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    29 January 2014 – Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya
    In an historic occasion coming at the end of the first Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering, nuns from six Kagyu nunneries performed an elaborate Chöd ritual, known as A String of Jewels, presided over by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.
    While the Gyalwang Karmapa has been enthusiastic about Chöd practice from a young age, this was his first ever opportunity to publicly perform the Chöd puja—an opportunity he’d been looking forward to very much.
    Since the time of the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, who wrote the first commentary on Chöd and who also compiled the text of this puja, the Karmapas have had a strong connection with the Chöd practice. Historically they are holders of the direct Chöd lineage, based on the Indian Buddhist deity Prajñāpāramitā, who is known as both the mother of all the Buddhas and the embodiment of wisdom.
    Chöd, which means ‘to sever or cut’ in Tibetan, ultimately aims to cut through the ignorance of self-grasping that is the root of all our suffering, using the wisdom that realizes emptiness. It is renowned among the eight practice lineages of Tibetan Buddhism as being the only lineage established by a woman, the great female master Machig Labdrön, and female practitioners have traditionally excelled in its practice.
    From the first opening strains the nuns’ melodies rang clear and bell-like throughout the gompa, the soaring notes of the puja carried effortlessly by the female voices.
    The gompa was transformed for the puja, with rows of nuns seated on raised cushions facing inwards in the traditional arrangement, while a row of Geshes, Khenpos and venerable monks were seated to either side of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s throne. The nuns skillfully performed all the traditional roles of the puja, including Umze or chantmaster, Chöpon or ritual-master, as well as playing all the horns, drums, and other ritual implements.
    Those present witnessed the spectacular sight of rows of nuns playing their ritual chöd-dar drums and bells in unison, led by the Gyalwang Karmapa at the head of the gathering. At points in the puja the haunting sound of kangling horns, famously made from thigh-bones, reverberated through the air, in a direct symbol of cutting through gross attachment to the physical body.
    Arising from the enlightened female wisdom principle, the power of the morning’s Chöd practice was magnified under the unified voices of hundreds of nuns. Throughout the five-hour-long ritual, the Gyalwang Karmapa presided as Dorje Lopon or vajra master, his powerful, supportive presence guiding the nuns through to the end of the puja.


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    22nd February, 2014. Samyeling (Majnukatilla) Delhi.
    This chilly February morning found the Tibetan colony of Majnukatilla bedecked with flags and banners as people lined up early to get a good seat for the long life empowerment from the Gyalwang Karmapa. His Holiness first inaugurated the colony’s new community center, and then made his way to Samye Ling TCV school where more then two thousand people were waiting for the blessing and empowerment. The local head of the Tibetan community extended a whole-hearted welcome to His Holiness with speeches and a traditional offering of tea and rice.
    His Holiness then bestowed the empowerment of Amitayus, expressing that our faith and good heart gave this meeting its auspicious meaning. Following the empowerment, he spoke at some length to the community members, giving them advice on many matters, from health to the Tibetan political cause. He stressed the importance of unity among Tibetans – that they shouldn’t allow the changing world situation to divide them, but should remember their cultural roots. Furthermore, he expressed that as the world becomes smaller it is becoming even more critical for us to remember to help each other in whatever small or big ways we can, and to rely on the strength of a good heart.


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    by Wangdu on February 28, 2014 

    With the support granted by the government of India and the Tibetan government, the Karmapa Foundation Europe (KFE) has the great pleasure and honour to announce the first visit to Europe by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

    The visit will take place in Germany from 25th May until 9th June 2014.


    Here is the list of scheduled events for the 2014 European visit. Information about booking tickets and accommodation will soon be published on www.karmapa-deutschland.de
    Please contact the individual locations/organisers for further details.

    Kamalashila Institute

    28 May

    16:00 Welcoming Karmapa to the Kamalashila Institut®
    20:00 Reception for representatives of the Karma Kamtsang Centres in Europe

    29 May

    09:00 Welcoming Karmapa to the Kamalashila Institut®
    10:30 Reception for representatives of the Karma Kamtsang Centres in Europe
    14:00 Teaching on the short Ngöndro (preliminary practice) – Part 1
    19:00 Talk – 'Wisdom and Compassion. The Common Foundations of all Religions'

    30 May

    09:00 Teaching on the short Ngöndro – Part 2
    14:00 Teaching on the Guru Yoga practice

    31 May

    09:00 Dorje Sempa Empowerment
    14:00 Teaching on the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer – Part 1

    1 June

    09:00 Teaching on the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer – Part 2
    15:00 Empowerment of the 84 Mahasiddhas

    2 June

    HH Karmapa leaves the Kamalashila Institute

    Berlin Programme

    4 June

    17:00 Arrival in Berlin – RIGPA Centre
    18:30 Audience for Buddhist Delegations from Berlin and Eastern Europe

    5 June

    19:30 Talk – "Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World"

    6 June

    19:30 Talk – "Buddhism and the Environment – A Life in Harmony with our Earth"

    7 June

    14:30 Talk – "The Meaning of Love and Compassion in our Globalised World"
    19:30 Cultural Event with Karmapa and Artists

    8 June

    14:00 Young people meet with Karmapa “The Future is Now – Youth’s Contribution to the World’s Future”

    For more information about the schedule of events please visit the Kamalashila Institute’s page here.


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    In 2014 AD, the Tibetan New Year horse, I assure Tibetans inside Tibet, all compatriots expressed holiday wishes.
    We celebrate the Tibetan New Year is a very important Tibetan traditional festivals, because there is such a holiday, we are able to have the opportunity with their parents, friends and family gathered together. Today take this opportunity to fellow Tibetans in and outside Tibet, as well as each one of you friends and family here, and I hope in the new year, good health and good luck.As an Tibetans living outside Tibet, we miss all the time hometown - where Tibet and compatriots, but also hope that one day fellow Tibetans inside and outside Tibet to have to get together one day.
    On the issue of Tibet, the Tibetans inside suffering from a variety of suffering Tibetans inside face of these difficulties has endless sincerity and courage.Such courage and determination is something we Tibetans outside praise and respect. But it is important to leave no stone unturned overseas Tibetans to solve problems, make the dilemma faced by Tibetans in Tibet get better soon.
    Currently in Tibet continues to occur in the way of self-immolation, reflecting on the nation sincere thing, in the face of their suicide, their courage, in addition to us speechless with emotion. However, Tibetans have become minorities, whether religious or secular ways, is the most valuable person, no life unable to accomplish anything. So I want to once again appeal to the Tibetan people to stop self-immolation protest, hoping to other ways to protect traditional Tibetan way of life based Tibetan culture, language and environment, this will enable Tibetans from harm in the case to protect their traditional culture. I hope to return as soon as the snow Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, senior monks in Tibet and the Tibetan people in the early together, the people of God of music.


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    26th Feb, 2014 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Varanasi.
    For the purpose of establishing cooperation and unity between the publishing groups of the different Karma Kamtsang monasteries, His Holiness called a meeting of their leaders at Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche graced the conference with his presence, offering his full support and encouragement towards this important endeavour. As His Holiness explained, until now, the publishing groups of the different monasteries have been working hard within their own spheres, but because of a lack of communication between them, there have been some problems such as multiple printings of a common text, while more rare and important texts have been overlooked. Since the readership of Tibetan is relatively small, he expressed that it is important for the groups to come together to pool their resources, and share the responsibility for preserving the full Karma Kamtsang textual tradition and the Buddha’s teachings in general.
    His Holiness pointed out that, of the three kinds of activity of a master – those of body, speech and mind – it is the speech activity which is principal. Why? Because it is through his or her speech that the Dharma can be preserved and remain accessible to future generations of students. For instance, if a great and scholarly master appears in the world but does not compose texts or offer teachings during their lifetime, within a few generations, it will be as if that guru had never appeared on the earth. And furthermore, if the writings and oral teachings of past and present great masters are not preserved, then likewise, we lose a great treasure.
    In this vein, His Holiness wishes to publish this coming year the full compendium of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa’s works, as well as an album describing his life. He also presented a list of texts from past lineage masters which would be important to publish soon. Furthermore, he expressed the importance of preserving the teachings of present lineage gurus as well, and recording their life stories.
    Two important items that His Holiness introduced to this group are the need for a uniform design for all the books published by the monasteries, and the need to develop a more sophisticated computer program for correcting and preparing the texts for printing. With regards to design, the group discussed in some detail the different aspects of layout and cover design, acknowledging that though the styles used in the Western and Chinese traditions can helpfully inform the printing of Tibetan texts, it is nevertheless important to find a design that is particularly suited to the Tibetan language and readership. The layout needs to make the texts more accessible and also respect the correct forms of the written language.
    His Holiness had clearly spent considerable time considering how the current computer program for imputting and correcting texts could be improved. He offered a detailed description of what a new program should look like and what functions it should perform. In fact, preliminary work on the program has begun, and His Holiness has named it Ketaka, after a certain jewel stone that was used in former times to purify water. The texts need to be cleansed of the impurities of spelling errors and such which cloud and confuse their meaning, and thus to become high quality reliable wellsprings of Dharma.
    The assembled khenpos and publishing directors discussed with His Holiness many aspects of the work of publishing, from Tibetan punctuation rules to finances to long term vision. They participated with energy and interest, sharing their thoughts and experience. This was an inaugural event marking the beginning of a new stage of development of publications within the Karma Kamtsang mandala. As per His Holiness’s direction, the groups will continue to meet yearly and even more regularly at a local level.
    His Holiness Participates in End-of-the-Year Mahakala Puja
    On February 25th, His Holiness attended the first session of the annual Mahakala puja at Vajra Vidya. This puja is traditionally performed at the end of the lunar year to clear away obstacles before the new year begins. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Tulku Damchoe, eminent khenpos, monks, nuns and lay people all gathered to participate. This year we recited a new Mahakala text, composed by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche.


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  • 03/05/14--21:07: Happy Losar

  • 2 March 2014 – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath
    A week after his arrival in the holy Buddhist town of Sarnath the Gyalwang Karmapa enjoyed Losar, or Tibetan New Year, with his main tutor Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
    It was standing-room-only inside Vajra Vidya Monastery’s main shrine hall on the morning of Losar, with many monks, nuns, local Tibetans and international devotees crowding inside. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche began by making mandala offerings to the Gyalwang Karmapa, followed by a traditional Tibetan ceremony with tea, sweet rice, and special Losar ‘kapsi’ bread for all. The two masters then retired to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s private rooms where they enjoyed tea and each other’s company.
    Celebrations marking the Year of the Wood Horse continued throughout the day, with lion dances and comical races amongst the youngest monks entertaining the crowd in the morning, including the sack race, spoon-and-marble race, tug-of-war competitions, and a lively game of musical chairs. Members of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s entourage, including his sister Chamsing-la, spontaneously joined in some of the competitions, much to the delight of those gathered. A grand feast was offered for all at lunch, while the monks of Vajra Vidya Institute skillfully performed scenes from the life of the great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna in the evening. It was a joyful start to the Tibetan New Year for all.


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    1600 - 1699
    Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist Lineages
    Ivory, Painted Face/Hair
    Collection of Private

    Shakyamuni Buddha surrounded by life story narrative scenes. The material is ivory carved in relief and then coloured with mineral pigments. the work is attributed to the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje (1604-1674).


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    1600 - 1699
    Collection of Private

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    1600 - 1699
    Buddhist Lineage
    21.50cm (8.46in) high
    Collection of Private

    In the right hand he holds a garland of beads across the knee. In the left hand he holds a flower blossom. In a relaxed posture Avalokita sits on the back of a cow - also depicted as if resting atop a grassy knoll. This sculpture was created by the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje based on a night time dream. There is no Indian or Tibetan textual model for this form of Avalokiteshvara. It is simply the creation of a work based on the inspiration of a dream.

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    HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mandi, March 08, 2014

    First Published: 22:08 IST(8/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:09 IST(8/3/2014)

    The Buddhist Nigmapa Temple Committee pradhan Balak Ram Negi has said Guru Ogyen Trinley Dorje (Karmapa) will not participate in the three-day Buddhist Tsechu fair to be held at Rewalsar from March 10 to 12.

    Negi said Karmapa had cancelled his tour programme due to bad health conditions and Lahul-Spiti Gompa chief Lochha Rimpoche will perform the rituals and deliver a speech on the preaching of Guru Rimpoche Padamsambhav who is considered to be the re-incarnation of Lord Buddha.

    The Guru Padamsambhav temple is situated along the historical lake at Rewalsar and followers of Buddhist religion from Tibet, Lahul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Dharamsala and rest of the country reach here in large numbers every year to participate in the fair.

    According to the Buddhist religion philosophy, the Tsechu fair is organised to celebrate Guru Padamsambhav birthday and followers of Buddhist religion take holy bath in the lake and feed the fish in the lake besides offering their prayers at the temple.

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    Central Tibet
    1600 - 1699
    Karma (Kagyu) Lineage
    57.79x43.82cm (22.75x17.25in)
    Ground Mineral Pigment on Silk
    Collection of Navin Kumar

    Marichi, Kalpoktam (Tibetan: o zer chen ma, English: the One Having Light Rays), Goddess of the Dawn.

    Peaceful in appearance, yellow in colour, with three faces and eight hands. Seated atop a large mother sow, the left leg extended rests on the back of several sleeping piglets. The red orb of the morning sun encircles behind crowned with the upper spire of a stupa.

    "She who holds the night, and by merely remembering quickly protects from all fears and bestows the stainless great bliss. To the goddess Marichi I bow." (Sakya liturgical verse).


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    On the 21st of February 2014, Guru Vajradhara the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa visited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at the Hyatt Regent Hotel in Dehli after the 31st Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya and teachings in Dehli.

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    28th May to 1st June 2014

    Dear friends,
    The worldwide response to the announcement of the visit of HH Karmapa in Europe has been tremendous. Surely the expression of the great joy we all share in hearing this wonderful news.
    Currently we are in the process of organizing everything for this event, -tickets, accommodations, travel and shuttle services. We will inform you all about these things as soon as we know them. Until this information is available we have to ask you for your patience!

    Please stay tuned to our website www.kamalashila.de and our Facebook and Twitter accounts

    The following information we can offer you already:

    During the event there will be no accommodations available at Kamalashila Institute. We will provide further information about accommodations in the region (Hotels, guesthouses, campsites) as well as contacts for searching and booking accommodations soon. Again, we ask for your patience.

    Starting in April it will be possible to purchase tickets for events with H.H. at Kamalashila Institute (and in Berlin) on our website. Further registration for the events will not be necessary.
    Arrival and Shuttle Service

    Due to the expected size of the events it will not be possible to drive with your own car to Langenfeld and the immediate surrounding area. There will be central parking lots, with shuttle service to the venue in Langenfeld and back. We will also set up shuttles to a nearby train station for those arriving by train. More detailed information about transportation will follow soon!

    The nearest Airport for flights from Europe is Bonn/Cologne (CGN), for flights from outside Europe Frankfurt a.M. (FRA).

    At the event venue in Langenfeld vegetarian hot food, snacks and drinks will be available.

    The visit of H.H. the Gyalwang Karmapa to Kamalashila Institute will be possible only through the support of volunteers. We ask those who can to support this historic event with volunteer service by registering via the online-questionnaire which will be posted online soon.


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  • 03/09/14--23:59: Spring Teaching

  • 6 March 2014 – Vajra Vidya Monastery, Sarnath
    In the fresh warmth of an early spring afternoon, just a few days into the Tibetan new year, more then five hundred people crowded into the Vajra Vidya Monastery shrine room eager to hear the Gyalwang Karmapa’s words of wisdom.
    For days many had dotted the lawns of the monastery, sitting outside on the grass catching rays of the spring sunshine, hoping that the teachings would take place. When they finally joined the long queues to enter the shrine hall many wore broad smiles on their faces, a joyful atmosphere palpable among the crowd.
    Although he had originally been scheduled to give three days of spring teachings, as he is currently recovering from a minor illness the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to teach for a single session only.
    “Because of the difficulty with my health,” he explained, after reciting the opening prayers, “at first I thought that we’d have to cancel the entire spring teaching. But when I came down to the shrine room for a few moments on the first day of Losar I saw that many people had come here from all over the world. I thought that it would be better to teach at least one of the three days.”
    The teaching took place in Sarnath, very close to the sacred site of Deer Park, which marks the exact spot where Shakyamuni Buddha gave the very first sermon to the first five disciples nearly 2600 years ago. To the delight of those gathered, the Gyalwang Karmapa once more turned the wheel of dharma in this holy land, teaching on a text by the glorious master Atisha. Called Essential Mind Training, the text contains many of the most important instructions of the Kadampa masters.
    The Gyalwang Karmapa began by pointing out that despite the many different divisions and classifications of the dharma, in actuality all of the teachings come down to the same essential point: taming our own minds.
    “The dharma must work as an antidote to the afflictions,” he said. “It must help us to reduce and pacify them.”
    He turned to one of Atisha’s instructions in the text, which reads: The best spiritual teacher is to challenge your weaknesses.
    “These weaknesses are our hidden faults,” he explained. “It’s not alright to just let them be—we need to point them out directly and challenge them.”
    “Out of all the many instructions,” the Gyalwang Karmapa continued, “the most beneficial is to recognize what our own faults and weaknesses are. We may have some sort of fault or shortcoming within ourselves and not understand it. If we don’t realize that it’s a shortcoming, or haven’t really realized how bad it is, we will never actually improve in that area.”
    He then illustrated this point by explaining that in Tibet there was a custom of thinking that when the lama criticized a student, they were actually being very compassionate and taking good care of that student.
    “The connection between the lama and the student should be one where neither holds back anything from each other. This means the lama needs to point out the difficulties, shortcomings and faults of the student, and the student also needs to be direct and forthright about saying what afflictions are occurring in their mind.”
    “Only when neither is holding anything back or hiding anything can we say it’s a good connection.”
    He turned to another of the text’s instructions, reading: The best motivating factors are your enemies, obstacles, illnesses, and sufferings.
    “When we really pursue the dharma with great faith and longing,” he said, “whatever difficulties or obstacles that we face will all become aids for us in achieving enlightenment.”
    Returning to his own current situation, he observed wryly that it was actually he who had made himself sick. “During the Monlam, it’s not that I had so much work to do, but I rushed here and there and didn’t give myself enough time to rest. So my doctor and many of my acquaintances have all told me that I need to take rest.”
    Those present—as well as the 1500 online viewers who tuned in to the live broadcast—were truly grateful to receive his teaching, even as they were united in the heartfelt aspiration that the Gyalwang Karmapa rests well and quickly recovers full health.
    The spring teaching was also attended by the Gyalwang Karmapa’s main tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, who was seated on a throne to his left, and who is currently giving 10 days of annual teachings himself. As the spring teaching drew to a close, the Gyalwang Karmapa expressed how deeply happy he was that Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s health had significantly improved over the past year, and how wonderful it was that his teachings were going very well.


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    9 March, 2014 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath
    On the occasion of Kyabje Jamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche’s 60th birthday, His Holiness Karmapa, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, monastics and lay practitioners gathered on the lawn in front of Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath to celebrate with long life prayers for Tai Situ Rinpoche followed by tea and cake. It was a gentle and joyous afternoon party. Kyabje Jamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche’s main birthday celebration took place on the same day in Bodh Gaya.


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    Ink on Paper
    17" x 14"
    The Karmapa uses words such as light, body, life, amitabha in abstraction to create an image that evokes a figure surrounded in light. This piece takes special significance at this time, when more than 80 Tibetans have self-immolated in the last year.

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    We are happy to provide further information about accommodation in the area as well as contacts for searching and booking accommodation now!

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    Very big camp site (3000 sqm), located at the Nurburgring. Small Supermarket and Restaurant available. Sanitary facilities with sufficient showers and toilets – cheap, very simple, not very well maintained.

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    Well maintained camp site, aprox. 40min drive from Langenfeld. Very good infrastructure (Bakery, Supermarkets, Restaurant).

    Arrival and Shuttle Service
    Due to the expected size of the events it will not be possible to drive with your own car to Langenfeld and the immediate surrounding area. There will be central parking lots, with shuttle service to the venue in Langenfeld and back. We will also set up shuttles to a nearby train station for those arriving by train. More detailed information about transportation will follow soon!

    The nearest Airport for flights from Europe is Bonn/Cologne (CGN), for flights from outside Europe Frankfurt a.M. (FRA).


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