Karmapa’s Visit 09
期三天的灌頂法會 (2009年2月6日- 8日) 將會安排有皈依，設劃沙壇城及金剛舞的環節，法會簡介如下：
皈依：能皈依噶瑪巴是無上福報。皈依是一切修行的開始，其發心至為重要。誠如第十七世噶瑪巴開示：「皈依發心能引導我們走上開悟之路。皈依佛不僅是為了利己，也為了利他，皈依法，法是指通往開悟之路，開智慧的方便；皈依僧，所皈依的對象包括上師，善知識 ....... 。」
The lineage holder of Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness 17th Karmpa Trinley Thaye Dorje will be visitng Hong Kong on 6th - 8th February 2009. This will be an auspicious occasion for spreading the word of Dharma in the territory.
Karmapa is the “ Tulku” in Tibetan Buddhist history, whose successive reincarnations ensure the continuation of Dharma teachings. It was recorded in “Samadhi Raja Sutra”that Buddha Shakyamuni described the Karmapa as an accomplished master and “knower of the Three Times – Past, Present and Future”, and “achiever of Buddha’s activities”. It was also foretold in the same Sutra that Karmapa will be the next Buddha in this world after Buddha Matreiya, “Buddha of the Lion’s Roar”. The 17th Karmapa has been recongnized by His Holiness 14th Shamarpa in accordance with Karma Kagyu’s lineage traditions, on purely religious and spiritual criteria.
The late 16th Karmapa has visited Hong Kong in the 1980’s and through that visit, bestowed much compassionate blessing on a broad spectrum of disciples and Buddhist practitioners. We are very fortunate that the circumstances are now mature for the next visit of His Hiliness to the 17th Karmapa and deepen our connection with Dharma and the Karma Kagyu lineage.
It is our sincere wish that through this auspicious Dharma activity,the accumulation of merit and wisdom will benefit not only Buddhist practitioners and disciples, but extend to the broader benefits of a harmonious society for Hong Kong at large.
The 3-day program will include unique Buddhist practices such as Sand Mandala, Initation, lama Dance and Refuge ceremony. Highlights are listed below:
Initiation – Twenty One Taras
In the tantric tradition of Vajrayana, the practice of Twenty One Taras includes both the Annutara Yoga Tantra and Kriya Tantra. This initation by His Holiness belongs to the former tradition and has continued in an unbroken lineage since the great Master Atisha first introduced Buddhism to Tibet. In these difficult times plagued with natural disasters and disruptions to our inner peace, it is particularly important to receive this initations to overcome such obstacles, enjoy a smooth progress in life and in one’s practice as well as vast accumulation of merit and wisdom.
Taking the Refuge ceremony is the first step and foundation to all Buddhist practice. It is particularly auspicious to receive this ceremony from His Holiness, who once said of the refuge as “leading us on the path to ultimate enlightenment through benefiting self and others”.
There are two types of Lama Dance in the initiation ceremony. The first is to define the place to establish the sacred realm of the practice. The second is to invite the wisdom deities to the sacred realm. It was recorded in ancient teachings that through the merits of watching Lama Dance, the seed to enlightenment is safely planted.
The unique Sand Mandala will be constructed by accomplished monks , masters according to the Karma Kagyu lineage teachings. As recorded in scriptures, the benefits of seeing a sand mandala are equal to that of meeting Buddha in person. After the initiation, the sand mandala will be released into the sea, thereby benefiting sentient being in water. Through the natural cycle of water – clouds – rain, such benefits will be extended to all sentient beings.
It is indeed a rare and auspicious occasion to be able to participate in this Dharma program. Let us welcome His Holiness with a pure heart of bliss ad chant: “Karmapa Chenno”.
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