Activities of the Karmapa (January - June, 2007)
The assembled monks at Gyuto Ramoche Monastery in Dharamsala on the celebration of the Gyalwang Karmapa's 22nd birthday
On June 26, 2007, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's 22nd birthday celebration program commenced at 8 am in the morning at Gyuto Ramoche Temple, the Karmapa's temporary camp in Dhramsala. Unlike last year's celebration of the Karmapa's attaining the age of majority, this year's celebration was a quieter affair, although attended by some 2000 dignitaries and disciples.
On behalf of the people of Tibet, Tsering Phuntsok, Minister of Cultural and Religious Affairs of the Central Government of Tibet in Exile, presented a long life offering. On behalf of the monastery residents of Gyuto, resident abbot Khen Rinpoche presented a mandala. On behalf of the Tsurphu Labrang, Drupon Rinpoche, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's General Secretary, offered a mandala. On behalf of Sherabling, Lama Tenam Shastri offered a mandala in concert with the head of Thrangu Tashi Choeling. Also, the head of the Tilokpur nunnery also offered mandala to His Holiness. These offerings were followed by offerings fromall the devotees who had specially travelled to Gyuto to greet His Holiness on his birthday.
His Holiness received the offerings and blessed everyone individually. To all in attendance, his Labrang offered a book containing speeches of His Holiness at Kagyu Monlam. The publication focuses on the disciplinary texts for Buddhist monastics, including a discussion of the advantages of the discipline of not consuming meat, based on teachings from many of the former Karmapas and lineage holders, including the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje.
For the some 2000 attendees gathered for the celebration, the celebration concluded with a hearty meal and delicious cake served to all members of the assembly. - Tashi Paljor
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa listens to His Holiness Dalai Lama at the latter's special lectures for Tibetan youth
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa attended the special lecture on the essence of Buddhism, given to Tibetan youth by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness explained the key aspects of Tibetan Buddhism to Tibetan high school and college students, with great emphasis on the benefits of studying Buddhism. Highlighting the need for the study of Buddhism, His Holiness advised that a deeper and fuller understanding of Buddhism enables one to become what His Holiness calls a "Buddhist of the 21st century: "Complimenting faith with knowledge and reason, one understands why Buddhism is a philosophy, a religion, a science, to transform the mind."
Over 3500 young Tibetans from India and five different countries have registered for this special introductory Buddhist class, which the organizers of the teaching say is the first of its kind held so far. The teaching were held from June 1-3 at the Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School’s main hall.
Their Holinesses Dalai Lama (center), Gyalwang Karmapa (right) and Sakya Trizen (left) lead procession commencing the Guyhasamaja teachings by HH Dalai Lama
Their Holinesses Gyalwang Karmapa and Sakya Trizin attended His Holiness’ Dalai Lama's teaching and commentary on Guhyasamaja at the Tsuglagkhang. Over 2600 people attended the teaching, including more than 2000 monks and nuns, and 169 foreigners. To receive the empowerment, attendees were required to have already received the Guhyasamaja Initiation as a pre-requisite to these advanced teachings.
Inauguration of Gyuto Monastery School (May 9, 2007)
On May 9th, His Holiness inaugurated and consecrated the newly built Gyuto monastery's classrooms, which are located within the Gyuto Monastery complex. The classrooms are equally usable by both young monks in the first through fifth grade, and Geshes undergoing the complete studies on advanced Buddhism. English and Science will be mandatory subject. Gyuto Monastery's Khen Rinpoche offered a mandala to His Holiness and served sweet rice and tea. The inauguration ceremony concluded with the famous multi-tonal Gyuto chants.
Summoning of Prosperity (April 24-26, 2007)
His Holiness conducted a puja for the "summoning of prosperity" on April 24. The ceremony continued over three days at Gyutoe Temple. Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche was also present. His Holiness and Tenga Rinpoche summoned the dralas with Drupon Rinpoche (General Secretary) Ngodup Palzom (His Holiness sister) and Drupnag. The puja concluded with auspicious ambience. - Tashi Paljor
2007 Mind and Life Conference in Dharamsala attended by Their Holiness Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa
His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa attended the conference of Mind and Life, Dialogue on The Universe in a Single Atom, held at His Holiness Dalai Lama's residence. Headed by His Holiness Dalai Lama, the Dialogues were held from April 9th till April 13th, at the request of Mr. R. Adam Engle, CEO and Chairman of Mind and Life Institute, and General Coordinator of the Mind and Life Conference.
The Mind and Life Dialogues were created as an experiment to determine whether a rigorous scientific exchange could occur between modern scientists and Dalai Lama. The experiment was successful and over the ensuing decade, regular dialogues were organized among the world renowned scientists, the Dalai Lama and other contemplatives.
Currently the Mind and Life Institute is a recognized world leader in emerging scientific investigation of the effects of contemplative practices on brain, behavior, and translation of this data into effective tools to benefit people in all walks of life. Participants at this years conference included:
Richard Gere also attended.
His Holiness with Tenga Rinpoche; Confers Chenresig Abhsheka (April 7, 2007)
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa studies with Ven. Tenga Rinpoche
His Holiness is studying "Dri Mey Nam Nyi" from Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche in Spring of 2007.
With Tenga Rinpoche in attendance, d uring his public audience on Saturday, April 7th, His Holiness gave the Four Arm Chenresig oral transmission and teachings. As previously requested by some disciples, the oral transmission of the newly composed preliminary practice of His Holiness was transmitted. The Karmapa also gave brief, simplified teachings and explanation, as well as instructions on practicing dharma and putting use of dharma into daily life. Hundreds of devotees gathered for the talk.
The Gyalwang Karmapa and Ganden Tri Rinpoche presiding of the annual examinations at Gyuto Tantric College
His Holiness Presides Over Debate at Gyuto (March 17, 2007)
The Karmapa presided over the debates on Tantra held at Gyuto Monastery on March 17, 2007, held pursuant to the Gyutoe Ramoche tradition. Gaden Tripa, Ling Rinpoche was in attendance. His Holiness greeted the Gaden Tripa and noted the importance to Tibetan Buddhism of examinations in Tantra.
Dalai Lama's Long Life Offering by HH Karmapa and Other Lineage Heads (March 14, 2007)
On March 14, 2007, His Holiness Sakya Trizen Rinpoche headed a long life offering to His Holiness Dalai Lama at Thegchen Chöeling Monastery at McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala. All the heads of lineage Kagyu, Nyigma, Sakya, Gelug and Bhön unanimously requested His Holiness Dalai Lama's long life, along with all the Tibetan officials ex and present. Afterwards His Holiness had lunch with His Holiness Dalai Lama at his palace.
Planning Meeting for 25th Intenational Kagyu Monlam Chenmo (March 10-12, 2007)
From March 10-12, His Holiness Karmapa presided over a planning meeting for the next and 25th International Kagyu Monlam Chenmo. His Holiness proposed that the gathering aim to engage in bodhisattva activity by arranging to provide free medical services and supplies for the local population in the Bodhgaya area. Regarding the Monlam itself, issues such as monastic discipline, communication between representatives and the preparation of multinational translations were discussed.
His Holiness Karmapa's Visit to Tilokpur Nuns' Monastery to benefit the Monastery (February 19-26, 2007)
His Holiness performs prayers at the cave the great Kagyu lineage holder Tilopa
From February 19-26, His Holiness Karmapa visited Drubten Pemo Jalpay Gatsal, the newly constructed Tilokpur Nuns' Monastery near Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. During his visit, His Holiness taught on the life of Tilopa and the 37 Actions of a Boddhisattva, as well as bestowed a number of empowerments. His Holiness consecrated a new temple at Tilokpur, as well as made a pilgrimage to the historic cave of Tilopa near the nunnery.
His Holiness made a short pilgrimage to Tilopa's cave in the morning of February 20, 2007, accompanied by Gyaton Tulku from Sherabling. Later in the day were International Cultural performances, including Tibetan and Indian performers presented there traditional dance and songs.
His Holiness started the 21st with an insightful teaching on the life of Great Yogi Tilopa. Afterwards he conferred a long life empowerment and bodhisattva vows. An abundant gathering of international devotees, as well as numerous monks and nuns were in attendance. His Holiness performed a small Gya-lha puja on roof top at sunset. Afterwards, fire crackers lit the night sky. On February 22, His Holiness began teaching on the Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, from the famous text written by Thogme Zangpo. The teaching on the 37 Practices continued until the 24th.
His Holiness changed the program and performed Karma Pakshi Tsog offering during the morning puja. According to Tibetan calendar, this date marked His Eminence XII Tai Situ Rinpoche's birthday. Headed by His Holiness, the celebration commenced at the main shrine hall of new Karma Drubgyu Thargay Ling. Cakes were distributed with joyous songs of Birthday to His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, His Holiness adverted to the magnitude of the importance of His Eminence to the Kagyu lineage, as well as to His Holiness personally, and concluded the celebration with greetings to His Eminence. Earlier in the day His Holiness gave the Tara empowerment as requested by the nuns. - Tashi Paljor
His Holiness Karmapa welcomed in the New Year on February 18, 2007, pursuant to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the Year of the Fire Pig, according to the Tsurluk calendar system. (Click here for background information on the Tsurluk system.)
His Holiness supervised the practice of Mahakala (the protector of Kagyu Lineage), for all sentient beings
In the traditional manner, His Holiness presided over the Mahakala puja on the 29th (Guthor) of the Tibetan lunar calendar (February 16, 2007), at his temporary camp at Gyutoe Monastery in Himachal Pradesh. This practice is done prior to Losar (Tibetan New Year) to clarify and remove obstacles and bad omens for the coming year. - Tashi Paljor
"When His Holiness Karmapa was in Bodhgaya, India, recently, he was approached by Tulku Chökyi Nyima, from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal, who requested His Holiness Karmapa to meet with His Eminence Shamar Rinpoche. His Holiness accepted this request.
"Pursuant to this request, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, granted an audience to Shamar Rinpoche. The audience was held at 10 AM on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, in His Holiness’s room at the Oberoi Intercontinental Hotel in Delhi, India.
"No substantive issues were addressed or discussed during the audience."
-- From the General Secretary of the Karmapa’s Office of Administration
HH Gyalwa Karmapa
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