Monday, August 3, 2015

Day 06 – Empowerment into 1000-armed Chenrezig and… Welcome home, Gyalwa Karmapa!

This course’s second empowerment was given by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche on the auspicious day of the arrival of H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje at the EC.

The 1000-armed form of Loving Eyes (Skt. Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara; Tib. Chagtong Chentong Chenrezig) is the compassion of all Buddhas. Rinpoche started the preparations early in the morning. Completing the empowerment, Rinpoche and Lama Ole blessed everybody present for many hours before closing it together.

Afterwards, every corner of the EC was buzzing with activity, with tidying, decorating and polishing going on everywhere in the houses and the lama service team having a last minute meeting. Under the guidance of thangka painting master Dawa Lhadripa, students painted the Eight Auspicious Symbols with sand in front of the villa entrance to welcome Gyalwa Karmapa.

After hours of eagerly awaiting his arrival, Karmapa finally arrived, coming from Dhagpo in France, and was greeted by Lama Ole and over a thousand of their students.

We are overjoyed that the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is back at the Europe Center and look forward to an amazing program with him and our other teachers!

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