Newspaper article North Eastern Weekend Review Gangtok, Vol 2 No
29, 5-11 Dec., 2003
New Delhi: People stood in veneration for more than one hour
to receive his blessings… foreigners by the score, hundreds
of local devotees and sponsors queued up in the glittering main
shrine of the Kagyu
International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in
the Qutab Institutional Area. It was December 1, and Trinley
Thaye Dorje, claimed to be the 17th Karmapa by Kunzig
Shamar Rinpoche and his followers, was declared to have attained the
position of Vidyadhara, also called Vajraacharya, or Highest
Tantra Master, after having completed his curriculum and received
all the main Kagyu initiations and empowerments, including the
Abhishekha vast march ahead of the rival faction’s Ugyen
Trinley Dorje, who lives in Dharamsala, and is the other claimant
to the throne of the Karmapa. In a meeting with this correspondent,
however, the young man who was at the center of such hectic activity,
stayed equanimous and unruffled by any external goings on, and
did not make any statement about himself or anyone else being
the Karmapa. What he has gained out of all these arduous trainings? “I
feel more confident, I guess,” he smiled and said. He admitted
that there was no sense of power, but a great degree of energisation
that happens during receiving the empowerments.
During the final stages of his completing his education, the
Shamar Rinpoche conducted the prayers from 10 in the morning
till about 1 pm, after which the devotees sought his blessings.
These began on November 17 and ended with the thanksgiving by
Trinley Dorje to Shamar Rinpoche on November 30.
After declaring him a Vidyadhara, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche prayed
and gave him, one by one, the Eight Auspicious Signs – all
in resplendent and finely crafted metal – and the seven
Lucky Symbols, and finally sought his blessings. People in the
audience, which included high lamas, common devotees as well
as the members of Burman family, one of the principal trustees,
Seemed emotionally charged when the mentor for so long, Shamar
Rinpoche, sought the blessing of his young ward.
From now on, according to Indian law, he is the legitimate leader
of the Karma Kagyu tradition,” a press release issued from
Shamar Rinpoche by KIBI said.
Prayers had been going on at the KIBI centre, popular among local
people as Lal Mandir due to the almost Rumtek lookalike monastery
that houses the institute, since November 17, and everyday from
morning till evening, with a short break for lunch, Shamar Rinpoche
had been imparting the highest empowerments to his ward.
The Abhishekha empowerment had been taken to Tibet from India
by the Great Translator Marpa. The press release says that Trinley
Thaye Dorje, after years of meditation and training in India,
Bhutan, USA, France and other places, under senior Rinpoches
of the Kagyu and even the Sakya sect, holds the profound View
Tradition, the vast Conduct Tradition of Asanga, Mahamudra teachings
and the Mahasiddha traditions of Saraha, Maitripa and other Indian
He also holds the six doctrines and other teachings of the highest
Buddhist Tantra emphasized by the Indian Buddhist master Naropa,
a senior lama told this correspondent.
Interestingly, Trinley Thaye Dorje has also received
the best of training from the present Chobgey Tri Rinpoche, Thubten Legshe
Gyatso, one of the oldest living masters and head of the Sakyapa
sect. Shamar Rinpoche informed this correspondent that for the
transmissions given to Trinley Thaye Dorje, he had chosen the
complete empowerment on Hevajra, according to the tradition of
Marpa. “On this basis he proceeded to give him the ‘subsequent
permission’ for Amithayus, Sarasvati, Tara and many other
Buddhist aspects. All in all, he received 41 rjes gnangs or Subsequent
Permissions, leaving out those which either Shamar Rinpoche had
already taught the young Trinley Thaye Dorje or are sued only
in the Sakyapa sect’s practices, “a senior Lama explained.
The other Sakya teachings he received were from Lundig Khenchen
Rinpoche, head of the Ngor tradition within the Sakyapa school.
Trinley Thaye Dorje had received
this teaching at Menlo Park, USA, in July 2003. The teachings there included all the great
traditions of the ‘Eight Great Practices’, including
Kagyupa, Sakyapa, Kadampa, etc. Lundig Rinpoche also gave him
22 empowerments that are essential for the Kagyu school, and
also subsequent permissions for 21 Tara.
Also Khenchen Trinley Palzor Rinpoche, whose tradition hails
from Samdrub Choling Monastery in Eastern Tibet, imparted the
Six Dharmas of Naropa to Trinley Thaye Dorje. Palzor Rinpoche,
during a long retreat at Le
Bost, France, transmitted to Trinley
Thaye Dorje the empowerment in Vajrayogini and associated reading
transmissions, the explanation and readings by tantra master
of yore Pawo Tsuglag Trenwa; and instructions and transmissions
through the reading of the works of the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje.
Trinley Dorje has said that till the end of December he will
stay and conduct pujas in New Delhi and subsequently return to
his base in Kalimpong in January 2004.
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