Thursday, May 15, 2008

A New York State of Mind

The energy in New York since the Karmapa's arrival this morning is hard to describe. So long hoped-for and so long planned-for, the visit is finally a reality and His Holiness Karmapa is here in America with us again.

The folks over at the Chronicle Project have posted an audio clip from 1982 in which Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche led the Shambhala community, three months after the 16th Karmapa passed away in Illinois, in a supplication for the Karmapa to return: "Your Holiness, please return to us." It gives one a sense of the magnitude of this visit and how long it has been anticipated within the American Buddhist community. Since 1982!

Everyone has felt the anticipation building over the past few weeks as the Karmapa's arrival was approaching. The amount of detailed planning and preparation that has gone towards this visit over the past year and a half is almost unquantifiable. And now that His Holiness is here, the anticipation has transformed into a sense of joy and wonder.

Here are some additional photos of His Holiness Karmapa from this morning.


His Holiness Karmapa in New York City before the welcoming
ceremony, May 15, 2008. Photographer: James Gritz.
Copyright 2008 by Karmapa Foundation.



His Holiness Karmapa in New York City before the welcoming
ceremony, May 15, 2008. Photographer: James Gritz.
Copyright 2008 by Karmapa Foundation.



His Holiness Karmapa at the welcoming ceremony in New York City,
May 15, 2008. Photographer: James Gritz. Copyright 2008 by Karmapa Foundation.



His Holiness Karmapa accepting an offering at the welcoming ceremony
in New York City, May 15, 2008. Photographer: James Gritz.
Copyright 2008 by Karmapa Foundation.

4 comments:

Rt @ Real Muscle Online said...

It is so fantastic to see HHK there! We have waited for so long. I am from Australia but having met HHK in India I know how amazing it is for the people of the USA to get to meet him.

I pray he comes to Oz soon!

Please keep updating as much as you can because it brings us a lot of happiness!

dechendrolkar said...

Am here in France, in the Dordogne area where many many Buddhists live; and we are so happy for you, in America, that His Holiness is finally there. Was also many years in India near His Holiness and New York is truly blessed to have him. Since we are all dying to be there with you, please, keep the pictures coming!!! Thanks for sharing, it is truly appreciated.

dechendrolkar said...

Am here in France, in the Dordogne area where many many Buddhists live; and we are so happy for you, in America, that His Holiness is finally there. Was also many years in India near His Holiness and New York is truly blessed to have him. Since we are all dying to be there with you, please, keep the pictures coming!!! Thanks for sharing, it is truly appreciated.

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