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17th Gyalwa Karmapa arrived at Kundreul Ling on the evening of 25th
May after a brief stay in Paris. He was accompanied by the three
tulkus Nendo Tenam Rinpoche, Drupsing Rinpoche and Gyaltrul Rinpoche,
who are going into retreat with him to receive the transmission
of the six yogas of Naropa.
Sangha and all the community were waiting for him, along with hundreds
of people who had come from all over Europe and the United States
to welcome him with the ritual Mandala offerings of body, speech
and mind, and food and drink.
the following morning, Sunday 26th May, Sangyepa Dutchen day (commemoration
of the enlightenment and Paranirvana of Buddha Shakyamouni) Gyalwa
Karmapa and the three Rinpoches carried out a purification by smoke
and offerings as part of their preparation for retreat, and in the
afternoon they received transmissions from Khentchen Rinpoche.
the same day the Sangha performed a consecration ritual for the
deer and the wheel, the Dharma emblems which had been installed
on the front of the big Temple. After his retreat Gyalwa Karmapa
himself will finally consecrate this traditional ornament.
preparations for entering into retreat continued until Monday 27th
May, when at the end of the afternoon, a little after the arrival
of Kunzig Shamar
Rinpoche at Kundreul Ling, Khenchen Rinpoché gave Karmapa
and the three other Rinpoches the Dorje Palmo initiation. After
dinner, at about 8 o'clock, Gyalwa Karmapa, Nendo Tenam Rinpoché,
Droupsing Rinpoché and Gyaltrul Rinpoché went into
retreat while outside the Sangha performed the closing of the retreat
9 o'clock the Gyalwa Karmapa and the three Rinpoches, accompanied
by Khenchen Rinpoche, together opened the retreat with a Dorje Palmo
Tsok puja. At the end of the puja, they each retired to their rooms
to begin the first session of practice.
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