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Karmapa restarts amazing the West

May 21, 2008

By Wasfia Nazreen
Phayul
May 20, 2008

New York, May 19 - On Sunday, May 18th, His Eminence Karmapa bestowed
two public dharma teachings in the afternoon at the Waldorf-Astoria
Ballroom in the Midtown area of Manhattan. The teaching was preceded
by a note from a representative of Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New
York City, which presented Karmapa with and read aloud a proclamation
from the Mayor recognizing May 15-21, 2008 to be "His Holiness the
Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa Week" in New York City.

The event was highly delightful to experience, where the audience saw
a playful Karmapa engage in serious discussions on the topic "Cutting
Through Confusion: Discovering the Wisdom of Our Own Minds." By using
personal examples, he gave highly practical and useful advice for
anyone seeking happiness in life by being aware of deluded cognition.

He spoke on several ways to transcend the cultural and social
trappings that may come to be associated with meditation practice and
how to allow one's mind to relax and be wakeful in a natural, uncontrived way.

Karmapa also covered several other range of topics and was in a
constant joking mood with his interaction with the translator. He
made several use of impressive English vocabulary that made the
packed audience burst into laughter every now and then. He remarked
that hopefully by his next trip, he'll be able to speak English
full-scale and therefore, without the use of a translator- the
teachings should be more fun. The teaching concluded with offering
him presents one of which was an American "slang" book- a gesture
made to perhaps congratulate his improving English vocabulary.

The teachings also followed a blessing exclusively for members of the
Buddhist organizations that have worked together to plan and
administer his visit. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, the principal
organizer of Karmapa in America '08 also gave a 'thank-you speech' in
which he expressed gratitude to all of the participating Sanghas and
praise to the great city of New York.

Karmapa, over and over again, extended his heartfelt gratitude to
those making his trip to the United States possible: the United
States government, the Indian government, the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile and most importantly, his students and dharma
friends in the United States.

More information regarding his remaining US trip can be found at
www.karmapavisit.org
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