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His Holiness Karmapa’s HK dharma tour at end of March 2018

各位師兄法友大家好! 有大好消息要和大家分享:

Great News to Share With All Dharma Friends:


His Holiness Karmapa will visit Hong Kong at the end of March 2018, the activities will include presiding over empowerments and Kagyu Monlam in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai for three consecutive days. There will be dharma teachings on 7th April and a life release ceremony at sea on 8th April.


We welcome your participation. Please join us!


**Further details will be published soon**

永恆的喜悅 / 內在財富





13 April

Timeless Happiness is gained from understanding our own inherent qualities, such as compassion and loving kindness, and gaining wisdom about our true nature. When we reflect on the nature of this type of happiness, we find something unchanging, permanent – and therefore worthwhile to seek.








21 April

#Karmapa on Inner Wealth:

From a Buddhist perspective, we have a broader view of the types of wealth that exist. There is Material Wealth, but there is also Inner Wealth. Inner Wealth is timeless, and in this sense it is the opposite of Material Wealth. Inner Wealth is the rich pool of compassion, wisdom and other non-material values that lies within us.

All of these values are in front of us, within us, but because we lack the experience of drawing upon Inner Wealth, we tend to look to the outside too easily. We lack balance, we do not feel whole, partly because we are considering our wealth and success solely in terms that are by their nature limited and exhausting. When we have an understanding and experience of Inner Wealth, we are able to strike a balance with Material Wealth and feel whole again.













#Karmapa’s message on the 3rd anniversary of Shamar Rinpoche’s

Dear dharma friends

The 11th of June marks three years since the parinirvana of my late
teacher His Holiness 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche.

I ask all of my students to join me in continuing to pray for his swift

On this day, as we meditate on Shamar Rinpoche’s rebirth, may we all
remember the example and spiritual teachings of his birth, life and
passing. They are teachings of great compassion. They are teachings of
great wisdom.

With prayers

Thaye Dorje

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa



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如何找到平衡 / 不陌生的內在財富





8 March

How to find balance

We have to find a balance. The real balance is accepting change as change. The extremes we could fall into are thinking that ‘this is not it’ or thinking ‘there is something more’. Thinking either way deviates us from the truth. The truth is that change is change, impermanence is impermanence. It really is that simple.






13 March

Inner Wealth is not something foreign to you – from the moment of birth, the experience of compassion and wisdom has always been there, from the very first moments in your life, in your relationships with parents, guardians or friends – these are the first things that you faced. If there is no compassion and wisdom, there is no life. You cannot survive without love. In this way, Inner Wealth is a basic human need, just like air, food, water and shelter.



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The moment I heard the sad news from Manchester, I offered my prayers for everyone affected, and I continue to pray.

I can’t imagine the confusion and sense of loss that all those involved must be experiencing. All I can offer is my heart, and to try and share my limited understanding of life, according to Buddha’s teachings.

In life, there is no absolute end, loss or death. Life simply flows in a series of pulses, according to causes and conditions.

In today’s world, it is easy to be consumed by abstract ideas of absolute loss and absolute gain. So, when ‘life happens,’ we are naturally confused and disturbed.

While we may feel that we have absolutely lost our loved ones, the truth is, this is not the case, and we need not burden ourselves with such heavy hearts. Their physical presence may be no more, but that does not mean that they are no more. The physical form will come and go.

Their memory, what they represent and mean to us, will always be present in us, in the way that we carry ourselves in life. It is now up to us to honour them and all that they stood for.

Because they are us, and we are them. We go with each other, inseparable.

May we take a little time to meditate on the fact that, in absolute terms, there are no real losses.

Though it is natural for us to experience sadness for our loved ones, let us not overburden ourselves with sorrow.

Equally, may we find a path to forgive all those who are driven by strong afflictive emotions, and who live with great pain.

For all those affected:

We are praying for you.

I am praying for you.

Thaye Dorje

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa




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菩薩的行為和菩薩的態度 / 慈悲心是我們最好的武器


為拯救他人不要遇溺,我們必先確保自己不會遇溺。我們本身需懂得游泳。所以,如果學習游泳的背後是一種利益他人的推動(在我們的情況而言是利益有情眾生的動機),那就是菩薩行- 菩薩行為和菩薩的態度。

21 March
In order to save someone from drowning, we must first make sure that we do not drown. We have to be able to swim. So, if the act of learning how to swim is motivated by a beneficial cause (in our case, the motivation of wanting to benefit sentient beings) then it is a Bodhisattva practice – a Bodhisattva act and Bodhisattva attitude.







24 March

Compassion is the best weapon we have

No matter what kind of aggression we feel, the best weapon that we have as human beings is compassion.

This doesn’t mean that we have to constantly offer our cheeks to be slapped, but instead we can very skilfully express this compassion by having great patience, by bearing all the difficulties that we might face.

Compassion can really overcome all forms of obstacles. Of course, that doesn’t mean that suddenly life radically changes and that everything is alright. But somehow, through that practice of compassion, life makes sense. It makes sense to live, it makes sense to move forward, it makes sense to do anything.


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死亡後的延續 /接受無常





#Karmapa on life after death

In general, although the body does decay at the end of one’s life, the stream of one’s consciousness goes further onwards, if there is a cause. Most of the time, there is a cause, either by karma or by aspirations, but for most of us, by karma.

Whatever the case, if there is a cause for the mind to continue its stream, then whatever that mind has learned or understood during one particular lifetime, all of that is never wasted or lost, it carries on forward.




The key is to accept that everything is change, meaning yesterday is gone. The past is past. This is what ‘accepting impermanence’ means. The answer lies there.

To convince ourselves or to be able to ‘sell’ this idea, we need proof, a guarantee. If you look at all the experienced ones, actual Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, they are that very proof. But if even they are not convincing enough, then I will personally vouch that it does work, and that it does not take long. It does not take aeons, it does not take years or days even. It works right here, right now. All you have to do is truly give in to change, give in to impermanence, and give in to that truth. That’s all it takes!


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4月14-17日紐涅閉關 活動照片

法會假座饒宗頤文化館, 由 洽美仁波切 主持。 功德圓滿!


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連結眾生的慈悲 /非物質價值觀能利益所有人

18 February



無論我們來自那裡,身在何處,什麼的背景,我們都能實踐慈悲。更重要的是它能有助我們處理每天的事情。所以,從佛陀初期轉法輪到後期轉法輪所宣説的密乘或金剛乘, 一直以來佛法修行者基本上修習的就是慈悲與智慧。

#Karmapa: compassion connects us all

The practice of compassion is common to all sentient beings, even animals, so of course it goes without saying that it is common to all human beings. Compassion is a wonderful practice because it is a quality that is there in all of us, without enforcing any kind of religion or philosophy, and it can be applied by anyone.

No matter where we come from, where we are, what kind of background we have, the practice of compassion is something that we can all apply. And most importantly, it becomes very useful when we have to deal with daily activities. So of course, with the Buddhist practice, actually from the very first yanas of the Buddhist practice to the latest – what is known as Sangngag (Secret Mantra) or Vajrayana practice – till then, the Buddhist practitioner basically specializes in the field of compassion and wisdom.


(Photo/Magda Jungowska)

25 February



#Karmapa: non-material values help all of us

When we support the development of non-material values, we can see clearly how values such as nonviolence, compassion, dignity, community and family can help build a more balanced and beneficial future for all of us.



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像所有佛菩薩所鼓勵我們的,我請求你們繼續專注於靈性的修持 – 這是我們傳承的核心 – 仁愛和慈悲的修持。

Dear dharma friends
I am deeply touched by your kindness.

I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the monasteries, centres and institutions around the world for your prayers and pujas for my longevity.

I have received thousands of messages from students and other well-wishers, and I thank each and every one of you.

As the Karmapa, every decision I take is motivated by the wish to benefit our lineage and all sentient beings. At this moment in the history of our lineage, I have great confidence that this union will help preserve and protect the Karma Kagyu tradition.

I am looking forward to seeing you, to meditating with you, to practicing with you, whether it is at the forthcoming ceremonies to mark the third anniversary of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s Parinirvana; the European and South East Asia teaching tours, various meditation courses and public engagements; or indeed the annual Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya.

I am also looking forward, for our lineage, to the auspicious arrival of His Holiness the 15th Shamar Rinpoche.

I ask all of you, as all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas encourage, to continue to focus on spiritual practice – which is the heart of our lineage – a practice of loving kindness and compassion.

With prayers and appreciation

Thaye Dorje


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萬物在變 / 認識一個人從他們的幽默感開始

2 月9日




一切和合事物所指的是輪迴和涅槃裡的一切。輪迴中的事物大部份都是我們所認識的;解脫性的行(音讀:恆) 業所指的是觀音菩薩、慈悲、智慧、止觀等等的修持。
9 February
#Karmapa: everything is change.

We need to absorb and make sense of the fact that everything is in flux. This change is the productivity that we are supposed to gain, whether we are on a physical or mental journey. We have to come to understand that everything is change. Everything is, in fact, truly impermanent. In some way, at least, we have seen it; we might not be able to pinpoint exactly how we saw it, but we got a sense and a taste of it, which is the main thing.

That is why I think the teaching of the Buddha, when he says ‘all compounded phenomena are impermanent’, is relevant when we recite Refuge; when we practice our breathing meditation or exercise; when we practice Chenrezig; or when we help someone by offering them a glass of water or a helping hand.

It can cover all angles, all aspects of life, whether we practice or do something as simple as brushing our teeth, which we usually view as a repetitive daily process or habit. However, these activities too are meaningful, because they all have the potential to lead us to the recognition that ‘everything is change, everything is impermanent’.

All compounded things, in this case means everything within samsara and everything within nirvana. Samsaric things are mostly the things that we have known so far; nirvanic things refer to the practice of Chenrezig, compassion, wisdom, meditation, and so on.


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16 February

To know someone, start with their sense of humor

When we have different people from different regions, different countries, the first thing that we must learn is, of course, the pleasantries. But, for me, I always thought that the best way to learn another country’s language is by learning their way of thinking, their culture, but most of all their humor, and how they understand their humor. Because I think their humor is really based on how they see things. It really depends on their perspective of life. So learning their humor, I think is probably the first step. So in language classes in schools, perhaps one of the first things should be about learning other countries’ humor!

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A message from Shangpa Rinpoche :

News about HHK is somehow surprise and little uncomfortable. I do have strong faith and devotion to him based on how he is recognized and brought up by HH Shamar Rinpoche. As a person, HHK is really a great bodhisattva who has many qualities that 16th Karmapa used to have. His compassion to everyone is somehow impartial and is simple and down to earth nature. I do not know significant of this big move but one thing I am sure, it is not merely driven by worldly desire. It is yet to understand what a important reason behind all this as bodhisattva’s way of life is. It is beyond an ordinary person’s concept to judge.

I think all karma kagyu disciples should unite and do not wrongly judge over the matter. If we are able to develop positive thoughts then let it be, otherwise do not really need to judge or anticipate but concentrate on one’s own practice to perfection. We are brought up with our perception of purity of monks keeping their vinaya precepts only but in truth, the origin of our lineage holders like Marpa, Mila are not monk but great Yogis who achieved their realization. They were far more greater than any monks at that time and up to now. The mahamudra lineage and its teaching are not compulsory to have monks vinaya but it goes beyond to that.

The great Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje who also engaged in two consorts was prophesied by guru rinpoche for his longevities and in sustaining the dharma lineage. Therefore, we do not judge with our own perception but see from the positive ways to understand the reality.

In Tibetan Buddhism, both monks and yogi practitioners are respected equally by Tibetan Kings since early times. From the time Padma Sambhava and his 25 disciples, all of whom were lay practitioners and later Marpa, Milarepa, Rechungpa all were lay Yogis. The lineage of Sakya three white and till today are also a great yogi of Tibet. The famous Jamyang khyentse wangpo was a monk but later he engaged a consort for special reason. Every Tibetan high lama did not loose faith in him and continued to engage him as their guru.

So, I think its a time for us to know how strong our faith and confidence with our practice and lineage guru. 

Be strong and practice more diligently.
So I think its a time for us to know how strong our faith and confidence with our practice and lineage guru.   Be strong and practice more diligently.


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