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    Author: Cham Shan Temple   
    Source: Cham Shan Temple   

    On Friday, June 9th, 2017, the 15th Day of the 5th Month in Lunar Calendar, the day to celebrate Sakyamuni Buddha's attainment of Buddhahood and nirvana in Tibetan tradition, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, had his first visit to the Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada and paid tribute to Manjusri Bodhisattva.

    President of The Buddhist Association of Canada and Abbot of Cham Shan Temple, Ven. Dayi Shi, led the congregation to warmly welcome the 17th Karmapa with a ceremony in Mahayana tradition.

    After incense offering, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa co-presided a prayer service with Ven. Dayi Shi at the Grand Maitreya Buddha Square to pray for the earliest completion of the Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada and blessings to all sentient beings.

    Ven. Dayi Shi presented a crystal maple leaf that embodies the Main Dharma Hall of Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada to the 17th Karmapa as a souvenir.

    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa wrote in Tibetan language "Propagating Buddhadharma, Saving All Sentient Beings to the Farthest Extent".

    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa invited Ven. Dayi Shi to the 4th Dialogue of the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism during his premiere visit to Canada in June 2017. On that occasion, Ven. Dayi Shi and the 17th Karmapa effectively exchanged experiences and opinions on propagation of Buddhism in western countries in the contemporary world. Though the two renowned Dharma Masters represent two different Traditions of Buddhism and speak different languages, they have a mutual responsibility and goal of teaching Buddhadharma to all sentient beings. After hearing of the construction of Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada, the 17th Karmapa decided to have a visit to pay tribute to Manjusri Bodhisattva and support this grand Buddhist project.

    After the prayer service, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and Ven. Dayi Shi planted a maple tree together as an embodiment of friendship on one bank of Wisdom Lake, wishing for further development and prosperity of both Mahayana and Vajrayana Traditions.

    The famous Chinese singer Ms. Jing Shan Yuan presented a Tenmoku tea set with oil-spot pattern to the 17th Karmapa.

    Ven. Dayi Shi introduced the entire project and the construction progress of Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada to the 17th Karmapa. His Holiness was very impressed by the grand size of this project and sincerely prayed for its earliest completion.

    It is an unforgettable experience for all the attendees to welcome and meet His Holiness the 17th Karmapa at Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada during his premiere visit to Canada. It is also a beautiful day fulfilled with Dharma blessings and happiness.


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    June 30, 2017

    Yesterday evening, the Lt. Governor welcomed His Holiness the Karmapa, the second-highest ranking Tibetan Buddhist in exile and a world-renowned spiritual leader, to Washington state.

    The Lt. Governor thanked the Karmapa and his delegation for visiting Seattle again, and for bringing with him a message of compassion and global-mindedness. This trip marks the Karmapa’s third visit to Seattle, and his fourth visit to the United States. Seattle, in particular, has developed infrastructure to expand opportunities for exchange with Tibet’s Buddhist leaders, as it is the home of both the Karmapa Foundation, which facilitates the Karmapa’s travels and conducts outreach, and the Seeds of Compassion non-profit, which promotes the Dalai Lama’s work teaching compassion.

    His Holiness the Karmapa serves as the head of the largest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karma Kagyu. His Holiness was recognized as the 17th Karmapa at the age of 7, and is historically unique in that he is recognized by both the Chinese government, and the Dalai Lama. The Karmapa fled Tibet at the age of 14, and now lives in India. He is known for connecting the Buddhist ethic of compassion with contemporary issues, including environmental responsibility, social harmony, the role of technology in society, and gender equality.

    In his welcoming remarks, the Lt. Governor highlighted the mutual values Washington state shares with His Holiness. The Lt. Governor noted the following connections:

    While Washington state was one of the first to extend the right to vote to women, His Holiness the Karmapa was the first to extend full ordination for women within Tibetan Buddhism. While Washington has been a champion for fighting climate change, His Holiness has advocated worldwide for environmental responsibility, and has transformed more than 50 monasteries in the Himalayas into centers for environmental activism. Finally, the Lt. Governor noted the mutuality of His Holiness’ message on compassion and tolerance, and Washington’s own social ethic: as the first state to take on the Trump administration’s discriminatory travel ban, Washington state has shown through political action its commitment to remaining a tolerant state.

    His Holiness the Karmapa spoke following the Lt. Governor’s welcome, and remarked that while his visit to Seattle was a short one – “I arrive today, leave tomorrow” – having the opportunity to speak sincerely with others about compassion, is still a “very meaningful opportunity,” and a “wonderful sort of occasion.”

    His Holiness’ remarks centered on teaching, and practicing, compassion. On practicing compassion, His Holiness said that “if we don’t work with it, if we don’t practice it, it’s something that will diminish.” For that reasons, he said, it is important to teach oneself compassion the same way one teaches children compassion – to extend it to all living things, from fellow human beings, to tiny insects.


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    June 7, 2017

    In a recent public disclosure His Holiness the 17th Karmapa promised to return to Tibet soon back in 1999 when he fled into exile from Tibet. The Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee said in a public gathering in Canada that he had written a secret note that if he could be of beneficial to Tibet, he would return to Tibet soon.

    “After 17-plus years in exile, Karmapa said publicly for first time that he had left a written message behind when he escaped for India in late 1999.” said the report in VOA.

    “In it, I wrote I have made many failed efforts to be able to go to abroad. Now, having no other option, I am doing this way as a final solution. However, in the future if I could be beneficial to Tibet, the Land of Snow, I will return soon.’ That’s what I wrote,” he said Sunday, speaking in Tibetan to about 4,000 Tibetans and devotees in Toronto. He had previously said that Chinese authorities turned down his requests to travel to India before his escape.” the report added with the Karmapa’s quote.

    Accordingly, the Karmapa then aged 14 in the 2000, while met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Jan 5, he had reportedly informed that he could not serve the Tibetan people in Tibet and therefore came to India. When the Karmapa Rinpoche secretly escaped from Tibet and suddenly showed up at Dharamsala, India in Jan. 5 2000, it shocked the world and shamed the Chinese government.

    The Karmapa Rinpoche in response to China’s false claims that he had gone to India to obtain the sacred hat of his predecessor from Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, he asked why would be he bring back the hat?


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    On July 6, USCIRF Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga (right) and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott (left) met with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa of Tibet (center) to discuss religious freedom for Tibetan Buddhists in China.


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    The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (http://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa/), at 31 years old, is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Karmapa lineage dates back 900 years; it is the oldest and foremost lineage to commence a tradition of reincarnate teachers in Tibetan Buddhism.

    The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first Canadian tour arrived at its final stop, Vancouver, on June 17th. His Holiness was warmly received by local Tibetans and members of the legislative assembly for Burnaby and Richmond cities at the airport. The party then arrived together to a welcoming procession at Thrangu Monastery Canada.

    On June 18, His Holiness performed the empowerment of Avalokiteśvara or Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the compassion of all the Buddhas. His Holiness explained:

    “When we talk about compassion in Buddhism, it is not merely the sympathy, empathy, or pity that we usually have. The compassion that is taught in the Dharma is a stronger compassion than normal. It is more involved, it is more dedicated. We do not see the individual for whom we are having compassion, and the individual who is having compassion as being separate. So it is not as if the person who has compassion or pity is in a good position, and the other person is in a desperate situation and we are having pity on them. It is not like that. Instead, it is like the compassion for the other person becomes a part of ourselves. We become the nature of that compassion, so we are able to give ourselves over to it, and fully dedicate ourselves to it. For that reason we are able to take the responsibility and mentally bear the burden of it.”

    On June 20, His Holiness was delightfully hoasted by Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpche and the Nalandabodhi Vancouver sangha.

    On June 21, His Holiness visited Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, and was given a tour of the province’s Parliament buildings.

    On June 22, His Holiness and Wade Davis discussed environmental and social (in)equality issues at UBC’s Chan Centre. The conversation centred around His Holiness’ new book “Interconnected”. The UBC President, Professor Ono, Grand Chief Ed John, and Coastal Wolf Pack, a traditional Salish song and dance group, welcomed His Holiness.

    During his stay in Vancouver, His Holiness also visited Ling Yen Mountain Temple where he was greeted with loud applauses and enthusiasms by its congregation, as well as Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling. 

    From June 23 to 24, His Holiness gave his final teaching of his first Canadian tour to over 2000 followers in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver. The two-day teaching dealt with disturbing emotions in relation to the Akshobhya practice.

    Over the course of this teaching, His Holiness shared with the audience his experience with the Akshobhya practice, from the inspiration he has found while reading the sūtras on Buddha Akshobhya, to the benefit he has reaped from this practice. The teaching was concluded with the Akshobhya empowerment.

    At the end of this memorable last teaching, His Holiness said that he intends to visit Canada again in the very near future to follow up all those unanswered questions from the participants. At this instant, the theatre roared with applause, cheers, and filled with smiling faces. His Holiness also suggested performing a Long Life Prayer on his “official birthday” for the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, which took place at Thrangu Monastery on, June 26: May all of our gurus live long in good health to see the teachings of Buddha flourish throughout space, and the end of suffering for all sentient beings.

    Good news: When during the KCCL audience I asked His Holiness whether he intends to visit Halifax on his next trip to Canada, he said to our delight: Yes!

    You can find many photos (an also videos) of the above events on the Facebook page of Karmapa Canada: https://www.facebook.com/KarmapaCanada17/

    For the event details, see: http://www.karmapacanada.org/.

    Public teachings will be webcast live at  www.kagyuoffice.org/webcast/

    Source: http://kccl.ca/

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    Today’s episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s maiden tour of Canada where he gave teachings all over the country. Many Canadian students had been waiting for years to hear him speak, and so it was a particularly special occasion.

    This teaching is on the subject of meditation and how we can use this Buddhist practice to find inner freedom and bring about a more happy and beneficial life. The Karmapa approached the topic from the point of view of his own personal experience, and a wonderful, practical and sometimes humorous occasion unfolded over the course of the hour.

    The talk is in Tibetan with an English translation and has been slightly edited for length and audio clarity.

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    In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.

    Sujit Nath | News18.com
    Updated:July 26, 2017, 11:31 PM IST

    Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Kolkata: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant permission to 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit the state.

    Any such visit to the by the Tibetan leader living in exile in India is likely to anger China. This comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a standoff in Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector.

    In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on Dorje’s movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China. 

    “I also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sikkim after the rainy season came to an end this year, which he agreed and promised to make a trip soon,” Chamling told the media after his meeting with Modi.

    China has time and again expressed discontent about India sheltering Dorje and had warned that such act might complicate the boundary dispute between both the countries.

    Beside Karmapa issue, Sikkim CM also requested PM Modi to intervene in to reservation of Assembly seats for the Limboo and Tamang Scheduled Tribes communities. Over the years, Sikkim has witnessed several protests from Limboo and Tamang community who are demanding to increase the number of seats at Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

    On the Darjeeling unrest issue, he said, “I apprised our PM about the latest situation in Darjeeling Hills, resulting in shortage of essential food and other commodities, compounded further by landsides, heavy rainfall, hardships, risk to life and property of the people of Sikkim, in their movement on NH-10. I requested our PM that the central forces should be deployed at New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and other crucial points upto Rangpo to give protection to life, property and food commodities meant for the people of Sikkim.”


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    Dear Dharma friends:

    Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa went through a medical examination in Germany, his doctor strongly advise him to stop all Dharma propagation activities so that he has more time and space to treat some of the medical conditions that he has. After much consideration, the Gyalwang Karmapa decided to cancel this year’s Asia Dharma Teaching, i.e. the Diamond Sutra Teaching.

    When we heard about the Gyalwang Karmapa’s decision to cancel the teaching, our emotions evolved from unspeakable shock to calm contemplation. Eventually, we understand the difficulty and necessity to make such a decision. We will continue to pray that the Diamond Sutra Teaching to be held in future, yet we are unsure when and where the teaching will be held. Therefore, we will begin the refund process for those who had registered for the teaching after we had negotiated with the hotel for refund.

    Even though we feel a sense of regret that the Diamond Sutra Teaching cannot be held, yet we understand and support the Gyalwang Karmapa’s decision. Through the lesson of Diamond Sutra, we learnt that all conditioned phenomena in its continuous change, are like dreams, illusions, bubbles and shadows. Perhaps, this is the first lesson taught to us by the Gyalwang Karmapa.

    Regarding matters related to refund, please follow the instructions below:
    (1) We will contact you with email.
    (2) If you do not receive any email please contact us.

    We are currently actively negotiating with the hotel regarding refund matters. We will gather the details of refund from you and will arrange for refund of payment to you as soon as possible. Please be patient with us. Fellow Dharma friends may make arrangements for other matters such as cancellation of flight tickets and delaying of visa applications.

    Thank you for your kind understanding. Kindly forgive us for any inconvenience caused.

    Yours sincerely,
    The Diamond Sutra Teaching Organizing Committee
    Email: hhkteaching@gmail.com





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    The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Palpung Phende Kunkyab founded by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the afternoon, 20th June. The sangha and lay people welcomed His Holiness and offered mandala. The Karmapa encouraged all to pray for Rinpoche's good health, had dinner there, and thereafter, returned to Thrangu centre.

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    The Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the Long Life Offering for the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, based on the Combined Sadhana of the Three Roots, Thrangu Monastery Canada, 26th June.

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    The Gyalwang Karmapa graced KTD, his monastery in North America, with a short private visit toward the close of his international tour in July of 2017. Please enjoy the video celebrating this joyful occasion, along with the photos of his arrival, the traditional Tea and Rice Welcome Ceremony, and consecration of the new Stupa Project site.

    The Gyalwang Karmapa Consecrates the Eight Auspicious Stupa Project at KTD (July 2017)

    The Gyalwang Karmapa at KTD (July 2017)

    Learn more about the Stupa Project by clicking here.

    All photos and the video on this page by Amber Roniger Photography.


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    The Adarsha Tibetan Buddhist Electronic Reader, a tool for reading and searching Tibetan Buddhist texts, is now available on Android. Created by the Dharma Treasure Corporation under the direction of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Adarsha features many different ways to access the canonical texts of Tibetan Buddhism, including automated catalogs, simple searches, and advanced searches.

    It allows users to quickly find and read the passages they need without writing anything down or making mistakes. In the past, the great texts were wrapped in cloths and worshipped on shrines; with Adarsha, anyone with a computer, phone, or a tablet can read, study, and research them.

    Adarsha includes a broad and comprehensive collection of canonical texts. Not only will it include the canonical texts of the Indian tradition found in the Kangyur and Tengyur, there are also plans to include collected works of many great Tibetan masters of all lineages and all of the Tibetan editions of the Kangyur and Tengyur. All the texts have been carefully proofread under His Holiness’ direction, and new texts are continually being added to the app.

    Adarsha requires Android 6.0 or later and is available from Google Play. For more information, visit the Dharma Treasure website at https://dharma-treasure.org/

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    མེ་ལོང་བོད་ཀྱི་ནང་བསྟན་གློག་རྡུལ་གསུང་རབ་ Android ཐོག་དངོས་སུ་འགྲེམས་སྤེལ་བྱས་པ།

    རྒྱལ་དབང་ཀརྨ་པ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་ཕྲིན་ལས་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ལམ་སྟོན་འོག །དམ་ཆོས་བང་མཛོད་ནས་ཞིབ་འཇུག་དང་གསར་གཏོད་བྱས་པའི་མེ་ལོང་བོད་ཀྱི་ནང་བསྟན་གློག་རྡུལ་གསུང་རབ་ནི། དཀར་ཆག་འཚོལ་བ། སྡེ་ཚན་འཚོལ་བ། ཡོངས་རྫོགས་འཚོལ་བ་བཅས་ཀྱི་བྱེད་ནུས་ལ་བརྟེན་ནས། ཀློག་པ་པོ་རྣམས་ནས་དགོས་མཁོའི་ནང་དོན་རྣམས་ཐོ་འགོད་དང་། བསླུ་ཡོན་མི་དགོས་པར་མྱུར་དུ་འཚོལ་ཐུབ་པ་དང་། མཇལ་ཀློག་ཐུབ་ཀྱི་ཡོད། སྔོན་དུས་གླེགས་ཤིང་གླེགས་ཐག་གིས་བསྡམས་ནས་མཆོད་གཤོམ་གྱི་སྦུགས་ཏུ་བཅུག་པའི་བོད་ཀྱི་གཞུང་ལུགས་རྣམས། ད་ལྟ་གློག་ཀླད་དམ། རིག་ནུས་ལྡན་པའི་ལག་ཐོག་ཁ་པར་ཙམ་ཞིག་ཡོད་ན། མི་དཀྱུས་མ་སུ་འདྲ་ཞིག་ཡིན་ཀྱང་གཞུང་ལུགས་ལ་ཞིབ་འཇུག་དང་། ཐོས་བསམ་ཉམས་ལེན་གནང་ཐུབ།
    མེ་ལོང་ནང་བསྟན་གློག་རྡུལ་གསུང་རབ་ཀྱི་ནང་དོན་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པོ་ཡོད། རྒྱ་གར་སྐད་ནས་བོད་ཡིག་ཐོག་བསྒྱུར་བའི་བཀའ་བསྟན་འགྱུར་ཙམ་དུ་མ་ཟད། བོད་ཀྱི་མཁས་པའི་གསུང་འབུམ་དུ་མ་དང་། བོན་གྱི་བཀའ་བརྟེན་ཀྱང་ཆ་ཚང་བ་ཞིག་བཅུག་འཆར་ཡོད། རྒྱལ་དབང་མཆོག་གི་བཀའ་ཕེབས་པ་ལྟར། མེ་ལོང་ནང་གི་གཞུང་ལུགས་དཔེ་ཆ་ཁག་དཔེ་བསྡུར་དང་ཞུ་དག་ཞིབ་ཚགས་བྱས་ཏེ། གྲངས་འབོར་མང་དུ་འགྲོ་བཞིན་ཡོད།
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    July 27, 2017

    On this very auspicious day of turning the first wheel of Dharma by Lord Buddha (Chokor Duchen), I decide to release this special and profound doha (song of realization) written by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa describing his yearning to meet his Guru Tai Situpa again and again by the blessing of Mother White Tara. It is sung by Guru Vajradhara when he returned back to the residence after the recent surgery.

    May everyone be liberated from the suffering of samsara and attain the ultimate happiness and joy by hearing this profound and blessed melody.  This is the sincere aspiration of Tenam.

    The English translation of the lyrics is taken from the book “Dharma King – The Life of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa in Images”

    The song is ala thala thala.
    Ala is the way it arose:
    Thala is the way it is expressed in words.
    In a pure land, rich with turquoise leaves.
    On a throne of brilliant, white shell,
    Is the deity of long life, the mother Lady Tara.
    I pray to her from the depths of my heart.
    May there be no obstacles to long life
    If you do not recognize this place,
    It is the Retreat House of Palpung.
    If you do not recognize a person like me,
    Recall the upper valley of delightful Shukra
    And the lower valley of delightful Shukra.
    In the place between the two Shukras
    Is a child who descends from Tshazhang Denma.
    lf you call him by name, it is Thubten Gelek.
    Not now, but on a distant tomorrow, it will be decided.
    Both the vulture and I know where to go.
    The vulture soars into the depths of space:
    We people do not stay but go to India.
    In the springtime. a cuckoo comes as a guest.
    In the fall when the harvest ripens, it knows where to go:
    Its only thought is travel to the east of India.
    In the lofty land of Tibet, the inhabitants, high and low.
    And in particular, you, Tai Situ, the Lord and Protector Maitreya.
    Who remains above the crown of our head.
    May your activities, like the sun and moon set in space.
    Be continuous, stable, and without hindrance.
    I pray that we meet again and again.
    May the three roots — the lamas, yidams, and dakinis —
    Protect him from negative conditions and obstacles.
    Keep the precise meaning recorded here in the depth of your heart.
    ༄། །༧རྒྱལ་དབང་ཀརྨ་བཅུ་དྲུག་པས།
    ། འབྱུང་འགྱུར་ལུང་བསྟན་བྱིན་ཅན་འདི།
    ། ལས་ཅན་ཀུན་གྱི་རྣ་བ་རུ།
    ། ཐོས་མ་ཐག་ཏུ་རྣམ་མཁྱེན་གྱི།


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    August 3rd, 2017

    A group from Palpung Wales, which actually consisted of people from all over UK, traveled to join the His Holiness 17th Karmapa’s first teaching weekend in London, Battersea. It was an absolute privilege to be part of that weekend, in many ways. We received touching and inspiring teachings from His Holiness Karmapa on Geshe Langri Tangpa’s famous “Eight verses of Mind Training,” a key instruction on how to bring the Dharma into daily life. At the same time it was like a gesture of welcoming His Holiness Karmapa’s 17th incarnation to this country for the first time. Meeting with the many Dharma friends and coming together in His Holiness’s mandala was a very heart-warming experience. We were also very fortunate to have a group audience with His Holiness on Saturday afternoon. From original Palpung Wales group it slowly formed into a Palpung United group of about 60 people from Wales, Ireland and Slovenia, and some from Italy as well. It was a great chance, although only briefly, meet with people from other Palpung groups and to form a stronger connection. We had a chance to ask some questions and Lama Rabsang also requested a reading transmission to the Short Lineage Prayer, Dorje Chang Thungma, from His Holiness. This was especially in case there were some who could not attend His Holiness’s teachings / empowerment over the weekend, but through this transmission they could have a connection with our lineage head every time they say this prayer. Even though one could not clearly hear the words His Holiness was chanting during the transmission, one could almost feel the air vibrating with the lineage blessings!

    Palpung United (Wales, Ireland, Slovenia, Italy) waiting for the audience with His Holiness 17th Karmapa, May 2017

    Something that was touching us through Lama Rabsang, was that he was invited to join to welcome His Holiness and his entourage on the day of arrival as well as to join HHK and some other Rinpoches and Lamas over an intimate lunch at Sheakspeare’s Globe. He also took part in the body-speech-mind offering the last day of London teaching weekend during the Chenrezig empowerment, and was given a duty to share the dutsi (blessed water) to the audience. On the way home, Lama Rabsang was contemplating the days we spent in London, attending the teachings and events, and wished to express his contemplations also to the wider audience. We published a note by him in Facebook which some of you might have already seen, but please find it also below:

    His Holiness Karmapa, Rinpoches and Lamas enjoying the lunch together, May 2017. Photo by Kagyu Office.

    “I came out of my retreat to take part in this auspicious and historic first visit of His Holiness Karmapa to UK. Thanks to the very hard work and lots of preparations by Joanna Hollingbery, Chloe Roberts and Claire Pullinger (and many others), this visit could finally happen. When I saw thousands of people taking part in the teachings and the empowerment and being able to be in the presence and receive blessings from His Holiness Karmapa – for the benefit of all beings – I was very happy and rejoiced.
    When we had an audience with His Holiness Karmapa, I told him a little bit of the history of Palpung Wales and invited him to visit the Centre in his future visits to UK. He very kindly said “yes yes yes”. In his talk at the end of the teachings he said that he wishes in the future also visit other parts of UK, like Scotland and Wales. I wish this will happen and bring even more benefit to all beings.
    Now I will go back to my retreat, and going back to my daily practice. I feel very blessed and grateful. I wish you all well and I hope that your Dharma practice will become continuously stronger. Like His Holiness said, not just the words, but take the meaning in the heart.
    My best wishes and prayers,
    Lama Rabsan
    There were some people who had met His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as well as 17th Karmapa, and then those, who were meeting His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for the first time. For everyone the experience is always different. Below one account from a person of the weekend in London.
    “I had seen and heard HH Karmapa many times before, through watching YouTube videos and listening to his podcast. I thought I knew what to expect, then, when Pauliina persuaded me to go to his teachings and empowerment in London. The reality, though, was different.
    The experience of being with so many Buddhists in one room was an education in itself, but being in the presence of His Holiness during our group audience on the Saturday afternoon was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Here was a man who was much younger than me, yet seemed so much calmer and more full of a mixture of authority and peacefulness than I have ever been. At that point I suddenly understood that this was more than just a man I had seen on YouTube: here was the head of our lineage, one of a long line of Karmapas stretching back nine hundred years, in person. The experience was both humbling and uplifting at the same time. I was fortunate afterwards to get close enough to him to offer my kata to him, and receive it back from his own hand.
    On the Sunday, after some excellent teaching about the eight verses for training the mind, we had the privilege of receiving the Chenrezig empowerment from the Karmapa himself, who is regarded as an emanation of Chenrezig.
    All in all the weekend was a very uplifting and motivating experience for me. His Holiness expressed his desire to visit the other UK nations in the future, so perhaps we may one day soon be welcoming him at the door of Palpung Changchub Dargye Ling. That would truly be an honour.” Barry Taylor

    By: Pauliina Kossi

    There are many wonderful accounts and hundreds of photos of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s historic first visit to UK in May, please find below some links you may wish to browse if you haven’t already seen.






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  • 08/11/17--01:10: Video: Karmapa London 2017

  • Wise Jewell Ltd and Karmapa Visit UK presents, a short film documenting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's historic first visit to the United Kingdom In May 2017.

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    His Holiness Karmapa was greeted with loud applauses and enthusiasms by the Lin Yen's congregation when he visited the temple. The nuns led HH Karmapa in tour in around their facility. The crowd gathered and followed giving HH Karmapa with such warm welcome.

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