• XVII Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje: Interconnected – now also available in German

    The German edition of H.H. XVII Karmapa’s latest book, Interconnected, has just been published and can now been purchased from our Dharmashop: VERNETZT VERBUNDEN UNTRENNBAR – Ein Buch für die heutige Zeit des Wandels Our lives are in a state of great upheaval – globally and nationally. The previous economy and way of life have led to the exploitation of the earth and of the poorer nations and groups of population. The consequences of our consumption-oriented actions are climate change, the extinction of species, massive consumption of resources at the expense of future generations and social inequality. All of these … Next
  • Thirty-sixth Birthday Message from Gyalwang Karmapa on the occasion of his Birthday on June 26, 2021

    I would like to offer my greetings and Tashi Delek to all of you. Today is the 26th of June, the day my birthday is generally celebrated. My actual birthday is the first day of the fifth Tibetan month, but my birthday has been celebrated on several different dates. The date my parents consider my birthday is calculated by the Tibetan calendar, and if converted to the Western calendar, it is June 19, 1985. Traditionally in Tibet, there was no custom of celebrating birthdays, so when I still lived in my homeland, we never celebrated my birthday. The first celebration … Next
  • Aspirations to End Adversity: Online prayers led by the XVII Gyalwang Karmapa from Jan 20 to Jan 27, 2021.

    Aspirations to End Adversity Day One – Opening Words Greetings to everyone. Starting from today, for the next eight days, I will be reciting prayers with you all. We all recite prayers every day, whether short or long. But I think there is a particular purpose and advantage when many people pray together. It is just as how a single stalk of grass is not as strong as many stalks bundled together. I am not saying that our individual aspirations have no power, but I believe strongly that if we all put our strength together, the result is different. These days, … Next
  • Message of the XVII. Karmapa on the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic (14th April 2020)

    His Holiness the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje gave a special talk on the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsWONfXGw3Q I would like to wish everyone Tashi Delek. At this time when, as you all know, the coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the world, creating an inconceivable crisis, I have been staying in retreat, keeping some distance from society. But I am unable to bear the feeling, and would like to say a few words today. From the time this epidemic began to spread, it has severely impacted the daily lives and health of everyone on the entire earth. We worry anxiously about … Next
  • Special Address by the Gyalwang Karmapa for the 37th Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya

    To begin, I would like to express my greetings to everyone who has come to this 37th Kagyu Monlam: His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, who has come to preside over the Monlam; Kyabje Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, Kyabje Mingyur Rinpoche, Kyabje Bokar Yangsi Rinpoche, and all the other lamas and tulkus; to Khenpo Lodrö Donyö Rinpoche and all the other khenpos and acharyas; to the vast gathering of the sangha; to all the members of the public, monastic and lay, who have gathered here from all over the world; and to everyone listening to this over the internet. Now I would … Next
  • Joint long life prayer for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s reincarnation by Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje. 27th October 2019

    Like a swiftly approaching sunrise, the reincarnation of the all-knowing holder of the Red Crown, Mipham Chökyi Lodrö, is soon to appear. With the fervent aspiration that he may live long, that his activity may flourish, and that by the power of this, the teachings of the Practice Lineage of the Karma Kamtsang may be united, the two of us, known as Ogyen Trinley and Thaye Dorje, have written this prayer together. We have concluded it with the true words of Gyalwang Mikyö Dorje adorning it as the final stanza. May this work aid in spreading the teachings and bringing … Next
  • Full Transcript of the Address from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to the 36th Kagyu Monlam January 21, 2019

    First, I would like to welcome and extend Tashi Delek to all of you who have gathered for the 36th Kagyu Monlam: the great regent of all the victors, Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the other tulkus, khenpos, acharyas, spiritual friends, all the monks and nuns from the various monasteries, and all the faithful lay people from all over the world. Further, this year, the principal sponsors of the Monlam are a group of lay people and monastics from the Nyeshang region of Nepal. We are all aware of this place in Nepal. At the time of Jetsun … Next
  • The Karmapa Gives a Meditation Transmission of the Chenrezik Sadhana and an Update on his Current Status, Beanfield Center, Toronto

    Resplendent in brocade chubas and multi-colored aprons, the Toronto Tibetan community, the largest in North America, filled the auditorium for the fourth and final session of the two-day video teachings. Because he could not attend in person, it was no longer viable for the Karmapa to bestow the Chenrezik empowerment, so he gave the meditation transmission of the Chenrezik sadhana. A mandala offering to request the transmission was followed by recitation of the refuge prayer and bodhicitta. Then, based on the instructions given in the first three sessions, the audience was asked to maintain the visualizations while His Holiness read … Next
  • How to Understand the Heart Sutra (Podcast Episode #017)

    The Heart Sutra (Sanskrit Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya or Chinese 心經 Xīnjīng) is one of the most popular and important texts for understanding the Buddha’s view of reality, especially throughout East Asia, Tibet, and now the Western world. In 2016, the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to New Delhi and gave an extensive teaching on the Heart Sutra at the request of disciples from around the world. This was the first time that the Karmapa had taught directly on a sutra as opposed to a commentary. These profound and very detailed teachings auspiciously began on India’s Independence Day and lasted for several days, covering topics … Next
  • Joint Statement of His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje and His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje (11th October 2018)

    Transcript of the Joint Statement His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje and His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje met over the last few days at a rural location in France. Their purpose was to get to know each other personally. They also discussed how they might work together to preserve and strengthen the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. After their discussions, His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje and His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje issued the following joint statement: “We are both very pleased to have had this opportunity to meet and get to know each other in a peaceful and relaxed environment. … Next

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