A remarkable week long immersion in Kagyu dharma took place at KIBI in New Delhi last week. From March 17th through March 23rd over three hundred and fifty people from many different countries, including students from Dechen, attended teachings given by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Lama Jampa Thaye, Professor Sempa Dorje and Khenpo Tsering. His Holiness' programme opened with the initiation of Manjushri Vadisimha and closed with that of Namgyalma, while in between he taught from Shantideva's Entering the Path of a Bodhisattva. Lama Jampa bestowed teachings each day on The Short Prayer to Vajradhara and clarified many details of the Karma Kagyu transmission of Mahamudra. He also participated in meetings concering Karmapa International Buddhist Society's plans for a new degree course to be run out of KIBI. Under the able stewardship of Prof. Sempa Dorje and Khenpo Mriti, things are progressing very well. The entire week concluded with a Gala Dinner attended by His Holiness to celebrate the second anniversary of the Society.
Following the week at KIBI, Lama Jampa and Dechen Dolma traveled upto Rajpur, some one hundred and ninety miles north of Delhi to stay for two days with HIs Holiness Sakya Trizin and family. Many developments were discussed and many plans were made during this brief visit, made just before His Holiness departs for the United States. There was much happiness at birth of a new member of the Khon family. A son, Siddhartha, was born a few days ago to HE Gyana Rinpoche and Dagmo Sonam. His Holiness and Gyal Yum Chenmo now have five grandchildren.