Every winter Kagyu monks from various Kagyu Shedras “place of learning” (Institution) come together to participate in the traditional buddhist debates. This year monks from 11 Shedras have gathered for the 15th Kagyu Gunchoe (winter debate). These highly spirited, philosophical contest take place over the period of 3 weeks. Supervised by over 30 Khenpos, more than 800 monks debate on five major topics such as, Paramitas, Madhyamaka,Pramana, Abidharma and Vinaya.
Over the past three years, the annual winter debates are additionally overseen by His Holiness the Karmapa. His Holiness personally listens to random participants, gives his opinions and if necessary, gives suggestions and corrections.
On February 2nd – 4th, His Holiness will offer a talk to the Kagyu Gunchoe participants. The teaching will be webcasted live. (Please click here to go to the webcast page.)
From February 6th – 8th, His Holiness will preside over the three precept debate which will be held at Tergar monastery’s main shrine hall.
(article and video from kagyugunchoe.com)