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 by 30 feet.

via Current Activities of the Karmapa.


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)

Karma Samten makes a butter sculpture for the 29th Kagyu Monlam

For an excellent slideshow go here:



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

via Kagyu Office

Mahakala (Bernachen) painted by H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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. This year in Bodhgaya, the Seventeenth Karmapa has organized ten days of Mahakala practice, empowerments, reading transmissions and explanations to take place at Tergar Monastery, his residence here. The sessions began with empowerments on February 12 and will continue through February 21. Special this year is the text of the practice, which His Holiness has revived after this powerful ritual had lain dormant for centuries.

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