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by Ani Rinchen Khandro, a British nun in Bodhgaya
 

In this great gathering of Rinpoches, monks, nuns and lay devotees from the four corners of the world His Holiness Karmapa presides over all with grace, his perfect form adorned by majesty and modesty.

Like 1,000 Armed Chenresig his eyes of limitless compassion see everything. His hands of skillful means touch all aspects of this vast event and diverse assembly bringing everything into balance and harmony. Where at first there was unfamiliarity and wariness there is now kindness and smiles of friendship. What was rough has become smooth.

By his words of wisdom we are moved. By his immaculate example we are inspired. By his great love we are transformed. His very presence radiates blessings. Bodhgaya, this place made holy by the Buddhas, a place of extremes of heat and cold, chaos and calm, beggars and Bodhisattvas, this place becomes Dewachen. May the power of Karmapa’s blessing waves reach the whole universe and beyond. Emaho!

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This evening (7.30pm IST, March 3), actors and actresses from the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA) will perform a play based on the life of the Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi. Written by the Gyalwang Karmapa in a contemporary idiom, the play focuses on three events: the arrival of Orgyenpa, who would hold the Karma Pakshi’s lineage; the meeting of these two great lamas; and finally, Orgyenpa’s meeting and recognizing the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. During the time of the Seventh Karmapa, such dramas, based on the lives of realized beings, were performed during the first fifteen days of the New Year. Today is the tenth Tibetan day (dedicated to Guru Rinpoche), and so it falls within this time period and also within the present Karmapa’s revival of Tibetan traditions especially connected to his lineage.

In addition to the Life of Karma Pakshi, students from the Sujata School, which is especially for those recently arrived from Tibet, will give a Tibetan cultural performance. The Rumtek Association of Tibetan Opera, founded during the time of the Sixteenth Karmapa, will also contribute a piece to round out the evening.

by Michele Martin
 

There will be a live-webcast of this event. Please see the webcast page on kagyumonlam.org for details about this webcast.

Kagyu Monlam Webcast Page - click to open

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