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    MARCH 3, 2015




    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will soon be embarking on a limited US tour that will see him visiting at several universities, including California’s Stanford University. This will be His Holiness’s third visit to the States. We have confirmed the following tour dates:


    Date

    Program

    Venue

    Tuesday, March 17, 5:00 P.M.

    Stanford University Memorial Auditorium

    Saturday, April 4, 10:00 A.M.

    Westin Mount Laurel, 555 Fellowship Road Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

    Saturday, April 11, 9:30 A.M.

    Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Abe. Ballroom, Flushing, NY 11354

    Sunday, April 12, 9:30 A.M.

    Terrace On the Park, 111th Street and 52nd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368

    Sunday, April 12, 3:00 P.M.

    Terrace On the Park, 111th Street and 52nd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368

    Monday, April 13, 4:00 P.M.

    Elite Palace, 69-02 Garfield Ave, Woodside, NY 11377

    Saturday, April 18, 10:00 A.M.

    UPAC Theater, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

    Friday, April 24, Morning

    Kunzang Palchen Ling, 4330 Route 9g, Red Hook, New York 12571


    An anonymous donor has covered the cost of the Karmapa’s talk at Stanford. Anyone who has already purchased a ticket will receive a refund. Click here for more details and to find out if tickets become available.




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    One of the major focuses of the Karmapa’s third trip to the United States will be connecting with university communities. Campus visits will include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Redlands, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale University. At each of these universities, the Karmapa has been asked to deliver a lecture on topics ranging from environmental justice to compassionate use of technology to Buddhist perspectives on gender.
    Most of the universities are setting aside seats for the general public. For information about the lecture topics and about securing a ticket for those lectures, see our schedule page.
    His Holiness the Karmapa will not only take the podium as a lecturer himself at the universities. He will attend classes, participate in informal dialogues with students as well as faculty, and meet with neuroscientists, environmental scientists and professors in a wide range of disciplines.
    The university tour reflects the Karmapa’s interest to seek out opportunities for sustained interactions with university students. He has engaged with groups of students at a number of Indian universities and with Tibetan student groups in India. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, the Karmapa held several meetings lasting several weeks with students from Europe and North America.
    Based on the first of these interactions, he authored The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out. A new book is in preparation based on the second set of interactions with American university students, focusing on living interdependence in our era of technological connectivity and emotional disconnection.


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    April 14, 2015
    Joining Heart and Mind: Creating a Compassionate World
    7 pm to 9 pm
    New York City

    Ethical Culture Society
    2 West 64th Street
    Manhattan
    Registration will open March 15th at Eventbrite.
    Compassion is the key force motivating our work to change ourselves and the world. We need practical guidance on strengthening compassion so that it moves us to create and seize opportunities to act. Given the enormity of the goal of creating a healthy planet and society, the qualities of courage and joy need to be cultivated to sustain our compassion on the long road that lies ahead. To do this, we must base our lives fully in our noble heart—not just to prevent caretaker- and activist burnout, but in order to create a meaningful and happy life for ourselves.
    All proceeds will go to the Karmapa Foundation in support of His Holiness the Karmapa’s visit to America.

    Sponsors


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    His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit University of Redlands in rare U.S. tour




    The University of Redlands will welcome His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to campus March 24, 2015, as the only Southern California stop on his third trip to the United States. Reigniting a years-long connection with the University and special bond with students, the Karmapa will interact with Redlands students, faculty, and alumni and accept an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, presented by University President Ralph Kuncl. He will then offer a public lecture, “Living Interdependence,” at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. A limited number of tickets will become available at 9:30 a.m. on March 11 online at http://www.redlands.edu/tickets, by phone at 909-748-8116, or by walk-in. Free of charge. Please return to this site for additional details at that time.
    The Karmapa heads the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of 14, he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers.
    Currently 29 years old, the Karmapa is a leader of the new century. He created an eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries across the Himalayan region acting as centers of environmental activism. Leading on women’s issues, he recently announced plans to establish full ordination for women, a step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism.
    His latest book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, co-edited by University of Redlands Professor of Religious Studies and Virginia C. Hunsaker Distinguished Teaching Chair, Karen Derris, the Karmapa speaks to the younger generation on the major challenges facing society today, including gender issues, food justice, rampant consumerism and the environmental crisis. The book is based on his interactions with American university students, including University of Redlands students who in 2011 and 2013, with Prof. Derris, visited the Karmapa in India as special seminars offered in the University’s Johnston School for Integrative Studies.
    The Karmapa is visiting six U.S. universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Wisconsin, Stanford, and Redlands as the sole Southern California institution of any kind to be included on his tour.
    Original post: March 4, 2015. Updates to this Web page will be ongoing.


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    Presented by Harvard Divinity School

    Location: Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    Parking: Paid Public Parking

    On Sale Date: 3/10/2015

    How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222

    Thursday 3/26 04:00 PM


    Ticket Prices: Event is free. Tickets Required. Limit of 2 tickets per person . Tickets valid until 3:45PM. In person ticket distribution only. No phone or web sales for this event. 

    Performance Detail: In person ticket distribution only. No phone or web sales for this event. 




    Harvard Divinity School is honored to host “Caring for Life on Earth in the Twenty- first Century,” a talk presented by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.


    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa heads the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of 14, he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. Currently 29 years old, the Karmapa created an eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries across the Himalayas acting as centers of green activism. He recently announced plans to establish full ordination for women, a step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, is based on his interactions with American university students.

    Limited public tickets will be available through Harvard Box Office at 12:00 p.m. on March 10.








    http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/cal/details.php?ID=45310

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    We are honored to host His Holiness the 17th Karmapa during the Seattle portion of His Holiness’ Spring tour in the United States,  May 5 – 11, 2015.
    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, heads the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of fourteen, he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. Currently 29 years old, the Karmapa createdan eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries
    across the Himalayan region acting as centers of green activism. He recently announced plans to establish full ordination for women, a step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book, The Heartis Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, is based on his interactions with American university students. Learn more about HH the 17th Karmapa. There will be public teachings in Seattle on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 
    The teaching topic and venue have not yet been finalized, but we anticipate that there will be two teaching sessions on Saturday, May 9: 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Please save the date!
    Advance ticketing is required, so please stay tuned for announcements regarding when tickets will go on sale, around the beginning of April.  Official announcements will only be made on our websites:  www.nalandawest.org and www.nalandabodhi.org.

    Questions? Please contact: HHKseattle2015@nalandawest.org

    You are warmly invited to follow Nalanda West email updates on this and other events, and to follow Nalanda West on Facebook and Twitter.  And of course . . . We’d love for you to follow Nalandabodhi US on Twitter and Facebook as well.
    We look forward to sharing this wonderful time — Karmapa Seattle 2015 — with old friends and new!
     Nalanda West is run by volunteers of Nalandabodhi, a Buddhist community under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. 


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    March 5, 2015 by  


    HH 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (by waywuwei, flickr C.C.)


    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the 900 year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, will begin his 3rd US tour beginning in less than two weeks.

    His first stop will be at Stanford University on March 17th, where he will talk about “Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology and the Environment.” This talk is sold out according to the tour website, but openings may become available and there is a notification list you can join at http://events.stanford.edu/events/499/49993/.

    March 24th he will be at University of Redlands, where tickets are still available (For further details, click here).

    That event is followed by a hop to the east coast and talks at Harvard, Princeton, Karma Thegsum Choling (in New Jersey), Yale, and the Danang Foundation, the Karmapa Service Society, and the Karmapa Foundation, all three in New York City. Finally he will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison in late April and Nalandabodhi, in Seattle, Washington on May 9.

    The full schedule is available at KarmapaAmerica2015.org.

    You can read more about the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, at his website here.
    And for more about the previous incarnation of the Karmapa, you can read an interview/book review I did last year of The Miraculous 16th Karmapa: Incredible Encounters with the Black Crown Buddha with responses from Norma Levine and Don Morreale.

    The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Photo by flikr user Prince Roy C.C.


    Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2015/03/the-karmapa-is-coming-to-america.html#ixzz3TYxFPiSN

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    Buddhistdoor International 
    Dorje Kirsten 
    2015-03-05





    His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will be touring the United States from 17 March to 11 May. The Karmapa is the head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in a line of reincarnations that dates back over 900 years, and is the spiritual guide of many practitioners in the United States. This will be the third US tour for this incarnation of the Karmapa, the previous two having been in 2008 and 2011.

    This year’s tour will include both teachings and empowerments, with the first stop being Stanford University in California, where he will give a talk titled “Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology, and the Environment” on 17 March at 5.00 p.m. The talk is hosted by Stanford’s Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE), and will be followed by a discussion with CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty. It is being sponsored so that those wishing to attend can do so for free, but as of now is fully booked.

    The Karmapa will also go to New Jersey, where on 4 April he will give a public teaching, “Clarifying the Stages of the Meditative Path,” at 10.00 a.m. and bestow a Manjushri empowerment at 2.00 p.m. Both events are sponsored by Karma Thegsum Chöling and will take place at the Westin Mount Laurel. Tickets went on sale on 4 March.

    His Holiness will travel to New York as well, at the invitation of the Danang Foundation. At 9.30 a.m. on 11 April at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, he will teach on the “Four Dharmas of Gampopa,” while on 12 April he will teach on the practice of Akshobhya at 9.30 a.m. and bestow the Akshobhya empowerment at 3.00 p.m., both at Terrace on the Park in Queens.

    The organizers have said about this practice, “The practice of Akshobhya is especially effective for the two-fold purification of the non-virtue of killing, and the disturbing emotion of anger. The Karmapa strongly encourages the practice of Akshobhya as a means to purify negative thoughts and actions rampant in the present age of degeneration.” (Danang Foundation) The Karmapa has said this practice is particularly beneficial in the 21st century, when negative forces are on the increase.

    On 13 April at 4.00 p.m. he will also give a long-life empowerment at the request of the Karmapa Service Society of Queens, at the Elite Palace in Woodside.

    The final stop in the current schedule is at Nalanda West in Seattle from 5–11 May, at the invitation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Nalandabodhi. Details have not yet been announced.

    His Holiness the Karmapa is acknowledged as an unsurpassed Buddhist master, but is also a skilled artist who engages in painting, calligraphy, Tibetan traditional arts, poetry, and singing. He has said that art “is a very important way to express and have a creative outlet for energy to flow.” (Karmapa Service Society) He also has a deep concern for the environment. When speaking to Western students in 2013 at Gyuto Monastery in India, where His Holiness resides, he said, “We need to recognize that our environment, this very world, sustains us all. Our own life, and all of existence. Everything occurs in the context of interdependence.” (The Karmapa)

    For the latest updates to the Karmapa’s US tour, see Karmapa America 2015 Public Events Schedule.


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    Among the dozen major stops on His Holiness the Karmapa’s two-month tour is Madison, Wisconsin—home to a one of the country’s larger Tibetan communities as well as the neuroscience research centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a focal point for the empirical exploration of the impact of meditation.
    Co-hosting the 17th Karmapa during his time in Madison are the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Tergar Community headed by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. In a remarkably fortuitous turn of events, the Tergar Community reports that: “We are just about to move into a new space, and it looks like our very first guest will be His Holiness. What an auspicious beginning for our new home!”
    During his visit to Madison, His Holiness will speak on The Heart, the Brain, and Society:
    Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives On the Cultivation of Well-being” on April 27. As part of this same event, he will engage in a dialogue with Richard Davidson, the renowned neuroscientist who founded the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, as well as Sona Dimidjian, a clinical psychologist whose research explores the treatment depression—and particularly postpartum depression—through contemplative practices. Tickets to this event are free; see details for how to obtain one.
    The working team in Madison says, “News of HH Karmapa’s visit to Madison has created a flurry of inspired activity here in the Tergar Community. Working together with our friends at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting to work to prepare. We are also busy arranging time for His Holiness to speak with neuroscientists, university students, and members of the local Tibetan community. We are especially excited to host a public dialogue between His Holiness, Dr. Richard Davidson, and Dr. Sona Dimidjian on the role that science and Buddhism can play in helping both individuals and societies to ease suffering and foster well-being.”

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    March 6, 2015




    The Yale Himalaya Initiative is pleased to announce that His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been awarded Yale’s prestigious Chubb Fellowship for Spring 2015. As the spiritual head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has emerged as an important leader for our time. Since his dramatic escape from Tibet to India in 2000, the Karmapa has played a key role in preserving Tibetan religion and culture. The Karmapa has been described as “a world spiritual leader for the 21st century,” and has inspired millions of people worldwide to take action on social and environmental issues. At the age of 29, the Karmapa’s message has particularly resonated with young people, whom he encourages to take responsibility to create a more compassionate future for the planet.
    The Chubb Fellowship is designed to foster an interest in public affairs, especially among Yale College students. The selection of His Holiness the Karmapa as a Chubb Fellow resonates well with the Yale Himalaya Initiative’s mandate to bring together members of the Yale community from all parts of the university to converse on matters relating to the Himalayan region.
    As part of the Fellowship, His Holiness the Karmapa will deliver a public address on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm (the location has yet to be determined). The talk is titled “Compassion in Action—Buddhism and the Environment: a conversation with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Further details about the venue and ticketing will be posted here soon.
    His Holiness the Karmapa’s visit to Yale includes a four day program jointly sponsored by the Chubb Fellowship, the Yale Himalaya Initiative, the Department Religious Studies, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In addition to his public talk, His Holiness will meet with the University President and participate in variety of student life activities. 
    Previous Chubb Fellows include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Leymah Gbowee and Aung San Suu Kyi, actors such as Shah Rukh Khan and Morgan Freeman, and the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.


    For more information about His Holiness the Karmapa click here
    For more information about His Holiness the Kamapa’s US tour click here.
    For more information on the Chubb Fellowship click here.


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    About the Current Fellow

    Ogyen Trinley Dorje

    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

    Chubb Fellow 2014-15


    As the spiritual head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has emerged as an important thought leader for our time. Since his dramatic escape from Tibet to India in 2000, the Karmapa has played a key role in preserving Tibetan religion and culture. The Karmapa has been described as “a world spiritual leader for the 21st century,” and has inspired millions of people worldwide to take action on social and environmental issues. At the age of 29, the Karmapa’s message has particularly resonated with young people, whom he encourages to take responsibility to create a more compassionate future for the planet.
    “Karmapa” literally means “He Who Performs the Activities of the Buddha” and the Karmapa lineage itself is known for putting Buddhist principles into action. The Khoryug association that he founded has transformed over 55 monasteries across the Himalayas into local centers for environmental activism. Leading on women’s issues, in January 2015 His Holiness the 17th Karmapa made the historic announcement that he will establish full ordination for women, a long-awaited step within Tibetan Buddhism.
    In his latest book, The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, the Karmapa speaks to the younger generation on the major challenges facing society today, including gender issues, food justice, rampant consumerism, and the environmental crisis. A forthcoming book will be based on his interactions with American university students, and focuses on living interdependence in an era of technological connectivity and emotional disconnection.
    His Holiness the Karmapa engages in a wide range of artistic activities. He paints, draws calligraphy, writes poetry, composes music, creates and directs theatrical events.

    Biography


    The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was born in 1985 to a family of nomads in the remote highlands of the Tibetan plateau, and spent the first years of his life in a pristine environment free of modern conveniences, electricity and motor vehicles. When he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa at the age of seven, he left this nomadic lifestyle behind. He was formally enthroned as the 17th Karmapa with two of the three living heads of his lineage officiating. Once installed in his monastic seat of Tsurphu Monastery in central Tibet, at the age of eight he delivered his first public religious discourse to an audience of over 20,000 people.
    In the years to come, the Karmapa would face numerous challenges in his efforts to perform his spiritual activities. Concerned that he would be unable to meet his religious obligations, he decided to escape from Tibet at the age of 14, seeking the freedom to fulfill his religious responsibilities. He has been living in Dharamsala in northern India, a short distance from the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with whom he continues to enjoy a close relationship of mentor and protégé to this day.
    In 2004, His Holiness assumed responsibility for the Kagyu Monlam, an annual gathering to make aspiration prayers, which is held in Bodhgaya, the site where the Buddha was enlightened. Under his guidance, this annual event has grown to over 12,000 participants, and is watched online by tens of thousands of devotees with simultaneous translation into over a dozen languages.
    In 2009, the Karmapa founded Khoryug (Tibetan for environment) and chairs this association of over 55 Buddhist monasteries and nunneries across the Himalayan region.  His efforts have educated thousands of monks and nuns, mobilizing them to lead their local communities on environmental issues and to implement projects that have turned their own homes into eco-monasteries.
    In 2015, the 17th Karmapa made history with his announcement that he would take the first step in establishing bhikshuni ordination for nuns within Tibetan Buddhism. In 2014, the Karmapa had already instituted an annual Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering for Karma Kagyu nuns extending access to rigorous education for nuns, and arranging for empowerment initiatives in the nunneries.
    The Karmapa receives thousands of visitors at his residence in northern India, and discusses practical global solutions with people from all around the world. In recent years, the Karmapa has begun seeking out opportunities for more sustained interactions with university students. He has engaged with groups of students at a number of Indian universities, with Tibetan student groups and has also had held several series of meetings with students from Europe and North America.
    A leader of the new century, His Holiness the Karmapa makes effective use of technology to transmit and teach the Dharma widely. When he delivered a talk at a TED conference in Bangalore in 2009, he was the youngest speaker to have done so at that time. His teachings are often webcast live with translation into a dozen languages. Within his own school of Tibetan Buddhism, he has been modernizing religious practices, yet remains firmly rooted in tradition as he re-invigorates monastic discipline in his lineage.
    Preserving and renewing Tibetan artistic forms, the Karmapa has written and produced several plays that combine elements of traditional Tibetan opera and modern theater. His first play, a drama on the life of the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa, was attended by 20,000 people at a single live performance in India, and will be published in an English translation during this visit to the United States.
    This is the Karmapa’s third trip to the United States. In 2014, His Holiness the Karmapa made his first long-awaited trip to Europe. Along with major teachings at his European seat and to massive crowds in Berlin, he joined Vespers service at a Benedictine abbey, received a private tour of the Cathedral of Cologne, met with the chief rabbi of Berlin and paid his respects at the Holocaust Monument.

    Chubb Fellowship Lecture


    “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment: a conversation with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje”


    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:00 pm
    The Chubb lecture will be held on April 7, at 4:00 pm.  The location is yet to be determined. Doors will open for seating at 3:40 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will be followed by a reception for His Holiness with Timothy Dwight Fellows at the Timothy Dwight Master's house.  This reception is by invitation only.  Master Brenzel will host a dinner on April 8 in His Holiness's honor for Timothy Dwight students and other invited Yale students and guests.


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    Location:
    San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center
    2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

    Time:
    9:00 AM Thursday, March 19th 2015


    Kagyu Droden Kunchab is very pleased to host His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for teachings and blessings here in San Francisco. Everyone is welcome to come to the San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center on 9:00 AM Thursday March 19th, to receive this very rare and precious opportunity to receive teachings and blessings directly from the head of the 900 year old Karma Kagyu Lineage and refuge lord to millions of Buddhists around the world.

    Please arrive before 8:00 AM as all seating is on a first-come, first serve basis, as well as limited parking. Due to the cost of the facilities, we request a donation of $20 per person. If you are willing to donate more, that would be much appreciated and very beneficial. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    Auditorium Seat Reservations are available now at this event_reg_hhk.html using a credit card.



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    Lord of Uddiyana, deathless triple roots in one,
    Capacity to influence, your deeds a playful dance,

    Mighty Vajradhara, lord of refuge Karmapa,
    May your life be healthy, may your actions flourish far.


    ~Translated by erik Pema Kunzanng



    無死三根總集鄔金尊,
    大悲調伏事業所化現,
    金剛總持勝尊噶瑪巴,
    足蓮永固事業祈增盛!





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    27 February 2015 – Varja Vidya Institute, Sarnath

    As dawn broke in Sarnath on 27 February, the skies opened and an auspicious light rain began to shower, several peals of thunder ruffling the early morning stillness. By 9am the skies had cleared and the sun shone brightly down on the crowd gathered in the lush gardens of the Vajra Vidya Institute, eagerly waiting to enter the shrine hall.
    Although he had not planned to teach in Sarnath, the previous evening the Gyalwang Karmapa had spontaneously announced he would give a talk the following morning. This came as a surprise gift for the large, international group gathered at Vajra Vidya Institute for the annual two-week teaching seminar with Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, many of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s own students and devotees among them.
    The Karmapa began by joking with the gathering that since he had spoken so much and given so many teachings already this year, he felt he hadn’t much left to say. Nonetheless, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the Vajra Vidya khenpos had requested him to teach, so he was happy the opportunity had arisen.
    He first spoke on the importance of keeping our Dharma practice and motivation pure and not using the Dharma for worldly benefits.
    “We hope to take care of the affairs of this life and practice the Dharma together,” he began, “but if we practice the Dharma we can’t focus on this life. If we focus on this life we can’t practice the Dharma. This is a difficult situation. But it’s also one we made up for ourselves—it’s not one in actuality.
    “For example, often we do our Dharma practice in order to become more prosperous, more popular, or have a better life. We use the Dharma for this, but it’s difficult because the greater our prosperity the more we’re deceived by it. The goodness of our lives deceives us. It distracts us. It makes it difficult for us to turn our minds to the Dharma.
    “If a person was able to enjoy the good things and pleasant objects of the senses in this life and exercise control over them, then this would not necessarily be harmful for our practice—we’d be able to increase prosperity and still practice the Dharma. But for most of us, the more prosperous we get in this life the more we are deceived, and the more harmful this is for us.”
    The Karmapa emphasized the importance of working to train our own minds, which is the entire essence of practicing the Dharma.
    “When we talk about practicing the Dharma we talk about spiritual freedom, which means having control of our mind. It’s difficult to say that development or improvement in external material things is something that harms our spiritual freedom. But what happens is that as the amount of external things increases, this functions as a condition for us to develop greed and creates a difficulty. It blocks our ability to exercise spiritual freedom.”
    Next the Karmapa told the gathering that this year the Four-Session Guru Yoga had become quite popular, and he’d received repeated requests for the oral transmission. Describing the guru yoga text by the eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje as one of the most sacred, with the strongest blessings, he said it was very important for individuals who uphold the tradition to practice the Four-Session Guru Yoga. Because it was popular, he felt it would also be beneficial to give the oral transmission once more, which to the delight of those gathered he then proceeded to offer again.
    “I’ve given instructions on how to practice the Four-Session Guru Yoga twice this year already. But since it’s a practice where you visualize yourself as Vajrayogini, then you need to have an empowerment before doing the practice,” he cautioned. “You should receive the empowerment of Vajrayogini or Vajravarahi—at least the vase empowerment, if not all four— and if you’ve not received these then you should at least have the empowerment of Chakrasamvara.”
    In response to yet more requests, the Gyalwang Karmapa then offered the oral transmission of the long ngöndro text on the four special preliminaries, called the Chariot that Traverses the Noble Path.
    “All the different versions of this text are really the same,” he clarified, “but there are a few slight differences in the end during the guru yoga practice – in length, and in the supplication to the lineage. In actuality there’s no difference, just slight variations in the words.”
    The Karmapa finished by reflecting how deeply happy he was that he’d been able to make an extensive long life offering to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche the previous day.
    “There is Vajra Vidya Institute and all other monasteries and Dharma centres under the direction of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche,” the Karmapa said, “and if they’re all able to gather their energies together and dedicate them for the benefit of the teachings, I think this will be very beneficial.
    “The first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, said we should think of practice as being the best of all offerings, but this is not definitely so. There are occasions when making material offerings is best, or offering service to the guru is best, or when offering practice is best. If we all contribute and do primarily what the lama asks us to do, I believe we will be able to accomplish things very beneficial for beings and the teachings. We’ve made a good interdependent connection for this to happen.”
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    Karma Thegsum Chöling-New Jersey KTC-NJ announces plans to webcast the entire day of teachings and empowerment that they are hosting on April 4. Translation into English and Chinese are planned, with a possibility that other languages may be added later.
    KTC-NJ reports in, sharing the following glimpses of the preparations under way at their center in southern New Jersey:
    “In anticipation of His Holiness’s visit, the KTC-NJ monastery building is being spruced up, repaired and reconfigured. His Holiness’s personal suite, including bedroom and a separate room for receiving visitors, is being reconfigured in an effort to better serve his needs when he visits NJ. The basement floor is being completely revamped to include guest sleeping rooms with additional exterior exits and fire suppression sprinklers. We are just now putting the finishing touches on this project that has been years in the planning and execution.
    “Our lamas and volunteers are working almost around the clock to prepare for the presentation of a public teaching by His Holiness in a nearby hotel. Our 700 tickets were sold out in less than a week. Our guests will be coming from all corners of the globe. We are happy that so many will be able to receive the teachings in the direct presence of His Holiness. Although we are sorry that many more will be left out, this time, we welcome everyone to join us from afar through the live webcast that we are arranging.
    “Our planning team consists of about 6 people working on a daily basis. As we approach the time of his visit, the number of active volunteers is growing. We expect about 50 volunteers to be actively engaged in housekeeping, food preparation and service, transportation and security, shrine care, flower arrangement, communications, ticket fulfillment, and greeting and serving our guests at the event.
    With less than a month to go, we are very, very eager to welcome Karmapa and our dharma brothers and sisters from around North America and the world.”

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    His Holiness the Karmapa has departed India, bringing the official start of his two-month trip to the United States that much closer. His first public activity is a lecture at Stanford University on compassion, technology and the environment, on March 17 in Stanford, California. In the interim, His Holiness is in a private retreat, preparing for what promises to be an epic journey across the country.
    In the meantime, work teams in half a dozen universities and even more Dharma centers are busy working to make sure everything is ready to receive him. We will be sharing reports of their preparations and alerting you to opportunities to secure tickets to the events. Once the trip officially begins, we will be uploading photos and video daily, so do check back to this page often.



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    March 9, 2015


    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, will begin his third trip to America in mid-March. During the two months of this visit, the Karmapa will lecture at universities across the country and reconnect with the many Buddhist communities under his guidance as head of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
    A major focus of this trip will be his stops on university campuses, where the 29-year old Buddhist leader will deliver lectures, interact with faculty, sit in on classes himself and take the opportunity to connect with young people.
    Yale University is awarding him its prestigious Chubb Fellowship, and the young Buddhist monk will also receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Redlands. While at Yale on April 7, the Karmapa will be delivering the Chubb Fellowship Lecture:  “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.”
    During the two-month trip, the Karmapa will also grant audiences, blessings and teachings in the New York area, Madison and in Seattle. Campus visits will include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Redlands, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    This trip is being organized by the Karmapa Foundation. For detailed information on the visit and public talks, please visit www.KarmapaAmerica2015.org
    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of fourteen, he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. Well-known as an environmentalist, the Karmapa has created an eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries and nunneries acting as local centers of green activism across the Himalayan region. He recently announced plans to establish full ordination for women in the Karma Kagyu tradition, a step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, is based on his interactions with American university students.

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    February 27, 2015-Sarnath, India

    The main hall at the university has been set up with a richly carved throne placed before a curtained stage, its front edge lined with colorful flowering plants. Above were hung a lovely thangka of the Buddha, flanked by a painting of Asanga and another of Nagarjuna, representing the two main lineages of philosophy that are studied by the Buddhist schools in Tibet.
    In the late morning, as people stood on either side of the aisle, holding their white and yellow katas, the Gyalwang Karmapa walked down the center and took his seat to receive katas from a long line of professors, teachers, and staff. In a departure from custom, the Karmapa himself accepted the scarves, leaning over the front of the throne to make a close connection with each person. This sense of warmth and intimacy, as if talking to family members, set the tone for the Karmapa’s talk that followed.
    After a welcome speech by the Director of the University, Lobsang Norbu Shastri, the Karmapa began his talk by reminding the audience how famous the university had become. The older generation has worked very hard, and now the hope is placed on the future generations, who have a wonderful opportunity: they are in the land of the Buddha’s birth at the pilgrimage site where he first taught the Dharma and they have everything they need to study. The Karmapa hoped they would use all of this to establish Tibetan Buddhism on a deeper foundation as they can now research the source of Tibetan culture and learning. Further, these studies should also be put into practice so that people engage in meditation, too.
    The Karmapa emphasized the importance of everyone, those inside and outside the university, putting forth their best efforts in working together. Tibetans should help each other to find ways to develop and then rejoice in others’ success. There are numerous areas to explore. Texts are available in the Chinese cannon which are not translated into Tibetan; for example, three chapters remain of Vasubhandu’s commentary on The Supreme Continuum in which he explains that the Mind Only view is the definitive meaning of the Third Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma. It would be interesting for Jonang scholars to investigate this. Loppön Chögyal’s commentary on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Verses, from a Mind Only perspective, is not available in Tibetan but seems to be available in Chinese. There is an amazing amount of research and analysis to be done.
    Close to the Karmapa’s heart is a recent project, known as Adarsha [Insert reference to article: Sunday, December 14, 2014,The Gyalwang Karmapa Introduces Adarsha, a New Software Program along with an Electronic Version of the Jang Kangyur.] to digitize the Kangyur and Tengyur as well as texts about other areas of knowledge and in other Buddhist languages, such as Sanskrit and Chinese. The Karmapa mentioned how difficult it is to redact the Tibetan texts, and that in the future, he would be asking people at the university to assist him. He added that we should not think that we have a lot of time. Usually Indians think in very long periods of time, but that should not be the case here.
    The Karmapa ended his talk with the wish that everyone enjoy an excellent New Year and remain in good health; that their work be successful, and with the blessing of the Buddha and the bodhisattvas, that virtuous activity be free of all obstacles.



    http://kagyuoffice.org/the-gyalwang-karmapa-returns-to-the-central-university-of-tibetan-studies/

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    His Holiness the Karmapa has departed India, for a two-month trip to the United States. During this third visit he is making to America, the Karmapa will lecture at universities across the country and reconnect with the many Buddhist communities under his guidance as head of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A major focus of this trip will be his stops on university campuses, where the 29-year old Buddhist leader will deliver lectures, interact with faculty, sit in on classes himself and take the opportunity to connect with young people.
    Yale University is awarding him its prestigious Chubb Fellowship, and the young Buddhist monk will also receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Redlands. While at Yale on April 7, the Karmapa will be delivering the Chubb Fellowship Lecture: “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.”
    During the two-month trip, the Karmapa will also grant audiences, blessings and teachings in the New York area, Madison and in Seattle. Campus visits will include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Redlands, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale University.
    His first public activity will be a lecture in California at Stanford University on compassion, technology and the environment, on March 17. Before the commencement of the official tour, His Holiness will be in a private retreat.
    This trip is being organized by the Karmapa Foundation. For detailed information on the visit and public talks, please visit www.KarmapaAmerica2015.org.


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