Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, is delighted that his wife Sangyumla and members of her family are able to join him for teachings in Grenoble, France, as part of his European tour.
Following an extensive teaching schedule in Sweden and Spain, Karmapa arrived in France this week to start six days of teachings in Grenoble, at the invitation of Lama Teunsang and students in Montchardon.
On the first day of Karmapa’s teachings, on the subject of the meaning of taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, Sangyumla joined the thousands of students present.
It is an auspicious opportunity to be here with Lama Teunsang and so many Dharma friends from Montchardon, France and the rest of Europe.
I am of course very pleased that Sangyumla and her family are able to join these teachings, and that we do not have to wait until Bodh Gaya in December to all be together to share in the precious teachings of the Buddha Dharma.’
Following Karmapa’s teaching schedule in Grenoble, he will visit Karma Guen in Malaga, Spain, the last leg of Karmapa’s 2017 European teaching tour.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, led several days of Buddhist ceremonies to mark the 3rd anniversary of the parinirvana of his teacher, His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. The ceremonies took place in Kalimpong in north India and were attended by local people and devotees from India and around the world.
Karmapa also blessed the new construction of the Diwakar Buddhist Academy and the Diwakar Buddhist School, and inaugurated a meditation hall for local people.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, will once again lead the Kagyu Monlam, the most important gathering of Kagyu teachers and students of the year. This event will be the first public appearance of Karmapa with his wife, Sangyumla Rinchen Yangzom.
The Kagyu Monlam will take place in Bodh Gaya, India, where the historical Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, from 14-20 December 2017.
For more information about the Kagyu Monlam, see the website
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.
#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
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.
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.
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.
Karmapa has something special and personal to share with you…
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, is delighted to share the wonderful news that he has married in a private ceremony.
Following the precious footprints of Khakyab Dorje, His Holiness the 15th Karmapa, who was also married and a Tertön, Karmapa hopes that his karmic connection with his wife, Rinchen Yangzom, will further strengthen the Karma Kagyu lineage and the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
“My role and activities as Karmapa will continue as before – with the single exception of conducting ordinations. This responsibility will pass on to His Eminence 4th Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Karma Mingyur Dragpa Senge. As Karmapa, I will continue to protect and preserve our beloved lineage, and strengthen the monastic sangha through initiatives such as the new Karmapa Center of Education
I have a strong feeling, deep within my heart, that my decision to marry will have a positive impact not only for me, but also for the lineage. Following the wishes of my parents, and having had time to reflect, I deeply feel that I am being true to both myself and the lineage. Something beautiful, something beneficial will emerge, for all of us.
The Buddhist way is to use karma for benevolence and benefit, regardless of the path we choose. For those who follow the path of an ordained life, we must encourage and respect this. In this 17th incarnation, for both the future of the lineage, and fulfilling the wishes of my parents, I have chosen a different path. At the same time, my commitment to protect and preserve the monastic sangha, and the lineage, remains paramount in my life, and my continued role as Karmapa.”
Karmapa and Rinchen Yangzom were close childhood friends, and have known each other for more than 19 years in this life. Over time, and with the blessings of their beloved parents, this friendship grew into a special, spiritual bond.
Rinchen Yangzom, a Tibetan name meaning ‘Precious Prosperity Gathered,’ was born in Thimphu, Bhutan. Her parents are Mr Chencho and Mrs Kunzang. Mr Chencho is from Shaba, Drugyeldingkha, Paro, in Western Bhutan. He is a businessman. Mrs Kunzang is from Choeten Nyingpo, Chumey, Bumthang, in Central Bhutan, the Densa of Yab Tenpai Nyima. She is a homemaker. Rinchen Yangzom is the third of Mr Chencho’s and Mrs Kunzang’s ten children.
Rinchen Yangzom started her early education in Thimphu, Bhutan. Her middle and higher education took place in India, and she continued her undergraduate studies in Europe.
On 19th January 2017, Karmapa proposed to Rinchen Yangzom, according to Tibetan traditions. Upon the aspirations of Karmapa’s father, His Eminence Mipham Rinpoche, an auspicious date was set for the engagement and marriage ceremony. The marriage took place on 25th March 2017, in the presence of close family members.
Karmapa appreciates that the news of his marriage will come as a surprise to many, and has faith that his students will understand his wish to have kept private this personal element of his very public life.
Karmapa and Rinchen Yangzom will mark their first public appearance together at the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, in December 2017. Karmapa hopes and prays that you will be able to join him in person or via the live stream. For now, Karmapa, as always, appreciates all of your aspirations.