HH Ogyen Trinley Dorje and HH Trinley Thaye Dorje meet
Transcript of the Joint Statement
His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje and His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje met over the last few days at a rural location in France. Their purpose was to get to know each other personally. They also discussed how they might work together to preserve and strengthen the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
After their discussions, His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje and His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje issued the following joint statement:
“We are both very pleased to have had this opportunity to meet and get to know each other in a peaceful and relaxed environment. We both had this wish for many years, and we are gratified that this wish has now been fulfilled.
The purpose of our meeting was primarily to spend time together so that we could establish a personal relationship. We were able to talk together freely and to learn about each other for the first time. We were thus able to begin what we expect will develop into a strong connection.
While we were together we also talked about ways that we could work to heal the divisions that have unfortunately developed within our precious Karma Kagyu lineage in recent years. We view it as our duty and responsibility to do whatever we can to bring the lineage together.
This undertaking is critically important for the future of the Karma Kagyu lineage as well as for the future of Tibetan Buddhism and the benefit of all sentient beings. We therefore ask everyone within the Karma Kagyu community to join us in our efforts to strengthen and preserve our lineage. We view it as our collective responsibility to restore harmony to our tradition which is a lineage of wisdom and compassion.”
His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje
His Holiness Karmapa in Toronto, October 27–28
Chenrezig Teachings and Empowerment
At the request of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, the Canadian Centre of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Holiness has agreed to give teachings this October in Toronto.
The Beanfield Centre Ballroom, Toronto, Canada.
Dates and Times
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
10am – 11:30am // Dharma Teaching, Session 1
3pm – 4:30pm // Dharma Teaching, Session 2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
10am – 11:3am // Dharma Teaching, Session 3
3pm – 4:30pm // Empowerment
For more information, please visit the official website of event main sponsor Karma Sonam Dargye Ling.
Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra masterpiece: Cheng weishi lun
The Cheng weishi lun (= Treatise Demonstrating Vijñapti-mātratā) may be said to be one of the most precious gems in the whole of the Chinese Tripiṭaka. Purporting to be a composite commentary on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi, it is a translation-compilation by Xuanzang 玄奘 (600–664 CE) with the assistance of his pupil Kuiji 窺基 (632–682 CE).
Xuanzang’s main mission in the Cheng weishi lun (= CWSL) is the establishment and elucidation of the thesis of vijñapti-mātra. Kuiji explains:
Mātra (“sole”) serves the purpose of negatively excluding that there are grasped phenomena such as selfhood and dharmas existing apart from the mind.
Vijñapti (“Cognitive framing”) serves the purpose of positively declaring that the nature of dharmas as arising according to causes and conditions is not apart form the mind.
We are thus very happy that many years of hard work by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and the late Gelongma Migme Chödrön — with the assistance of Professor Alexander Leonhard Mayer (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of Illinois) — finally came to fruition in the publication of our translation (3 parts; 1939 pages) of Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra Abhidharma masterpiece. The translation is now for sale:
We are also very fortunate that this publication is embellished by Introductions by two of the foremost Buddhist modern scholars:
- The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin by Professor David-Sefyort Ruegg (London)
- Introduction to the Cheng Weishi Lun by Professor Bhikkhu KL Dhammajoti (Hongkong)