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The arrival of joyful Mingyur Rinpoche at Tergar Monastery December 6th.

How wonderful to have him here and see this radiant being, each cell bursting with positive energy.

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The holy site of Bodhgaya became even more magnificent today when His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa arrived this morning at Tergar Monastery. He was greeted by the monks from the monastery and many devotees from around the world. Everybody lined up in front of the monastery to welcome His Holiness holding traditional katas and burning incense. We were all very excited when His Holiness arrived escorted by attendants and security. His Holiness greeted everybody with a beaming smile, preceded into the temple, immediately prostrated to the Buddha and made offerings.

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A brief schedule for His Holiness activity in Bodhgaya this year was recently posted on the

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All photos by our marvelous blog photographer Karma Norbu.
Copyright: Kagyu Monlam Chenmo International

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Letter to a friend

Letter to a Friend – Nagarjuna

The shrine room at Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya was packed with 1500 people from 52 countries. The seating was organised deftly to give every group a chance to sit at the front and gaze at the powerfully expressive face of the Karmapa. The throne, the shrine, the gigantic Buddha, the face of Karmapa – all seemed washed with gold. Chyamsin-la, the Karmapa’s sister, offered the mandala to request the teachings.

From my notes which have been edited.

The reason we chose this text, His Holiness Karmapa informed the international assembly, is that it is primarily an instruction for householders on how to practise the dharma. Nagarjuna wrote it to his friend, the King of South India. It includes the five vows and the practice of the 6 paramitas.

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we received many requests to post the audio of the speech given at the conclusion of “living the dharma” teachings by lama jinpa, the spanish translator. we, at blog central, like to thank you all for watching, reading, scrolling, requesting and commenting. sarva mangalam!

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‘I always feel the Buddha is present when I go to the temple here. If you come here and don’t recognize it, it’s like going to a treasure island and coming back without any jewels.’

His Holiness delivered a treasure island filled with jewels when he gave the bodhisattva vow at Tergar Monastery on January 3rd. The vow, which was from Santideva’s poetic Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, contained both the aspiration and engagement aspects. The preparation, His Holiness explained, was the 7 branch prayer, to purify obscurations. Here are some of the jewels:
‘Our parents may or may not have done a good job, but they did give us our body. This is the biggest gift they could have given on a fundamental level. They gave us a body and a life, and this is an incomparable kindness.’

‘All sentient beings depend on each other. Wanting to have a good name and be known – we cannot be famous alone. Even if you set up a big throne and call yourself Vajradhara, you cannot do it alone.’

‘Even the unmoving things on this earth are kind – trees, plants, the soil. We need to think about their kindness because they are all being destroyed. Arouse unbearable compassion for all of it and wish to relieve the suffering of all. If we develop the motivation to help them all, that is bodhicitta.’

‘It is more powerful to do the dharma in this place because the Buddha defeated the four maras so there are fewer obstacles here. The smallest action will multiply hundreds of thousands of times here. This is where the Buddha reached Buddhahod. Take the vow to awaken similarly.’

‘The very ground here is a blessed place. When the Buddha defeated the four maras, the earth shook. Here the earth is a support. Even the trees depend on this. The entire place has a connection with Buddhahood. We are on the good earth. We have entered the mandala of perfect enlightenment. We have become a child of the Buddha. For this reason we should rejoice.’

After His Holiness gave the vow in Tibetan, Chinese and English, he gave us all a small present.
‘I have two pictures for you. A Chinese calligraphy and a picture of White Tara I drew myself. But the White Tara has not arrived. Maybe she’s too busy so I’ll give you the mantra instead. In my heart I feel I’ve offered this picture and you can think I’m offering it to you with the intention that you may have long life. May the deathlessness of White Tara never be separate from you for the rest of your lives.’

It seemed that the earth had shaken again, so great were the treasures from Karmapa’s mind.

Norma Levine

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His Holiness began his second day of teaching with wishes for a Happy New Year in Chinese, Tibetan, English and Korean.
“I wish you all a good heart and happiness every day, and peace and harmony in every corner of our world. May all beings on our planet live in equality and well being. “
Then he spoke on refuge and although this is the most fundamental of dharma teachings, there was a sense of freshness from the energy His Holiness put into it.

Why do we need to look for a source of refuge? From the time we are young, we rely on our parents. It’s a sign of mutual affection to look to parents and friends for companionship and happiness.
Many people come to me and tell me their woes and joys, asking for refuge and protection. We’re unable to free ourselves completely from sufferings and difficulties in our lives. But this is something I need to do this for myself, and we all need to do for ourselves.

We need to see if there is someone who can free us from all sufferings in all lifetimes. Someone who never gets a cold may not have encountered the conditions for a cold; similarly, there are not just the evident sicknesses that we show, but also those that haven’t manifested yet. Is there anyone who can protect us from this? And if so, who are they?

If we are to free ourselves from the net of suffering – birth, old age, sickness and death – then it has to be through someone who has freed himself from it. Like Prince Siddhartha, who left the Palace and saw that we have the basis for suffering in birth, old age, sickness and death, so too we have to face our fear of these sufferings. The desire to go for refuge needs to come from within.

The person who had the instructions to free us is the Buddha; he assembled all the external causes and thus taught the four noble truths to free us from samsara. Those who practise it, our companions, are sangha.
These are the three jewels and if we go for refuge we develop faith in them.
So we need to fear suffering and to have faith in the three jewels.

We can free ourselves from the ocean of samsara because we have all the inner and outer conditions. Taking the refuge vow means making a commitment to hold the precepts, according to our capabilities.

His Holiness gave refuge in Chinese, Tibetan, English and Korean.
The teaching continued.

There are things that we need to give up. The first is taking refuge in worldly deities because it won’t free us from suffering. Then we have to give up harming others intentionally. And thirdly, we have to give up harmful friends; that means those people who draw us downwards. It’s important for dharma friends to help each and maintain good connections.

We’re not saying that people who are not Buddhist cannot experience bodhicittta. There’s a story about this. The last person to take Gelong vows from the Buddha asked him if any of the Hindu traditions had the path of liberation. The Buddha didn’t answer immediately. First he taught the noble eightfold path then replied that anyone who had that, was the sangha. So we are not saying that other religions do not have love and compassion.

We also have to value everything that represents the Buddha, all the words of the Buddha and even a scrap of yellow robe.
Keep the refuge in mind and try to recite it three times a day, or whenever you remember the three jewels.
Whenever we begin any activity we should first go for refuge.
Never give up on the three jewels.

Norma Levine

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