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.


December 19, 2017

Wishes (Monlam)

This afternoon, it’s only us monks at the Mahabodhi Temple because Gyalwa Karmapa is giving Chenrezig empowerment at the Karma Temple (Beru Khyentse Rinpoche’s monastery), and it’s reserved for laypeople. Considering how many people that kind of transmission draws, I don’t know where they’d put the monks, and, anyway, somebody has to carry on with the practice. After all, it’s our job.

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December 19, 2017

Monlam (wishes)


Throughout the years, if we take a good look, nothing looks more like a day at Kagyu monlam than another day at Kagyu monlam. The ingredients are the same: obviously, it takes place on the grounds of Buddha’s enlightenment, the Mahabodhi Temple, arranged for the occasion. The Gyalwa Karmapa is present, flanked on his right and left with the greatest masters and scholars of the lineage, thousands of monks and nuns of every nationality surround the Karmapa, thousands of lay practitioners who came from everywhere are also present.

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December 17, 2017


The Opening of the Eye of the Universe


After Lumbini and the Buddha’s birthplace, after Kushinagar and his parinirvana, here we are at Sarnath, the site of his first teaching: the four truths of the noble ones. What indeed happened?
After Enlightenment - At age forty-five, the Buddha attained enlightenment. Seven weeks later, he chose to teach the dharma, as it was the most ultimate benefit he could accomplish for beings. 


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December 15, 2017


And the Buddha Is Dead!


It is the end of the day and we have arrived at Kushinagar, the site of the parinirvana and the cremation of the Buddha. We have just enough time to pay homage to the reclining Buddha on his right flank. He is covered with several layers of yellow fabric which numerous pilgrims, mainly from the Theravada traditions, come to offer in procession, their chants carried by portable loud speakers linked to a microphone held close, really close to the mouth…. 


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December 14, 2017


And the Buddha Is Born!


I’ll spare you the sixteen hours of bus travel from Kathmandu to Lumbini—the tire that needed changing, the axel-balancing, the road under construction—you get the idea. We arrived at 10:30 at night: all three buses of Lama Nyima’s pilgrimage group, in which I nabbed a spot. This morning we got up fairly early to head off to the Mayadevi Temple.
When you enter the immense Lumbini Park, the calm increases as you get closer to the center of the park and the Mayadevi Temple itself. 


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December 8, 2017

The Retreat Concludes

We are concluding the Nepali step at Sharminub with a selection of metaphors and photos of the Amitabha offering feast that closed the retreat.

Since I didn’t know what to share with you from all the teachings that have been given, I decided to pull out all of the metaphors that Khenpo Gyaltsen and Jigme Rinpoche used. Some are traditional while others are more original. Happy reading…

Between each metaphor, a photo of the last moments of the retreat. I hope I’ll have wifi in Bodhgaya, so that I can continue sharing.

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December 7, 2017                        


Travel through the Photo Gallery  - The teachings - The children (again!) - Behind the scenes.


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December 7, 2017

A Place of Great Purity

As I explained earlier, behind Sharminub Monastery, there is a retreat center where a dozen fully-ordained (guelong) monks hand-picked by Shamar Rinpoche live. They spent ten years in retreat dedicating themselves to Mahamudra meditations from the sutra tradition. Currently, they live in the monastery, of course, but without the strict rhythm of retreat, as they concluded their retreat last year. They explain that their activity consists essentially in preserving the 253 monks’ vows to which they have committed. The term guelong in Tibetan can be literally translated as “one who delights in virtue.”


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Posted on December 6, 2017

The Children of Sharminub

Sharminub monastery was created with the purpose of study and practice as well as preserving the monastic vows and the vinaya. Of course, these projects are underway, but an unintended function arose: an orphanage and a school for children.
In 2015, at the time of the earthquake in Nepal, the Tagdha School near Kalimpong which is part of the education project of Gyalwa Karmapa began to receive poor children and orphans. But the tense political situation at the border would not authorize their stay. These children were transferred to Sharminub monastery where there was space for them. Some had lost their parents, others came from extreme poverty; it was impossible to refuse them.

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Posted on December 5, 2017

Khenpo Gyaltsen : His Life

The day of my arrival at the monastery, I saw a monk with a shovel energetically digging at the foot of a stone staircase. He was preparing the soil for the visitors, so that it wouldn’t be dangerous to walk there. I recognize Khenpo Gyaltsen, the principal of the monastery. He gave me a large smile and said something in Tibetan that I didn’t understand. The next day, it was he who gave the teaching on Buddha Nature. I couldn’t keep myself from asking him about his life. Here, I give you the entirety of our exchange.

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Posted on December 4, 2017

Day 2 : Mosaic

The first session: linking into the network.
Jigmé Rinpoche continued his teaching. He reviewed the nature of Buddha and on the meaning of the visualisation. Then he spoke of the connection that we establish with the bodhisattvas during the practice by way of a particularly fitting metaphor. He explained that during the practice, we always need and have the impression to establish a personal relationship with the bodhisattva or the divinity we meditate. But in fact, when we pray to a bodhisattva, it is as if we turn on our telephone so that it can connect with the network. It is neither a relation of personal exchange nor a personal link. It is the natural activity of the bodhisattvas who can link into us since, through confidence, we open to them.
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Posted on December 4, 2017

First Day of Retreat

It’s eight-thirty. People arrive. Not only the one hundred and twenty from Nyima’s group but people who have come in small groups from different European countries. In all, there are nearly 200 of us (to be confirmed). The day before, we established the schedule: four sessions; two in the morning and two in the afternoon; the day begins at nine am and ends at five pm. It’s reasonable and leaves times for the rest (to each his own rest at various moments: some shop; some visit tourist sites; some practice…). → Read more



Posted on December 3, 2017


Arrival at Sharminub: Between Earth and Sky 

Upon my arrival at Sharminub Monastery, the size of the place (it’s big!), its beauty (dare I say elegance?), and its location between the hillside and the valley (between earth and sky?) immediately brought to mind Shamar Rinpoche. This place is a clear expression of him. 
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Posted on November 30, 2017


Retreat at Sharminub: The Invitation 

“I would like to announce that I will be guiding a retreat of the 14th Shamar Rinpoche’s guru yoga at Sharminub from December third to tenth of this year, and I would like to invite you to come join me if you wish to and are able to. You can take part in the full retreat or come for only a part.”  → Read more















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