Editor’s note: Found on Facebook; thanks to Amy Schwartz for her permission to share: I have been lucky to be with His Holiness Karmapa on several occasions, but the Karma Pakshi empowerment at the UPAC center on April 19th was one of the most powerful for me. At the end of the empowerment, a palpable sense of […]Read more "The Guru’s Longing: Poetry"
Setting up the statues for blessing: May Lein Ho unboxes statues that His Holiness Karmapa will bless at KTD for visit sponsors. The statues were the kind gift of a special sponsor, and were filled at Karme Ling Retreat Center by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the KTD lamas. From left, Stephanie Marco, May Lein Ho, and […]Read more "Precious Statues, Carefully Placed: Preparing the Filled Rupas for Blessing by His Holiness Karmapa"
Every afternoon at KTD Monastery, lamas and laypeople participate in the daily Mahakala protector ritual to remove obstacles and promote success for monastery activities. During His Holiness Karmapa’s visit, it was heard that His Holiness would like to join the daily ritual for one afternoon. A plan was made to arrange for this puja on […]Read more "His Holiness Karmapa Joins KTD’s Daily Mahakala Puja"
When His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa comes to visit KTD, it takes a lot of work. Stepping into the breach is a small army of volunteers, bringing devotion for His Holiness and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make his visit a success. They are washing floors, emptying trash cans, parking the cars, […]Read more "On The Front Lines With The Volunteers"
(April 18, 2015 – Kingston, New York) Many of the 1,500 attending the afternoon teachings today had been waiting a long time to gather all the causes and conditions to be able to receive the precious refuge vow from His Holiness the Karmapa on their home soil. After a morning session in which His Holiness […]Read more "In Kingston, Karmapa Offers Refuge to those Seeking Refuge"
(April 18, 2015 – Kingston, New York) Well before His Holiness’s lecture started, a long line stretched down the block and around the corner with people waiting to enter the Ulster Performing Arts Center. This elegant space filled to its capacity of 1,500. Among those attending the talk were students from an older generation who […]Read more "Karmapa Teaches New Ways to Understand Refuge"
In his first major teaching at his American monastic seat in almost four years, His Holiness Karmapa spoke on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa in the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Main Shrine Room on April 19, 2015. The teaching was preceded by a heartfelt expression of welcome by KTD President Tenzin Chonyi and a Long Life Offering to […]Read more "His Holiness Karmapa: What Do We Really Need? What Is Our True Goal?"