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.


We were saddened to learn of the parinirvana of great Nyingmapa master Kyabje Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche.

Read more: Homage to Kyabje Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche

Practicing nyung nes is immersing oneself in a transmission involving a princess who gave up her realm, a bodhisattva with a thousand arms, vows, days of silence and fasting, and meditation on compassion. 

Read more: Nyung Nes : A Voyage of Body and Mind

Dear friends,

We are thrilled to share this joyful message from Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, and his wife Sangyumla, which announces the upcoming arrival of their child.

We send all our best wishes and congratulations along with this happy news.

Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Dhagpo Kagyu Ling's Team

Read more: Karmapa and Sangyumla have some joyous news to share with you…

nouvel an tibétain

Through the clarity and awareness that arise from study, reflection, and meditation, may we perceive ourselves and the world around us with greater lucidity [...]

Read more: Tibetan New Year - Losar 2018: video & wishes

For the fifth consecutive year, Dhagpo's volunteers, committed to the various aspects of practice, go into retreat for the month of January to study Buddhist philosophy. This cycle of studies began several years ago upon Jigme Rinpoche's initiative so that students could achieve a deeper understanding of philosophical texts. 

Read more: Study Retreat in January 2018—Practical Information

Best Wishes 2018

Compassion is the natural result of profound understanding [...]

Read more: Best Wishes 2018

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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. 

Read more: # 14 Wishes (Monlam)

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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.

Read more: # 13 Monlam (wishes)

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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?

Read more: # 12 The Opening of the Eye of the Universe

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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.

Read more: # 11 And the Buddha is dead!

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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.

Read more: # 10 And the Buddha Is Born!

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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…

Read more: # 9 The Retreat Concludes

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

Kaleidoscope  - Travel through the Photo Gallery

Read more: # 8 Kaleidoscope

Travel Log - In Nepal and India with Lama Puntso

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.

Read more: # 7: A Place of Great Purity

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