(1924 - 2019)
Cremation and Offering Ceremony for
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Sunday Oct. 20, 2019
Karme Ling Retreat Center
Delhi, NY
We have learned  that all the necessary permissions have been given to conduct Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s Cremation and Offering Ceremony in a traditional Tibetan Buddhist Homa, or Fire Offering Ceremony, at Rinpoche’s beloved Karme Ling Three-Year Retreat Center.

The ceremony has been set for  Sunday October 20.  The exact schedule for the day, and details about driving to and parking at our very small retreat center have not been finalized. But we want to share the date with all of KTD’s sangha and friends so they can make plans to attend.

“We encourage everyone to join us for this profound occasion,”  said Lama Karma Drodhul, KTD President.

Khenpo Rinpoche’s passing on Sunday Oct. 6 was unexpected and has caused sadness around the world, but Lama Karma said being able to offer Khenpo Rinpoche a traditional cremation and offering brings a feeling of peace and a fitting conclusion to Khenpo Rinpoche’s dharma activities in this lifetime.

The date was set this morning after Vajra Master Lama Tobden visited Khenpo Rinpoche’s room and said that after three days, Khenpo Rinpoche was still resting in samadhi (or thukdam, in Tibetan), and that Rinpoche will be given more time to rest in meditative repose. 

Events preceding the cremation will begin Thursday October 17 , after Khenpo Rinpoche completes his thukdam. After private preparation ceremonies, Khenpo Rinpoche’s Kudung (the honorative word in Tibetan for body relic), encased in a special shrine container, will be invited with ceremony into the Karme Ling Shrine Room for three days of Amitabha ceremonies and visitation.

Dharma students can come to pay their respects, offer a white blessing scarf, make good aspirations and join the chanting. They may also bring traditional offerings of flowers and incense.

The cremation and fire offering on Sunday will conclude the event.
More about the Special Timing and Thukdam
The October 20 ceremony is just part of what will be 49 Days of traditional prayers and practices offered for Khenpo Rinpoche, announced by newsletter yesterday. 

The cremation and offering ceremony is being scheduled near the beginning of the 49 days because it falls on Lhabab Duchen, the Great Occasion of the Buddha’s Descent from the Realm of the Gods.

Lama Karma said that if sangha and dharma friends felt inspired to come to meditate with Khenpo Rinpoche’s Kudung during this time, that it would be a great blessing and opportunity. But if they cannot come in person due to work or other responsibilities, they could meditate at home and still connect to the blessings because of Khenpo Rinpoche’s rare dharma qualities.

“In thukdam, a master of mahamudra meditation rests in the unity of the Mother and Child Clear Light,” Lama Karma said. “At this time, Khenpo Rinpoche’s mind is all-pervasive, and it is a good time to practice Guru Yoga and merge your mind with the mind of your teacher as part of your practice,” he said.

Dharma friends also can participate through making offerings to the sangha, reciting the pujas, making tea offerings, and so on. These virtuous actions can be dedicated to Rinpoche’s further dharma activities in the future. To make donations, contact Karme Ling Manager Lama Karma Lodro at karmeling@kagyu.org or (607) 746-3216. 

Changes to the KTD Schedule
As announced yesterday,  the Lhamo Pal Retreat October 12-14 will take place as scheduled  at KTD Monastery in Woodstock.

However, the special ceremonies for Khenpo Rinpoche will necessitate changes in the current KTD schedule.

Two programs will be changed:
The 1000-Arm Chenrezig Empowerment and Nyungne Retreat
The 1000-Arm Chenrezig Empowerment and Nyungne Retreat previously scheduled for October 18-21 will be rescheduled for November 17-20 at KTD Monastery with Vajra Master Lama Tobden as the empowerment master.
Tentative Schedule for the 1000-Arm Chenrezik Program
1000-Arm Chenrezig Empowerment, Sunday, November 17

10 a.m.: 1000-Arm Chenrezig Empowerment and Reading Transmission with Vajra Master Tobden

12 noon: Lunch

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teaching by Vajra Master Tobden

7 p.m. Ritual Instruction with Lama Karuna Tara, who will lead the Nyungne Retreat

The Nyungne itself will begin the morning of Monday November 18 and end the morning of Wednesday, November 20. 
Vajrayogini Drupchod
T he Vajrayogini Drupchod for Karme Ling retreat graduates will be rescheduled from the previous dates of Sunday November 10 through Saturday November 16 to the NEW dates: Saturday November 16 through Friday November 22 . The Drupchod also will change locations, from KTD Monastery in Woodstock to Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi.

We understand these changes will cause difficulty for current registrants , and we apologize for those difficulties. However, these changes mean you also can take this rare opportunity to be part of the prayers for Rinpoche at Karme Ling.The KTD Front Office will reach out to current registrants in the coming days to review the changes. 

We hope all of our dharma friends will benefit from the extraordinary blessings Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will offer to his many students and disciples through his final ceremonies.  May all beings benefit!
Important Reminders
Accommodations.  We regret to say that Karme Ling is already fully booked with visiting lamas and residents, and no overnight accommodations are available. We recommend that visitors wishing to stay overnight book with AirBnB (search “Oneonta, NY”) or stay in one of the many hotels in the Oneonta area Find a list of hotels here  

Parking space at Karme Ling is very limited .   Please carpool with friends. 

Food.  A simple lunch will be offered around noon.

Dress warmly.  It is cold in Delaware County this time of year and you may have to walk from your parking area to the Lama House, where the shrine room is located.

You may bring offerings of incense, flowers and prayer flags,  and may offer a Kata (white blessing scarf) to the shrine.

Pujas and lunch are free of charge ; donations will be accepted at Karme Ling.
All photos by KTD Staff
The official, correct source of information for all events is the KTD Website at kagyu.org (remember to refresh your browser!) or the Karmapa KTD Facebook Page .
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