We have the best possible start to the New Year as H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa will be visiting Hong Kong in two weeks time! We’re also happy to announce that Eckart Dross will be with us again for some talks later in the month too. Finally, the schedule for Lama Ole Nydahl’s trip in March is now confirmed – see below for all the details!
H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa in Hong Kong
We are very excited to announce that the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, will be visiting Hong Kong in January 2013. There are events over a 10 day period, starting on 18 January and ending on 27 January. As the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Gyalwa Karmapa is simply the most important teacher we have. It is a very precious opportunity to meet Gyalwa Karmapa, especially as he normally comes to Hong Kong only every other year, and so we would very much recommend everyone who is able to attend these events to come along. The highlight of the course are the three empowerments or initiations which take place over the first weekend (18-20 January).
About the teacher
His Holiness Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1983 in central Tibet, he began telling his parents, the great Nyingma lama Mipham Rinpoche and Dechen Wangmo, that he was the Karmapa almost as soon as he could speak. Traditionally, the Karmapas are said to recognise themselves in each incarnation. Following the tradition of many centuries, the child was tested and formally recognised by the highest lama in the Karma Kagyu after the lineage head himself, the 14th Shamar Rinpoche, and given the name Trinley Thaye Dorje, meaning Limitless Unchanging Buddha Activity. For more information about Karmapa, please visit his website.
Schedule and Information
The events with Gyalwa Karmapa are organised by our ‘sister’ centre in Hong Kong, the New Horizon Buddhist Association who can be contacted directly via their website: www.kagyunews.com.hk. Please refer to this link for more information.
Talks with Eckart Dross
We are delighted to welcome Eckart back to Hong Kong to give two talks later this month. Starting with a talk on Buddhist Refuge, he will also explain the rich history of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and in particular the lineage of the Karmapas – the first lineage of consciously reborn teachers.
Eckart Dross became Buddhist in 1998 and founded the Diamond Way Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been instrumental in setting up other centres and retreat places throughout South America. He has been travelling and teaching Buddhism internationally since 2005, giving lectures and courses on Buddhism at Lama Ole Nydahl’s request, throughout South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Buddhist Refuge – Friday 25 January, 7pm
The History of the Karma Kagyu Lineage – Saturday 26 January, 3pm onwards
The talks will cost HK$80 (or HK$50 for concessions) each.
Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong, 2/F, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Lama Ole Nydahl in Hong Kong
Our main teacher, Lama Ole Nydahl, will be visiting Hong Kong from 1-3 March 2013 and will host a Meditation Course. This 3 day, intensive course will begin with an introductory talk about Buddhist meditation and will continue over the weekend, exploring this central topic more deeply. More information about the Meditation Course with Lama Ole Nydahl can be found on our website here, and the schedule is below for reference.
Introduction to Meditation – Friday 1 March, 7pm
Meditation Course – Saturday 2 March, 10am onwards
Meditation Course – Sunday 3 March, 10am onwards
Regular Meditation Sessions
(please note dates when the centre is closed during Karmapa’s program)
We meet every Monday and Wednesday for meditation at our centre in Sheung Wan. As usual, we’ll start at 8pm and practice the 16th Karmapa Meditation. All are welcome to join. If you are new to Buddhism, we’d recommend coming along on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm where one of our regular members will give a short talk to introduce the meditation and explain a little about who we are and what we do. On Saturdays, we meet for meditation at 11am for those who would like to carry on with their own practice with friends.
NOTE: the centre will not be open for regular meditation on Saturday 19th, Monday 21st, and Saturday 26th January. due to the program with Karmapa.
As usual, all are welcome to attend all our events.Look forward to seeing you soon and happy new year!
Diamond Way Buddhism Hong Kong
Unit 3, 2nd Floor, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong