Archive for the ‘HH Karmapa’ Category

HH Karmapa webcasts

June 5, 2014

You can see Karmapa’s teachings in Germany on live webstream and recordings are also available.

Next webcast 1.00pm Friday 6th June

See if you can spot a familiar figure translating!

Click here to link.

New website for BBG

March 29, 2014

We have revamped and updated our website.

It is still at the same address: and in addition to the previous pages and features will be hosting audio teachings from Rinpoche and other visiting teachers.

The new site is up and running and will be growing over the next few weeks as we refine and add to the pages.

Do take a look and send any feedback via the “contact us” page on the site.

We still don’t have dates for Rinpoche’s visit to the UK this year, however he will be attending HH Dalai Lama’s teachings in Germany and HH Karmapa’s teachings, also in Germany.Additionally Rinpoche is at the Kagyu Monlam in France and the Bodhicharya Summer School, so he does have a busy summer planned already!

We will post details as they arise……



HH Karmapa requests mantra recitation

May 3, 2011

 In accordance with the requests of various organisations His Holiness Karmapa has requested that his students and followers contribute to a world-wide puja to accumulate merit for his return to the Karmapa’s traditional seat at Rumtek Monastery.

His Holiness has composed a prayer of dedication for this vast effort which you can see below.  The puja consists of the dedication and 100 million recitations of “Karmapa Khyenno” – not personally!  Click on Karmapa Khyenno for more details.

Dedication prayer for 100 Million Mantra Recitation Puja

[Recite “Karmapa Khyenno” many, many times]

By the compassion of ocean-vast Buddhas, the best among the rarest and supreme,

By the authentic power of the Dharma Protectors who protect all virtuous actions,

May (this) activity in accordance with Dharma accomplish well in a correspondent way and

By the merits thus accumulated, may it bring happiness to all sentient beings.

Composed and Sealed by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje on 18th of January, 2011 (in Gyuto, Sidhbari) in answer to the request of  (Chief Advisor/ Coordinator and Honorary Secretary of )Dhungdrub Tsogpa* in Bodhgaya, May it be virtuous! Translated by  Gloria SherabDrolma Chiang and Tashi D. Lharisang, proofread by 17th HHK.

*The Association organizing 100 Million Mantra Recitation Puja at Rumtek Monatery, Dharma Chakra Centre, East Sikkim, India : Tib: Pal Gyalwang Karmapae Jesdan Tsogpa (Eng: H.H. the Gyalwang Karmapa Remembrance Association).!/notes/hh-gyalwang-karmapa-remembrance-association-%E9%8C%AB%E9%87%91%E9%9A%86%E5%BE%B7%E5%AF%BA-%E5%A4%A7%E5%AF%B6%E6%B3%95%E7%8E%8B-%E5%98%89%E8%8F%AF%E5%99%B6%E7%91%AA%E5%B7%B4%E6%86%B6%E5%BF%B5%E5%8D%94%E6%9C%83/hhks-composition-of-dedication-prayer-%E6%B3%95%E7%8E%8B%E5%99%B6%E7%91%AA%E5%B7%B4%E8%A6%AA%E4%BD%9C%E8%BF%B4%E5%90%91%E6%96%87/221765997838534

Ringu Tulku Dates

April 18, 2011

 This year for his European teachings, to honour the 700th Anniversary of the Karmapa lineage Rinpoche will be teaching on the works of the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa.   These are ancient teachings, yet relevant to our modern Western lives, focussing on peace of mind, compassion and the interdependence of all beings.

Rinpoche is visiting many centres in the UK, from Scotland to Wales, London and ending with 3 days of teachings in the south of England.  BBG Bosham is honoured to be hosting Rinpoche on the 1st and 2nd of May.  Please click on the image above for details.

Click on these images for details of his visits to Southampton, Oxford and London.  Rinpoche will be signing his latest book on Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion at all venues.

HH Karmapa and investigations

January 31, 2011

 There’s lots on the internet about HH Karmapa at present and not all of it is positive.  We have been asked to say Guru Rinpoche mantras for HHK and his works – Om Ah Hum, Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hum.  See also slow and fast mantra recorded by yours truly.  With thanks to John Crook, The Western Chan Fellowship and the sangha.

Below is a summary by the West Wight Sangha of the accusations against His Holiness:

The authorities in India have taken it upon themselves to investigate nearly half a million pounds worth of foreign currency “found” in the Gyuto monastery, the home of Ugyen Thinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa.

The money was in nearly two dozen foreign currencies, including a large amount of Chinese yuan,the Karmapas’ office pointed out that they received support and donations from followers in many countries including Tibet hence the Chinese currency!

It seems that the motivation here may be Indian antagonism against Tibetan exiles purchasing land in the Himalayan region of north India. There has been a long running smear campaign in the Indian media against his Holiness with the suggestions of his being a “Chinese Agent”.

Police raided the Gyuto monastery on Thursday and arrested a monk on suspicion of trying to illegally buy land in the region.

The raid followed the arrest of two Indians a day earlier who were found carrying 10 million rupees (£14,000) in cash, said Santosh Patial, a superintendent of police. On questioning, the two said they had received the money from the monk, an Indian national, to buy a plot of land in Himachal Pradesh where Dharmsala is located.

Closing ceremony of 28th Kagyu Monlam

December 27, 2010

Ah fond memories ………. 

Report by Michele Martin

Spheres of red and yellow lights descending from the outer path around the stupa enfold in their bright warmth all who’ve gathered this evening. In addition to the international sangha of ordained and lay people, there are also dignitaries who have come from afar to join in this celebration. The steps leading from the back gate down to the Bodhi Tree have been turned into a stage for the performances.

Tonight His Holiness is serving as the Master of Ceremonies, announcing each group and making brief comments. The first group is composed of Tibetan monks who stand with their palms together, filling the whole space of the stairs with the glowing presence of their yellow robes. His Holiness comments that te Sanskrit language comes first since India was the source of Dharma. In resonant tones, the monks chant the refuge, praise of the Buddha, and before the dedication, the epitome of the Buddha’s teachings, which the Karmapa cites often:

Do not do anything that is wrong.
Conduct yourself with utmost virtue.
Completely tame your own mind.
This is the teaching of the Buddha.

Following this is a short practice of the four-armed Chenrezik that includes chanting of Om Mani Padme Hum.

Second is a group of Chinese monks and nuns in bright orange and yellow robes, who chant a supplication to the buddhas of the ten directions. Recorded music gives amplitude to the chant and at the end, they toss bits of metallic paper that catch the light as they fall to the ground.

In gray and brown robes, the Korean monks and nuns chant a beautiful prayer recited when making offerings. One monk, who has a beautiful and moving voice, sings acapella for a while with the others bowing from time to time. Then they join in the singing with a close harmony that intensifies the feeling of devotion.

The fourth group is composed of Vietnamese monks in burnt gold robes and carrying various small instruments: a bell on a stick, a wooden fish drum, a hand bell, and a small drum on a long handle that is tapped with a curved stick. They offer a captivating chant as their voices seem to move round in circles. They end with a very fast chant spurred on by the wooden hand drum.

The Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts is represented by four women in front and four men in the back, all wearing the traditional Tibetan dress. His Holiness comments that they will sing a prayer that is an aspiration for the well-being of Tibet (Bo yul bde smon). In particular, it is dedicated for the well-being of those who suffered during this year’s disasters in Tibet.

The sixth group is a blend of lay disciples from several countries in the West. The Karmapa commented that we should “collectively make the aspiration that people of all nationalities come together and make aspiration prayers.” In English and German, the group sings “Silent Night” (a traditional Christmas carol, now being sung in the West during the holiday season). The final version is a new one that includes Om mani Padme Hung and the wish that “people’s minds rest silently” and ‘awake clearly in peace.”

The following group has eighteen of Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche’s students from Taiwan, who sing a vajra song in Chinese, accompanied by gestures and recorded music. His Holiness remarked that it is especially appropriate to celebrate him this evening as a long life mandala had been offered to him this morning. The fact that the song is in Chinese is a sign that “the great kindness of the lama can penetrate many languages.”

The next performer is Kelsang Burkhar, (daughter of the translator Ngodup Burkhar), who offers a song of gratitude to Bokar Rinpoche. His Holiness notes that this “shows that youth of the twenty-first century can feel gratitude to their lama.” She sings, “Thank you for teaching me still.”

Before the final singing of the Lamp Prayer, there is a fifteen-minute slide show presenting the life and activity of the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa. His Holiness mentioned that he had wanted it to be more extensive but time was short as there were so many events this year. “Yet,” he said, “I hope it will inspire you.” The photographs ranged from the early years of the Karmapa in Tibet through his building of Rumtek Monastery, his residence in India, and travels throughout the world. In some of the images, the resemblance between the Sixteenth and the Seventeenth Karmapas is remarkable. (If you have pictures to contribute to this project of archiving photographs of the Sixteenth Karmapa, please contact: .)

For the last event, all the groups who performed come together on the stairs to face His Holiness who sits before the Bodhi Tree with the Vajra Asana beneath. First everyone repeats after the Karmapa the prayer composed by Lord Atisha:

I offer this amazing, wondrous bright lamp
To the one thousand buddhas of this fortunate eon.
Lamas, yidams, dakinis, dharma protectors,
And the gatherings of deities in the mandalas.

Of all the pure realms of the infinite ten directions,
My parents in the fore, may every sentient being
In this lifetime and all the places they take birth
See the pure realms of the perfect buddhas directly

And then become inseparable from Amitabha.
Out of the power of the truth of the Three Jewels
And the deities of the Three Roots I’ve made this prayer.
Please grant your blessings that it be quickly accomplished.

Then everyone lights their lamps: some are tea lamps in circular flower-petal holders made of simple pottery and other are flickering candles powered by batteries. Once these lights glow throughout the darkness of the night, the Lamp Song is sung in Tibetan, English, and Chinese. After a request to remember the environment and carefully dispose of the lamps, His Holiness closes with the aspiration prayer that everyone enjoy a happiness that is unceasing.

Monlam 2010

December 23, 2010

 I have been joining the Kagyu Monlam live in cyberspace.

 His Holiness 17th Karmapa  gave the teachings from under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya and due the time difference of 6,500 miles a 6.00 am start time in Bodhgaya became 2.30 am Sussex time and due to work commitments I missed many of the teachings.  However I was able to join the sangha over the weekend and I found His Holiness’ cyber presence highly inspiring. 

The teachings are already available to watch in your own time at and I reckon it’s well worth a visit!  You can also view slideshows and a blog featuring summaries of each day and anecdotes about our present Karmapa and his predecessor HH 16th Karmapa.

Launch of Karmapa 900 website

December 7, 2010

  Today marks the launch of the new website – Karmapa 900 – celebrating 900 years and 17 incarnations of the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage.  Click below to view:

Karmapa 900 News and Calendar of Events.

This website is launched just a few days before the beginning of this year’s Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya (Sunday 12th December).  All of His Holiness’ teachings will be streamed live on the internet – some at 2.30 am, but others at 9.30 am.

Join in if you can!

Memories, Dreams and Reflections of the 16th Karmapa

December 4, 2010

New website to be launched on December 7th –

Memories, Dreams and Reflections of the 16th Karmapa.

The organisers write: 

December 7, 2010

Karmapa 900 is the yearlong commemoration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. With the aim of allowing Dharma friends, disciples and well-wishers of the Karma Kagyu lineage around the world to connect with Karmapa 900 from afar, this site will offer up-to-date news on all Karmapa 900 events throughout the year, as well as full coverage of the opening ceremony scheduled for December 8 and 9 in Bodhgaya, India.

Along with a wealth of background material on Dusum Khyenpa and the Karmapa lineage, this site will also feature Anniversary Poem, a poem specially composed by His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, and a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama regarding Karmapa 900.

His Holiness Karmapa and Monlam teachings December 2010

December 2, 2010

His Holiness Karmapa’s teachings at this year’s Monlam in Bodhgaya will be streamed live from December 8th – 22nd.  For the past few years our beloved Rinpoche has given the live translation from Tibetan, I haven’t heard if he will this year but I haven’t heard that he won’t be!

I was able to see some of these last year and it was fabulous; live teachings from Karmapa, half way  across the world, interactive chat room – make new dharma friends worldwide! 

Teachings will be based around Atisha Dipamkara’s 11th Century text “The Lamp for the path to Enlightenment”.  Click on the link below for details:

You can download the text at:

or for more details: