By Karen Lucic For the last five years, I have been on a journey following in the footsteps of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, better known to us as Chenrezig. The journey’s destination was “Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice,” an exhibition held this spring at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, […]Read more "Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art"
The visit of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra is a dream come true for so many of His Holiness’ dharma students in America. They’ve read his books, placed his photos on their shrine, recited his mantra … and then finally were able to encounter him in reality. During the April 17-20 […]Read more "Gems for the Guru: Short Stories from Karmapa’s Visit"
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"
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"