May 31, 2017– In the second morning in Canada, at 9:00AM, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling– a Tibetan Buddhist centre under the direction of Lama Tenzin Dakpa. This was a visit of great significance, as the centre was first established in 1976 by the venerable Lama Namsel Rinpoche under the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.
Upon arrival, His Holiness was ushered into the main shrine hall and seated on the highest throne, on which he proceeded to receive a body-speech-mind offering from the sangha. The yellow rice and tea ceremony followed in sequence for the welcome ceremony. Shortly after tea was served, the current resident teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Lama Tenzin Dakpa, rose to speak.
Lama Tenzin referenced the founder of this centre, Lama Namsel Rinpoche, as one of the first Canadian resident lamas to request for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to visit Canada. Due to numerous conditions, until now it has not been possible for His Holiness to visit this Canadian seat of the 16th Karmapa. Lama Tenzin hereby reaffirmed his deep appreciation for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s visit.
Lama Tenzin Dakpa then introduced to the Karmapa activities held at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling. Lama Tenzin had made a point not only to exert efforts in propagating Buddhist teachings in the Karma Kagyu lineage, but also to teach the Tibetan language. In doing so, he hoped that all Tibetan people can come and practice, by which preserving their culture and tradition which has much to offer.
In reponse, the Gyalwang Karmapa expressed his joy to be able to visit Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, and rejoiced in Lama Tenzin’s efforts to preserve the lineage and service individuals who exhibit an interest in Buddhism.
Before leaving for a public talk at the University of Toronto, His Holiness shared a pleasant meal with the assembly at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling Buddhist centre. After lunch, the Karmapa found himself in front of an audience of more than a thousand, as he began the 3 o’clock talk. The topic of the talk was “mindfulness” and a full recording of the event can be viewed online.
For more information on His Holiness’ Canadian seat, please visit Karma Sonam Dargye Ling.