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June 18, 2010

Karmapa in my kitchen

by Repa Dorje Odzer

I had the wonderful experience to attend a teaching by His Holiness the Karmapa in my kitchen earlier today.  No, I’m not crazy!

A series of live webcast teachings by His Holiness are now accessible online though the following link:  http://www.karmapa-teachings.org/live-webcast.

Right now His Holiness is teaching from Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path.  Gampopa, one of Jetsun Milarepa’s students, is credited with blending the ear-whispered instructions that Milarepa received from Marpa Lotsawa, who brought them from India, with the Kadam monastic tradition.  These innovations led to the monastic institutionalization of the early Kagyu lineage, thus preserving the lineage teachings.  Thanks to Gampopa this lineage continues to this very day.

The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path is a direct and pithy text that lays out everything that a traveler on the Buddhist path might need to know- its simplicity is remarkable and clearly a result of Gampopa’s meditative experience.

If you have the chance, check out the link above.  It’s exciting to see where these webcasts will go…

His Holiness Karmapa

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