night session of the Mahakala puja started at 11 p.m. The pavilion was covered
in deep blue drapery inscribed with golden, fiery imagery allusive of the
brilliant wisdom blazing through emptiness. The blackened atmosphere of the
interior blended into singularity with the quiet night outside.
with 5,000 monks and nuns in their usual places, about 300 determined lay
practitioners remained to practice throughout the night. This night’s ritual
text is called theAbridged
Incinerating the Hostile(Dang
ba rnam sreg las btus pa), also known as theGolden
inducing sleep, this kind of night, with the powerful sounds of chanting and
drumming, was meant to evoke lucidity and wakefulness.
the main statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, statues of Mahakala, Mahakali and Dorje
Lekpa were guarded by an impressive, black armour flanked by golden weaponry,
as if strategically placed to wage war on all human drama. The scene was
reminiscent of the legend of the great protector Mahakala. The story says that
his name was Gelong Deway Khorlo (Bhikshu Wheel of Joy) who belonged to the
retinue of a previous Buddha named Sangye Tsuktorchan (Buddha with an
Ushnisha). Having developed special cognitions and ability to perform miracles,
the proud bhikshu competed with the Buddha and, naturally, lost. That caused
him great disappointment, so the god Shiva appeared to him and said: “If you
pray to be born as my son, I will give you dominion over the three realms.”
Driven by his desire for victory, he prayed to Shiva to fulfill the prophecy.
The Buddha knew of this and told him: “Except for some temporary happiness,
being born as Shiva’s son has little benefit.” When the bhikshu confessed his
faults, the Buddha rectified the prophecy of power into that of enlightenment
saying that the bhikshu Wheel of Joy will indeed be reborn as Shiva’s son but
he will generate the resolve to be fully awakened in order to benefit others
and will eventually become enlightened as the Buddha Telway Wangpo. Just as the
Buddha predicted, a son with very dark skin and terrifying appearance was born
to Shiva and Umadevi. He possessed great power and was given the name Mahakala,
the Great Black One.
potent sounds of drums in the Pavilion exuded a sense of resoluteness calling
to mind a different night of resoluteness above all other, right here in
Bodhgaya. It was the night that removed the darkness of ignorance when
Siddhartha Gautama sat under a tree and vowed: “Though my skin, my nerves and
my bones shall waste away and my life blood go dry, I will not leave this seat
until I have attained the highest wisdom, called supreme enlightenment, that
leads to everlasting happiness.”
the god Mara sent armies of temptations but Gautama did not move and, following
Mara’s defeat, in the first part of the night came memories of all his past
lives and in the second, the realization of truth. Once the morning star arose,
it was all over. He was the awakened one.
who had wandered the three realms by then, came to Bodhgaya after Buddha’s
awakening and made the commitment to guard the Buddha's teachings, thus
becoming a powerful protector for those on the path to enlightenment.
puja in the Pavilion continued throughout the cool night as the practitioners
chanted and meditated wrapped up in blankets and jackets. Before the morning
sun would bring the warmth of blessings with the familiar, powerful presence of
the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, those who aspired for the benefit of
others would remain in meditative poise and, with the practices of the great
protector Mahakala, revel in the sea of darkness and delight.
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…
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 …
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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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’…