Karmapa Thaye Dorje in Hongkong

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The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje is in Hong Kong these days on an invitation from the Hong Kong Bodhi Path Center. The tour started on 13th and will last on 28th of February. Albeit, officially the tour starts from 18th of February.

On the fifth day of his visit, on 17th of February, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje visited the new dharma centre of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche in Hong Kong to conduct the inauguration ceremony. His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Nyinthang, Central Tibet in 1947. He was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Rinpoche is the mind emanation of the 1st Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the great treasure revealer and founder of the Rime movement in 19th Century, Tibet. Rinpoche left his traditional seat in Nangchen Kham, East Tibet and at the age of 13, fled to Nepal and India. For the past three decades Beru Khyentse Rinpoche has been teaching and travelling tirelessly to many countries around the world including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and countries in Europe, North America and South America.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche welcomes Gyalwa Karmapa to his new Hong Kong

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and Gyalwa Karmapa with decotees

The whole Dharma center was freshly painted, adorned with thangkas (roll paintings of Buddhist deities) and lavishly decorated with magnificent flower bouquets offered by various members of the Hong Kong sangha for the auspicious occasion. Tormas (ritual food offerings) and elaborate offerings were prepared by the Karmapa’s monks, and a number of precious relics were on the exhibit.

Long before the ceremony started the place was already packed with practitioners waiting for the ceremony to start. The inauguration ceremony started with a mandala offering presented to HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa by Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, as well as the traditional offering of ku sung thuk (symbolic offering of enlightened body, speech and mind).

Karmapa’s monks then continued with the recitations for the inauguration. Tea and rice were served to all the participants, and after the recitations were completed the members of the centre queued up in front of Gyalwa Karmapa’s throne to present him with katas (white offering scarves) and other offerings and to receive his blessing.

Meeting with Mr Shiah and his disciples

Mr. Shiah was a devoted student and sponsor of the 16th Karmapa

Mr. Shiah was a devoted student and sponsor of the 16th Karmapa

HH went also went to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre later in the day where he was received by Mr. Shiah Jing Shan, an old disciple of the 16th Karmapa. Mr. Shiah, based in China, was a devoted student and sponsor of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. He is a dharma teacher as well as a master of painting and Feng Shui and has numerous students, a large group of whom he brought along on his visit to the Karmapa.

The Gyalwa Karmapa addressed the gathering, saying that he much appreciated all the trouble they took in coming such a long way. He added that he would make wishes for their growth and development in all areas of their lives. He advised them to do their best to make some time for dharma practice on a regular basis.

Gyalwa Karmapa receives a group of about three hundred Chinese devotees, led by Mr. Shiah

Gyalwa Karmapa receives a group of about 300 Chinese devotees, led by Mr. Shiah

“I understand that while we are here, as human beings, we have no choice but to engage in the material world. But nevertheless, I think that to find a balance between this world and the spiritual dimension is very beneficial. So therefore I would like to ask all of you to make the best possible use of your time and your life”, said the Gyalwa Karmapa.

The five-day event started on the 18th for the Chenresi empowerment.

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