source for all practices and traditions that are followed at the Kagyu Monlam
is the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso (1454-1506). In a letter to Minyak Gang
Monastery in Kham, Chödrak Gyatso described how to combine the practices of the
Six Yogas with the Monlam they were practicing. The letter detailed what to do,
which texts to chant, and the practice of wearing the white cloth (ras
bud byed pa). Usually the termcotton-clad(ras pa) refers
to the followers of Milarepa (Mi la ras pa)
who were mountain yogis and yoginis clad in white cloth. The other Kagyu
tradition of Gampopa is for ordained monks who wear burgundy robes.
the tradition of Milarepa, a particular practice of wearing white cloth occurs
at the end of a three-year retreat, and also in some monasteries on special
days, such as the combined death anniversary of Marpa (the fourteenth of the
first Tibetan month) and Milarepa (the fifteenth of that month). During the
traditional three-year retreat, meditators practice tummo—one of the Six Yogas
of Naropa and a special practice of Milarepa. It involves generating body heat
to overcome the experience of cold. When they end their three-year retreat, the
retreatants wear a wet, white cotton cloth, which they should dry with their
body heat to demonstrate their success in tummo.
until now, this element had been lacking in the Kagyu Monlam performed in Bodh
Gaya, so the Karmapa decided that it should be revived this year and continue
as a part of the yearly gathering. Prior to tummo practice, the retreatants
must engage in vigorous yogic exercises, usually for a month but there was not
enough time in the program this year, so they practiced for a week from
February 12 to 19 in the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. These yogic
practices are always done in secret, because spectators could disturb the
meditators, leading to broken bones, and for those who look, obstacles could
come. All the windows of the hall, therefore, were covered with thick cloth,
and sentries were posted around it.
the hall, thick mats, a meter and a half square, were laid out in a spacious
formality for the 110 meditators. There were many candidates for the practice,
and to make it easy, this year it was decided that it would be for monks who
had completed a three-year retreat in the tradition of the Six Yogas of Naropa.
They should also be under sixty years old, since above that, the yogas do not
turn out so well. To teach and remind the older retreatants of the practices,
the retreat masters also participated.
his letter to Minyak Gang Monastery, the Seventh Karmapa had also noted: “Even
though there is no difference in the wearing of the white cotton cloth as it is
practiced in the traditions of Naropa or Niguma, we should follow Naropa’s
tradition since it has special qualities.” The Six Yogas of Niguma is practiced
in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition, and since the Karmapa wished to include these
yogis in the Monlam, a special area for them was curtained off in the shrine
hall, because the practitioners of these two traditions should not see each
other’s yogic exercises.
stayed up the whole night practicing, on February 19 in the early morning of
the last day of the Monlam, the lamas wore a long white cloth wrapped around
their bodies, the red Kagyu hat, a yoga belt, and short pants when they exited
the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery. With their arms on their hips and
slowly turning side to side, they walked to the Monlam Pavilion between long
rows of disciples with khatas to honor their efforts in practice. The lamas
came down the central aisle and sat on the stage to the Karmapa’s left while
the ordained monks sat on his right. As part of the Offerings to the Guru, the
retreatants sang Milarepa’s song, theEssence
of Dependent Arising, and received a specially blessed gift from
the Karmapa. It was an auspicious beginning to the revival of another key
element in the Kamtsang Kagyu lineage, famous for being a lineage of great
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 …
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…
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…
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…
2 Apr 2017ChandigarhNaresh K Thakur n email@example.com
DHARAMSHALA: With his rival Trinley Thaye Dorje now a married man, who shed monk’s robes to get hitched with his childhood friend, the claim of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to the title of the 17th Karmapa and Rumtek Monastery throne has become stronger
Thaye Dorje, 33, married Rinchen Yangzom, 36, in a private ceremony attended by close family members in New Delhi on March 25 and announced it on March 30. His office described the couple as “close childhood friends” who have known each other for more than 19 years.
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’…