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  • 04/25/14--06:30: Updated schedule!





  • Kamalashila Institute®

    28th of May
    Kamalashila Institute®
    Arrival in Langenfeld / Eifel
    16.00 Welcoming the Gyalwang Karmapa to Kamalashila Institute®
    (invitation only)
    20.00 Reception for official representatives of European Karma Kagyu organisations.
    Application via online form is mandatory!
    (invitation only)
    29th of May
    MayBitburger Event-Center Nürburgring
    09.30 Teaching: The short Ngöndro – Part I
    11.00 Teaching: The short Ngöndro – Part II
    15.00 Teaching: Guru Yoga Practice
    30th of May
    MayBitburger Event-Center Nürburgring
    09.30 Teaching: The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer – Part I
    11.00 Teaching: The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer – Part II
    15.00 Empowerment: The 84 Mahasiddhas
    31st of May
    Bitburger Event-Center Nürburgring
    09.30 Empowerment: Dorje Sempa
    14.00 Empowerment: Medicine Buddha
    1st of JuneKamalashila Institute®
    09.30 Inauguration of Stupa (Invitation only)

     

    Berlin (Estrel Convention Center)


    5 June
    19.30 Public Talk: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World. Heart-Advice for a Meaningful Life
    6 June
    09.00 Visit to Bodhicharya Centre Berlin (invitation only)
    14.30 Teaching: Mind Training – Taming the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness
    19.30 Public Talk: Buddhism and the Environment – Living in Harmony with our Planet
    7 June
    14.30 Public Talk: Changing the World from the Inside Out – Love and Compassion for a Globalised World
    19.30 Teaching: Developing Inner Peace – The Art of Meditation; with Cultural Events
    8 June
    10.00 Karma Pakshi Empowerment
    14.00 Young People meet The Karmapa:
    The Future Is Now – Today’s Youth are the Hope for a Better Tomorrow



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    Official Coordinator, Karmapa Visit to Europe




    We are all overwhelmed by the enthusiastic and joyful response to the first visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Thinley Dorje to Europe. All seats for the event of the Kamalashila Institute were sold out within 3 hours. We also feel very sad about those people who couldn’t get a ticket and therefore can’t join the events with His Holiness the Karmapa at the Kamalashila Institute.


    The Kamalashila Institute had prepared for years to set up a large tent for more than 2000 people in Langenfeld, a short walking distance from the institute. But this year road construction work interrupted the connection to the Nürburgring with its large parking spaces. This caused logistical problems which couldn’t be solved. The only available venue in the area was the Bitburg Event Hall of the Nürburgring, with 1500 seats. The bigger event hall of the Nürburgring had already been booked for another large event.

    To compensate for this shortage, the Berlin program was extended by two additional Dharma teachings. Those who could not get tickets for Kamalashila should try to come to Berlin, where we also have a concession rate for the hotel booking. We are studying whether we can get a bigger hall at the Berlin venue, and we will let you know as soon as possible if and when more tickets will be available.

    We are determined to make this first visit of the Karmapa a joyful and a meaningful event for all.

    Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
    Official Coordinator,
    Karmapa Visit to Europe

    Source: Karmapa Youth

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    Dear friends, sponsors, and interested parties


    In this newsletter, you receive a personal letter from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche regarding the current situation, information about the youth event with H.H. Karmapa, and news regarding the webcast! 


    Content:



    A Letter from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

    Official Coordinator, Karmapa Visit to Europe


    We are all overwhelmed by the enthusiastic and joyful response to the first visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Thinley Dorje to Europe. All seats for the event of the Kamalashila Institute were sold out within 3 hours. We also feel very sad about those people who couldn’t get a ticket and therefore can’t join the events with His Holiness the Karmapa at the Kamalashila Institute.

    The Kamalashila Institute had prepared for years to set up a large tent for more than 2000 people in Langenfeld, a short walking distance from the institute. But this year road construction work interrupted the connection to the Nürburgring with its large parking spaces. This caused logistical problems which couldn’t be solved. The only available venue in the area was the Bitburg Event Hall of the Nürburgring, with 1500 seats. The bigger event hall of the Nürburgring had already been booked for another large event.

    To compensate for this shortage, the Berlin program was extended by two additional Dharma teachings. Those who could not get tickets for Kamalashila should try to come to Berlin, where we also have a concession rate for the hotel booking. We are studying whether we can get a bigger hall at the Berlin venue, and we will let you know as soon as possible if and when more tickets will be available.

    We are determined to make this first visit of the Karmapa a joyful and a meaningful event for all.

    Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
    Official Coordinator,
    Karmapa Visit to Europe
    Karmapa Visit to Europe

    Berlin: Event for Young People with Karmapa


    We are excited to announce that there will be a special event with The Karmapa for young people on Sunday June 8th at 2 p.m. at the Estrel Convention Center.


     When?      08th June 2014 | 2. p.m. 
     Who?        Youth and young adults under 30 years old 
     Where?     Estrel Convention Center 

    The event includes

    • a talk followed by the Karmapa
    • a Q & A with the Karmapa
    • featured artists and live music.

    Questions for Karmapa:


    If you have a question for the Karmapa, please send it to us via the official email at youth-karmapa-berlin-2014@bodhicharya.de or post it on facebook in theKarmapa Youth Group with your name, age and country.

    Conditions of participation


    The admission for the event is free for everyone under 30 years old. Please register:
    • Registration opens Tuesday, 29th of April at 6 pm CET (GMT+1) on our official ticket shop: karmapa-germany.eventbrite.de
    • Please register for the event in our ticket-shop from this date onwards.
    • Parents and chaperones accompanying children under the age of 16, please register for your free ticket as well.
    In case there are seats available later on, we will keep you informed. 

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    Webcast Announcement


    We contacted the Kagyu Office of H.H. Karmapa and can announce, that the events at Kamalashila/Nürburgring and Berlin/Estrel Convention Center will be available via Webcast online.

    The website http://kagyuoffice.org will broadcast the Webcast. We will send you the direct link to the webcast, as soon as it is available to us.

    Thank you to all involved for making this possible - it is a great gift!
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    H. H. the 16th Karmapa




    TIBETAN DHARMA IS BASED ON Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibet there is a special Mahayana tradition. Centuries ago, Indian Mahasiddhas collected the essence of the Buddha's teachings which were subsequently brought to Tibet. Down to this present day, it is still possible to study these same teachings at an educational institution. In addition, you can actually come to experience the effect of what you have learned and enjoy the fruit of what you have practiced. I have confidence that you all are capable of experiencing this fruition of Buddhahood.

    The heart of Mahayana teaching is the practice of experiencing bodhicitta, or the enlightened mind. Bodhicitta can be seen from two aspects--the aspiration to benefit oneself and to benefit others--but when you are truly doing the practice then you generate bodhicitta that includes both yourself and all other beings. As you are working in the world or accomplishing some task, if you do it with the intention of benefiting others and with the understanding of cause and effect, then you generate trust in people and they can have complete confidence in what you do.

    The skillful means of bodhicitta allow you to be effective in helping others. Bodhisattva activities are divided into four kinds: generosity, pleasant speech, beneficial conduct and consistency of word and deed. In practicing generosity, a Bodhisattva may see someone who is poor; spontaneously they would give food, clothing or whatever may be needed. Bodhisattvas also know that people will not listen well to words spoken in anger. They are sensitive to each person's situation and understanding this, they speak without abruptness, smoothly and calmly so that the other person feels comfortable. Bodhisattva conduct allows a Bodhisattva to adapt the Dharma to many different situations. If you consider Eastern and Western religions, you can see that the faith in religion can be the same even though the religions themselves are different. If you consider philosophy, however, you will see that there is a difference. In Western countries, therefore, teachers must speak according to Western thought patterns so that the seed of Dharma can fully enter into the experience of Western people. This is the way in which the lamas speak.

    Because we are in a fortunate time, America, Canada, Europe, the whole world receives the light of the Buddha's compassion. People now want to do practice and it gives them much joy. But in order to do the practice, you have to meet with the right situation and this meeting itself is the extraordinary blessing of the Dharma. Once having received this wonderful blessing, it is the responsibility of the Dharma practitioner to pass the teachings on to those who are ready for them.

    As I said in the beginning of this talk, the root of the Dharma is precious bodhicitta, and bodhicitta is compassion for others. This is the essential meaning of everything I have spoken of today.

    Some people think it is very difficult to receive this teaching. Further, they believe that even though they have received the teachings, they are extremely difficult and take an inordinately long time to realize. Perhaps this is true. For example, as in this world it is difficult to get what you want, so it is not easy to achieve the profound, secret teaching of Mahayana Dharma. Through practicing Mahayana, it is not easy to achieve the state of bliss or enlightenment. But all this depends on your mind. Actually you should follow the Dharma, practice, and keep precisely in mind the workings of cause and effect. If you do this steadfastly and confidently, perhaps realization might not take a long time, nor be difficult. It is said in the secret Mahayana:
    In a moment, something becomes special.
    In a moment, enlightenment is attained.
    Nevertheless, whether there are Dharma practitioners or not, this era is a hectic one, filled with distracting activity. During such a time, what kind of practice should we be doing? As an example, we can take the situation of our own needs: whatever we might need, so will others. With this under standing, we can continuously think of benefiting others--that is the core of Dharma practice. We ground ourselves in this thought of benefiting others. If we have confidence in the workings of cause and effect, whatever work we do will have an excellent result. To take another example: In this world we say, "these are my parents, this is my country, this is my property," etc. But from a Dharmic standpoint, we look on all beings and deeply wish that they be relieved of their suffering and achieve Buddhahood. Generating bodhicitta in this way, we practice benefiting others. This thought is absolutely essential not only for Dharma activity, but for any activity in our lives. If we maintain the thought of benefiting others and recite only one OM MANI PEME HUNG, that will help liberate them from suffering and help raise them to the level of Buddhahood.

    Today, many people gathered for the talk and things have gone well. You are performing the role of students and I am acting as the teacher giving a brief explanation of Dharma. I would like to extend to you my thoughts and blessings in whatever you may do and offer many wishes for your long life.


    From a public talk His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapagave at the University of Colorado in 1980. The Manifestation of Compassionate Activity was the subject of the teaching, which was sponsored by Naropa Institute and translated by Ngodrup Burkhar. Dharmadhatu has very kindly given us a tape of this teaching so that it may be published in Densal.From this tape a revised translation was made by Sangye Wangchuk with collaboration and editing by Michele Martin.
     


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  • 04/27/14--22:49: Advice on Spiritual Pracitce


  • H. H. the 16th Karmapa




    THE PRACTICE OF DHARMA involves certain possibilities. How these potentials evolve into actual situations for the practitioner, and how much is possible within these situations depends on the capacity of individual beings. It depends upon the level of teachings that one is able to relate to, such as Mahayana or Hinayana. At this particular time in our lives, the practice of the Mahayana teaching is possible. It is absolutely precious and absolutely rare. Our concern for development and our sense of responsibility has placed us in a position to integrate the preciousness and rarity of the Mahayana teaching with our lives. Through it there is the possibility of the experience of no-returning back into Samsara and the experience of ultimate bliss that is self knowing and in which there are no doubts.

    In the midst of the wanderings of our minds we might sometimes fall into thinking that whether one practices or not, the Dharma will always be available. If you have that kind of notion, it is a very serious mistake. Any brief moment, any time at all that one could use as an opportunity for Dharma practice, one must use. If one does not take this responsibility and offer sincere respect to the Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings, there is a definite possibility of causing harm to oneself as well as to those spiritual friends to whom one is linked. A lack of attention to the responsibilities of the Mahayana path constitutes a breaking of the Samaya principles, therefore, in whatever way one can hold to the teachings, one must sincerely do so.

    If you think that the teaching is negligible, such a reality will manifest because of your attitude, to your great loss. The fact is that the teaching is very much hidden from you, so you cannot really make speculations about it. On the other hand, the validity of the teaching has been witnessed by its ageless effectiveness from the time of the Buddha to this day. This is something to dwell upon. You must sincerely realize the sacredness of the teachings, to the extent of understanding that there is actually nothing more important than the practice of the Dharma within this lifetime, and in lifetimes to come. In a simple mundane life situation, in the field of 'business' we know that the businessman develops a plan for a project, he knows what it will cost him, perhaps one million dollars, and every detail of the project is regarded with the utmost care. Absolute importance is attached to such a project in the business world, and a great deal of energy is put into bringing it to a successful conclusion. The point is if one is going to expend such effort for a result of such a temporary nature, why not put at least as much effort into a project that is going to cause one's temporary as well as ultimate benefit? Whether you are receiving an empowerment or an explanation, if you are able to have or develop that sense of importance about the Dharma, then there is purpose in your relationship with the Mahayana teachings and there is going to be fulfillment, too. If there is a genuine commitment to the teaching, you will be able to develop direct and meaningful trust and confidence in the teachings and sincere compassion towards beings.A true understanding of the universality of the working of karma, the nature of cause and effect, will occur.

    The Bodhisattva's aspiration and actions are powerful because from the very beginning when bodhisattva embarks on the journey of the bodhi path he aspires to work for the benefit and liberation of all sentient beings with a very determined, definite and powerful intention. Because of the sincere resolve that is within this aspiration, whatever actions need to be performed to benefit and liberate beings are performed with great power and tirelessness. Having undertaken such a profound journey by virtue of the aspiration to help beings, as the different stages of the Bodhisattva are experienced, one finds oneself increasingly capable of benefiting countless beings. That is how the Bodhisattva first treads upon the path.

    When the bodhisattvas work for the benefit of all beings with such appropriate aspirations and actions there is total fulfillment. The fulfillment appropriate in the sense that there is no selfishness involved in the way of expectations, doubts, hopes, attachment or aversion regarding gains and losses of any kind. The Bodhisattva is completely pure and spotless, working incessantly and wholeheartedly for the benefit of beings. Not for a moment is there any hesitation or doubt, as these obstacles have been transcended. The ways of a Bodhisattva are gentle, since all harmful actions and indulgences have been abandoned. Not only are harmful deeds themselves eliminated in a Bodhisattva's life, but also the creation of causes of future harmful situations. Work is done solely for the benefit of other beings, not only in direct deeds, but in laying the foundations for future benefits to accrue. When these bodhisattvas initiate work, then, they are able to cause immeasurable benefit towards beings, and they do so manifesting fearless generosity without doubts or expectations, like the great Bodhisattva of Boundless Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, or the Bodhisattva of Boundless Power, Vajrapani, and so on.

    All who comprise the great assemblage of Bodhisattvas are equally powerful and equally beneficial to countless beings, so that all things seem to be at their command. Sometimes beautiful lotuses and lotus trees are caused by them to grow from the middle of the ocean, or a teardrop is transformed into an ocean. Everything in nature is at the Bodhisattva's call. Fire can appear as water; water can appear as fire. It is all because of the strength of the Bodhisattva's attitude, the aspiration and action. For us this says that the practice of compassion must be given full consideration and it must at all times be in our awareness and at all times performed.
    If one is going to attempt to do meditation, for example, on emptiness, Sunyata, one must never fail to relate to the enlightened objects of the Refuge on one hand, and to consistently generate genuine compassion towards beings on the other hand. The true nature of emptiness is compassion. Without the experience of the fullness of compassion, even if one claims to have realized emptiness, Sunyata, it does not have any significance.

    At this particular point you have the opportunity to receive the teachings. There are teachers, there are facilities. You have been receiving many levels of teachings, and it is important that you don't miss the point in terms of putting into practice what is taught. It is absolutely important. I am emphasizing today something you must have heard many times. And yet there is always the need for complete integration, for mindfulness and respect, for the treasuring of what one has understood, what one has received. There is the need of working towards the fulfillment of the teachings and the complete realization of the meaning. And toward that end the most important factor, once again, is the practice of bodhicitta, the Enlightened Mind, by which you will gradually tread the Vajrayana path. At every turn bodhicitta is indispensable. Unless the profound techniques of the Vajrayana are being supported by bodhicitta one will not necessarily make meaningful realizations. So, you see, that everything is actually rooted in the practice of bodhicitta, and to pursue with sincerity whatever enhances and supports the practice of bodhicitta creates favorable situations for its development.

    An example of a means to develop bodhicitta is Pratimoksa. In the Pratimoksa tradition there are seven families or levels of Pratimoksa, or self-discipline. These are known as the precepts or vows. Refuge is the most important prerequisite to enter into the practice of discipline. After taking refuge, you take whatever other precepts you can. Keeping them strengthens your practice of bodhicitta, and enables you to tread on the path of Buddhadharma more simply, sincerely and sanely. The importance of the application of self-discipline, the precepts, must not be neglected. Strongly ingrained are the patterns of the three poisons: aggression, attachment and ignorance. If one is to uproot these patterns and to apply the proper antidote for these poisons, the practices of discipline as outlined in the Pratimoksa are necessary tools.

    Then we have the Mahayana principles. We must practice living the Mahayana ideals which we have been talking about: the development of the Enlightened Attitude, a concern for the benefit and liberation of all beings. From the material point of view this country is very rich, which means life is busier for everyone than in other places in the world, and people are occupied by all kinds of mundane demands. Because of the overwhelming material concerns that surround one, the speed of life activity increases. One busy situation leads to another, and on and on. You are constantly busy. The truth of cyclic existence is very well manifested in your lives. To remedy this state of affairs one first needs to calm down the mind. Do not be completely absorbed by your surroundings. Develop some degree of stillness. Cultivate simple control of mind, tranquility. At least some openness of the mind needs to be developed. No matter who you are, everyone needs first to relate to basic meditation practices, meditation practices that are specifically designed to bring about the calmness of the minds of beings who are occupied in such constant, busy involvement. This is the first step in the practice of the Dharma, the Dharma that is so very important for oneself and for others.

    If you could see and appreciate the truth of the Dharma, and in the light of that appreciation continue to practice, there is no doubt about your being of tremendous benefit to the people you encounter and to this country especially. There would be no doubt about your ability to save beings from countless problems and conflicts. So the practice of the Dharma must be taken very seriously and done very sincerely. It plays a crucial part in shaping of one's life, and not this life alone but all lifetimes to come. If one is to have temporary as well as ultimate fulfillment of happiness, the incomparable and the only reliable connection is the practice of the Dharma. The notion of perception and perceiver has existed from beginningless time, and it is part of the pattern of clinging. From beginningless time our shortcoming has been to fall back into Samsara. In the past, in the future and in the present, the mind has been in many ways very playful. But where the true nature of the mind is concerned, neither the color nor the shape nor the location of the mind nor its consciousness can be pinpointed.

    The nature of mind goes beyond all such substantialities. This being so, in the meditation practice it is important neither to invite the future nor recollect the past, but to remain in the state of nowness. The nowness of the mind is the practice which should be developed by you all.


    This teaching was given at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra byHis Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa on Sunday, August 31, 1980. It first appeared in Densal Vol. 2. No. 3, Summer 1981.



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    Dear Friends

    Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and the Kamalashila organizers have discussed the issue regarding people who have booked flights and accommodation and who were not able to get a ticket for the events at Nürburgring.

    The organisers would like to find a solution which might somehow give a chance to those people to be near His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. To figure out the appropriate solution they need to know how many people there are.

    Venerable Rinpoche has asked the Karmapa Foundation Europe Representatives in the different EU countries to collect a list of names of those people who have booked flights and accommodation and have not been able to book tickets for the events. This is so that the organisers in Germany can explore options such as hiring a screen in a hall nearby, etc.

    Kagyu Samye Dzong London is the representative for the UK, so we are here asking you to pass this request to your friends and community members via facebook, email and internet:
    If you are one of the people who didn’t get a ticket please be so kind to send us an email with your name to ksdlondon@samye.org by Monday the 5th of May.

    With warm regards,

    Damcho 



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    RM | 02.05.2014





    Wenn am Nürburgring Massen von Motorsport-Fans ein und aus gehen und nun – nachdem neue Geldgeber für den insolventen Komplex gefunden sind – auch wieder sozialdemokratische Landespolitiker den Weg dorthin finden, so fällt ein tibetischer Mönch in seinem roten Gewand in den betongrauen Hallen dennoch auf. Braucht der Ring trotz neuer Investoren und einer hoffnungsvoll in die Zukunft blickenden Ministerpräsidentin dennoch himmlischen Beistand?

    Nicht ganz. Mönch Ringu Tulku Rimpotsche ist Gelehrter aller vier großen tibetisch-buddhistischen Schulen. Er wurde in Tibet geboren und flüchtete 1959 vor der chinesischen Volksbefreiungsarmee nach Indien, wo er bis heute lebt. Der tibetische Lama bereitete am Nürburgring zusammen mit Horst-Günter Rauprich aus Bad Münstereifel den Besuch eines hohen tibetischen Würdenträgers vor: Karmapa Orgyen Thrinle Dorje, einer der höchsten Gelehrten des tibetischen Buddhismus, kommt vom 28. Mai bis 9. Juni erstmals nach Europa und wird auch am Nürburgring vor 1500 Gläubigen spirituelle Unterweisungen geben. 

    In der Einladung heißt es: „Wie sein Vorgänger empfindet der XVII. Karmapa eine starke persönliche Verbindung mit Europa. Er sagte oft, in einer seiner früheren Inkarnationen habe er als Bauer in Europa gelebt.“

    Seine Heiligkeit der XVII. Karmapa gilt als die Zukunftshoffnung der Tibeter. Er wird nach dem Dalai Lama und dem Panchen Lama als bedeutendster Vertreter des Buddhismus verehrt. Der heute 28-jährige Lama lebt in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Dalai Lama an dessen Indischen Exilsitz in Dharamsala und pflegt eine sehr enge Beziehung zum spirituellen Oberhaupt der Tibeter.

     „Die Karten für die Veranstaltungen waren binnen drei Stunden über das Internet weg“, berichtet Rauprich, Vorsitzender der Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft, der deutschen Niederlassung der Glaubensrichtung. Veranstaltungen wird es neben dem Nürburgring auch in Berlin und in Langelfeld/Eifel am Kamalashila Institut für buddhistische Studien und Meditation, der Europaresidenz seiner Heiligkeit, geben.  

    Am Nürburgring galt es für das Tandem aus Indien und Bad Münstereifel noch Organisatorisches vorzubereiten. Die Veranstaltungen seiner Heiligkeit sollen mit zur zukünftig besseren Auslastung des Kongressbereichs am Ring beitragen und finden im Bitburger Event-Center Nürburgring statt. „We are the future of Nürburgring“, sagte Mönch Ringu Tulku Rimpotsche  lächelnd.

    Gleichzeitig nutzten er und Rauprich die Gelegenheit, Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer, die zum Bürgerdialog am Nürburgring weilte, über den bevorstehenden hohen Besuch zu Informieren und zu einem VIP-Empfang in Langenfeld einzuladen. Ob sie kommt, ist noch offen.

    Mehr Infos unter www.karmapa-germany.de.

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    Om Muni Muni Maha Muni ye Soha



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  • 05/07/14--10:02: Good news from Berlin!


  • Source: Bodhicharya Berlin






    We have moved to a larger hall at the same venue, the Estrel Convention Center.
    500 more tickets for each event of Karmapa´s visit to Berlin are available from Thursday, 8th May, 6 p.m.!

    You can find them here http://www.eventbrite.de/o/karmapa-in-europe-2014-6423035709
    All tickets sold so far, as well as their categories, keep their validity.

    For more information from Bodhicharya Berlin regarding the event and newsletter, please go here http://www.bodhicharya.de/Karmapa-Germany-Berlin-2014.html

    ***

    Gute Neuigkeiten aus Berlin!

    Für den Karmapa Besuch in Berlin wird es noch einmal 500 Eintrittskarten pro Veranstaltung zusätzlich geben!

    Dies ist möglich, weil wir in eine grössere Halle am gleichen Ort, dem Estrel Convention Center, umziehen.

    Der Ticketverkauf beginnt ab Donnerstag, 8. Mai, 18.00 Uhr, hier:
    http://www.eventbrite.de/o/karmapa-in-europe-2014-6423035709

    Alle bisher verkauften Karten und deren Kategorien behalten ihre Gültigkeit.
    Mehr Information zu dem Event von Bodhicharya Berlin und den Newsletter finden sie hier



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    Dear friends, sponsors, and interested parties


    Good News! Extended hall in Berlin's event location! 500 additional tickets are available for each event! All information for all interested parties as well as information about what this extension means for already sold tickets, you will find in this newsletter.


    Content:




    More Tickets for “Karmapa in Berlin 2014”


    +++ Tickets sales starts Thursday, 8 May, 6 p.m. CEST +++

    500 more tickets for each event are now available for Karmapa’s visit to Berlin. 
    We have moved to a larger hall at the same venue, the Estrel Convention Center.

    What does that mean for already sold tickets?

    All tickets sold so far, as well as their categories, keep their validity. 


    How are the new tickets different?

    These additional tickets are different from the tickets sold so far in the following manner:
    1. All five categories from A to E have an additional mark, “2”, so that the categories on the new tickets read: A2, B2, C2, D2, E2, in order to be able to distinguish them from the earlier tickets.
    2. There is a “New 5-Event Ticket”, which excludes the teaching on Thursday¹ but includes the Mind Training teaching on Friday, June 6, 2:30 p.m. You can see the differences between the initial “5-Event Ticket” and the “New 5-Event Ticket” in the following image:
    ¹ We cannot sell new tickets for the teaching on Thursday because we could only hire the larger hall from Friday onwards.



    If you do not possess a credit card and cannot use the option “Sofortüberweisung”, please be so kind to ask for help among your friends. We tried to install other options for payment, but this was not possible. Thank you for your understanding.
    Tickets are sold only via an online ticketing system and can not be purchased in the Estrel Hotel. Please order your tickets via the following website:www.eventbrite.de/o/karmapa-in-europe-2014-6423035709 You can show the Scancode of the ticket at the event as a print-out or on your mobile phone.
     


    Ordained

    For ordained monks and nuns there are 63x Event-Tickets for a registration fee of 20€. The tickets for ordained include all events, except the Karmapa visit to Bodhicharya. To get one of these tickets please write to ordained-karmapa-berlin-2014@bodhicharya.de. The tickets will be available and the fee can be payed at the venue at the Ordained Ticket Desk.
     
    You can now request a group booking for more than 8 people via email at groupbooking-karmapa-youth@bodhicharya.de. Group bookings are possible for all groups with people under the age of 30 years or children under the age of 16 years together with their parents.
    We are looking forward to seeing you there!
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    The life story of the Sixteenth Karmapa is told by those close to him in Tibet, the generation of teachers that he trained and many others that he touched. This feature-length film looks closely at enlightened qualities and examines them in the context of historical events such as the fall of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism's migration to the West.
    How Karmapa lived and how he died gives us the example of an awakened being: a person with a noble heart.
    The DVD includes two hours of Extras material:
    1. Interview with a Buddha: Karmapa XVI, Jamgon Kongtrul and Karmapa's retunie appeared on a half hour talk show. The entire program is the extra.
    2. The Ceremony of the Vajra Crown: In 1980, a director who would later be nominated for an Oscar filmed the Black Crown ceremony in beautiful 16mm color.
    3. The Line of Karmapas: Thrangu Rinpoche, senior teacher of the Karma Kagyu lineage, eminent scholar Gene Smith, and Beru Khyentse Rinpoche share thoughts on the previous 15 incarnations of Karmapas.
    4. Preserving the Dharma Texts: H.E. Shamar Rinpoche and Gene Smith recount the partnership between the Sixteenth Karmapa and the U.S. Library of Congress to reprint sacred texts brought out of Tibet and made available to the newly forming monasteries in Asia.
    5. Rumtek: various "alumni" of Rumtek monastery, seat of the Karmapas share memories of living in a high concentration of realized masters.
    6. Connecting to Karmapa: Westerners who entered the mandala of the Karmapa share how they came to relate to the Sixteenth Karmapa.



    The Sixteenth Karmapa was the leader of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s four major schools of spiritual teachings: the Kagyu lineage. Available at http://www.karmapaxvi.com



    Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa is a feature length documentary. This clip shows the opening 5 minutes of the film.
    The DVD also contains two hours of extras materials including a rare TV interview with the Karmapa and stunning footage of the famed Black Crown ceremony. Karmapa ordained esteemed Buddhist author, Pema Chodron and was a mentor to Chogyam Trungpa. Recalling a Buddha is available at Amazon.com. For more information, see http://www.karmapaxvi.com


    In this out take from Recalling a Buddha, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche describes an interchange the 16th Karmapa had with Ponlop Rinpoche’s father, who was the General Secretary of the Karma Kagyu order. The events occurred in Hong Kong after the Karmapa had been medically evacuated from Rumtek Monastery in 1981.
    Interview conducted in Emeryville, California.


    Tenga Rinpoche described the contributions of Chogyam Trungpa and the Shambhala community in hosting the Sixteenth Karmapa’s tour of the West. Translations follow the spoken Tibetan.
    Trungpa Rinpoche was Pema Chodron’s main teacher. Outtake from Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the 16th Karmapa http://www.karmapaxvi.com


    Starting in 1970, Jack Niland worked with Chogyam Trungpa to create the environments in which the dharma would be first experienced in the West. In this clip, he describes preparations for the Sixteenth Karmapa’s events in 1974.



    Jack Niland relates the famed presence of the Sixteenth Karmapa to qualities of colors and offers interesting insights. Mr. Niland was trained at the Cooper Union in art and was Chogyam Trungpa’s first student of dharma art.



    In this outtake from “Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa” (www.karmapaxvi.com), Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche comments on the outer and inner guru as well as intuition. Filmed in Nepal.



    Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche provides commentary on being a student of the dharma. Filmed in Nepal. This clip is an outtake from the film “Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa.”


    In this excerpt from Recalling a Buddha, we hear a song of prediction written by the Sixteenth Karmapa. it is illustrated by the amazing paintings of Nicholas Roerich, which are used with permission from the Nicholas Roerich Museum. Narrated by Traleg Rinpoche. http://www.karmapaxvi.com



    Eminent Tibet scholar, Gene Smith discusses the Mindrolling lineage and the phenomena of Terma. The Mindrolling lineage’s most visible current member is Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. This lineage is one of the six major schools of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Terdag Lingpa. Gene Smith also appears in Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Kaarmapa http://www.karmapaxvi.com



    An extra from the the DVD, Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa, "The Line of Karmapas" describes the members of the Karmapa lineage (first through sixteenth).


    The Line of Karmapas features commentary from eminent Tibet scholar Gene Smith, Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (via archival footage).

    Recalling a Buddha is available at Amazon.com.



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    May 5th-7th, Tilokpur
    The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Drubten Pemo Jalpay Gatsal, 40 kilometers from Gyuto monastery, a new nunnery set among fields of wheat and flowering trees in the foothills of the Himalayas for a three day visit. The nearby Karma Drubgyu Thargay Ling is one of the oldest Kagyu nunnery outside of Tibet and has grown to such a size that new facilities were created to accommodate the large number of female practitioners. Great efforts have been made to give nuns a place to practice the dharma, hear the instructions and do the trainings; that they have these wonderful opportunities – where they may not have in the past – is a sign that the teachings of the Buddha are flourishing.
    On his arrival, he first consecrated the new Mahakala shrine room set above the temple. After the welcoming ceremony with offerings of ceremonial tea and rice, the Karmapa then presided over a Mahakala puja for the nuns and other international students as well.
    The teaching requested on the 2nd day was the Four Common Practices of Mahamudra, also known as the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind. The Karmapa noted that these teachings came from the great master Gampopa, who taught Mahamudra from the lineage of Marpa and Milarepa, but that the preliminaries came from the Kadampa of Atisha. The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind are the appreciation of our precious human life, the realization of death and impermanence, the recognition of the defects of samsara, and the cause and effect of karma.
    We must be thankful for the leisure and resources we have to practice the dharma and put our meditation practice and studies to use in our day-to-day lives. No matter how much practice or how many rituals we do, if we do not make an active attempt to change our mind-stream and consciously practice kindness and compassion, then our afflictions will not decrease. Some people do not look at their own faults and afflictions, but only the thoughts and afflictions of others. This develops pride and arrogance and shows that the dharma is being practiced incorrectly.
    If we wish to have dharma make an impact on our mind-streams, what should we do? The Karmapa says we must make efforts with strong determination to replace thoughts of anger with thoughts of compassion and virtue. It can be difficult, because when an affliction like anger arises, it feels as though there is no distance between ourselves and our anger. It can take over 100% of our mind, so we must make an effort to view these afflictions objectively rather than subjectively and we do this by practicing the Four Thoughts.
    On the third day the Karmapa gave the Vajrasattva Initiation from Marpa. He offered the profound advice to make confessions for any misdeeds you may have done – not only for yourself – but for others as well. Vajrasattva practice is taught to be the most effective practice for purifying misdeeds. With regret and regard to future thoughts and actions, one can dedicate merit so that all sentient beings may reach Buddhahood.
    The final day ended with a debate, as the nuns had the opportunity to demonstrate the value of their traditional Buddhist education. Enthusiastic claps rang through the air as they made their points on the finer aspects of dharma. As the Karmapa left at the end of the visit, the participants felt his powerful presence and were grateful for the opportunity to receive his teachings and blessings.



    http://kagyuoffice.org/gyalwang-karmapa-visits-tilokpur-nunnery/

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  • 05/08/14--20:33: Happy Mother's Day!



  • The most exalted example Buddhists use to explain compassion is motherhood. Consider all that your mother probably has done for you since the time you were conceived—carrying you for 9 months, experiencing the hardship of labor and birth, feeding and clothing you, taking care of all your needs, and worrying about you long after you reach adulthood. Most mothers never stop caring unconditionally for their children.

    ~Karmapa: Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness
    http://the17thkarmapa.blogspot.tw/2012/07/walking-path-of-environmental-buddhism.html




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    Tayata 

    Om Bekandze Bekandze 

    Maha Bekandze 

    Radza Samudgate Soha


    The mantra means: 

    May the many sentient beings who are sick, quickly be freed from sickness.
    And may all the sicknesses of beings Never arise again.


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    Dear friends, sponsors, and interested parties


    HAPPY VESAK DAY! Today in many buddhist countries, people celebrated Vesak, in remembrance of Buddha's Birthday, Enlightenment and Parinirvana / Death. Also today started the Germany visit of H.H. Dalai Lama in Frankfurt and the full moon is enlightening the night sky.

    On such an auspicious day, we are happy to have good news for you as well: 


    Content:


    Sharing a Kamalashila Ticket with a Friend


    We are so happy to finally be able to explain to you, how and in which way you can share your All-Event-Ticket for the Kamalashila Institut® Events at the Nürburgring:

    You can share your all-event-ticket with a friend only if you accurately stick to all of the following steps:
    1. After the event in the afternoon you go to our ticket-counter in the event location with the request to share a ticket with a friend. We then take off your event-wristband. In this way it is ensured, that the next day only one person per ticket gets access to the event.
    2. You have to show your ticket and tell us the full name of the new attendeewith whom you want to share the ticket for the next day. We record your name, the name of the new attendee and the ticket category in an entry list for the next day.
    3. On the next day, the new attendee checks in at our ticket-counter with the same data, which you gave us the day before: The name of the previous attendee, the name of the new attendee and the ticket category of the ticket. If the data is identical with that on our list, the new attendee is granted access and gets an event-wristband.

     IMPORTANT ! Exchange the information with the new attendee ! IMPORTANT 
    If the data given by the new attendee (name oft he previous attendee, the name oft he new attendee, the ticket category) is not identical with that on our list, access cannot be granted! The responsibility stays with the attendees!

    Berlin Events with Karmapa are filling up!


    After the diligent efforts of the Berlin Karmapa Team made it possible to offer 500 more seats for each event in the Estrel Convention Center, the seats are filling up now day by day!

    Are you still thinking to attend one / all of the talks with Karmapa in Berlin?
    It isn't too late yet to get a ticket on karmapa-germany.eventbrite.de

    Trailer and Video about the Karmapa visit


    This wonderful film about H.H. Karmapa was produced by tOm Zachmeier especially for this years visit of H.H. Karmapa in Europe - we are working on an english subtitle at the moment but don't want to make you wait to see it already in german. May you get joyfully inspired watching it.



    Thank you to all that worked on making this film possible: tOm Zachmeier, Rainer Strecker & Carolina Vera, Chris Hinze & Sina Vodjani, Clemens Kuby and our special gratitude goes to Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

    Additionally we add an english video here as well :) Enjoy!



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    The Noble Lineage of the Gyalwang Karmapas (1-16)

    1st Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa

    8th Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje, with his mandala retinue

    10th Karmapa, Chöying Dorje

    16th Gyalwang Karmapa surrounded by students and landmarks





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    17th Gyalwang Karmapa's Germany Tour Indian Time
    Kamalashila Events
    May 29 Teaching: Short Ngöndro - 1 13:00 - 14:00 IST
      Teaching: Short Ngöndro - 2 14:30 - 15:30 IST
      Teaching: Guru Yoga Practice 18:30 - 20:00 IST

    May 30 Teaching: The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer – 1 13:00 - 14:00 IST
      Teaching: The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer – 2 14:30 - 15:30 IST
      Empowerment: The 84 Mahasiddhas 18:30 - 20:00 IST

    May 31 Empowerment: Dorje Sempa 13:00 - 14:30 IST
      Empowerment: Medicine Buddha 17:30 - 19:00 IST

     
    Berlin Events

    June 5 Public Talk: ‘Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World. Heart advice for a Meaningful Life’ 23:00 - 0:30 IST

    June 6 Teaching: 'Mind Training – Taming The Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness' 18:00 - 19:30 IST
      Public Talk: ‘Buddhism and the Environment – Living in Harmony with our Planet’ 23:00 - 0:30 IST

    June 7 Public Talk: ‘Changing the World from the Inside Out – Love and Compassion for a globalised World’ 18:00 - 19:30 IST
      Teaching: 'Developing Inner Peace – The Art of Meditation' with Cultural Events 23:00 - 0:30 IST

    June 8 Empowerment: ‘Karma Pakshi’ 13:30 - 15:00 IST
      Young People meet The Karmapa: ‘The Future Is Now – Today’s Youth are the Hope for a better Tomorrow’ 17:30 - 19:00 IST



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  • 05/17/14--00:17: Compassion


  • Title:  Compassoin
    Artist: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
    Language: Tibetan






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  • 05/17/14--00:21: Karmapa Chenno

  • Title:  Carmapa Chenno
    Artist: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
    Language: Tibetan





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