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.


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

Bordeaux - Kalimpong - The voyage is fairly simple: car-plane-shuttle-walk (Delhi airport is big!)-plane-shuttle-taxi, and twenty-two hours after departure from Bordeaux, here I am in Kalimpong shedra. The night spent in the plane is a kind of bardo where there is neither sleep nor non-sleep, an in-between as much for mind as for body: when we distance ourselves from an object, we naturally see it differently.

Read more: #1: Bordeaux - 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)

Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

Sand Mandala - I cross paths with Nendo Rinpoche. He is one of the only holders of the knowledge of our lineage's rituals. We have already met at Dhagpo and at Bodhgaya. A short dialogue (...)

Read more: #6: Sand Mandala

Commemorating Shamarpa's Parinirvana with Karmapa in Kalimpong

Times and Recognition - Sunday, June 4th, preparatory rituals continue.  The sand mandala is not finished and the mandala makers are busy while we perform the ritual, finishing at the end of the morning. Just about three hours of puja (for those who are familiar with it:  we practiced the dakyé – visualization of oneself – and a tsok – a festive offering –  of Gyalwa Gyamtso).

Read more: #7: Times and Recognition

June 11, 2017, three years after Shamar Rinpoche's passing, we paid homage with a day of practice dedicated to the ritual of Amitabha Buddha and closed with an offering feast (tsok).

Read more: Commemoration of Shamar Rinpoche's Parinirvana

Dear friends, next Saturday, we will celebrate Karmapa's birthday, May 6. This day will be dedicated to the practices of study and meditation.

Read more: For Karmapa's Birthday...

Young adult course, in Dhagpo  –  1rst  and 2nd april 2017. An opportunity for eighteen to twenty-five year olds to discover the Buddha's teaching over the course of a weekend through dialogue, various exercises, and the chance to try out meditation for the first time.

Read more: A report on Dhagpo's latest course for young adults, in pictures!

Dear friends,
All of us here at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling are happy to share Karmapa's latest announcement, posted on his website.
Following in the footsteps of great enlightened beings such as Padmasambhava, the 15th Karmapa and the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, may the wisdom union of His Holiness and Rinchen Yangzom benefit the Kagyu Lineage and countless beings.
The Dhagpo team

Read more: Karmapa has something special and personal to share with you…

Right now in New Delhi, the spring course of Thaye Dorje, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, is taking place at the  Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI).

Read more: Spring course at KIBI

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May the wisdom arising from meditation and study of the teachings guide our activity for others! [...]

Read more: Tibetan New Year - Losar 2017: video & wishes

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