Tibetan Buddhism but he is our hope for the future of Buddhism. He is not only an important Buddhist leader but many of us have the hope and trust that he will become an important teacher and leader of mankind for the 21st century. I feel we should try to make this visit as purposeful and beneficial as we possibly can because he might not come again to Berlin for a long time as he needs to visit all parts of Europe in the years to come.

I would therefore request all of you to come forward and help us in whatever way you can to make this …

Seated Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion by Chosying Dorje (the Tenth Karmapa) (1604–1674)

Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674) Yunnan Province, China, or Tibet; 17th century
Height: 6 3⁄4 in. (17.2 cm)
Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund and Dodge Fund, 1972 (1972.123) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Literature: U. von Schroeder 2001, p. 803, fig. XII-21.

This image of the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion belongs to a small group of sculptures  and paintings that are believed to have been made by Chosying Dorje (1604–1674),  the Tenth Karmapa. It is made in the Kashmiri style, reflecting the circulation of  Buddhist imagery from Kashmir, in Tibet, as well as the influence of Kashmiri artists  known to have been recruited by Tibetan patrons, and, no doubt, of others who were itinerant.

The Sculpture of Chöying Dorjé, Tenth Karmapa: Avalokiteśvara

Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674) Tibet; 17th century Cast brass with cold gold Height: 7 in. (18 cm)
Pritzker Collection Inscription: spyan ras gzigs kyi sku rgyal dbang chos dbyings rdo rje'i phyag bzo.  "Icon of Avalokiteśvara made by Gyalwang ("King of the Victorious Ones") Chöying Dorjé."

The Sculpture of Chöying Dorjé, Tenth Karmapa: Major events in the life of Buddha Śakyamuni

Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674) Tibet; 17th century Ivory Height: 11 3⁄8 in. (29 cm); 9 1⁄2 in. (24 cm) ivory only
Potala Palace Collection, Sa gsum lha khang, Inv. no. 2168 Photograph by Ulrich von Schroeder, 2006 Literature: U. von Schroeder 2008, pp. 114-115, pl. 33A; and U. von Schroeder 2008, DVD, 108:33A.

Bodh Gaya: Reviving ancient Buddhist dance(NDTV)

Written by Radhika Bordia | Updated: March 21, 2014 01:11 IST

Bodh Gaya, Bihar:  At the Tergar monastery in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, the long queues are an indication of the event to follow - a rare performance of the Garchen Tscechu Cham, a sacred lama dance of the Kagyu Sect of Tibetan Budhism. It begins with an invocation which is believed to help purify the land. The music is played by a chanting master, their instruments coordinated with the meditative movement of the dancers. The dancers are the sect's most eminent monks, led by the absolute spiritual head of the Kagyu sect - the 17th Karmapa Trinley Dorjee. He has been living in exile in Dharamsala after he fled Tibet in 2004 at the age of 14.

The Kagyu sect has a unique theory of reincarnation which is based on the belief that each Karmapa leaves clues to indicate where he will be reborn. Following the death of one Karmapa, the clues then help in finding the reincarnated guru. There are two other claimants to the throne of the 17th…

Long Life Ceremonies for the Gyalwang Karmapa

Sarnath, Varanasi, March 21, 2014

On the beautiful full moon day of March 16, five days of long life practice (tsedrup) for the Gyalwang Karmapa began at Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, India. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, lamas are often requested to remain in the life for a long time, as it is believed that they have a choice over how long they stay. It is also taught that when followers have a good connection with the teacher, this petition can have a great effect. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, a close disciple of the previous Karmapa and tutor to the 17th, called in all of his main lamas running centers abroad, from as far away as Canada to as near as Nepal, to be in Sarnath for these ceremonies.

The text for the practice is known as “The Union of Method and Wisdom, A Long Life Practice.” It was composed by Yonggye Mingyur Dorje, a great treasure discoverer from Eastern Tibet, who had a close connection with the Karmapas and the Kagyu lineage. The relation between this practice …

The Sculpture of Chöying Dorjé, Tenth Karmapa: Vajra pani

Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674) Tibet; 17th century Painted clay
Former collection of Namgyal and Veronika Ronge, Germany Photograph by N. Ronge, 2003

The Sculpture of Chöying Dorjé, Tenth Karmapa: Ninth Karmapa

Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674)
Tibet; 17th century
Height: 3 1⁄2 in. (9 cm)

C.C. Lin Collection, Taiwan
Inscription: ka rma chos dbyings rdor'i phyag bzo. Ka rma pa dbang phyug rdor la na mo. "A work made by Karma Choying Dorje. Homage to the (ninth) Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje."

A Few Accounts about the Wondrous Activities of His Holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje by Zhanag Dzogpa Tenzin Namgyal

Until 1981 I was the personal secretary of His Holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa. For the last thirty years of my life, I was next to the Karmapa most of the time and wrote down almost every word that he said, teaching that he gave, and letter that he wrote, including the recognition letters of the varioustulkus. I have wanted to write an official biography of the Gyalwa Karmapa and to speak about another side of the Karmapa, which I will do now.

The subject of my talk is about the activities of the Buddha Karmapa, the ocean of unlimited activities of the Karmapa’s three secrets of body, speech, and mind. It is something really indescribable. No one would really be ale to describe it, but the Karmapa appeared in this world as a human being, and I had the good fortune of being his attendant for thirty years. So, what I will describe is what I witnessed. In fact, it is impossible to convey everything, so all I can do is share the main things I experienced with you by presenting a brief a…