His Holiness The 17th Karmapa will be visiting Europe to deliver a number of teachings and empowerments from July to Oct 2023.
Here are the dates and venues for the European tour 2023;
14th 16th July 2033 Approaching the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Part 1 & Amitabha Initiation
In this text by the Buddhist teacher Gyelse Togme Zangpo, the state of mind and daily practices of a bodhisattva are described in 37 points.
In the beginning, a bodhisattva is an ordinary being who, over time, develops an understanding and application of enlightenment mind. Enlightenment mind is the deep wish that all beings experience lasting happiness and protection from all causes of unhappiness. In other words, enlightenment mind is kindness and compassion.
A bodhisattva is motivated by this enlightenment mind and practices to attain a clear mind. Such a person becomes aware of thoughts, emotions, and mental events immediately as they manifest, without them becoming a source of confusion or misunderstanding.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, will guide us through the text himself, explaining it to us and showing how we can walk this path of kindness and compassion in our present framework to become true bodhisattvas ourselves.
The Karmapas are a lineage of bodhisattvas, embodiments of kindness and compassion, dating back to the 12th century.
July 28th-30th 2023 Green Tara France
Afternoon from 3pm(1): Green Tara initiation (2) and lung (oral transmission) of the practice
Tara the Liberator is the feminine aspect which embodies the spontaneous activity of all Buddhas. Her practice protects from fear, removes obstacles for oneself and others, and ultimately leads to the realization of Buddhahood. The initiation will deepen the connection with the practice, allowing participants to know it better and to receive its benefits.
July 21-23 Part 2 & Chenrezei Empowerment
The 17th Karmapa can never repeat enough that the veritable essence of Buddhism is compassion practice.
What is an empowerment? It is a transmission that is carried out in Vajrayana practice by a master who has himself received it from the uninterrupted lineage from the Buddha; it is a pre-requisite to properly do yidam practice. So now we can ask, what is a yidam! Even though this word is generally translated as “deity”, a yidam is in fact a support which links (dam) the spirit (yi) to the enlightened dimension. It is not about an entity which might truly exist outside of ourselves; it is simply the expression of enlightened qualities present within us but not yet realized.
The 17th Karmapa explains to the listeners that the attributes associated with Chenrezig (as all the yidams) are symbolic – the four arms for example, refer to the four unlimited thoughts: love, compassion, joy and equanimity. The empowerment is thus a transmission from one mind to another which authorizes the disciple to meditate on the yidam, benefiting from favorable conditions for his realization.
Traditionally, it is said that the master “plants a seed”, but it is then up to the disciple to take care and to the make the seed germinate (meaning to cultivate the qualities that represent the yidam)!
Karmapa Diamond Way Europe Centre
Wednesday, 2 August
Milarepa empowerment with H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje (16:00)
Thursday, 3 August
Teachings with H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje: Buddhist Refuge (16:00)
Friday, 4 August
Teachings with H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje: The Six Liberating Actions (16:00)
Saturday, 5 August
Stupa Consecration – Rabne
Sunday, 6 August
Mahakala empowerment with H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje (16:00)
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling 11-15 August 2023
Karmapa wished for the program of his stay to be in accordance with Lama Jigme Rinpoche’s requests: in the continuity of his last visit, his teaching will focus on the practice of Chenrezig, and he will confer the empowerment.
Karmapa’s visit is part of the implementation of a study and meditation curriculum that is accessible to all. During his stay, he will also perform the final consecration of the Sukhavati Garden.
Over 3,000 people are expected to attend.
Karma Guen Spain September 2023
White Tara Empowerment (Benalmadena Stupa)
Karma Pakshi Empowerment (Karma Guen)
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