Logo of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye DorjeThaye Dorje
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Karmapa commemorates Shamarpa with eight-day ceremony

June 15, 2015

From 1-8 June 2015, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, led traditional ceremonies in honor of his late teacher and Karma Kagyu lineage holder, His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. Shamar Rinpoche had passed from this life one year previously, according to the Tibetan calendar.

Karmapa led extensive pujas of Chakrasamvara, an important buddha form for the Karma Kagyu lineage. An intricate Chakrasamvara sand mandala was also constructed, blessed by Karmapa, and at the conclusion of the ceremonies symbolically destroyed, as a reminder of impermanence.

Here are some photos from the event:

 


Many Rinpoches, lamas, and ordained practitioners attended the ceremonies led by Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Many Rinpoches, lamas, and ordained practitioners attended the events


The completed sand mandala of Chakrasamvara

The completed sand mandala of Chakrasamvara