Public meditation course at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute
The 3rd Public Meditation Course at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute began on 25 December 2014. It will run until 2 January 2015. The course is led by Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, himself, assisted by Dupsing Rinpoche and Khenpo Ngedon. Many students and members of the public are in attendance, some having flown from other countries to attend.
During the course, Karmapa has given teachings and a meditation on Chenresig, the Buddha of Compassion. He also gave the lung, or oral authorization to practice, for the Four Foundational Practices (Ngöndro in Tibetan). Dedicated practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism have for many centuries finished their Ngöndro by completing over 100,000 repetitions of each of the four meditations of the Foundational Practices. Finishing the Foundational Practices prepares the student for Mahamudra meditation. The 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje composed a version of the Foundational Practices that is used all over the world by Karmapa’s students today.
If you would like to meditate with Karmapa where you are, please see this video containing a simple guided meditation with Karmapa.