Karmapa in San Francisco: Granting Refuge at Center





(March 19, 2015 – San Francisco, California) After giving a two-hour Dharma teaching on transforming difficult emotions, His Holiness the Karmapa left to pay a private visit to the Kagyu Droden Kunchab center.
As His Holiness the Karmapa had noted during the morning teaching hosted by KDK, that public event had to be held offsite, since not even the center’s own members all fit in the intimate space of the Dharma center in downtown San Francisco.
After the traditional tea-and-rice welcome, the center hosted a meal for His Holiness the Karmapa and his staff. The narrow corridors filled with members of the local Tibetan community, on hand to prepare the lavish meal, support with the organization of the visit and receive the Karmapa’s blessing.
Following the meal, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa conferred refuge vows in a small ceremony, to twenty members of the Kagyu Droden Kunchab center. Those taking the vows consisted primarily of Tibetans and their children, along with a number of American Dharma disciples.








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