17th Gyalwa Karmapa"Buddhism is a way of life through which we develop the qualities of our mind.
This way of life is very unusual, as it is a means to attain happiness without harming others.

THE 17th GYALWA KARMAPA

"The reason why I describe this is because our topic is about the refuge, in Tibetan known as kyap dro. Most of us are familiar with it, and even though we are familiar with it, we do need a little bit of a reminder of exactly why we are practicing the refuge."

Read more: Karmapa Grenoble 2017 - The meaning of Refuge

What sets Buddhism apart from other religions and spiritual paths? (...) This is what Lama Jampa Thaye explains during two days of teachings: interdependence, also called dependent origination or, more technically conditioned co-arising.

Read more: Two in One - When One Person Embodies Buddhism and the West

He's back! The same as before: when he arrives in the Institute at his rhythmic and peaceful step, hands joined and smiling at each of us, there is no detail in excess and nothing missing either. Lama Nyigyam expresses and allows us to experience equanimity.

Read more: Chod—Or Not Giving in to Appearances

The 25th summer course is finished: the state of enlightenment, the Buddha, studied as three bodies and five wisdoms was explained in detail.  Through his various explanations, Khenpo Chodrak Rinpoche has a gift to question our beliefs, those that we take as certainties.

Read more: The Summer Course : an immersion in the universal knowledge of Buddha

“Can we still encounter miracles today?”  Khandro Rinpoche was asked this very question many years ago while she was teaching at Dhagpo.  She responded, “I know of a contemporary miracle [she pointed to lama Purtse]:  this man practices the Dharma with perseverance every day of his life without missing even one day.”

Read more: Lama Purtse gone, his inspiration lives on

Sharminub
I am pleased to inform you that there have been many progresses and developments at Sharminub over the last year and the activities there continue to grow.

Read more: Retreat at Sharminub With Lama Jigme Rinpoche

Le cours d’été : 25 ans et l’état de bouddha

When I discuss precise points of the Buddha's doctrine with Jigme Rinpoche or with passing scholars and we have to go into detail, there often comes a moment when this sentence—almost definitive—is pronounced: “In order to be sure, we have to ask Khenpo Chodrak Rinpoche.”

Read more: The Summer Course : A tripod for enlightenment

Le cours d’été : 25 ans et l’état de bouddha

When I discuss precise points of the Buddha's doctrine with Jigme Rinpoche or with passing scholars and we have to go into detail, there often comes a moment when this sentence—almost definitive—is pronounced: “In order to be sure, we have to ask Khenpo Chodrak Rinpoche.”

Read more: The Summer Course : Twenty-Five Years and Buddhahood



Lama Puntso begins another voyage: fifteen days in Kalimpong at the shedra (Buddhist University) of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, for the celebrations of the third anniversary of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche's parinirvana. We invite you to read his travel log, which he adds to regularly throughout his journey. A tale thousands of miles from Dhagpo, yet still close; the wealth of exchanges and connections that unite the practitioners from all horizons of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Are there really differences? Enjoy reading along on his blog!

Read more: Travel Log—Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong


Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

Preparation - Karmapa Thaye Dorje is supposed to arrive today at 5 pm. This morning at breakfast, they announce that his arrival is delayed until tomorrow. However, benefactors, visitors, and still more monks arrive all throughout the day. Preparations intensify: tents go up (bamboo structure and fabric walls), tormas accumulate, every corner gets cleaned.

Read more: # 2: Preparation


Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

Sangha(s) - Life at the shedra is the life of a monastic university. The monks can come here starting at fifteen years old to follow a twelve-year long curriculum. After which they can become teachers here at the shedra or elsewhere. Therefore this place is a precious resource for the West as well, as some graduates already teach in Europe and the US.

Read more: # 3: Sangha(s)


Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

The Arrival - There is surprisingly little to tell (either that or truly a lot). Thaye Dorje arrived around 8:15 pm.
Starting at 7:30, twenty drums, four incense-holders, gyalings, various victory banners, and other ornaments, parasols, and a plethora of monks and laypeople offering katas stand in rows from the entry to the shedra until the rows peter out, that is to say, several hundred meters further down the road in the darkness and beneath a rain of blessing.

Read more: # 4: The Arrival


Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

In Between Times (Stories) - Today is a kind of limbo (another bardo!): we are in between Karmapa's arrival yesterday and the beginning of the ceremonies tomorrow. Obviously, the final preparations are becoming clearer: the temple was re-organized, a tent (metal and not bamboo structure; plastic and not fabric walls) went up, the flowers arrived, etc. Nonetheless, the gentle pressure one could feel yesterday has dissipated.

Read more: # 5: In Between Times (Stories)

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