Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GM Lu on The Black Crown of the Karmapas

In the above speech, GM Lu shares information about the 16th Karmapa, and the Black Crown & its significance. :)
The following are excerpts from the following link:

The Black Crown of the Karmapas

The Legend

Legend tells that in a previous eon, in a former life as an accomplished yogi, the Karmapa attained the eighth level or bhumi of the bodhisattvas. 
At this time, 100,000 dakinis (female buddhas) manifested their hair as a crown, and offered it to the Karmapa as a symbol of his accomplishment. 
Dusum Khyenpa, the 1st Karmapa, was regarded as an emanation of that yogi and his appearance was predicted by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni in the Samadhiraja Sutra:

"A bodhisattva with the lion’s roar will appear. 
He will use the power he achieved in deep meditation to benefit countless beings. By seeing, hearing, touching or thinking of him, they will be led to happiness."

The Black Crown Ceremony

In preparation for the ceremony the Karmapa meditates to become inseparable with Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. 
A mandala offering is made, followed by the seven branch prayer. 
This is to accumulate good impressions for the ceremony that ensues. 
The Karmapa then places the crown on his head while reciting the mantra 'Om Mani Peme Hung', transmitting blessings to each participant in the ceremony to the extent that they are capable of receiving them. 
It is said that by merely seeing of the Black Crown during the ceremony, one will become the first bhumi bodhisattva within three lifespans. 
This is one of the key reasons why the Black Crown is so important to Kagyu lineage.

.......... The 5th Karmapa accepted this gift and began the tradition of the Black Crown Ceremony.
Since then, when any Karmapa performs this ceremony, he meditates in the form of a sambhogakaya Buddha and thus gives a unique empowerment of samadhi and wisdom to those in attendance. 
Karmapas from the 5th through the 16th wore this crown and gave this blessing through the ceremony.

GM Lu stressed the Importance of Samadhi yet again. :)

Above & Below: Black crown look-alike are one of the crowns offered during Homa sessions by Pure Karma. The inspiration for designing this Black crown came from the Black Crown of Karmapas.
As per the legend, the one made by the Dakinis is the First original.
The one presented by the Chinese Ruler to the 5th Karmapa is a fabrication from the Ruler's sighting and legend related.
GM Lu said the one made by the Dakinis will Fly or Float away if one do not hold on to it tightly! :)

What are the main keys GM Lu is stressing?

The meaning of Linking Up with Yidam & the truth about Samadhi!

Please go enjoy the speech by GM Lu!

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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