Saturday, August 8, 2015

Day 11 – Lectures by Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Tsültrim Namgyal

The plan was to have an afternoon lecture by Karmapa on Bodhicitta, but – as is the nature of plans – the plan was changed and instead the jam packed tent was treated to a talk by Söpon-La Tsültrim Namgyal.

Söpon-la was a close attendant already to the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and nowadays to H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. He recounted stories about the Karmapa lineage and interjected facts about the controversy and history of how it all came to be. Always smiling, he regaled the crowd with stories about the 16th Karmapa in a way that only he can.

For the evening talk, we received teachings from Lama Jigmé Rinpoché, representative of Gyalwa Karmapa in Europe and nephew of the 16th Karmapa. Full of humor, wit and incredibly genuine, he spoke without any particular format. Calm and collected, pausing naturally as he speaks, never in any sense of rush or hurry, his presence is as familiar as if he was speaking to each one of the thousands personally and directly to our hearts.

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