New Zealand’s Joyful Event Features Cham Dance, Procession Talk by Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and More
(October 24, Auckland, NZ) The 900th anniversary of the birth of the First Karmapa was marked by a joyful and inspirational Karmapa 900 celebration, held in Auckland. His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche presided over New Zealand’s Karmapa 900 celebration, which followed the first New Zealand Kagyu Monlam, organized by Venerable Choje Lama Shedrup, Venerable Master Chang Lin, Palpung Thubten Chokyi Ghatsal Tibetan Buddhist Institute (Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust) and Pushien Temple. His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Australasian representative Mr. Dakpo Sonam Norbu and New Zealand representative Mr. Thubten Kesang also attended the celebration. The events took place in at the Oneness Charitable Trust Temple in Auckland.
The 900 Karmapa celebration began with a traditional procession, and a lion and dragon dance offered by an enthusiastic group of performers. His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche led the procession into the shrine room, where the portrait of the First Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa and the holy statue that spoke were placed on His Holiness’ throne. The lions then entered the temple, accompanied by a dragon, and prostrated before the shrine. Following this, everyone entered the temple and His Eminence led the ceremonial offering of Mandala, Body, Speech and Mind. His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave an introduction to the 900 Karmapa celebration emphasizing the importance of the Guru as the source of blessing and inspiration.