second visit to Taiwan from Dec 22, 2005 to Jan 4, 2006
some pictures here : The
Karmapa Documentary Project
Chinese reports : http://www.karmapa.org.tw
visit to Taiwan was orgnized by III Lopon Tenzin Rinpoche, president
of Karma kagyu Promotion Society.
Thursday 22 Dec. 2005, Arrival in CKS Airport
the afternoon more than 300 Lamas and devotees led by III Lopon
Tenzin Rinpoche from all over Taiwan were holding white silk scarves
and hailing “Yeshi Norbu Tashi Delek” , this included
Sang Sang Rinpoche, and followers from Hong Kong as well, welcomed
H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje in the CKS International
Airport near Taipei.
In the Grand Hotel, Taipei
In the Grand Hotel Taipei His Holiness bestowed blessings to
Lamas, devotees, and had an interview with Era News. During the
welcome dinner party His Holiness expressed gratitude to Lopon
Rinpoche and all disciples for their hospitality and good wishes,
hoping that through this Educational Tour the local followers
may develop Bodhicitta as well as their practice.
for His Holiness recited during the break of the performance
of Orchestra in welcome party
23 Dec. 2005, Taipei
In the afternoon H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje, accompanied
by III Lopon Tenzin Rinpoche, along with his entourage, arrived
at Taipei Tsurphu center where he received the symbolic offerings
of the Mandala universe as well as the body, speech, mind, quality
and activity dedicated by the Dharma committee members. His Holiness
also performed a ritual to consecrate all sacred images of the
center. In the evening His Holiness granted refuge vows to more
than 200 people and Amithaba empowerment to nearly 1000 participants
at Taipei Chientan Youth Center.
Saturday 24 Dec. 2005, Tsurphu center,Taipei
H.H.Gyalwa Karmapa granted the empowerment of Khowa Dondu, the
two-armed red Chenrezig, to hundred Kagyu disciples at Taipei
Tsurphu center. At the end of session, His Holiness advised disciples
to make the best use of their precious time for Dharma practice
and stressed the importance of developing trust and confidence
toward Dharma teachers and friends.
Sunday 25 Dec. 2005, Tai-Chung Hero House
H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa granted the empowerment of Medicine Buddha
at Tai-Chung Hero House to more than 800 people, including Sangha
members and followers from all over Taiwan as well as Hong Kong
and Singapore. During the session His Holiness pointed out that
we all face many kinds of illness and different levels of illness
in physical forms. But the real illness we face is the result
of our negative emotions, such as attachment, ignorance and hatred.
In order to find an antidote or a perfect cure, we practice the
meditation of the Medicine Buddha. His Holiness further encouraged
the participants by concluding that even if we try to practice
the meditation of Medicine Buddha for a short while every day,
there is numerous benefits. Therefore we shall make the best
use of time, opportunity and capacity to study, reflect and meditate
on the practice of Medicine Buddha to reach our goal of self
and other benefits.
Monday 26 Dec. 2005, Tai-Chung Hero House
In the morning H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa gave the oral transmission of
Mahamudra to more than150 devoted Kagyu disciples at Tai-Chung
Hero House. Later His Holiness was interviewed by the director
of China Times, one of the main media in Taiwan. In the afternoon,
by the request of Lopon Rinpoche, His Holiness answered dozens
of questions posed by Dharma students. Everyone was deeply impressed
by the brilliant wisdom and spontaneous compassion revealed from
the evening His Holiness granted the empowerment of Vajrapani
to nearly hundred members.
Tuesday 27 Dec. 2005, Tai-Chung Hero House
His Holiness granted the empowerment of Karma Pakshi to nearly
a hundred members at Tai-Chung Hero House.
Wednesday 28 Dec. 2005, Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan
The III Lopon Tenzin Rinpoche, the Tainan county magistrate,
along with hundreds of Sangha and lay disciples, some holding
parasols, others with victory banners, various kinds of musical
instruments, Khatas, roses and so on, were waiting in rows near
the main gate of Karma Kagyu Monastery for the arrival of H.H.
Gyalwa Karmapa. His Holiness got out of the car at the main gate
to walk along the road on which the 8 auspicious symbols were drawn
as a sign of respect and auspice for him. Hundreds of devotees
followed His Holiness passing through the Ani Gonpa, the dining
hall, the monks’ quarter, circumambulating the Stupa until
entering the Karmapa Sanctuary where the symbolic offerings of
Mandala universe, body, speech, mind, quality, activity, numerous
Khatag and offerings were presented to His Holiness. Later in the
evening a couple of Tainan county magistrates accompanied by Lopon
Rinpoche visited His Holiness and requested his blessings for the
development of the local government as well as welfare of the local
Thursday 29 Dec. 2005, Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan
Since daybreak H.H. the 17th Gaylwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje led III
Lopon Tenzin Rinpoche and all Karma Kagyu Sangha members in Tawian
to perform the whole day Mahakala Puja. In the evening His Holiness
bestowed the Mahakala initiation to nearly 200 devoted Kagyu
disciples. Hundreds of devotees were present in the Mahakala
Puja till midnight.
Friday 30 Dec. 2005, Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan
In the morning H.H. the 17th Gaylwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje granted
refuge vows to hundreds of people and the empowerment of Green
Tara to nearly 1000 people in Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan.
In the afternoon His Holiness bestowed blessings to the public
and answered dozens of questions to the Dharma students. In the
evening His Holiness granted the empowerment of Sarasvati to
more than one hundred Kagyu Lamas and disciples.
Saturday 31 Dec. 2005, Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan
H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa granted the empowerment of Vajrayogini (Dorje
Pagmo) to more than 200 Kagyu Lamas and disciples in the Karmapa
Sanctuary, the main shrine hall of Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan.
An official dinner party, held to thank His Holiness for this
Dharma tour, followed the empowerment. His Holiness expressed
that he is extremely happy to learn that many followers do wish
to practice the Buddha Dharma and reminded them of the importance
of mutual respect among Dharma friends as well as the reflection
on how precious a human life is. At last beautiful fireworks
were set off in the sky and everybody wished His Holiness, Rinpoche,
Lamas and each other a happy new year.
Sunday 1 Jan. 2006, Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan
On the first day of the year 2006, more than 80 practitioners led
by the III Lopon Tenzin Rinpoche had the honor of performing
the Vajrayogini Feast Offering Puja under the spiritual guidance
of H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa in the Karmapa Sanctuary, the main shrine
hall of Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan. Before the last session,
His Holiness accompanied by Lopon Rinpoche and Lamas consecrated
most of the sacred images and buildings of the monastery. At
the end His Holiness also blessed hundreds of disciples present
Monday 2 Jan. 2006, Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan
In the morning Lopon Tenzin Rinpoche introduced resident Sangha
members, volunteer groups, and several long-term projects of
social welfare service of Karma Kagyu Monastery, Tainan to H.H.
Gyalwa Karmapa in the VIP lounge of main shrine hall. His Holiness
was really glad to learn that groups of Kagyu followers in Taiwan
dedicate themselves to the social welfare service of others.
He further instructed that because of the lack of this, many
people see Buddhists in a negative way; actually we shall understand
that the Buddha activities are a means to benefit sentient beings;
Therefore social welfare service is a great example for it. At
the end His Holiness thanked and encouraged everybody for supporting
the activities of Lopon Rinpoche.
Monday 2 Jan. 2006, Kaohsiung Hero House
In the evening H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa granted refuge vows to nearly
300 people and Vajrasattva empowerment to more than 1200 people
at Kaohsiung Hero House.
Tuesday 3 Jan. 2006, Naropa Center, Kaohsiung
H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa granted Hayagriva empowerment to about 150
Lamas and members at the Naropa Center in Kaohsiung. Afterwards
center representatives presented the symbolic offerings of body,
speech, mind, quality, and activity to H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa. His
Holiness gave some very valuable advice to disciples and at last
thanked Lopon Rinpoche and all those who participated in organizing
such a wonderful trip.
Wednesday 4 Jan. 2006, Farewell at CKS International Airport
Regardless of the lack of sleep, nearly a hundred members followed
His Holiness from the south to the north of Taiwan the whole
night in order to see him off at the airport at dawn on January
4, 2006. Before boarding, numerous Khatags were presented and
His Holiness kindly fulfilled the wishes for requests of his
signature or blessings to all presented there.
some pictures here : The
Karmapa Documentary Project
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