Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Losar 2138, Year of Female Iron Hire

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,

We would like to wish you all A Very Happy Losar 2138. May this new year of Female Iron Hire brings you lots of joy and happiness. May you have good health and well success in your Dharma Pracitice. May you benefit many beings. Happy Losar!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Khenpo Karma Drodul's teaching at the Abbey

Khenpo Karma Drodul with Tsokdra Nuns after completing the Ngondro study Curse
Last day of the Ngondrup Class, Tsokdra Nuns
Last day of the Ngondro Class, Tsokdra nuns
Khenpo Karma Drodul with Shedra Nuns in Class
Khenpo with Upper Sherim student after completing Vajrayana vow curse

Khenpo Karma Drodul has been teaching Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Grammar and composition to the nuns at the Shedra at Thrangu Tara Abbey for the last three years. He also taught the preliminary practice (Ngondro) from the Chakchen Nyidon Dronme to the Tsokdra nuns and has just completed the curse last week. We are happy to share some of pictures here. The first three pictures were taken on the last day teaching to the Tsokdra nuns at the abbey and the last two pictures were taken with the Shedra students (Upper sherim class) after the completion of the teachings on Vajrayana vows.

We, the administration of Thrangu Tara Abbey, would like to thank Khenpo Karma Drodul for his excellent teachings and tired less support to the nuns' higher Buddhist studies.

At present there are four other Nun teachers who are teaching the nuns at the shedra. All four of them has done their Shastri degree from the University of Higher Buddhist Studies in Sarnath, Varanas, U.P. India. They are now teaching at the shedra and giving their private Acharya examinations at the same university. They are Ani Karma Dolma, AniChungta, Ani Tenzin Sangmo and Ani Phuntsok Dolma.

We would also like to thank them for their great support for the shedra nuns.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monthly News letter called "The Mirror of Wisdom"

The nuns of Thrangu Tara Abbey recently published their first ever monthly news letter called "The Mirror of Wisdom". You will be able to know the monthly activities of the Abbey along with some poems and articles by the nuns of the Abbey. We will include poems and articles in English and Nepali soon.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year

Through the power of the blessings of the Three Jewels,
May disturbances of the four elements, new illness,
And so forth be pacified in this upcoming new year,
And may we enjoy the glory of happiness.

By: Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
Wish you all a very Happy Chinese New Year.
With best wishes,
Nuns of Thrangu Tara Abbey

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Nuns did Grand Mahakala Puja to dispel obstacles to His Holiness 17th Karmapa's Dharma Activities

Nuns of Thrangu Tara Abbey today (29th Day) did a grand Mahakala puja to dispel obstacles to His Holiness Gyalwas Karmapa's Dharma Activities. All the kagyu monasteries in Nepal start doing Guru Rinpoche's puja, Tara Puja and Mahakala puja after hearing the news of from India media. We are deeply sadden and hurt that our Holiness who is the great Dharma leader of Karma Kagyu linage and who has millions of followers in the world has been alleged for having Chinese links by Indian media. We protest such reports and we generate compassion to those ignorant beings.


We would like to categorically state that the allegations being levelled against the Karmapa and his administration are grossly speculative and without foundation in the truth. Everyone who knows the history of our lineage, our struggle and His Holiness' life is very surprised by the allegations.

We have followers in a large number of countries who have placed their trust and faith in us and, through their individual donations, enabled the sect to undertake substantial programmes of public service that have benefitted many thousands in India and abroad.

Monasteries across the world accept offerings from devotees in various forms-there is nothing surprising, new or irregular in this. A representative of HH the Dalai Lama's office underlined this yesterday. The cash in question under the current investigation by the police is offerings received for charitable purposes from local and international disciples from many different countries wishing to support His Holiness' various charitable activities. Any suggestion that these offerings were to be used for illegal purposes is libellous.

At this point, about the Chinese currency we can say that his Holiness has a large following of Tibetans from Tibet who make donations in Chinese currency. The fact is that His Holiness the Karmapa has millions of followers around the world, who hold him in the highest esteem and reverence. All our dealings across the world are honest and completely transparent-anything else would be contrary to the Buddhist principals that we live by.

Because the Gyalwang Karmapa resides in temporary quarters in Dharamsala, his Office of Administration has been seeking to build a monastery as a permanent residence for His Holiness. This project is clearly subject to Indian government approval. The Gyalwang Karmapa's office has kept the relevant Indian government agencies fully informed of its recent plans to purchase suitable land. The potential site was evaluated and cleared by the appropriate governmental offices. The negotiations to purchase the land are still in progress, have been reported to the Indian authorities, and are completely above board.

I can confirm that Shakti Lama was taken into custody yesterday but we are confident of his release very shortly, as soon as we provide the law with the answers they are looking for. I can also confirm that HH the Karmapa has made himself fully available for questioning by the officers concerned.

We will supply as much information as available, as regularly as possible but would also like to state that our first priority is to cooperate fully with the investigations underway.

Issued by Karmapa Office of Administration
Dharamsala, HP