Saturday, June 7, 2008

His Holiness Returns Safely to India

With thousands of American hearts blooming with love and devotion from his visit, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has returned safely to India and has resumed his residency at Gyuto Tantric University in Sidhbhari, near Dharamsala, India. Kagyu Office, His Holiness's official website, has posted journal entries detailing information about His Holiness's arrival at Delhi International Airport, where he was greeted by throngs of dignitaries and supporters; a welcome dinner held in his honor at Delhi's Airport Radisson Hotel; and an elaborate ceremonial reception hosted by the Karmapa's Office of Administration and the leaders of Gyuto Tantric University at His Holiness's temporary residence at Gyuto. Please go the Kagyu Office website for full details.

During his visit to the United States, His Holiness, on more than one occasion, commented about his plans to remember again and again what it was like to spend time together with his American friends once he returned to India, even saying at one point (with a buoyant smile) that he would "visualize" each and every one of the friends he had met and seen. With great delight in the news of his safe and comfortable return, there is no doubt that we, His Holiness's American students and friends, will be recalling, again and again, in our hearts and minds the wonderful experiences of being the recipients of His Holiness's unfathomable generosity, wisdom, and warmth, and offering these feelings of gratitude as flowers thrown skyward in supplication for his swift return and the fulfillment of all his wishes.

3 comments:

Shirley said...

I think of you often, Karmapa.
When I see the moon I imagine you looking out into the sky and thinking of us.
Never forget your devoted students in the West.
Karmapa Khyenno!

Sally Clay said...

I am glad that you returned home safely, Your Holiness. As we say down South in the U.S., "Ya'll come back!"

Oliver said...

A big thank you to the Dzogchen Ponlop and his staff of volunteers for making this visit possible. Having seen the Karmapa in NYC at the Waldorf was one of the most touching moments in my life.

I hope he returns again to America.