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His Holiness the seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa and Chabje Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche met for the first time today (Wednesday 15 September 2004) at Gyuto Monastery, near Dharamsala, northern India.

"It is our past merit and good karmic connections and consequences that have brought us together for this wonderful meeting," the Karmapa said.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche presented gifts to the Karmapa that included a bone relic from the cremation of his father, the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a gilded rupa of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. At the conclusion of their meeting, the Karmapa presented the Sakyong with a gilded rupa of Shakyamuni Buddha.

The day began with a 55-minute meeting in the Karmapa's rooms at the monastery where he has lived in India since his dramatic escape from Tibet four years ago. The meeting was followed by a private lunch which lasted more than an hour.

"I had a delightful meeting with the Karmapa Urgen Trinley Dorje," the Sakyong said. "During lunch we were both able to relax. It was a delightful, warm encounter. We have a common understanding and a mutual appreciation for this new friendship that has begun."

Speaking earlier to the full delegation accompanying the Sakyong, the Karmapa said, "Being in the presence of the Chabje Sakyong gives me the feeling that I am also in the presence of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This morning my immediate reaction was to pray that the activities of Trungpa Rinpoche remain in this world to benefit many, many sentient beings, that the Sakyong have a long life, and that the devotion and practice of their disciples flourish."

The Karmapa said that although the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was of the Surmang lineage, his teachings were "non-sectarian (Rime)" and had "opened many doors for people to enter the dharma."

"Today," he said, "although Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is not present in his body form, his activities and legacy will enable us to spread the dharma widely. Of all his teachings, the most unique--above and beyond the rest--were the Shambhala teachings. The teachings on Shambhala were something I used to enjoy in my childhood and I remember being intrigued by them. These teachings will be of great relevance to the world, as predicted. The Shambhala tradition, the practice you are currently engaged in, will definitely benefit the world to come. Therefore, it is imperative that you continue to practice it under the guidance of the Chabje Sakyong so that the lineage of this practice can continue."

The Gyalwang Karmapa graciously gave the delegation the lung (oral transmission) that they had requested for the Guru Yoga of the Four Sessions composed by Mikyo Dorje, the eighth Karmapa.

The delegation thanked His Holiness and, to mark this historic meeting, chanted supplications for the longevity of the Karmapa and the Sakyong. Then, at the suggestion of the Sakyong, everyone present stood together for a full-bodied rendition of the Shambhala Anthem.

On this occasion, the delegation was able to secure police permission to photograph and film inside Gyuto Monastery. To see the two official photographs of the meeting, including the presentation of the Buddha rupa by the Karmapa to the Sakyong, please click on this link:


The rest of the Shambhala delegation was hosted for lunch by the Karmapa's attendants at Gyuto Monastery. This allowed for a great deal of informal contact between them and Lama Phuntsok and Gompo Tsering who had graciously made all the arrangements for the meeting.

Further dispatches will report on other meetings later that day.

If you wish to read more about the pilgrimage plans, please visit the links on the Shambhala website. If you wish to help cover the costs of the Sakyong and his core staff, you are invited to make an on-line donation:


(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)

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