At 5:30 am, in twilight, His
Holiness the Karmapa presided over the Monlam prayers,
which have been held in Tergar monastery. Earlier, His Holiness
had given directions to the ordained monks regarding the sitting
arrangements which he said would to be according to the old tradition
of Tibet: whoever arrives earlier will be seated on top of the
line. Later His Holiness explained the importance of this tradition
as it places emphasis on willingness to practice the Dharma.
At around 9:30 am His Holiness visited the Maha Bodhi temple to
represent the Buddhist religion on the occasion of the interfaith
prayers for world peace held on 2550 anniversary of Lord Buddha's
mahaparinirvana. His Holiness was requested by the Maha Bodhi
Temple Society who organize the prayers. The Governor of Bihar,
His Excellency R.S.Gawai, was also present. After a quick lunch,
His Holiness the Karmapa attended the Monlam’s next session
and gave Akshobya empowerment. Later, back at the Tergar Monastry,
His Holiness gave a public audience to all who had newly arrived
from Tibet and came to Bodh Gaya for a pilgrimage, and to international
December 27th was the first day of the 24th annual
Kagyu Monlam. Thus far over 4,500 ordained monks and nuns have
registered as well as 2,000 foreign pilgrims and at least 2,000
The Monlam began at 5:30 am with an amazing procession of 500
gelong, all carrying crystal lotus mandalas and meditating as
they walked slowly around the outer courtyard of the Maha Bodhi
temple and took their seats. His
Holiness the Karmapa arrived and all who wanted to
renew their sojung vows were invited to do so. Soon after that
His Holiness began to teach on the life of Milerapa with profound
clarity and devotion. All enjoyed hearing His Holiness speak and
many of the sangha sang Milerapa's "Song of Aspiration."
Dedication prayers followed and the program at the Great Stupa
ended for day one.
After a brief dinner break, His Holiness gave a teaching on meditation
at the beautiful new Tergar monastery. Many eyes and minds were
Following is a report on a climatic phenomenon that occurred
after the gelong procession as attendees were being seated. Lama
Chodrak called the phenomena a "Rain of Nectar." Within
an area of about 75 feet in diameter, about 100 feet in front
of the Karmapa's throne, shortly after the sunrise, people began
to feel wetness. It was not a wetness of typical "falling"
rain. This "rain" just appeared at about ten feet from
the ground and then fell to the ground. The drops were of unusual
shape and of a very low intensity. Adding even more wonder, the
sky was blue. Yes, a rain of nectar fell from a cloudless blue
sky, and a blue sky is somewhat rare in Bodh Gaya! The temperature
stayed comfortably warm well into the night.
On the Christmas day morning His
Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa gave a teaching on the
four extraordinary preliminary practices. Later His Holiness presented
a calligraphy from his own collection as a Christmas gift to each
of the international devotees who were gathered for the teaching.
His Holiness signed each one of the calligraphies on the spot.
It took two and a half hours for more than two thousand devotees
waiting in a long line to receive the gift from the Karmapa. His
Holiness wished merry Christmas to all at the end. After that
His Holiness offered short time for questions and answers for
the representatives of centers and had group photos taken later
21st December: in the evening His
Holiness the Karmapa performed the initial preparation
puja for the Chakrasambhava (Khorlodumpa) preliminary Empowerment
at Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya. There were more than 2000 international
devotees gathered from western countries and eastern countries.
His Holiness teachings are sponsored and organized by Hwa Yue
Foundation of Taiwan.
22nd December-morning: Chakrasambhava Formal Empowerment attended
Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenchen
Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and
Tenga Rinpoche and Venerable Hai Ta Fa Su from Taiwan received
the Vajrayana Crown from His Holiness.
In the afternoon His Holiness gave Green Tara Empowerment for
the public at the request of the Korean group.
23rd December at 10 am: His Holiness began teaching on the Four
Extraordinary Preliminary Practices, later His Holiness gave refuge
to all the devotees. Later in the evening Mingyur Rinpoche gave
a more thorough teachings (kyar tri-in tib) on the same
text given earlier by His Holiness at his request.
On the 20th December at 9:30 am His
Holiness the Karmapa visited the Mahabodhi Temple.
The head of the Mahabodhi Society welcomed him and escorted His
Holiness inside the main shrine hall. His Holiness performed a
short puja and circumambulated the temple three times, then headed
to the Bhutanese Temple. There His Holiness looked at the tormas
and offerings made out of butter for the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo.
He was joined by Mingyur
Rinpoche and Khenchen
Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness
gave an audience to international followers at Terga Monastery.
Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, continuing his fall winter
tour, leaves Sarnath early in the morning and arrives at Bodhgaya
in noon, serbang headed by Mingyur
Rinpoche and Khenchen
Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche received His Holiness at Terga Monastery.
Many international followers welcomed His Holiness by chanting
“Karmapa Khyenno” out loud. This is the first visit
of His Holiness Gylawa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to the newly
built Terga Monastry after its completion.
At 8 am His
Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa presides over prayers to
mark the successful finishing of 10th Karmay Gonchoe at the main
shrine hall of Vajra Vidya Institute together with Thrangu
Nyenpa Rinpoche and Tenga
Rinpoche. His Holiness acknowledged Thrangu Rinpoche for hosting
the event for one month.
Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Sarnath airport on Sunday
at noon to give religious teachings beginning December 19th at
the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Sarnath.
Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa received him at the airport.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama accompanied by His Holiness the Karmapa
arrived at Vajra Vidya Institute, where Thrangu
Rinpoche made a mandala offering to His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. After finishing the prayers, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
had a lunch at Vajra Vidya Institute along with His Holiness the
Karmapa, Thrangu Rinpoche and Tenga
Later that day His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Vajra Vidya Institute
for CIHTS. It has been His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s fourth
visit to Vajra Vidya Institute.
Continuing the fall winter tour in Sarnath, His
Holiness the Karmapa gave teachings about Mahamudra
(Chagya Chenmo) as well as the great Kagyu lineage and its masters.
These topics had been requested by the Kagyu Association (KA)
and were presented at the Sarnath University for Higher Buddhist
Studies, at the Vajra Vidya Institute main shrine hall.
His Holiness mentioned that the relation with the KA had started
two years back, and he was happy to have an opportunity to speak
on topic requested by the Association.
December 8th mid-morning, His
the Holiness Karmapa visited Dhameka Stupa and took
the bodhisattva vow. Thrangu
Nyenpa Rinpoche, and Khenpo
Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche were also present. After that His
Holiness visited the nearby Deer Park and the Relic Stupa where
the head of the temple offered His Holiness a miniature framed
Morning of December 7th, His
Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa presides over morning
puja at Vajra Vidya main shrine hall along with Thrangu Rinpoche.
Later on, lunch was offered at Ramada Hotel in Varanasi, Thrangu
Rinpoche and Drupon Dechen Rinpoche were also present, along
with the whole entourage.
Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche celebrated His 74th birthday in
Saranath India on Nov 30th 2006. The auspicious occasion was celebrated
on a grand scale and was attended by all the Shedra monks and
The birthday occasion began at 9 am in the main shrine room of
Vajra Vidya Institute. A Mandala offerings were presented to VV
Trangu Rinpoche by Khenpos and monks of various monasteries. After
the morning prayers, at 3pm His
Holiness Karmapa proceeded to the temple courtyard
of the Vajra Vidya Institute joined by Sangey
Nyenpa Rinpoche to wish VV Trangu Rinpoche Happy Birthday.
At this time the birthday cake was also cut.
Nov 27th The
International Kagyu Monlam Organizing Committee meeting started,
His Holiness Karmapa and Lama Choedrak.
Nov 28th His Holiness,
Thrangu Rinpoche and Sangye
Nyenpa Rinpoche and all the working committee for Kagyu Monlam
had lunch at Hotel Radisson organized by one of the Monlam sponsors.
Nov 29th His Holiness continued the Kagyu Monlam
meeting, Thrangu Rinpoche and Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche were also
present , His Holiness discussed the schedule of Monlam and appointed
persons for various jobs to have productive monlam, His Holiness
concluded the meeting with prayers best wishes for Monlam.
Holiness gave a talk about the origin of the Karme
Gunchoe at Vajra Vidya Institute, Saranath.
His Holiness Karmapa mentioned to bring out concrete results
from Karma Gonchoe and it would be greatly beneficial for the
Kagyu Lineage if the learned khenpos from various monasteries
would do some editing on Kagyu Sungrabs. HHK will try to finish
the teachings of "Tarig” (lorig and tarig) later on
during his time of stay in Saranath.
Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa along with his entourage
left Bokar Ngedhon Chokorling Monastery at 8.00 am and reached Kalu
Rinpoche’s Chorten at Salugara at 9.30 am to a rousing welcome
of more than three thousand devotees along with the traditional
“Serbang” reception and auspicious Lion Dance (Singhi
Chaam). The devotees had stayed in line for more than two hours
National Highway 31A in Salugara, a town at the outskirts of
Siliguri City West Bengal. This is also the main highway and artery
to the Himalayan State of Sikkim, which houses the reknowed Rumtek
Dharma Chakra Centre, the main seat of his Holiness the 17th Gyalwa
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
Upon his arrival His Holiness was led to the main Shrine Hall
in the Chorten at Salugara where a Mandala Offering was made by
the Chief Abbot and Sangha of the Samdrup Targye Ling Monastery,
which is Ven.
Kalu Rinpoche’s Monastery in Sonada, Darjeeling Dist.
Mandala offering was also made by Kalu Rinpoche’s Mayumla.
Thereafter His Holiness received dignitaries from Sikkim, Bhutan
and West Bengal in private audiences for more than one hour.
As scheduled His Holiness reached the venue – i.e the Phodang
at Salugara, for bestowing the Abhisheka Initiation (Long Life
Empowerment-Tsewang) to the general public at 1.00 pm. A crowd
of more than 14000 devotees from West Bengal, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan
had gathered to receive blessings from His Holiness despite the
miday heat and dust. The entire atmosphere was reminiscent of
the Kalchakra pujas held by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in the same venue in 1996. Upon His
arrival his Holiness was first led to the main Dukhang in the
Phodang where a long life mandala offering was made to him by
representatives of the Himalayan Buddhist & Cultural Association
– (An Organization rerpresented along the entire belt of
the Himalayan Range). Thereafter His Holiness bestowed the Abhisheka
Initiation (Tsewang) to the gathering interspersed with very eloquent
teachings on the merits of good deeds, thoughts and the need to
practice the Buddha Dharma. The pujas concluded after two hours
and thereafter His Holiness continued to give audience to a large
gathering which had gathered at the Chorten. His Holiness is scheduled
to depart for Delhi on the 17th November.
Early next morning the sangha from the monastery made the long-life
mandala offering to His Holiness followed by offering of khata
and mandala by the entire monks and lay devotees. His Holiness
left Droden Kunchab Chodey around 12:30 pm and visited Sed-Gyud
Buddhist Monastery (Gelugpa Sect). The welcome reception was made
by traditional ceremony and the chief abbot made the mandala offering
to His Holiness. The sangha chant the long life prayers for HH
and also ceremonial rice and tea were serve to all the gathering.
His Holiness also paid a brief visit to surrounding Buddhist center
and stupas were he did the consecration of various stupas. HH
paid a short visit to Men-Tsee Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astor
Institute of the Exile Govt. of Tibet) and left for Bagdora Airport.
His Holiness will be at New Delhi for two days and fly to Varanasi.
On Monday, November 13, 2006, His
Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa received the Mandala Offerings
from Bokar Ngedon Choekor Ling. The procession of offerings included
a mandala of precious substances, sacred texts, robes, numerous
statues of the Buddhas, offering bowls and vases and Tsok. Both
the monastic and the lay sangha gathered to celebrate the offerings
made to His Holiness, Gyaltsab
Rinpoche, Payu Tulku Rinpoche, Drupon Rinpoche and monks from
various monasteries who arrived earlier to pray during the 4 day
consecration of Bokar Rinpoche's stupa.
In the afternoon, His Holiness once again met with the international
students to share personal stories of the Venerable
Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche.
||On Friday, November 10, 2006, Bokar Ngedon Choekhar
Ling held Cheme Phagme Nyingthig Long Life prayers for His
Holiness Karmapa in the main hall. His Holiness continued
to preside over the consecration of Bokar
Rinpoche’s Stupa with the Kalachakra puja while Khenpo
Donyo Rinpoche gave a teaching on the Namtar, the life story of
the great Master Bokar Rinpoche, to the international sangha.
||On the morning of November 8, 2006, at the Bokar
Ngedon Choekhor Ling, Mirik, hundreds of international students
gathered to listen to His
Holiness Karmapa give teachings on the essential points
of Guru Yoga and Mahamudra. Simultaneously, outside the teaching
hall, a large rainbow appeared above the mid-morning sun.
||While His Holiness continued to offer blessings to
the long line of devotees in the afternoon, His
Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche elaborated on Mahamudra, pointing
out the significance of the Buddha's teachings on the
nature of mind. After the teaching, His Eminence graciously offered
the Vajrakilaya empowerment for the international community.
On November 9, 2006, His Holiness Karmapa arrived early morning
at a local scenic viewpoint to catch a view of majestic Kanchenjunga.
Afterward, His Holiness continued his teaching on Guru Yoga during
the morning teaching session. In the afternoon, His Holiness Karmapa,
Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche performed the
consecration ritual for Venerable Bokar Rinpoche's Stupa. Gyaltsab
Rinpoche concluded his teachings on Mahamudra, Buddha nature and
||Over one thousand devotees gathered at Bagadora Airport,
Siliguri, West Bengal to welcome His
Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
Among the dignitaries to greet His Holiness were Mr.Namkaha Gyaltsen
& Mr. Tenzin Gelek representatives from Government of Sikkim,
Buddhist organization from Sikkim & Darjeeling, Tibetan Welfare
Officer from Gangtok and Darjeeling. Sangha & Lay communities
from Rumtek and many from Sikkim, Darjeeling & Kalimpong as
well as from Siliguri came to received His Holiness along with His
Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche and his entourage. The reception
was done in the ceremonial way with monks dressed in traditional
customs playing ceremonial instruments, offering of khatas and tea
with a traditional reception. From the Airport His Holiness left
for Mirik Bokar Ngedon Chokhorling Monastery to attend the third
parinirvana anniversary of Very Venerable Bokar Rinpoche. His Holiness
will be at Mirik until 16th of this month.
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Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
celebrated his 21st birthday at Gyuto Monastery. This joyous occasion
was shared with over 1,000 devotees who attended the morning prayers
and afternoon festivities. Among the guests were spiritual and
| leaders of the Tibetan community, including
the Prime MInister of the Tibetan Government in exile, Samdong Rinpoche.
The "Karmapa Khyenno" mantra recitation
has begun in all four districts of Sikkim and West Bengal. The
participating monasteries are: Mirik, Sonada, Salugara, Rankha,
Lava, and Rumtek.
|Both ordained and lay sangha are participating
in the on going BMI Karmapa Khyenno!
During the three days from May 22-24, 2006, the
Gyalwa Karmapa was invited to Dharamsala, India,
to attend the Third Conference of The Revival of Tibetan Bhikshuni
Ordination Academic Conference". At the opening ceremony,
His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, the Gyalwa Karmapa, Sang-tung
Rinpoche, Geshe Tupten of the Graduate Institute of Geshe Studies,
and geshes, kenpos; and Vinaya scholars from all the lineages
as well as the ga sha officials from the Tibetan government were
present. This gathering testifies to the importance of the Revival
of the Bhikshuni Ordination System. The official schedule commenced
at 1:30 p.m. on May 22nd.
The First Day Agenda:
1. According to Mulasarvastivada lineage is there permission for
bhikshunis to receive the bhikshuni ordination from bhikshus?
The Second Day Agenda:
1. Is it possible for a bhikshuni who has received the shikshamani
vow from other Vinaya lineages to receive the bhikshuni vow from
a bhikshu of the Mulasarvastivada lineage.
2. Is it possible for a bhikshuni to receive ordination from the
Mulasarvastivada lineage and other bhikshuni vinaya lineages.
3. Is it possible to receive the bhikshuni ordination solely from
other vinaya lineages.
The Third Day Agenda:
1. The discussion of the topics of the previous two days, citing
evidence from the scriptures, and the testimony to questions.
Immediately following this discussion, the Gyalwa Karmapa gave
The last day, all the participating representatives from each
lineage directed their attention to the last two topics:
According to the Mulasarvastivada lineage is it possible for a
bhikshu to bestow ordination to a bhikshuni?
Is it possible for a bhikshu of the Mulasarvastivada lineage,
and other vinaya lineages together bestow the bhikshuni ordination?
The result of a vote by representatives of all lineages on these
last two topics failed to reach a consensus.
Sang-tung Rinpoche in his concluding remarks said that the topics
for the discussion have made great advancement. Moreover, there
are concrete methods to implement them. These topics will be further
discussed in the International Conference to be held in Germany
next year, with the anticipation that the Tibetan bhikshuni lineage
will be established as soon as possible.
Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa was the Chief Guest at
the Global Conference for Peace organized by the Mahabodhi Society
of India on April 8, 2006 in New Delhi. The event commemorated the
2550th Buddha Jayanti
(the birthday of the Buddha). On
his arrival at Mavalankar Auditorium, the venue for the function,
Holiness was accorded a rousing reception by Dr.
B.K. Modi, President of the Mahabodhi Society of India, Ven. Chosphel
Zotpa Honorable Member National Commission of Minorities, Government
of India, and senior functionaries of the Society. Several religious
leaders from different faiths were seated on the dais. After chants
by the monks, His Holiness lit the traditional lamps and released
a book titled, Whispers of Peace, compiled by Dr. B.K. Modi, containing
teachings and texts from various religious traditions. Thereafter,
His Holiness was invited to make the inaugural address. The 17th
Karmapa in his remarks reminded the audience that Buddha's message
of peace and amity is beyond any religious or sectarian basis
and is founded on a quest for the general benefit and well-being
of humanity as a whole. His Holiness stated that the world looked
to India for wisdom and guidance. He expressed his appreciation
and applauded the initiative of the Mahabodhi Society of India.
Among the dignitaries present were the Ambassadors of Sri Lanka
and Mongolia. A large delegation from Japan was in attendance
as well as a large number of local Indians.
The second day of celebrations organized by the Mahabodhi Society
of India to commemorate the 2550th Buddha Jayanti was held on
the grounds of the Buddha Jayanti Park in New Delhi on April 9,
2006. In spite of the hot weather, devotees congregated in large
numbers to hear Gyalwa Karmapa. Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime
Minister of the Tibetan Government- in-exile and Union Minister
Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan were among the invited guests. The Japanese
delegation comprising of Parliamentarians, Mayor of Okinawa and
eminent citizens as well as a large cultural troupe were present.
Welcoming the Karmapa, Dr. B.K. Modi, President of the Mahabodhi
Society of India lamented that high spiritual Masters like the
Dalai Lama and the Karmapa were still being treated as refugees,
when, in essence, they are the lineage holders of the Buddha Dharma,
which has its roots in India. Dr. Modi stated that such eminent
leaders of the Buddhist faith should be conferred honorary Indian
citizenship with all honor and privileges,in appreciation for
their role in bringing the Buddha back to his country of birth.
Echoing the sentiments expressed by Dr. Modi, Union Minister Mr.
Ram Vilas Paswan promised to raise this issue before the Indian
leadership. Mr. Paswan stated that he saw His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa as Indian Dharma Gurus and therefore,
deserving honorable treatment as such.
Holiness exhorted the gathering to spread the message
of the Buddha across the world and pre-empt strife. His Holiness
stressed the value of spreading amity and goodwill as a sustainable
basis to bring peace in the world. His
Holiness reminded the audience of the singular contribution
of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedakar, architect of India's constitution for
giving impetus and ensuring that people of India remembered the
greatness of the Buddha, as a social emancipator and a kind teacher.
Holiness applauded the role of the Mahabodhi Society
of India and in particular, expressed appreciation for its President,
Dr. B.K. Modi's leadership. On behalf of the Mahabodhi Society
and other co-organizers, His
Holiness presented traditional Indian shawls to the
delegates as a token of honor. His Holiness offered a khatak,
the traditional Tibetan silk scarf to Dr. Modi as a gesture of
appreciation for his leadership.
On February 20th, His
Holiness arrived at Vajra Vidya Institute around
2:00pm from Bodhgaya. He visited the Relic Stupa and also went
to feed the Deer at the Deer’s Park, Buddha’s first
On February 22nd, His Holiness left
Varanasi for New Delhi and stayed at Oberoi Hotel. On 24th Feb
late afternoon His Holiness gave a teaching to the Tibet Study
Group India at the International Centre Auditorium New Delhi.
The teaching was gaven outdoor.
After a prolong tour His Holiness returned back to Gyuto, Dharamsala
on the 25th.
On February 28th, His Holiness was invited to the main shrine
hall to celebrate the Tibetan Losar by the Gyuto Monastery’s
Sangha. The early morning prayers started with Mandalala offering
of Long life to His Holiness by the Ven Khenpo Rinpoche of the
Gyuto Monastery. Ceremonial Rice and tea was served to the entire
gathering. At the end everyone offer khatas and HisHoliness gave
blessing as well. March 1st His Holiness went to participate the
Losar celebration at His Holiness Dalai Lama’s residence
and offer Tashi Delek khata to His Holiness Dalai Lama.
On February 17th His
Holiness arrived in Bodhgaya from Varanasi to attend
the 2550th Buddha Jayanti Celebration held from February 13 -
19, 2006. The Maha Bodhi Society of India issued the invitation.
His Holiness along with his entourage arrived at the Mahayana
Guest House around 2:00 pm. The
Venerable P. Seewalee Thero, Bhikkhu-in-charge, MBSI, Buddhagaya
center received His Holiness with a khata at the main gate of
the Guest House.
On the morning of February 18th His Holiness visited the Maha
Bodhi Temple. There he made flower & fruit offerings to the
main image of Lord Buddha. He also made a robe offering to the
statue and chanted supplication prayers. After that he circumabulated
the main stupa and visited the ongoing month-long Tripitaka Chanting
by monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar and India.
On February 19th the week-long Celebrations of the 2550th Buddha
Jayanti concluded with an International Inter-Religious Dialogue
Conference. His Holiness was the principle guest.
The theme was Inter-faith Understanding and Tolerance, with special
reference to the teachings of Lord Buddha; a need for mankind.
The program started at 9:00am with His Holiness' arrival at the
venue. Venerable Dr. Rewatha Thero, General Secretary of the Maha
Bodhi Society of India welcomed His Holiness by offering a khata.
Ceremonial lamps where lit by distinguished guests followed by
A welcome and introductory speech was given by Venerable P. Seewalee
Theero followed by speeches of different religious leaders from
Hindu, Jain, Islam, Sikh and Christian traditions.
His Holiness then spoke about understanding and tolerance. The
concluding addresses were given by the Venerable Dr. Rewatha Thero
and Mr. A.H.Khan, organizing secretary of the conference.
Late afternoon at 5:00pm, His Holiness was invited to the Meditation
Park to ring the Peace Bell at the Maha Bodhi Temple. Afterwards
he proceeded to light butter lamps and then assembled under the
bodhi tree to join the chanting of the Keraniya Metta Sutta (loving-kindness)
by the venerable Maha Sangha. The ceremony concluded with His
Holiness chanting prayers for the World Peace.
On the morning of February 20th, before leaving for Varanasi,
His Holiness launched the newly created Website - ‘Buddha
Dhamma’ by Venerable Jnanananda Thero, Sri Lanka. He then
visited the main temple to pay His last respects and left Bodhgaya
On February 22nd His Holiness left for New Delhi.
On Februrary 13th His Holiness joined the last
day of the Dak-me-ma puja at the Vajra Vidaya Institute as requested
Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche. His Holiness joined the morning
session from 10:00 am to noon.
Holiness attended the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya for the
first time in December 2001, he travelled to the Vajra Vidya
Institute and called upon the many Rinpoches and Lamas from the
different Kamstang Monasteries to attend a meeting. At that time
they decided to revive the most profound puja text of the 12th
tantra by the Great
Marpa Lotsawa. Each monastery was given a different puja to
practice. The Vajra Vidya Institute has the He-Vajra and Dak-me-ma
pujas. He-Vajra was performed last year and this year the Dak-me-ma
was perform for the first time. The Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche
made a long-life offering mandala to His Holiness at the conclusion
of the morning session.
On Wednesday, February 8, 2006, His
Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa attended a conference entitled
“The Convergence of the Views of the Four Great Lineages
of Tibetan Buddhism” at the request of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. The conference was held at the
Central Institute of Higher Tibetan
Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi. His Holiness the Karmapa had not
originally planned to attend the conference, but since he had
stayed in Sarnath longer than expected, he accepted H.H. the Dalai
Lama’s request that he attend the conference.
The conference was officiated by H.H. the Dalai Lama and featured
scholars from each of the four main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism:
the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Geluk, who were to present the
views of their respective lineages.
The morning section opened with a speech by H.H. the Dalai Lama,
which was followed by presentations by two Geluk scholars: Geshe
Lobsang Tenzin, from Sera Monastery and Prof. Yeshi Thabkhe from
the Central Institute, and then by Khenpo Gyamtso, a scholar from
His Holiness attended lunch with H.H. the Dalai Lama along with
Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche and His Holiness’s sister Ngodub
The afternoon section started around 1:30pm.
As requested by H.H. the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Karmapa shared
his opinions and gave a talk to the gathering. After that the
Nyingma Khenpo Yeshe Dorje from Namdroling Monastery gave his
presentations followed by the Kagyu scholars Khenpo Gawang from
Rumtek and Khenpo Tsultrim Norbu from Sherab Ling. Following this,
His Holiness returned to the Vajra Vidya Institute where he gave
a teaching on Refuge to Western students.
On January 28th, Mahakala Day according to Tsruphu
Calendar, His Holiness Karmapa attended The Mahakala Puja with
the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche at the Vajra Vidaya Institute.
On January 30, 2006 Tsurphu Losar
was celebrated. Early in the morning at His Holiness' chamber
the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, General Secretary Venenrable Drupon
Rinpoche and the Khenpos and staff of the Tsurphu Labrang offered
khatas to His Holiness wishing him a Tashi Delek and long life.
Traditional offering of tea and ceremonial rice was offered to
all gathered and according to the Tibetan tradition che-mar was
Around 8:00am His Holiness proceeded to the main shrine hall and
offered a khata to the main Shakyamuni Buddha Statue and then
sat on the throne. The main ceremony of Losar began with supplication
prayers to the Three jewels. Prayers to the Sixteen Arhats followed.
Tradition tea and dre-si was offered to everyone gathered. At
the end of the program His Holiness requested we sing one of the
Milarepa songs, the melody composed by His Holiness himself. After
the program His Holiness gave a blessing to all the participants
of the Losar. The Tsruphu Labrang then offered lunch at the Vajra
On January 31, His Holiness visited the Central Institute for
Higher Tibetan Studies, in Sarnath arriving around 10:30 am. At
the gate of the main assembly hall Director Ngagwang Samten greeted
him with a khata and led him to the main hall. His Holiness gave
a blessing to the students and staff and also addressed the gathering.
A thank you speech was given by Yeshi Thabkhe followed by tea
and refreshments in the Directors office.
On January 18th and 19th, His
Holiness called a meeting with the Khenpos from the
different Shedras (participants of Karmae Gon Cho) here at the
Varja Vidhaya Insititute, Varanasi. His Holiness discussed further
rules and regulations of the Gun Cho and chose the main text to
be used for debating during the winter retreats.
Thrangu Rinpoche and General Secretary Venerable Dilyak Drupon
Rinpoche also attended.
The 23rd Kagyu Monlam concluded on January 14th
with the butter lamp offering and aspiration prayers at the main
Holiness arrived at the Vajra Vidhaya Institute in
Varanasi on January 17th where he will be staying for sometime.
Before he left Bodhgaya, His Holiness visited the main temple
to pay His last respects.
He offered a robe to the main statue
and a short prayer in the main shrine room. He then circumabulated
the Bodh tree and left for Varanasi. For more details on the Kagyu
Monlam please visit http://www.kagyumonlam.org/
His Holiness left the Vajra Vidhya Institute,
Varanasi on January 5th at 8:00 am for Bodh-Gaya to attend the
Annual Kagyu Monlam. He was accompanied by His Eminence Gyaltsab
Rinpoche, Bo Khangkar Rinpoche and others traveling in ten vehicles
by ground. His Holiness arrived in Bodh-Gaya around 1:00 pm. There
was a ceremonial welcome by the monks and lay devotees at Shechen
Monastery. He will stay at the Shechen Monastery and lead the
23rd Kagyu Monlam Chemo starting on January 7th.
On January 6th at 1:00 pm His Holiness visited the Mahabodhi
Temple. There he said some prayers and made offerings of flowers
and fruit inside the temple. After making offerings, His Holiness
looked over the newly made tormas and butter decorations for the
Monlam which will take place behind the stupa under the Bodhi
tree where Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment.
On New Years Day, January 1, His Holiness gave
the refuge vow to all the disciples gathered for the teachings.
His Holiness then gave a special New Years present to the sangha
and lay devotees in attendance. His Holiness has recently compiled
a "Lama Chopa" (Supplication or Offering to Guru) which
He himself typed. Each Text
Book was signed by His Holiness
and presented to everyone after the teaching.
The Tsurphu Labrang offered a ceremonial rice & tea to the
entire group of students as a New Year celebration offering.
His Holiness invited Venerable Hai Tao and two other Mahayana
Masters along with His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Venerable Thrangu
Rinpoche and Bo Khangkar Rinpoche to join Him for New Years lunch
in His chambers