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by Wangdu on 3 June, 2014
Teaching Day 3 31st May, 2014. Nuerburgring, Germany. On the final day of the teachings the emphasis turned towards practice requirements for Buddhist practitioners. In keeping with the overarching theme of the ngondro or preliminary practices, the morning session was dedicated to a Vajrasattva empowerment. This is necessary for those who wish to complete the second part of the special… Read More
by Wangdu on 2 June, 2014
Teaching Day 2 30th May, 2014. Session 2. Nuerburgring, Germany.   Having contemplated the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma, and having understood the purpose of Dharma practice, how should one practise Dharma?  His Holiness addressed this issue by giving a short explanation of each of the three trainings in ethical conduct, meditation, and wisdom.  “All of Dharma… Read More
by Wangdu on 2 June, 2014
Teaching Day 2 30th May, 2014. Morning Session 1. Nuerburgring, Germany.   In the first of two sessions this morning, the 17th Karmapa clarified what it means to really practice Dharma. First he dealt with some misconceptions. Many people have mistaken expectations about Tibetan Buddhism. They believe that Tibetan Buddhist practices have magical properties or miraculous powers that can solve… Read More
by Wangdu on 2 June, 2014
Teaching Day 2 30th May, 2014. Nuerburgring, Germany.   On the morning of the 30th, a double-tiered shrine was set up next to the Karmapa’s throne. On the top level, the central focus was the image of a deep blue Vajradhara (Dorje chang), surrounded by the powerful eighty-four mahasiddhas. It is flanked by two vases with their curving spouts and… Read More
by Wangdu on 1 June, 2014
Teaching Day 1 29th May, 2014. Morning Session 2. Nuerburgring, Germany.   After a short break, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa continued his teaching on the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma. He began by discussing the dangers of being self-centred and of misunderstanding the true nature of self. Because we lack courage and confidence or because we… Read More
by Wangdu on 1 June, 2014
Teaching Day 1 29th May, 2014. Morning Session 1. Nuerburgring, Germany.   The mission of the 17th Karmapa in the 21st century is mainly Dharma activity. However, the Dharma must change in order to suit the time and the needs of society and its people. Its essence will still be Buddha Dharma but I may give it a new external… Read More
by Wangdu on 30 May, 2014
[slickr-flickr tag=”kfe-preview” type=”slideshow” flickr_link=”on” ] We now have a daily feed of images by our photographer, Francois Henrard, from the 2014 visit. You can view them here in the Visit 2014 section under the “Photos” tab. Read More
by Wangdu on 29 May, 2014
You can watch the teachings live at http://kagyuoffice.org   Read More
by Wangdu on 29 May, 2014
Kamalashila Institute, Germany. At the beginning, the Karmapa recited prayers to the root lama and then made a beautiful, long, deep bow in a movement of profound devotion and respect. This gesture embodied the entire teaching, communicating it with a power and elegance beyond words. Read More
by Wangdu on 28 May, 2014
Kamalashila Institute, Germany. Shortly after four o’clock in the afternoon, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at his European seat, Kamalashila Buddhist Institute, Langenfeld in western Germany not far from Bonn, ending the thirty-four year wait for his return and fulfilling the hopes and prayers of his European disciples. Read More