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. 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.
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. 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. 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. His Holiness at ease and at home at his North American Seat. During the formal tea and rice welcoming ceremony in the KTD shrine room, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche holds up and offers desi, sweet saffron rice.
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.