Great Karma Kagyu Lama, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, passes away (1924-2019)
After a short period of illness, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche passed away early Sunday morning October 6th at his home at KTD’s Three-Year Retreat Center, Karme Ling, in Delaware County, NY.
Khenpo Karma Tarchin Rinpoche (Karthar, for short) was in his 96th year, having just observed his birthday at KTD Monastery in September.
Born in the same year as the 16th Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche passed away on the same lunar calendar day as the 16th Karmapa (8th day of the 9th lunar month).
A Buddhist master without parallel, Khenpo Rinpoche was a source of wisdom and love for everyone he met. He successfully transplanted the wisdom of the Karma Kagyu lineage in a new land, and fulfilled the wishes of both the 16th and 17th Gyalwang Karmapas.
There is no way we can repay his kindness, and we are praying he will swiftly return to guide beings in this world.
For the first three days of Khenpo Rinpoche’s resting in thukdam, or meditative repose, prayers from the “Rain of Wisdom” realization songs were conducted by a small group of lamas and Karme Ling residents. Vajra Master Lama Tobden has now announced that after the initial three days, Khenpo Rinpoche was still resting in samadhi (thukdam, in Tibetan), and that he will be given more time to rest in meditative repose. After that time, a cremation and traditional Tibetan Buddhist Homa, or Fire Offering Ceremony, will be conducted at Rinpoche’s beloved Karme Ling Three-Year Retreat Center.
Gelongma Nyingje Gongpel will be representing KCCL at the ceremonies taking place at Karme Ling (315 Retreat Road, Delhi, NY 13753).
As for a brief biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, see: https://kagyu/khenpo-karthar-rinpoche/
For the latest updates of the Parinirvana Events Schedule see: https://kagyu.org/khenpo-karthar-rinpoche
Khandro Rinpoche, the 7 Points of Mind Training, and Halifax: A great August weekend
by Barbara Elizabeth Stewart
Khandro Rinpoche, one of a long line of eminent female reincarnate teachers of the Nyingma Mindrolling lineage, was in Halifax in early August to teach and to consult with KCCL, the fairly new Kagyu monastic center about half-hour’s drive out of town. It was a visit sponsored by KCCL.
It had been some years since Khandro Rinpoche, her Eminence, was last in Nova Scotia, and her visit created a stir among the Buddhists living here – most, but not all connected with Vajradhatu and Shambhala. The four talks were held in McGinnis Room, a big auditorium at Dalhousie University, about 250 people attended: middle-aged greyhairs nodding along at the familiar terms, young people and a handful of apparent newcomers, drawn, perhaps, by the lively picture of her on posters plastered around town.
Her topic was lojong, the 59 slogans on training the mind brought to Tibet by the Bengali Buddhist master Atisha in the 11thcentury. In teaching this, a foundation of the Mahayana, Rinpoche spent a morning on its lineage and lineage stories, and a full session on the five slogans on absolute truth teachings, and how some understanding of that is crucial to understanding the remaining 53 relative truth slogans.
She also talked extensively about KCCL and the need for monastics and monasteries in the West today, as people and places devoted only to preserving, studying, practicing and teaching the dharma. She is, of course, very actively involved in Mindrolling Monastery in India, of hers and her father’s lineage, and also founder of centers and retreats elsewhere in India, Europe and North America. During the lojong teachings, she mentioned KCCL’s plans to move from a suburban house about 30 minutes outside of downtown Halifax into a more spacious house with grounds in or near town, easily accessible to lay community. KCCL has started its property search and is launching a $1 million fundraising campaign for it. It was clearly an effort that Rinpoche enthusiastically supports, and anybody who didn’t know about KCCL at the beginning of the weekend definitely knew about it at the end.
On Sunday evening, a few hundred Shambhala members crowded into the shrine room to listen to and ask questions of Rinpoche about Shambhala, right now, some general and others more specific: for instance, can Shambhala members seek out and study with other teachers while remaining loyal to Shambhala. (Yes, she said. Students should be able to seek wisdom wherever they can find it and Shambhala should be open to accommodate that kind of exploration.)
It was a great weekend. We in Halifax do hope she comes again soon.
(Photos by Marvin Moore and Kasia Nowak)
Help establish a Kagyü monastic seat and centre in Nova Scotia
Teaching schedules of various Kagyü and Nyingma teachers[/title]
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:
For information, see: http://www.rinpoche.com/schedule.html
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:
For information, see: http://www.dpr.info/category/schedule/
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:
For further information, see: https://www.khandrorinpoche.org/schedule/
For information, see: https://tergar.org/mingyur-rinpoches-schedule/
Free downloads of “The Profound Path of Peace”: Issues No 5 to 17
Please find below the free downloads of the recently made available PDF files of “The Profound Path of Peace”, a magazine of the International Kagyü Sangha Association of Buddhist Monks and Nuns, published between the years 1987 and 1998. You will find in these issues many quite valuable and by now also historic teachings and texts on various subjects. Enjoy!
Here are the links:
- Table of Contents 2 for Issues No 5 to No 17 of PPP
- Profound Path of Peace No 5 November 1987
- Profound Path of Peace No 6 August 1988
- Profound Path of Peace No 7 January 1989
- Profound Path of Peace No 8 November 1989
- Profound Path of Peace No 9 July 1990
- Profound Path of Peace No 10 August 1991
- Profound Path of Peace No 11 February 1992
- Profound Path of Peace No 12 February 1993
- Profound Path of Peace No 13 May 1994
- Profound Path of Peace No 14 November 1995
- Profound Path of Peace No 15 February 1997
- Profound Path of Peace No 16 November 1997
- Profound Path of Peace No 17 October 1998