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    20th –25th December, 2014
    Location: Monlam Pavilion


    At the request of the Kagyu Monlam Committee, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will kindly bestow a special series of initiations, the twenty-four peaceful deities of “Knowing One Frees All”. This is the special program prior to the 32nd Kagyu Monlam.  The initiations are to be given in commemoration of the First Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, who passed away twenty-five years ago, and of the 2nd Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, who passed away ten years ago.

    The initiation text “Knowing One Frees All” [Tib. chig shes kun drol] was composed by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje [1556 – 1603 C.E.].  Having collected together  many sadhanas of both  peaceful and  wrathful deities and also dharmapalas,   he made  a  common  text  which could  be used to unify the initiation for all  forty five deities.  For this reason it is called  “knowing one frees all’.

    “Knowing One Frees All” Schedule

    From  20th  – 25th  December, 2014.
    The initiations will be given over six days, divided into two sessions:
    Morning:        8:00–10:30 am
    Afternoon:      2:00–4:30 pm

    Vajrasattva Initiation

    According to the wishes of the 17th Karmapa, and at the request of the Kagyu Monlam Committee, the 12th Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche will bestow the initiation of Vajrasattva from Marpa’s Three Exalted Deities tradition, on the afternoon of 25th December, 2014.

    Important Information for Participants

    Translation into Hindi, English, Chinese, Spanish and several other languages will be available.  Participants should bring an FM radio.

    The Kagyu Monlam organisation will provide lunch for all participants, as well as tea and light refreshments during the morning and afternoon sessions. For the sake of the environment, please bring your own cup.

    Registration is required for this event, and will take place between 15th – 17th December, in the Kagyu Monlam building, at the rear of the Kagyu Monlam Pavilion.

    The Twenty-four Peaceful Deities of “Knowing One Frees All”

    Single White Tara
    White Tara with retinue
     Acacia Forest Tara with retinue of four
    Single Shaker-of-the-Three-Realms Tara 
    Single Kurukulle
    Single Auspicious and Accomplished Tara
    Yellow Prajnaparamita with retinue
    8 Single Ushnisha Vijayi
    9 White Parasol with retinue
    Single Blazing Ushnisha
    Five Dharani Queens
    Single Yellow Parna Shavari
    Maricima with retinue
    Single Dhvaja  Grakeyura
    Single White Sarasvati
    16 Orange Manjushri with retinue
    17 Single White Manjushri
    Manjushri  Nama Samgiti with retinue
    Single Lion’s Speech Manjushri
    Single Arapatsa Manjushri
    Single Lion’s Roar Manjushri
    Single Amitayus
    Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara with retinue
    Single Maitreya

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    8th – 24th January, 2015

    The Second Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering will be held from 8th – 24th January, 2015 at Tergar Monastery, in Bodhgaya.

    Nuns representing different Kagyu nunneries will gather together to debate on

    “Beginning and Intermediate Logic” from the Collected Topics.

    Teachings  begun last year on The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa will be continued.

    This is the second year of this important Winter Gathering for nuns, which was established by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to support and encourage nuns. His vision is to empower nuns through a rigorous education, and to give them the same educational and practice opportunities accorded traditionally to monks.

    As his Holiness states:  “Nuns require the full practice of the three trainings in order to uphold the Buddhadharma properly.”


    January 8–13:         Teachings and discussions on logic
    Jan. 14:                   Free time
    Jan. 15:                  Chöd Puja “A String of Jewels”
    Jan. 16–19:            Teachings and discussions on logic
    Jan. 20:                  Ritual for the Nuns’ Dharma to Flourish, and 16 Arhats
    Jan. 21–23:            Teachings and discussions on logic
    Jan. 24:                  Tara puja
                                  Closing formal debate

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    Karmapa's activity, and my aim, is to benefit sentient beings. My meaningful life is totally dependent on other sentient beings. Because you have so much hope and aspiration in me, I can become stronger even though facing lots of challenges. I can be more patient because of your aspirations.

    ~17th Karmapa of Tibet speaks on a 'Meaningful Life'

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    Always stern, you aren't given to fake smiles. 

    Always direct, you don't flatter nor ingratiate.

    Mostly abiding within the ascetic conduct of silence,

    Regent of the Victorious One, I offer you praise.

    Ever content no matter how the attendants serve you.

    Painstakingly precise in the rituals of the tantras.

    You are strong headed when it comes to dharma.

    Regent of the Victorious One, I offer you praise.

    You feel utter disgust when it comes to worldly affairs.

    You are ready to risk your own life when it comes to Buddha's teachings.

    So devoted, you always think of only your guru.

    Regent of the Victorious One, I offer you praise.

    There's no difference for you even if all appearance and existence turns upside down,

    Yet you feel deep sadness when even rabbits and guinea pigs die.

    Free from the joy and pain of compliments and criticism, you are a siddha.

    Regent of the Victorious One, I offer you praise.

    Ema! You are the true savior of the lineage of the Victorious One.

    Through great kindness, you long cared for the seat of the lineage.

    You are the sole refuge whose kindness can never be repaid.

    I pray that your lotus feet may long remain.

    I was told to write a poetic praise for the 60th birthday anniversary of the Regent of the Victorious One, Goshir Rinpoche, an emanation of Vajrapani. As it's been long since I've composed anything, though I've tried, my writing isn't flowing nicely. Yet since the students of Rumtek Institute have persisted, I have written whatever has appeared in my mind in this moment. Though this may possess very little merit, I dedicate it towards the Supreme Refuge's lotus feet standing firm until the end of the samsara and that his activity flourishes in all directions.

    Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje

     Translated by Ziche Leethong and Eric Triebelhorn.


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    Sikkim CM calls on Union Ministers

    SNS, Gangtok, 18 July 2014: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has managed to extract assurances from the Central government on the Rumtek Karmapa issue. After a meeting with Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and minister of state Prakash in New Delhi on Wednesday, Mr Singh assured the CM that they would consider the Karmapa issue on positive light at the earliest, according to a press release issued by the state government here today.

    In the meeting with Mr Singh, Mr Chamling reiterated some issues of the state still pending with the centre, such as the demand for reservation of Limboo-Tamang seats in the Legislative Assembly and granting permission to the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to take “his seat” at the Rumtek Monastery, and inclusion of “left-out” ethnic sikkimese Nepali communities in the Schedule Tribe list. Apprising the Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, of the fiscal position of the state, Mr Chamling handed over a memorandum, requesting him to grant income tax excemption to the “left-out” communities and the business community in Sikkim, the release said.

    Mr Chamling later held detailed discussions with union road, transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on the road sector in Sikkim and the role of the Border Roads Organisation(BRO) in the upkeep of the border roads and highways.

    The CM reiterated the requirement of an alternative national highway for Sikkim and strengthening of the existing national highway. He also requested for a special fund of over Rs 7,500 crore in a phased manner for the Holistic Road Network Development Programme. MR Gadkari offered full cooperation to Sikkim in the implementation of the projects.

    The CM also called on Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati, who showed keen interest in visiting Sikkim.

    With minister of state for information and broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, the CM placed a long pending demand of the state for the inauguration of the Doordarshan Kendra in Gangtok and posting of staff and other manpower there. According to the press release, he requested personal intervention of the Union Minister in inaugurating and commencing full fledged operation of the Kendra “to provide encouragement to local artists and also facilitate a better understanding of the way of life, dreams and hopes and aspirations of the people of Sikkim.”

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  • 07/19/14--08:25: Selected Articles

  • The Qualities of the Gyalwa Karmapa by Tai Situ Rinpoche 1999/11/9
    Teaching on His Holiness Karmapa by Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche 1999/2/20

    The 1st Karmapa

    Early Karmapa with Footprints By Rubin Museum
    The Lifestory of Düsum Khyenpa by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche 2011/4/12

    The 16th Karmapa

    The 17th Karmapa

    Mingyur Rinpoche talk about HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
    Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: Highlights from Introduction to Lives of the Karmapas
    His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje as told by Venerable Chöje Lama Phuntsok Rinpoche
    9TH KHENCHEN THRANGU RINPOCHE Talks on The Karmapa Controversy
    The Karmapa's Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York by Karen Lucic 2012
    Miraculous Activity of His Holiness Karmapa 1996
    Karmapa's Great Escape by Martin Marvet (Bodhi) 2000 spring
    An Interview: His Holiness the Karmapa speaks - Mandala Publications by Ven. Sangye Khadro 2004/4-5  
    Shambhala: His Holiness Karmapa Arrives in New York by Eric Spiegel 2008/5/16  
    Buddhadharma: The Karmapa in America 2008/6/1
    Buddhadharma: On Becoming Karmapa by Melvin McLeod 2008/6/1
    Buddhadharma: The Power of Unbearable Compassion 2008/6/1
    “Kindness Is the Most Important Thing”: The 17th Karmapa concludes his first visit to America (Shambhala Sun) by Melvin McLeod 2008/9  
    SHAMBHALA SUN: New Face of an Ancient Lineage by BARRY BOYCE 2010/1
    History of Kagyu MonlamKyabje Tenga Rinpoche 2010
    Sikkim Monks and the 17th Karmapa(Buddhism - About.com) by Barbara O'Brien 2010/7/19
    Buddhadharma: "I Will Do It" By Llundup Damcho 2010/8/9 
    Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness (Conservation Biology) 2011/11/9
    The Buddhist Channel: The Karmapa's Statement on the Recent Acts of Self Immolation by Tibetan Monks and Nuns 2011/1/14
    The Buddhist Channel:India Owns Copyright to Buddhism - Karmapa Lama 2011/12/23
    The Buddhist Channel: Karmapa Reviving Use of Sanskrit in Spiritual Order 2011/12/25
    The Buddhist Channel: Art, Drama and Poetry Meet on Karmapa`s Creative Canvas 2011/12/29
    The Buddhist Channel: The Karmapa Wishes for Peace and Harmony in the New Year 2011/12/30
    The Karmapa's Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York by Karen Lucic 2012
    ADMINISTRATION(taramandala) 2012/10/26
    His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Comments on Lama Tsultrim and the 2012 Chöd Empowerment, Sponsored by Tara Mandala(Tara Mandala) 2012/10/28
    Night Dharma: To Guru Karmapa by okiebuddhist 2013/4/28
    Karmapa released souls from purgatory by Ocean of Merit 2013/5/11
    The Karmapa is NO Rock Star! by okiebuddhist 2013/6/12
    An audience with His Holiness Karmapa (Kagyu Samye Dzong Lonzon) 2013/9/14
    Message from Gyalwang Karmapa to Benchen Monastery 2014/1/16
    H.H. Gyalwang Karmapa's advice to the Benchen community 2014/1/16

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    Contributing writer: Casey A. Kemp
    During H.H. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s first visit to Europe, 84000 was honored to have an information table at his teachings in Berlin, June 5th-8th, 2014. The four-day program, with over 1,500 people in attendance each day, was a packed schedule of teachings given by H.H. Karmapa that included talks on mind training, environmental sustainability and a special event for youth.
    84000 volunteer team at work. Photo: Julia Homilius
    Many visitors to 84000’s table had not heard about the project, but when they were told of its mission to translate the words of the Buddha into modern languages and to support translators of Buddhist literature, there was unanimous support. People were particularly inspired when they learned about the fast progress that 84000 is making in translating the Tibetan Kangyur into English. Several people mentioned that it may be the most important current project to sustain Dharma globally.
    One volunteer, who also translates for 84000, spoke about how her experiences with the project has given her a sense of purpose because she feels that her work through it is truly meaningful. Some teens and young adults attending the events also communicated their desire to pursue studying Tibetan, Sanskrit, and classical Chinese to become translators because of the immense importance of 84000’s mission.
    84000 is very grateful to H.H. Karmapa and the organizers of his Europe program for the generous offer of support. As H.H. Karmapa wrote in his letter to theTranslating the Words of the Buddha Conference in 2009: “Translating the words of the Buddha and the commentarial treatises from Tibetan into English is a necessary foundation for the genuine study and practice of the Buddhadharma for English speakers.” With the interest in Buddhism continuing to grow in Europe and throughout the West, it is even more critical for the Buddha’s words to be available in English and other modern languages.
    H.H. Karmapa reading sutras translated by 84000. Photo: John L. Solomon
    See the photo slideshow from the event below:
    Photos: Casey Kemp, Joy Zhu


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    by Seana Quinn

    We ascended the monastery steps leading to his private meeting quarters at a snail's pace, waiting patiently as His Holiness met with individuals and groups ahead of us in line for what seemed exactly the appropriate amount of time - nothing more, nothing less. Perhaps all of our time in India so far had been but a preparation for our audience with His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, head of the Kagyu lineage and one of the most revered spiritual leaders in Tibetan Buddhism.
    Waiting in line, the suspense aroused curiosity. What was the expectation? We had spent days trying to attain a permit to interview and film His Holiness. Although meeting with the Karmapa isn't particularly unique--he holds regular public audiences and is, after all, a public servant--arranging a filmed interview with the young man who is a political and spiritual leader, living in exile, and holding hope for the future of Tibet, requires a few more security checks and administrative procedures than the average blessing.
    We wanted to interview the Karmapa on the importance of having a consciousness of oneness in general and what role it can play in politics in particular. Through translators, we had spent hours attempting to explain and translate "oneness" into Hindi and Tibetan. The entire scenario akin to an existential cartoon or a good game of "telephone", we ultimately failed to adequately describe the ineffable. And yet our inquisitors, sufficiently confused and reasonably satisfied, granted our permit. We weren't CNN or BBC but we were an international team with an American project and we had lots of gear. Our cameras and their officials seemed to legitimize things on both sides of the cultural divide. Publicity, it turns out, despite the danger of bad press, is an international language with universal appeal.
    While mixing politics and spirituality has long been a practice in the East, the combination is seen as volatile and something to shy away from in the West.
    We are, however, beginning to bring together subjects that traditionally function separately. Science and spirituality, ecology and spirituality and even politics and spirituality are coupling on the outskirts, edging their way into the collective consciousness of well-meaning secular societies. Tibetan Buddhist culture, although almost destroyed, has never separated spirituality from government, and in the face of current world issues and trends, there may be something to learn from this.
    According to tradition, the Karmapa is the 17th emanation of an enlightened master belonging to a lineage over 700 years old--the oldest tulku lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. Born fully conscious to a Tibetan nomad family just four years after his previous incarnation, the Black Hat Lama, as he is known, is anything but ordinary.
    To begin with, some intrigue and controversy surround His Holiness as two people claim to be the reincarnation of the 17th Karmapa, but the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government recognize only one. In the year 2000 and at just 15 years old, the recognized Karmapa escaped from Tibet to India where he was given refugee status. Although from different traditions, His Holiness is seen frequently with the Dalai Lama--head of the Tibetan government-in-exile--and similarly, is even considered an embodiment of compassion. Now, in his early 20's, traditionally trained and steeped in spirituality and politics, the Karmapa seems well placed to be a future voice of Tibet.
    Finally our moment to meet His Holiness had arrived. We entered the simple meeting room and stood before three grand thankas and three less noticeable robed guards. His Holiness walked in from the sunny balcony wearing traditional robes and modern sunglasses. It was difficult to read his expression. Was he slightly bored with the prospect of yet another meeting? Or was it the cool calm of a man in constant meditation? Perhaps the restrained poise of one who has mastered his energy and the correct Buddhist attitude of not too happy, not too sad?
    Removing his sunglasses, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa stood before us, tall and powerful, and elusive. He received us formally. He presented as an interesting mixture of youthful innocence and a wise old man; his intelligent visage and handsome charm carefully tended by the men at his side and the weight of 700 years on his shoulders.
    After a momentary pause and meeting of the eyes, the interview proceeded for almost an hour as he thoughtfully answered in Tibetan our pre-approved questions, reflecting on the role of spiritual leaders and spiritual consciousness in the world today.
    When asked about politics and his possible future role on the world stage, he was cautious, eloquently guiding the conversation to more acceptable and nonspecific examples of public service. Customarily, the Karmapas aren't involved in politics and not everyone would welcome the change.
    He did however hint at an underlying knowledge of politics and revealed how, from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective, spirituality and politics can come together in relationship. According to His Holiness, as much as we must work on ourselves from the inside to have an effect on the world outside--for the betterment of society as a whole--so must society work for the good of the individual. "When society and the individuals that make up society are mutually supportive, mutually self-sacrificing, social unity and harmony is possible."
    The Karmapa further explained that spiritual leaders have a part to play in the world. Due to a life of meditation and altruistic spiritual practice, spiritual leaders have a clarity and naturally holistic perspective, which in turn fosters "unity consciousness" and a "broad, universal vision". But, says His Holiness, they are only part of the equation. People need to be included. Spiritual teachers need to be in contact with ordinary people and ordinary people need to be in contact with spiritual teachers in order for the benefit of their mutual work and faith to be useful. Additionally, it is the role of society to develop in such a way that this relationship can be cultivated.
    During the interview His Holiness was modest, diplomatic and didn't venture far beyond what was expected of him. And yet, a twinkle in his eye suggested something else was alive behind all the formality. The Tibetans, after all, are not boring. They believe in magic, oracles and deities; they are colorful and imaginative, even tricksters. And most importantly, they know that nothing is as it seems.
    It has been suggested by some that the recent adversity facing Tibetans is a (very Buddhist) lesson on the impermanence of human existence and all of manifestation. As a friend recently said of the current changes in the world, it is not the earth that is in trouble or in danger of being destroyed, but rather our world as we know it. Perhaps the role of the Karmapa, translated from Sanskrit as "the movement of karma", is to reflect this change through the dharma (Buddhist teachings). And, as the current Karmapa said during our interview--possibly pointing to his personal future role--it is our view of the world that is changing, and religion needs to adapt to this change, while at the same time keeping its essence, which is timeless.
    In a recent Newsweek article, His Holiness responded to similar questions about his future:
    "I have no goals, nor any ambitions to be of great influence...but if circumstances make me a force for change, then I am a force for change."
    At the interview's end we bowed deeply to receive our customary silk prayer scarf before his assistants hurriedly ushered us out, past the next in line. As we descended the steps, we re-entered monastery life and heard the deep-throated puja chant of hundreds of young monks dressed as dakinis, the Tibetan female deities symbolizing primordial wisdom. According to historical convention, a dakini gave a black hat to the third Karmapa (1284 - 1339) and it became the emblem of the lineage.
    With clashing cymbals and heavy horns, it was a ceremonial ending to our day, and perhaps this ancient ritual invoking feminine wisdom hinted at the underlying formlessness of our outwardly formal encounter with His Holiness.

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  • 07/25/14--21:09: Theme song of Living Buddha

  • LIVING BUDDHA(1994) 
    Starring: Willi Roebke, Renate Schmidt 
    Director: Clemens Kuby

    A rainbow was shining
    A sign of Emptiness
    Conchshells were sounding
    Tune of hapiness

    My dream they were telling
    The story of your birth
    Your eyes were attesting
    My dreams they told the truth

    You came through Bardo
    Clear light were your wings
    You faced the visions
    Chine was your guide

    You saw our misery
    And came to be a friend
    You saw our ignorance
    And came to be a lama

    Now you are sleeping
    Everything seems strange
    Memories are far and
    Cloudy is your mind

    Pictures of the past times
    Coming like a stream
    Scenes of the present times
    Shining like a dream

    One day you will know
    When the time is right
    Why you have come
    And the reason of your life

    You will remember
    And feel the wish again
    You will start to end
    The work you once began


    Sing us the songs of jetzum Milarepa
    Share al your wisdom of the great
    Show us the way to love and to compassion

    (Lyrics by H. H. the 17th Karmapa)

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    Young Buddha on travels

    Karmapa in der Gala

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    Purelands Retreat Centre, Samyeling. The two footprints were made on the rock by H H 16th Karmapa. Akong Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe remembered the Karmapa had kicked this big rock many years before on a visit to Samyeling. They found it and dug it out, placing it where it now stands. During our retreat one of the footprints was visible, but by the end two were visible. Gyamtso-La put butter on them and they became clearer. Big blessings and a magical thing. If I have made any mistakes in retelling the story, sorry, just how I recall it.

    Tony Chodrak

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    Dharamsala, August 4, 2014: The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is organizing a ‘Training of Trainers’ program on Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile, India. Fifty-eight women and men from across India representing a cross-section of the exile population are participating in the five-day training beginning August 3 at Hotel Tibet, Mcloed Ganj.

    Honorable Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile Mr. Penpa Tsering and Ms. Kamla Bhasin, Feminist Activist, a Social Scientist by Training and South Asia’s Leading Gender trainer graced the opening ceremony.

    The event also featured a book launch: Legal Handbook on Indian Laws and Acts Protecting Women and Children in India, (Tibetan and English Version) and Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile-India, A Research Report, 2014.
    One day one, the trainees were granted a special audience with His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche entailing a discussion on Karmapa’s authored work ‘Gender Identities-It’s all in the Mind’ from the book ‘The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from Inside Out.’

    The trainees were granted a special audience with His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche entailing a discussion on Karmapa’s authored work ‘Gender Identities-It’s all in the Mind’ from the book ‘The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from Inside Out.’

    TWA executives and staff had audience with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa


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    GANGTOK, 03 Aug: A delegation led by Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama called upon the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi on Saturday and appraised him about various issues pertaining to Sikkim.

    Mr. Lama offered ‘Tashi Jedar’, an auspicious white scarf, and conveyed his best wishes to Mr Singh on assuming the prestigious office of the Home Minister of India on behalf of the monks, lay people of Sikkim as well as the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party. Mr Lama also invited the Home Minister to Sikkim.

    During the meeting, the Sangha MLA submitted two memorandums to the Home Minister who gave a patient hearing and “convincing assurances” on the demands submitted, a press communiue received from Mr. Lama’s entourage informs.

    One memorandum demands the scrapping of the 97MW Tashiding Hydro Power Project slated over the Rathongchu and the ones planned in Dzongu in North Sikkim.

    “Development activity and generation of revenue cannot be imposed at the very cost of our dharma, heritage and above all, its sanctity,” the memorandum states.

    It further demands restoration of the seat reservation in the state assembly for the Nepalese of Sikkimese origin in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly under Article 371 F of the Constitution and preservation of Article 371 F of the Indian Constitution and its sanctity at all costs.

    The other memorandum submitted to the Home Minister requests for granting of permission to allow the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim. The recently concluded budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution to this effect, the memorandum informs.

    The MLA is currently in New Delhi and is expected to meet other Union Ministers and leaders this week.


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    GYALWA KARMAPA ENFANT - HST 80x40 - V 2008 

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    In 1978, Tashi Mannox's father, Peter Mannox, was commissioned to make a container -- a tangshup -- for an image created by the 16th Karmapa, with whom he was quite friendly. Peter Mannox is the Western world's foremost maker of Dharma articles from precious metals -- a career that was indeed chosen for him by means of divination.

    This container is twenty inches in length, of solid silver, and lapis enamel.

    What image this container actually encases is unknown, but as Peter reports, "It is meant for transmission to the 17th Karmapa," if and when he is ever able to visit Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, in Scotland.

    The whole story can be found at Peter's wonderful blog North Fife.

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    16th and 17th Karmapa

    In 1978 i was commissioned to make a container for an image created by 16th Karmapa It's length is a Cubit, Standard cubit: elbow to end of middle finger (20") I've just measured my own and I'm 19 3/4 inches, That's me cubit wise. Width, the same as an English glory matchbox, topped with a fire surrounded triple gem in Lapiz enamel on a lotus atop a sphere. Whatever image the Tangshup contains is unknown but is meant for transmission to 17th Karmapa who will absorb and replace for the 18th Karmapa and so on for each reincarnation. This transmission will occur when His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje visits Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in June this year.

    Tangshup, largely designed over the telephone by Akong Rinpoche. It had to have certain syllables in particular places, some hidden within the design.Everything depicted in the design is there for a reason. The whole is made in sterling silver, engraving filled by coloured resin, parcel gilt, bejewelled. On completion the cylinder was immersed in a solution of hydrogen sulphide, turning the silver blue/black, only then did did it come to life. I wept.

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    Member Sikkim Legislative Assembly
    Nam Nang
    P.O. Gangtok – 737101, Sikkim, India

    Shri Rajnath Singh Ji
    Hon’ble Minister
    Ministry of Home Affairs
    Government of India
    New Delhi

    Sub: Permission for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
     Orgyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim

    Hon’ble Sir,

    Since the passing away of His Holiness the 16TH Gyalwang Karmapa Rangjyung Rigpe Dorje, the Sikkimese devotees have long been awaiting for the early arrival of His Holiness’ reincarnation Orgyen Trinley Dodrul Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Sikkim, His seat-in-exile. It is very disheartening to note that despite strong determination and aspirations, this long cherished demand and aspirations of the Sikkimese devotees has still remained far from addressal owing to numerous obstacles and negativity.

    In fact, the recently concluded budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution to this effect (Annex A)

    At this backdrop, Ion behalf of monks and lay devotees of Sikkim request your esteemed government to compassionately allow His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim so as to allow HH’s Sikkimese devotees to have His Holy darshan in this very Hidden Land of Mahaguru Padmasambhava for universal benevolence.

    May this benefit all the sentient beings.

    With highest regards
    New Delhi, Aug 2, 2014                                                                     (Sonam Lama)

    Sangha MLA Sonam Lama with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
    One of the demands that Sonam Lama has submitted in memorandums to the Home Minister is to allow Karmapa to come to Sikkim.(Photo credit: Talk Sikkim)


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    GANGTOK, 06 Aug: Sangha MLA Sonam Lama submitted representations to the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptullah and Union Minister of State (Independent charges) for Environment, S Javedkar, in New Delhi today.

    A press release informs that Mr Lama also had the audience of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dodrul Dorje at New Delhi and sought his blessings and guidance. The Karmapa expressed gratitude to all the people of Sikkim for having unanimously adopted a resolution to ensure his visit to Sikkim, the release states. He thanked the Sikkim Legislative Assembly and all its esteemed members to this effect.

    The Sangha MLA also called upon Chairman of the National Minority Commission, N Ahmed and discussed several issues relating Sikkim. He also met Member of National Minority Commission, Tshering Namgyal Shunoo and officials of North Block Ministry of Home Affairs at New Delhi apart from calling on several national politicians and leaders.

    He placed several memorandums to them and received positive assurances on the demands so placed. Mr Lama is currently in New Delhi and is expected to meet more Union Ministers and other leaders this week to update them on various issues pertaining to Sikkim, the release mentions.


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