Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches at His North American Seat
Early in the morning, shuttle buses discharged a steady stream
of people, arriving from all directions to receive teachings from
the Gyalwang Karmapa at his North American seat. By 10 am, an
estimated 800 people were joyfully awaiting His Holiness' arrival
under a vast white tent that filled the space between KTD's shrine
hall and its residential wing.
During this historic second visit to KTD, His
Holiness began by expressing his delight at being able to visit and
meet with the larger KTD community once again. He noted the
tremendous progress that had been made in recent years towards
fulfilling the vast vision that His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa
had had in founding the monastic seat. Since he bears the name of
the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness said he would like to offer his
heartfelt thanks and rejoice in the efforts of all involved.
The Gyalwang Karmapa cautioned that he had made no preparations
for the teachings, but would simply draw on his own experience and
share whatever thoughts might come to his mind. His Holiness began
by noting that Americans enjoy freedom to choose from a wide range
of religions, and are also free to choose not to adopt any religion
at all. After distinguishing between spirituality and religion, His
Holiness went on to comment that whichever choice of path one
makes, the foundation is the same: to know ourselves, beginning
from a basic recognition of the value of the human life that we
each have. For the remainder of the day's teachings, His Holiness
built on that foundation, exploring such topics as ways to
counteract anger, the importance of eradicating aggression from our
minds and not just suppressing it in our outer actions, and our
mistaken tendency to identify ourselves with our material
The tent filled with frequent laughter throughout the day. At
one point, His Holiness noted that even our electronic devices
reflect our egotistic fixation on 'I' and 'mine'-with Apple
offering us iphones and ipads, and Microsoft jumping in with its My
Documents and My Computer icons. The Gyalwang Karmapa also joked
with the translator, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, at times resorting to the
use of his fingers to make sure his points came through
With the joy and the laughter of the day came rain. The
auspicious rains were followed by a sudden wind that swept through
the tent, sending ripples along the white canvas--lest anyone
forget just how extraordinary an event it was for His Holiness to
turn the wheel of Dharma again at KTD.
The morning and afternoon sessions were both transmitted live
via Internet, with translation in English, Chinese and Spanish.
Those watching online more than doubled the number of people who
were able to receive His Holiness the Karmapa's teachings.
For further details of the day's teachings, see KTD's
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