by Jo Gibson on 8 June, 2016
Paris, France – June 5, 2016 On Sunday morning, the Karmapa spoke once more of the interconnectedness of all sentient beings and urged everyone to break out of their prison of ego-clinging through developing their compassion. His emphasis on compassion was evident once more in the afternoon, when he concluded his teachings in Paris with the empowerment of Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara,… Read More
by Michele Martin on 7 June, 2016
Paris, France – June 5, 2016 Set in front of the throne this morning is a wide sofa chair covered with brocade. The Karmapa entered the hall from the left side and took his place on the chair, which gave a closer, more intimate connection to the audience that fills the hall wall to wall. The question and answer period… Read More
by Jo Gibson on 6 June, 2016
Paris, France – June 4, 2016 Gyalwang Karmapa began the afternoon session with a short recap. He explained that the first two truths concern afflicted states, in terms of suffering and its origin. He then began an exploration of the third Noble Truth, that of the cessation of suffering. He reminded everyone that there are two aspects to the truth… Read More
by Michele Martin on 5 June, 2016
Paris, France – June 4, 2016 The Conference Hall of the Marriott Rive-Gauche has been transformed a shrine hall. In the center of the stage is a radiant throne topped by cluster of golden flaming jewels. Behind a long thangka of the Buddha is flanked by a 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara and, emphasizing the nonsectarian approach to Dharma, a thangka of the… Read More
by Michele Martin on 3 June, 2016
Evry, France – June 1, 2016 This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa visited the new Vietnamese temple complex, called Chua Khanh Anh, named after a great Vietnamese master and located south of Paris in Evry. The founder of the temple, Thich Minh Tam, had laid its foundation stone twenty-one years ago, and a very short while ago, the community had received… Read More
by Michele Martin on 2 June, 2016
Paris, France – June 1, 2016 Kagyu Dzong, a center under the guidance of Lama Gyurme in Paris, is situated in the broad meadows and spreading forests of the Bois de Vincennes. Though the center of Paris is not far away, one has the impression of having taken a trip into the countryside. In front of the temple building, a… Read More
by Michele Martin on 2 June, 2016
Paris, France – May 30, 2016 After motoring from Zurich to Paris through the green hills of a gently rolling landscape, His Holiness arrived at the Champs Elysées for his first night in France. Lamas from centers all over Europe gave him a magnificent welcome with the music of jalings and a great golden umbrella above his head. Holding white… Read More
by Jo Gibson on 2 June, 2016
Bülach, Switzerland – May 29, 2016 The Karmapa sat on stage in a comfortable armchair covered in red and gold brocade for this final session, held on his last afternoon in Switzerland. He began by recollecting his own childhood in a remote area of Tibet, devoid of modern technology and other aspects of the contemporary world. Within this very traditional… Read More
by Michele Martin on 2 June, 2016
Bülach, Switzerland – May 29, 2016 Bülach’s city hall was filled to the brim with over two thousand Tibetans and westerners who came this morning to receive the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara from the Gyalwang Karmapa, who is considered an emanation of this deity embodying the compassion of all the buddhas. The sound of six-syllable mantra filled the air while the… Read More
by Jo Gibson on 30 May, 2016
Bulach, Switzerland – May 28, 2016 In the afternoon session, the Karmapa examined the remaining two thoughts: karma, cause and effect, and the defects of samsara. His Holiness began by dispelling some common misunderstandings of the term karma. He noted that this Buddhist principle was very much linked to themes from the morning session, such as the difficulty of attaining… Read More