Showing posts from November, 2014

The Blessings of the Lamas and This Precious Human Life Day 2: Teachings on One Hundred Short Instructions

29 November, 2014 Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya In Session One, the text had spoken of the four ways in which students can serve the Lama. Today’s section began with examples of disciples who showed great devotion towards their Lamas and the benefits derived from this. Jetsun Milarepa faced great hardship; he lived like a beggar in an isolated place with no one to share in either his happiness or his sorrows. However, as Dusum Khyenpa said, if you remember the qualities of the Lamas and supplicate them with great fervour, the power of the devotion and strength of the blessings is uninterrupted. For that reason Milarepa was able to stay in a remote place, in spite of all difficulties. “It’s like having an iron-rod of devotion in your heart,” explained the Karmapa. Gyalwa Gotsangpa was another example of great devotion. He practised extremely hard in a cave in a cliff-face for twelve years, and made the commitment that the cave, the cliff and the person should become one. People could hear th…

Webcast Announcement - Teaching on "The 100 Short Instructions" of the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje


The Gyalwang Karmapa Commences Kagyu Gunchö Teachings

28 November, 2014, Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya. The Gyalwang Karmapa entered the shrine room of Tergar Monastery, preceded by incense bearers and monks playing gyalins. Hundreds of monks from Karma Kagyu shedras were waiting with great anticipation for the first session of his teachings during this the 18th Gunchö. Joining them were many international lay students who sat to the back and sides of the hall. Once the Karmapa was seated, the Venerable Choje Lama Phuntsok, founder of the Gunchö in 1997, made the mandala offering to request the teachings. This year’s winter debate session has been organised by his shedra, Karma Lekshey Ling, in Nepal. A few minutes later, the Gyalwang Karmapa, in his opening remarks, thanked Lama Phuntsok warmly for his hard work and commended his devotion to the teachings. The Karmapa also mentioned the inter-shedra debate competition judges, who represent four different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Inviting them was a symbol of the respect and importance …

Torma - The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture

Produced under the guidance of  The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Format: DVD 60 min. Publication Date: Dec. 2014

Tormas are a unique form of Tibetan art using butter to create rich and radiant forms, beautiful in themselves and spiritually significant. Sculpted by initiated practitioners with absolute devotion, tormas are a link between the human and spiritual realms. The colorful intricate designs, born from mystical revelations, represent symbolic forms of enlightenment.

This 60-minute documentary illuminates Vajrayana Buddhism through the lens of tormas. Documenting weeks of preparation for the Kagyu Prayer Festival in Bodhgaya, as well as a Mahakala ritual in Nepal involving tormas and sacred dance, the film features interviews with the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and other Kagyu Lineage Masters.

Bonus Features:
Includes 2 hours of additional interview material on tormas with the Karma Kagyu Lineage Masters:
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley DorjeHis Eminence Goshir …

Cherish the Earth environment calendar 2015

Cherish the Earth environment calendar 2015, with introduction and quotations by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. All the profits from this carbon neutral calendar will be donated to environmental charities chosen by His Holiness. Please support this project by sharing with your friends - thank you! Available to order online from:

The Cherish the Earth environment calendar 2015 is now selling in the UK, Europe, USA and India, with online sales across the world. You can order this carbon neutral calendar online from this website and it makes a beautiful and inspirational Christmas present for friends and family. All proceeds to environmental charities selected by His Holiness the Karmapa, who has written the introduction and quotations. If you would like to support this project, please pass on the details to your friends, families and colleagues. Thank you!

Faramita / Nirvana

Title:  Faramita / Nirvana Artist: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Language: Chinese

A New Translation of The Torch of True Meaning

This famous text by the great master and scholar Jamgön Kongtrul LodröThaye provides an explanation of the preliminary practices formahamudra meditation. It provides clear descriptions of the three mainsections: the four common preliminary practices (the Four Thoughtsthat Turn the Mind); the four special preliminary practices (the foursets prostrations, Vajrasattva practice, mandala offering, and GuruYoga); and the main practice of Mahamudra.  Each section containsinstructions on what to do and then how to bring the practice intoyour experience from your whole being.

This is the text that the Gyalwang Karmapa has been teaching for thelast years at Kagyu Monlam and will continue to teach in the future.This year he will explain the instructions on Vajrasattva practice.This new translation is special in that His Holiness has gone over theEnglish and made many suggestions which were incorporated into thisversion. The book will be available for a donation at the Monlam thisyear.


2011 Himachal currency haul: ED gives clean chit to Karmapa(Zeenews)

Sunday, November 23, 2014 

New Delhi: ED has given a clean chit and dropped charges of forex violations against Tibetan religious leader Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, four years after the Karmapa and his associates were charged with keeping illegal foreign and domestic currency worth about Rs 6 crore.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has, however, ordered confiscation of the foreign currency haul which totals at over Rs 5.97 crore and includes a horde of foreign currency.

The agency had taken over the case a few months after Himachal Pradesh Police intercepted a vehicle in January, 2011, and seized suspected cash from the Karmapa's associates and later from his monastery. ED, which has been probing the currency haul under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), based its findings on the investigation that the Karmapa and two of the trusts that were under scanner for suspected Hawala transactions have "no role in the collection or management of donations" from globa…

Day Two - Lojong Teachings at Dalai Lama’s Foundation in Delhi

23 November,2014 – New Delhi On this second day of teachings at the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa continued his exposition of the practice of mind training based on the “Eight Verses of Mind Training” by the Kadam Geshe Langri Tangpa. As 400 people received the teachings directly in the auditorium, another 5,000 people watched live from offsite, via webcasts that extended access with translation into Spanish, Chinese, French, German and Polish. Remarkably, the number of people listening to the Spanish translation was twice the number of people listening to the English translation. His Holiness the Karmapa began by observing that practices to generate bodhichitta can be divided into three major types: 1) meditation on the equality of self and others, 2) the exchanging of self and others, and 3) the sevenfold cultivation of bodhichitta. Originally the instructions for the practice of exchanging self and others were kept secret…