Kagyu Mönlam is an auspicious gathering that generates immense devotion in its
participants, and amongst its events, none does it more than the Procession of
the Sixteen Arhats, which took place in the morning on the sixth day.
Anticipation began the evening before, with the announcement that Mönlam
Members were to line up to frame the procession, and that all participants
would have the opportunity to make an offering.
the morning, Mönlam participants arrived to find the Pavilion transformed. The
central aisle had become a beautifully elaborate carpet of flowers, leading up
to a giant golden bowl overflowing with piled fruits. Precious seats for the
Sixteen Arhats were laid out on the main stage, where a black pagoda shrine
occupied the centre ground.
transformation was in store. In the short space of time for Sojong vows and the
first morning prayers, a red carpet walkway strewn with orange and yellow
petals had appeared outside. Mönlam Members lining up along it, some still
finishing their breakfast, all with their katas at the ready, quickly filled
the short stretch from Tergar Monastery to the Pavilion.
the sun rising out of the early morning haze, the opening prayers from theProstrations and Offerings
to the Sixteen Elderswere
heard from the Pavilion, and simultaneously the sound of jalings rang out from
Tergar. Victory banners and parasols emerged, signalling the start of the
procession, which slowly came into view. Under each parasol was one of the
Sixteen Arhats in a mask and costume, faithfully represented with the
attributes described in theProstrations
and Offerings to the Sixteen Elders.Each arhat was accompanied by an
attendant, similarly in character, carrying the parasol. Behind the Arhats came
groups of monks with alms bowls. The head of the procession entered the
Pavilion to the sound of music succeeding the prayers inside, their soft
measured steps barely disturbing the carpet of flowers as their solemn progress
neared the stage, where His Holiness Karmapa waited.
self-possessed precision the Sixteen Arhats, their attendants and the
accompanying monks proceeded up onto the stage and fell into position. Closing
the procession, a spectacular golden statue of the Buddha was wheeled in and
placed inside the pagoda shrine, flanked by two more masked and costumed Elders
with ringing staff and bowl, representing the Buddha's main disciples,
Shariputra and Maudgalyayana. The final group of monks escorting the statue and
taking their places on the tiered seats either side of the stage could well be
described as 'innumerable', and must have given Mönlam participants a small
taste of what the Buddha's wanderings with his company of bhikshus over these
very lands may have been like.
Twenty-Branch Monlam prayers resumed, and the stage was made ready for the
offerings. A laden basket was placed at the feet of each of the Sixteen Arhats,
and katas were draped around the giant golden bowl. When the prayers ended, the
Arhats under their parasols and the Elders exited the stage, and their places
were taken by their monk attendants.
last and longest part of the event, which lasted the remainder of the morning
session, began: monks and nuns and lay followers, Tibetan and foreign, came up
with their individual offerings in a long but orderly line which ran the length
of the Pavilion. The mantra changed back and forth fromNamo ShakyamunayetoKarmapa
Khyenno. Bags of fruits, tubs of sweets, cartons of biscuits filled
sack after sack and, most importantly, the generousness of the offerings
swelled the hearts of all those who shared this moment.
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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’…