News and events for Bodhi Path, Global Community, June 2013.
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Celebrating the activity of H.H. Karmapa in the West

Many years ago, H. H. the 16th Karmapa expressed a wish that five specific projects be completed, which would enable the Buddha’s teachings to firmly take root in the West. The last of these projects was the Library and Institute at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, which is now finished and was inaugurated last week. More than just the completion of a building, this accomplishment marks the end of the first stage of the 16th Karmapa’s enlightened activity in the West and the dawning of a vast new phase of activity associated with H.H. Thaye Dorje (17th Karmapa). The inauguration was celebrated on June 13-16, 2013 (

Bodhi Path Centers Worldwide are joyously joining together to present gifts to Karmapa of books and texts for the new library. Please consider donating towards these gifts. To make a donation, please visit the Bodhi Path web site giving page, and earmark your donation towards this gift of the written Dharma at
Another way to donate would be to give at your local center, and request that the donation be for this gift to Karmapa at the Dhagpo Institute in France.

Specific gifts being considered include: The Fourth Karmapa Collection, and The Black Hat Eccentric; Artistic Visions of the 10th Karmapa. The North American Bodhi Paths have also purchased the new Chogyam Trungpa compilation released in 2013 titled The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma as part of the library gift presented to H.H.Karmapa.

The gift of Manis

On the auspicious occasion of the completion of the wishes of H.H. the 16th Karmapa, and in gratitude and support for H.H. the 17th Karmapa’s world-wide activity, we Bodhi Path centers are making the commitment to collectively accumulate one hundred million mantras of Om Mani Padme Hung, from the practice of Chenrezig (AvalokiteĊ›vara), the Bodhisattva of compassion. Bodhi Path centers are offering this commitment to H.H. Karmapa at the time of the inauguration.

All centers are warmly invited to join us in accomplishing this commitment.

Bodhi Path has established a Facebook group to tally the completed Manis. Individuals, groups or centers may join the group and post their Mani accumulations via status updates on the group's page (if you're not on Facebook, you can post your Manis via your local center or a friend).

We are posting updated totals weekly, and you can check the Facebook group periodically for collective accumulated totals and encouragement.

There are a variety of ways to accumulate Om Mani Padme Hung mantras. Some centers have already organized the practice of Chenrezig, and others might establish mini retreats to do the practice together. You can also just continue with your personal Chenrezig practice and periodically report your tally as you progress. Anyone new to the practice should request instruction, and you can find the Chenrezig Sadhana & Commentary by Shamar Rinpoche available at centers or via online stores in the USA and Europe:

All centers and individuals are encouraged to participate in this commitment however they can. This not only helps our own and everyone else’s practice, it also enables us to realize that as fellow travelers on the path to awakening, we can support each other by being an active part of the world-wide Bodhi Path community.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bodhi Path assistants:

USA & Canada:
Asia & Latin America, via the worldwide assistants email:

Update on Trinlay Rinpoche's USA Tour: The Spirit of Awakening

Karma Trinlay Rinpoche has completed the first phase of his teaching tour of Bodhi Path centers in North America, which involves a presentation of Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva in it's entirety. The schedule for the tour has shifted for the upcoming phases, please check our web page periodically for scheduling updates.

Given how rare it is to receive such comprehensive teachings, Bodhi Path centers have been capturing the teachings on video so that students everywhere can experience the complete program. Students may register and view the videos via the Bodhi Path website. The recordings are available on a donation basis. Offerings for the videos help ensure that this project continues and are greatly appreciated. 

Upcoming Events

The following special programs are being offered at the Bodhi Path center in Natural Bridge, Virginia (USA).

In addition, check your local Bodhi Path center for information about many exciting local programs.

Bodhi Path Studies Program
July 6-14, 2013
Read details & Register online...

Shamar Rinpoche's Annual Teaching Program
September 13-16, 2013
Read details & register online...

Followed by an Autumn Retreat with Tsony
September 17-22, 2013
Read details & register online...

Correction: Chenrezig Sadhana & Commentary

For those doing Chenrezig practice using the book, Chenrezig Sadhana & Commentary (2012), here is a minor correction: on page 34, paragraph two, third line, in the phrase "instantaneously transforming us", the work "us" should be replaced with "it".

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