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Meditations for our times (videos and more)

March 24, 2020

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares some meditations for our times.

Karmapa hopes that these meditations will be a useful resource for all practitioners, and indeed anyone else who might find them of interest.

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28 March 2020

A meditation from Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa:

 

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

A recitation of the Six Syllables is like a few simple lines of musical notes, or a melodic ringtone.

More elaborate practices are like complete orchestral scores, such as those created by Studio Ghibli.

Music doesn’t carry any real purpose, and it’s the same for meditational practices.

But, amid fear and anxiety, meditation can help us to find calm and gain focus.

So, kindly practice.

Even taking precautions is also a practice.

But practice that too like playing music.

 

26 March 2020

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following meditation:

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

As we breathe, if we say that inhaling is life, then as we inhale we are doing just that.
 
As we breathe, if we say that exhaling is death, then as we exhale we are doing just that.
 
But just because exhaling is death, it doesn’t mean that we should stop exhaling.
 
That act of panic itself would be unnatural.
 
As we breathe out and let go of life, it comes back.
 
Death might seem final, but just as there are long inhalations, there are long exhalations, and there is nothing else.
 
Both the aspects of breathing are interdependent.
 
They always were.
 
So there is nothing permanent.
 
Our natural body and mind knows this without any external input.
 
That’s how our heroes, the doctors and nurses, and the whole medical establishment, are able to care for all the patients.
 
Sure, they have fear and panic: they are sane.
 
But when they find a way to accept reality – which is change – their courage and their love take over their panic and fear, and with only one focus they go with the flow of what’s happening to the patients and do what they can.
 
So kindly breathe, my dear ones.
 
Breathe.
 
Breathe without fear.
 
You are breathing with me and I am breathing with you.

 

24 March 2020

Karmapa offers a new teaching on accepting change

 

18 March 2020

Karmapa’s teaching on change, karma and COVID-19 – in Tibetan

18 March 2020

Chenresig Practice – Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

The text for the Chenresig practice can be downloaded here.

18 March 2020

Karmapa’s teaching on change, karma and COVID-19 – in English