His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa Returns from american Dharma Tour
August 5, 2011 - Dharamsala, Gyuto
His Holiness successfully completed a three-week trip to the United States, returning today to Dharamsala. During his Dharma tour, His Holiness the Karmapa received the Kalachakra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington, and visited his main monastic seat in North America, as well as other centers under his spiritual guidance in the New York area . This was His Holiness' second trip overseas since his escape in 2000 from Tibet to his adopted home of India.
"It was a long-cherished wish of mine to be able to receive the Kalachakra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to visit my Dharma centers overseas and participate in religious activities there," His Holiness said upon his arrival in Delhi. "I am also happy to be home."
"We are thankful to the Indian government for this unequivocal sign of its confidence in His Holiness the Karmapa," said Karma Chungyalpa, Deputy General Secretary, Karmapa's Office of Administration. "We also thank the Tibetan Central Administration for their support of His Holiness throughout this tour."
During his three-week stay in the United States, His Holiness was welcomed by his disciples, who had eagerly anticipated his visit. Thousands of disciples of the Gyalwang Karmapa were able to meet their spiritual master, receive his blessings and listen to his Dharma discourses. Throughout his visit, His Holiness offered the Dharma again and again, with multiple public teachings, including a two-day teaching and transmission at his KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY, an Avalokiteshvara initiation requested by his center in New Jersey, KTC-NJ, as well as a talk at Hunter College for the Tibetan community of the New York area, among others. The Gyalwang Karmapa also visited the Karmae Ling retreat center, an affiliate of KTD Monastery in Delhi, NY, where a large group of his disciples are currently engaged in a strict three-year retreat.KTC