His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, with Captions

IMG_5975  Dark clouds threatened as dharma students gathered Friday afternoon April 18 to await His Holiness’ arrival. The walkway had been painted with chalk emblems of the 8 auspicious emblems and a red carpet rolled out to smooth His Holiness’ path.  HHKarmapaArrSanders10   IMG_0995    KTD Abbot Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, left, and visiting Lama Norlha from Kagyu Thubten Choling of Wappingers Falls NY sit together on the front porch of KTD’s Shrine Building (Gompa). Behind them is a stack of portable drums to be used in the welcoming ceremony. HHKarmapaArrSanders15

Lama Tashi Dondup, left, holds a gyaling horn for Lama Tenzin Dakpa as they both prepare for the serbang, or “golden procession” to welcome His Holiness Karmapa to KTD.     HHKarmapaArrSanders7crop   RHSKTD2015_MG_2483 1   RHSKTD2015_MG_2487 2  His Holiness, ushered by the monks, nuns, and lamas, enters through the Gampopa Gateway and into the KTD Monastery courtyard, seeing his monastery for the first time in almost four years. HHKarmapaArrSanders2  Among the dignitaries meeting His Holiness is KTD President Tenzin Chonyi, far right, who welcomed His Holiness with words of gratitude for the care and leadership His Holiness has given his American sangha.  HHKarmapaArrSanders5  His Holiness at ease and at home at his North American Seat.RHSKTD2015_MG_2571   RHSKTD2015_MG_2539 1  During the formal tea and rice welcoming ceremony in the KTD shrine room, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche holds up and offers desi, sweet saffron rice. RHSKTD2015_MG_2564   RHSKTD2015_MG_2515 2

RHSKTD2015_MG_2498CROPPEDA smile of delight on the face of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, who has been teaching at KTD on behalf of His Holiness for almost 40 years.

RHSKTD2015_MG_2499  Among the many visiting lamas, Lama Lodu Rinpoche of San Francisco (far left) and Lama Dudjom Dorjee of Dallas are part of the welcoming party. RHSKTD2015_MG_2551 1

His Holiness thanked the crowd for coming to welcome him, and thanked administrators, lamas, students and visiting Woodstock Town dignitaries for their many years of support for KTD.

Photos by Sarite Sanders and Robert Hansen Sturm, one pano shot by Beth Keenan at the beginning and one shot of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and Lama Norlha by Lama Kathy Wesley.

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