Bikkhu Sangha and Shakya Muni College, Bodhgaya—14 February, 2017
the second day of the 34th Kagyu Monlam, the Gyalwang Karmapa blessed the
opening of the Akong Tulku Memorial Soup Kitchen, which this year will operate
for five days from the 14th to 18th of February. For many years the soup
kitchen has offered nutritious hot food to the people of Bodhgaya and
surrounding villages. This forms an ideal partnership with the Kagyu Monlam
Medical Camp as the two organisations continue to work together to fulfill the
Gyalwang Karmapa’s aspirations for a world where everyone is valued and cared
for equally: putting non-partisan compassion into practical action.
idea for offering to run a soup kitchen at the Kagyu Monlam came about twelve
years ago, when a group of Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s students from Samye Ling
Monastery in Scotland came to the Kagyu Monlam for the first time.
Touched by the extent of suffering they witnessed in India, they asked
themselves: “What would Rinpoche do if he were here?” As a great
humanitarian, Akong Rinpoche was renowned for his way of direct activity rather
than just talking and so his students tried their best to follow his example.
more the Soup Kitchen is situated at the All India Bikkhu Sangha and Shakya
Muni College, which kindly offers their garden and a cooking space for the soup
kitchen each year. It is just across the road from the Tourist Bungalow
facilities where the Medical Camp is located and so when the local people have
received their medical treatment they are then able to sit together and enjoy
their lunch of rice, dahl, vegetables and fruit which we serve to hundreds of
people each day.
Harris, the director of the soup kitchen said: “Of course, giving food is
important, everyone needs to eat, but the human connections matter as
well. We encourage our volunteers to really engage with those they are
serving with kindness. In this way the artificial barriers between us
become less solid. The people we meet on the streets of Bodhgaya are
beginning to relate to us as friends and this in itself feels worthwhile and
Gyalwang Karmapa’s vast vision and sense of purpose for the Kagyu Monlam is
clear for all to see but his sense of care and attention to details is equally
inspiring. When visiting the soup kitchen, he genuinely took the time to
find out what was happening and to encourage his followers in their efforts.
Pragya Deep, the leader of the All India Bikkhu Sangha was present to welcome
the Gyalwang Karmapa and His Holiness offered a khata and prayers at their
shrine. This year, the Akong Tulku Memorial Soup Kitchen has sponsored a
solar-powered hot water system for the comfort and convenience of the Bikkhus
and the many pilgrims who visit them in Bodhgaya.
the first day, cooks from Tergar Monastery, volunteers from Kagyu Samye Ling
and Kagyu Samye Dzong in the U.K., and volunteers from the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo
have been working in harmony to bring benefit to local people. This has been
made possible by the continued support of Lama Chodrak for the project along
with the management skills of Lama Tenzin and Lhakpa Tsering.
brings great happiness to both those who give and to those who receive as we
all do our best to help bring to life the compassionate aspirations of the
Gyalwang Karmapa and all Kagyu Lineage Holders.
His Holiness Karmapa has arrived in New Jersey, United States. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, President Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, KTD and Karme Ling lamas, New Jersey KTC Lama Tsultrim, and Danang Foundation Lama Tsewang Rinpoche welcomed him.
When we can no longer bear the suffering of sentient beings, says the Seventeenth Karmapa, we unleash our full potential to help others and ourselves.
Practices of loving-kindness and compassion are indispensable elements of all religious traditions. These are qualities everyone can practice, regardless of their religious affiliation or ancestry. In fact, training to develop loving-kindness and compassion provides a bridge between all religions and all the many parts of our global society.
I am a Buddhist, but I still have to live my life as a member of the larger world community and take full part in society, where Buddhism is not the only spiritual tradition. There are many different forms of religion and spirituality, and there are also many different types of people, including those who are inclined toward religious or spiritual approaches and those who are not.
Since our world community is so very vast and diverse, it is important for us to respect the…
The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student. Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about "Calling the Lama from afar." “Karmapa Chenno” can be roughly translated as "Embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, turn attention to me." In Central Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, it is pronounced Karmapa Kyen-no or Karmapa khen-no. In East Tibet, it is p…
Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa went through a medical examination in Germany, his doctor strongly advise him to stop all Dharma propagation activities so that he has more time and space to treat some of the medical conditions that he has. After much consideration, the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to cancel this year’s Asia Dharma Teaching, i.e. the Diamond Sutra Teaching.
When we heard about the Gyalwang Karmapa’s decision to cancel the teaching, our emotions evolved from unspeakable shock to calm contemplation. Eventually, we understand the difficulty and necessity to make such a decision. We will continue to pray that the Diamond Sutra Teaching to be held in future, yet we are unsure when and where the teaching will be held. Therefore, we will begin the refund process for those who had registered for the teaching after we had negotiated with the hotel for refund.
Even though we feel a sense of regret that the Diamond Sutra Teaching cannot be held, yet we understand and …
First the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke a few words related to the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama:
We Tibetans consider the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama to be extremely important. We are most fortunate that he lights our way like a blazing torch as we pass through these dark and difficult times. His birthday, therefore, is an important occasion for us. Born in the Land of Snow, His Holiness is the protector and refuge for all the Tibetan people. This enormous good fortune brings delight to all of us and also gives us great courage.
However we might celebrate his birthday, we can recall his life story and his worldwide activity to benefit others.
In relation to any advice he might give us, it is essential that we consider how we can assist him and implement his counsel in its true sense. Not only has His Holiness devoted himself to improving our material welfare externally, he has also encouraged the growth of our spiritual welfare internally. In response, from our…
A group from Palpung Wales, which actually consisted of people from all over UK, traveled to join the His Holiness 17th Karmapa’s first teaching weekend in London, Battersea. It was an absolute privilege to be part of that weekend, in many ways. We received touching and inspiring teachings from His Holiness Karmapa on Geshe Langri Tangpa’s famous “Eight verses of Mind Training,” a key instruction on how to bring the Dharma into daily life. At the same time it was like a gesture of welcoming His Holiness Karmapa’s 17th incarnation to this country for the first time. Meeting with the many Dharma friends and coming together in His Holiness’s mandala was a very heart-warming experience. We were also very fortunate to have a group audience with His Holiness on Saturday afternoon. From original Palpung Wales group it slowly formed into a Palpung United group of about 60 people from Wales, Ireland and Slovenia, and some from Italy as well. It was a great chance, although only…
ONE EARLY MORNING [in 1980] His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa generously granted an interview to the readers of Densal. What follows is the text of that interview, word for word, as translated by Ngodup Tsering Burkhar. In it, His Holiness touches on many important aspects of spiritual practice, the Kagyu lineage, and life in the world today for the Dharma practitioner. It is a timely and most valuable teaching for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Densal: This is your third tour to America. Do you have any observations you would like to share about it, and about the growth of the Dharma in the United States? H.H.: The responsibility of the teacher is to always give the teachings. It doesn't matter that only a short time has passed, or a long time has passed; what matters is that the teachings are continuously given. Sometimes it may seem to be more appropriate to teach because most people are at leisure and have a lot of time, and it appears to be a good time to give teach…
The land of Sikkim, at the border of India and Tibet, was consecrated as a hidden sanctuary for the Buddha's teachings during the present epoch by the second Buddha, the great master Padmasambhava, who blessed it with the vajra wisdom of his body, speech, and mind. Through the infallible power of his aspiration and through our great effort, the monastery Shaydrup Kunkhyap Otong Khyilway Tsuklakhang (the Temple of Pervasive Teaching and Practice Blazing with a Thousand Lights), has been established for the preservation of the precious doctrine of the Buddha, which is the source of all benefit and happiness in existence and tranquility, and for the sake of all beings in the world.
Before the building's foundation was begun, I performed the customary removal of impediments and, using a sand mandala, the ritual of Chakrasamvara, blessing the location so that it is his wisdom mandala. In that and similar ways, the site has been consecrated m…
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Karmapa is the title given to the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are the oldest institutionalised series of rebirths in Tibetan Buddhism, preceding the Dalai Lama of Gelug sect. Currently, there are three contenders who claim to be the rightful reincarnation of 16th Karmapa. While Ogyen Dorje, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama as well as the Peoples’…