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Teaching at Tergar

(Photo: Karmapa teaches to Karma Guncho monks at Tergar.)

Offering mandala 1 Offering mandala

(Photos: Karma Guncho Khenpos offering mandala to His Holiness)

In his first teaching to the the Karma Guncho monks at Tergar, His Holiness taught Gampopa’s text on the Precious Garland. After the teaching, His Holiness took a quick break (watching pilgrims and gazing across at the view of the Mahabodhi Stupa from the rooftop) before giving a public blessing. While monlam is still a little less than a month away, several hundred pilgrims came to Tergar for a chance to offer khatas and to receive his blessing. Perhaps because he has some spare time left before the rush of monlam, this is quite possibly the best opportunity to receive blessings and make offerings. For those presently in Bodhgaya, public audience is given every other day at 3pm beginning November 20th.

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Heading inside Hotel Mahayana

(Photo: His Holiness with Lamas from Zongkar Choede Monastery to inaugurate the 8th century Tibetan artifacts.)

Kora around the Bodhi Tree

(Photo: Circumambulating the Bodhi tree with Mahabodhi Temple management Monk in Charge.)

Making offerings

(Photo: His Holiness makes offerings inside the Main Stupa.)

Photos by permission from the Tsurphu Labrang and Kagyu Monlam photographers.

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Lama Gelek painting Torma monks painting

Torma monks painting

(Photos: Lama and artists in the process of painting small tormas.)

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His Holiness makes offerings at the Stupa on November 18, 2007.

On his second day in Bodhgaya, His Holiness visited the Main Temple to make offerings and to circumambulate the Stupa.

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On his second day in Bodhgaya, His Holiness attended the opening of an exhibit at Hotel Mahayana. The Hotel’s basement gallery is exhibiting Zangchoe Monastery’s eighth century Tibetan artifacts.  Mainly statues and thangkas, along with a Medicine Buddha mandala which is being constructed, the gallery is open to the public until January 17, 2008.

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Two outer gates to Tergar Monastery

(Photo: Tergar’s two outer gates welcoming His Holiness Karmapa.)

After a one week stay in Sarnath, His Holiness arrived at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya on November 17 at 2PM. Waiting for nearly two and a half hours in the midday sun without shade was no easy task. But a chance to receive the Gwalwang Karmapa for the 25th Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya is a significant event.

As the narrow and dusty road was watered down in preparation for his arrival, the 600 monks who are staying at Tergar for Karma Guncho prepared to receive His Holiness with ritual ceremony. As the cavalcade of SUV jeeps drove up the road one after another, white katas cascaded down from red robed monks, nuns and the lay devotees.

As his jeep drove up, His Holiness looked to his left at all the monastics lined up to greet him and when he arrived in front of the monastery, the Gwalwang Karmapa got out, walked up the steps into the shrinehall and offered a kata and prostrations to the Buddha before him. The crowd of people waiting everywhere swarmed to get a closer glimpse. When His Holiness disappeared into private quarters for lunch, the question was visible on many faces: when can we see His Holiness again?

Watering truck Watering road
(Photos: Watering truck in action to keep the road dust-free)

Monks waiting for His Holiness with banners Monks waiting for His Holiness in the heat

(Photos: Monks waiting to receive H.H. Karmapa with banners and drums.)

Devotees waiting for H.H. Karmapa Long line of monastics waiting to receive HH Karmapa

(Photos: Devotees and 600 monastics waiting for His Holiness to arrive.)

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