Akshobhya Teachings and Empowerment

From June 23rd to 24th, 2017, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a two-day teaching on dealing with disturbing emotions in relation to the Akshobhya practice. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Gyalwang Karmapa greeted a variety of ordained and lay sangha, totalling as much as twenty five hundred attendees in the audience, with his wisdom and compassion. Over the course of this teaching, His Holiness shared with the audience his experience with the Akshobhya practice, from the inspiration he has found while reading the sutras on Buddha Akshobhya, to the benefit he has reaped from this practice. The teaching was concluded with the Akshobhya empowerment. At the end of this memorable last teaching for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to Canada, he noted his intent to return and answer unaddressed questions from the audience. At this instant, the theatre roared with applause, cheers, and filled with smiling faces. His Holiness also suggested performing a Long Life Prayer on his “official birthday” for the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, which took place at Thrangu Monastery Canada from 8:00AM until 11:00AM this morning, June 26, 2017. Thus concluded His Holiness’ month-long tour across Canada. Both teachers and students alike, who have participated in any of these public events, have expressed the highest gratitude and appreciation. We hope the Gyalwang Karmapa will constantly remember his students in Canada, and return to guide us time after time after time. On the auspicious occasion of the precious Karmapa’s birth, may we wish all of our gurus dwell long in good health to see the teachings of Buddha flourish throughout space, and the end of suffering for all sentient beings.