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His Eminence Gangkar Huthogthu Rinpoche has arrived at the Singapore Changni Airport last night --
Rinpoche's first programme in Singapore will commence this Friday and whilst all materials have been printed and arrangements finalised, we will still need help to ferry Rinpoche and His 5 monks to and from His lodging to the programme venue on the 7th / 8th and 9th October ( this Friday / Saturday and Sunday ).
Please call Kim at 92960967 or email me at email@example.com if you are able to ferry all or some of the monks on these days --
Details for setting-up:
7 October / 4:30 pm / NACC - Teochew Building /
second floor - outside or inside the auditorium --
Please get blue tack etc.
If late, not to worry as can always come later to help out --
Thank you and see all --
bb @ CAS
p/s: Please pray and dedicate that the programme will be of greatest good to all !!
Charitable Assistance Society ( CAS )
is honoured to host the first teaching-tour in Singapore of
Gangkar Hothogthu Rinpoche
His Eminence Gangkar Hothogthu Rinpoche
His Eminence Gangkar Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the Teacher of the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa as well as some of the greatest masters of Tibet.
Dezhung Rinpoche* considered Gangkar Rinpoche too as one of His Root Teachers and described Him as "the greatest Master of all the 108 Kagyu monasteries."
The Gangkar Rinpoches hold the title of "Hothogthu". This title is bestowed by the Mongolian Emperors only on the highest-ranking masters of Tibet.**
The present incarnation of Gangkar Rinpoche is officially recognised and enthroned by HH the Dalai Lama and His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche.
* Dezhung Rinpoche is one of the main Teachers of the present Sakya Trizin, Head of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
** Other masters holding the same title include HH the Dalai Lama - Leader of the Tibetan people and the Drikung Kyabgon - Head of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition.
There is no pre-requisite or subsequent commitments for students participating in the programme for blessings.
All the texts / pictures and other supporting materials are available upon requests.
Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (NACC)
97 Tank Road
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Gaut
For enquiries / private consultations, please contact
Gyalwa Karmapa is the root guru and the lineage guru. He is lord of the ocean of yidams. He is the essence of the 84 Mahasiddhas and such as Saraha.
His influence is pervasive and effective. Also, he is all dakas and dakinis.
He is "Holder of the White Lotus" and the author of the text says, in this Introduction which is also a a supplication, "With great respect, I go for refuge to you. Please protect me with Your great compassion and blessing!"
He is the Dharmakaya Guru -- the dharmakaya of two-fold purity. He exists primordially; he removes obscurations from us. He manifests in the experience of others in two ways: In the Akanishtha that is unlimited in the display of Sambhogakaya.
He emanates as Nirmanakaya not only as beings but as articles that benefit, and in such ways as are suitable to every realm. For example, in the animal realm, he can manifest as a lion or a deer, or as a tame animal. His activity is like a wheel that never stops -- through eons of time. Therefore, to discuss his life [or lives] is a concession to our view.
His activity is pervasive and permanent. He teaches whatever is necessary to lead to the attainment of ultimate freedom.
In every pore of his body, he gathers all pure and impure realms. We cannot conceive of this.
The "Introduction" then gives the reason for the writing of the text:
"All beings who hear or read this, lead them with the hook of Karmapa's compassion."
Karmapa embodies all Buddhas and therefore, is the teacher of all bodhisattvas. "The drumbeat of his name is renowned throughout all samsara and nirvana." By hearing his name or his supplication (Karmapa chenno) he causes the beginning of that which brings beings to liberation.
He is the Dharma King of the 3 Realms, therefore Karmapa is Buddha. According to the Causal Vehicle as expressed in the Sutras, In the beginning, he is the product of the two accumulations, wisdom and merit.
For the Vajrayanaist, having fully recognized his own nature as Vajradhara, he entered these mandalas spontaneoulsy, having accumulated three accumulations -- of morality, stability in meditation, and wisdom. (All aspects bound as one.) He conquered the 3 obscurations and the channels, winds and drops were purified and dissolved.
He is a Buddha having the 7 features of a buddha. Even bodhisattvas cannot understand his state, since they still have the cognitive obscuration.
As a Buddha, he displays form for the sake of others. In every existence as such, his life contains the 12 Deeds.
For example, as the 6th Buddha, or again as Senge Namdrel (Lion's Display [or, Roar].)
Now he is active as Buddha Amitabha in Sukhavati, but also as Chenrezi.
He was Guru Padmasambhava, Saraha, and Acharya Nagarjuna, Padampa Sangye, and also the Kadmapa Geshe, the Shakya Pandit. And he also appears as great kings, such as Songtsen Gampo [of Tibet,] and the Ming emperor, Yunglo. He will appear in whatever way to benefit beings, in different forms to suit different beings, and we cannot understand how this is possible.
When the 16th Karmapa came to the US he was asked, "Are there other bodhisattvas in the world?" and he answered, "They are all over but they will not necessarily look like me."
Guru Rinpoche gave predictions of the Black Hat and the names of the 21 Karmapas, and said there would be other emanations in other realms.
We have merit just to be able to hear this. There is also liberation by seeing, and by recollection of him and his deeds. And there is liberation by contact, for example, when Karmapa gives his blessing by means of touch.
He continued: Anyone who has had these 4 types of contact (and especially, with faith) could reach liberation in this lifetime.
This outcome is not limited by "teaching." Consider, Tilopa's "abuse" of Naropa. Certainly Marpa's treatment of Milarepa can be considered "abuse." People are often moved to tears when they hear of the hardship he suffered.
His Holiness gave instructions for us to build this monastery and also, a residence. But KTD is not a distraction; it is the essence of the aspiration and it is like a container.
The 17th Karmapa's birth in Tibet was the beginning of the dispelling of the misery of the the Tibetan people.
The Karmapa particularly tames beings of the most degenerate age, and his lives are to bring beings into contact with his qualities. His "inner" and "secret" aspects are inconceivable to humans. Even his outer qualities are like the drop of a boundless ocean that is only the surface of his deeds.
Excerpted from http://www.khandro.net/
Mahakala "Great Black Coat"
Origin of Mahakala
The compassion of the red Buddha Amitabha manifested as Avalokiteshvara who took a vow to forgo his own enlightenment until all the realms of samsara had been emptied.
This vow required a renewal of determination, and so with Amitabha's blessing, Avalokiteshvara next assumed a form with eleven heads and a thousand arms. Still he had been unable to benefit even a few beings.
Therefore after reflecting for one whole week, he determined that by assuming a wrathful form he would be able "to subdue the degenerate beings of this Age of Darkness." Also he saw that even beings who practiced Dharma were unable to escape from the Bardo realms (time between rebirths where beings may face great anxiety and terrifying experiences) and he thought that in wrathful form he could also protect them in that way. And lastly, he thought that the beings in this Dark Age were poor and needy, experiencing only suffering after suffering, and that in wrathful form he could provide them an antidote to that suffering so that by simply making the wish (for protection) their needs could be met.
The foundations of all the Pure Lands shook with six kinds of earthquakes, and the Conquering and Transcending One of Immeasurable Light (Amitabha) and all the other Tathagatas of the ten directions proclaimed with one voice:
"Son of the family, it is well that you have made this resolution. You shall have the empowerment of all the wisdom dakinis. You shall have the strength of the wrathful Yama, Lord of Death. You shall have the mountain spirits, the yakshas, the devils and the demonesses as your messengers. You shall embody the great wrathful empowerments of the Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities and Activity of all the Buddhas throughout the three times."
Ever since, bodhisattva Mahakala is the Dharma (Buddha's Doctrine) Protector of all Buddha fields.
A helpful note from bb @ CAS:
The Mahakala Initiation is an extremely rare programme even within Tibetan monastic circles and carries unbridled power and blessings. Not to be missed for the world !!
An account of the birth and early life of
Karma Lungtok Tenpai Gyaltsen --
The 6th reincarnation of the
Ven. Bo Gangkar Rinpoche
It was in the south of our universe to the North, in the Land of Snows, in Do-Kham province, under Jamda district of Tibet where a daughter, Tsering Palkyi, was born to a family of good repute, devoted to the Dharma. Kindhearted, loving and giving towards the poor and needy, Tsering Palkyi was dedicated to her practice of the Buddha??£¤s teachings, courageous and hard-working, tall and beautiful, having the pure morals of a virtuous person.
At the age of 13 her mother passed away, and before the corpse she made a solemn vow to undertake a great pilgrimage. Keeping her promise she began her long travels with a visit to the Great Dege Printing Press, and from there she journeyed to every holy place in Kham, and onwards to central Tibet and Lhasa - the capital city. She sought blessings from Jowo Sakya Muni, the most famous statue in Tibet, and continued her progress through every centre of blessings, both big and small, throughout the country.
Several years later into her pilgrimage she met and married Tsewang Rigzin, who belongs to the family of Hor Bo Karchung Gye of Dhergye province. Tsewang Rigzin is, by nature, very soft-spoken, kind-hearted, gentle, broad-minded and very loving to his wife.
When Tsering Palkyi became pregnant she had dreams in which she was being garlanded with precious beads and white scarves, (Kattak), by a holy Lama. And she was never in discomfort during her pregnancy but remained peaceful and content even when her womb would, at times become large, sometimes small; but always she remained light in weight and agile.
When she was traveling around Mount Kailash with her husband they met a sage who had been meditating his whole life in a cave. The holy Lama predicted that the child that she was carrying in her womb was no ordinary baby but a very auspicious and special one, and he advised her to keep very clean, avoid eating meat, and to shun food served by people unable to have children. He also predicted that if she followed this advice then all of her wishes would be fulfilled. With great joy in their hearts they continued the pilgrimage throughout the region of Mount Kailash and from there left for Nepal.
Traveling through Nepal Tsering Palkyi followed the advice strictly, even though it sometimes caused her great hardships.
One day, while she was prostrating before the great holy stupa at Bodhanath, she heard some sounds coming from within her. Coincidently Yega, the uncle of Kyidrak Tenngying Rinpoche, was circumambulating the stupa, and to him and his colleagues they heard the voice predicting the rebirth of Bo Gangkar Rinpoche. Yet others who were present heard the mantra of the Bodhisattva of wisdom - Manjushri (Jampalyang). Everyone who witnessed this occasion were simply astonished, and they paid their heartfelt respects with scarves.
Then, on the 8th day of the 12th month of the water-dog year (1982) they left for the birthplace of the Buddha - Bodhgaya, to attend the Great Kalachakra initiation being given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. While seated amongst the crowds gathered to see and hear His Holiness, people again reported hearing mantras from Tsering Palkyi??£¤s womb. Two days after their arrival, on the auspicious day of the 10th, he was born amidst many miraculous signs, in the morning between 9am to 10am. When he was only 7 days old the Dalai Lama gave a special audience to new arrivals from Tibet, and the new family attended too. HH the Dalai Lama advised Tsering Palkyi to keep her child very clean, and offered him an auspicious scarf.
After visiting Lumbini, where the Buddha Sakyamuni gave his first teaching, they left for Tso-Pema in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, where Tsering Palkyi has a relative. Tso-Pema is a sacred lake where Guru Rinpoche once transformed a burning pyre into a lake. The relative, Mrs Tashi Dolma, is the consort of the venerable Ontrul Rinpoche of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, who has his monastery at Tso-Pema, and they remained there for three months.
During that time Tai Situ Rinpoche realized, through his sacred foresight, that the rebirth of Bo Gangkar Rinpoche had occurred and that he lived in either Nepal or Tso-Pema. He sent out a search party headed by Lama Tobchu and two elder Lamas from Sherab Ling Monastery. The recognition letter from the Tai Situpa states that both parents are from the Dhergye province of Tibet and that the father??£¤s name is Tsewang Rigzin and the mother is Tsering Palkyi. They have a son born in the year of the water-dog (1982), and when located they are to be immediately received in Sherab Ling monastery without delay.
They arrived at Sherab Ling where the Tai Situpa blessed the boy, Karma Jamyang, with holy water for 10 days, and he was given the name of Karma Lungtok Tenpai Gyaltsen. The parents expressed their wish to return to Tibet, but Rinpoche advised them to remain at Sherab Ling, and further that if they feared for their livelihood then for them not to worry as he would look after them too. Also that the forest, hills, and mountains surrounding Sherab Ling would be as ideal a place as that of Tibet.
The venerable Bo Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Lungtok Tenpai Gyaltsen began his training aged 7 and studied under several Lamas before receiving his present tutor Lama Karma Lobsang who has been his tutor since 1993.
In 1998 Bo Gangkar Rinpoche had a personal audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during which His Holiness performed the hair-cutting ceremony giving the name Tenzin Jigme Chodrak, and taught profoundly from the Tantras, and also his personal account of the life of the previous Bo Gangkar Rinpoche - Shedrup Chokyi Senge. His Holiness then presented him with a special protection amulet and scarf.
In 1999 he was enthroned in a grand ceremony in Sherab Ling by the Tai Situpa that was attended by tulkus from Nepal and Tibet. A ceremony that was repeated by popular request when he traveled to the seat of Gyaltsab Rinpoche at Mirik to receive the Kagyu Ngadzo collection of empowerments. There Gyaltsab Rinpoche together with Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche repeated the enthronement ceremony which was a cause for great celebrations throughout the region.
In the summer of 1999 Bo Gangkar Rinpoche returned to his monasteries: Bo Gangkar and Kham Sudra monastery, (which contains the relics of his prevous incarnation) where he was received amidst great joy and celebrations by thousands of people of all lineages who had gathered to see him from near and far. Upon his arrival and during his stay there were many auspicious signs and events such as many suns in the sky, rainbows on cloudless days, rains of snow-flowers, and a snow-leopard that circumambulated his throne.
Rinpoche bestowed the Tsepamay empowerment for the long life of everyone, gave teachings, advice, and established a monastic university. During his two month visit he inspired great faith and great joy, and when he departed there was much crying and entreating for him to return soon.
On his return journey he was fortunate to receive an audience with His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa in Tsurphu monastery near to Lhasa, and upon arrival in India he made a short pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites.
"KARMAPA CHENNO....... !!"