Month: February 2012

Unfurling the Large Applique Thangka in Bodhgaya on New Year’s Eve (via Kagyu Office)

This morning, in a two-hour ceremony at the Monlam Pavilion, a magnificent appliqué thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni, flanked by the bodhisattvas Maitreya andManjusri, was unfurled and consecrated. It had taken six months, from June to December 2011, to make the thangka, measuring 20 feet…

His Holiness Karmapa’s Teaching on the Vajradhara Lineage Prayer – Day 3

His Holiness Karmapa’s Teaching on the Vajradhara Lineage Prayer – Day 2

HH Karmapa teaching on Vajradhara Lineage Prayer – English 1 of 3

  This teaching is being webcast live from Bodhgaya, February 26-28. For the live webcast go here: http://www.kagyumonlam.org/Webcast/live_webcast.html To view part 1 of yesterday’s teaching on Youtube:

Making the Tormas for the 29th Kagyu Monlam (Kagyu Monlam Blog)

For an excellent slideshow go here: http://monlam.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/making-of-tormas/

H.H. Karmapa Dances in the Black Hat Cham

watch?v=61rLEm6-HGM&feature=player_embedded#!  

Mahakala Empowerments, Reading Transmissions, Explanations, and Practice have been taking place in Bodhgaya since Feb. 12

via Kagyu Office For many days before the Tibetan New Year, the sangha traditionally engages in a practice of the Protector Mahakala (known as Gutor) to clear away the obstacles of the previous year and open the way for the new one to come….

The Gyalwang Karmapa Supervises the Cham Dress Rehearsal in Bodhgaya

via Kagyu Office: the Website of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. As the Tibetan year draws to a close, Tsurphu traditionally offers a special ritual known as Gutor. This ten-day long ritual is dedicated to the Great Protector of the Karma Kagyu, Gonpo Bernakchen, (Mahakala in…

The Karmapa Inspects the Butter Sculptures Created for the 29th Kagyu Monlam

This video shows the Karmapa inspecting this year’s Kagyu Monlam butter sculptures and the tormas created for the upcoming Mahakala pujas. The monk walking beside him is the Torma Master, Lama Sangye. The Gyalwang Karmapa requests monk and nun artists from Karma Kagyu monasteries…

The Longchenpa Parinirvana Tormas

A puja commemorating the Parinirvana of Longchenpa is currently taking place in Bodhgaya.  Longchenpa (Tib. ཀློང་ཆེན་པ་, Wyl. klong chen pa), also known as Longchen Rabjam (Tib. ཀློང་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས་, klong chen rab ‘byams), ‘Infinite, Vast Expanse of Space’, or Drimé Özer (1308-1364), was one of the…

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