Buddhists here in Syracuse and from around the world are joining in the spirit of the Karmapa celebration. Lobsang Wangyal has written for the Tibet Sun, http://tibetsun.com, “Nine Hundred Years of Karmapa celebration”.
Guests have arrived in Bodh Gaya and the setting has been set at this place where Buddha attained enlightenment for the celebration of 900 years of the Karmapa lineage. The First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, was born in the year 1110 CE in Dreshö, which is a part of Dreho in Kham province of Tibet. It was with Dusum Khyenpa that the tradition of reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism began. The present day 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, has been living in India since 2000 after fleeing from Chinese occupied Tibet.
The Tergar Monastery will host a two-day celebration to mark the 900th anniversary of the Karmapa lineage. At the opening ceremony on December 8 there will be three hours of pageantry, music and dramatic performances aimed at expressing appreciation to Dusum Khyenpa, the founder of Tibet’s oldest reincarnation lineage and of the entire Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Specially choreographed performances for this occasion will be presented by artists of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) and a four-member group of classical Indian musicians from Mysore in South India. An official Karmapa 900 website, http://www.karmapa900.org, which was launched on 7 December 2010 will publish news and updates about Karmapa 900 Years. This will be a year-long commemoration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa. Kagyu Monlam TV, http://www.kagyumonlam.tv, will webcast the opening ceremony live. And the Dalai Lama has extended prayers and his best wishes for the success of this event.
Meanwhile Kagyu Lamas including Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, several thousand monks and devotees from various countries have arrived in Bodh Gaya for this event. The chief guest for the occasion will be Samdhong Rinpoche, who is the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The present Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje was born in 1985 and fled from Tsurphu Monastery in central Tibet. After his long trek across the Himalayas, he arrived in India where he has been living in exile at Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala.
Buddhists in Syracuse and internationally have joined the Dalai Lama in extending prayers and best wishes for the success of this event.
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