We are all gathered in Bodhgaya, The Karmapa and thousands of us. We pray here day and night; We resolve to work towards our aspirations:
May each of us help all beings. That we may free them from all problems. That we may bring them lasting and true happiness. That we can share all our good fortune with all beings. That peace may prevail over all the world. That all violence and atrocities may end at once. That all beings may be kind to each other.
There is a presence of kindness. There is a feeling of peace. There is a joyful atmosphere. This is, to me, the most wonderful celebration. A celebration of peace, joy and kindness towards all, and each other.
I celebrate the New Year with these aspirations. Let us all celebrate the New Year with these aspirations.
Happy New Year 2015 Ringu Tulku
Rinpoche is currently attending Monlam (Wishing Prayers) at Bodhgaya in Bihar, India, the place of Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment; where this year almost 12000 people - monks, nuns, and lay practitioners are gathered together for the best part of a month or more, to pray for universal harmony under the direction and guidance of His Holiness 17th Karmapa. The prayers were preceded by almost three weeks of special teachings and empowerments, and the whole proceedings have been webcast live across the globe, and translated from the original Tibetan into 10 languages for those attending in person. They will remain online to view, in Tibetan, Chinese and English, with accompanying reports and transcripts in English. It is believed that the communal prayers, which begin before daybreak and continue throughout the day until evening, and the positive intentions invoked through the act of one pointedly focussing the minds of all present, will help to remove obstacles to peace and harmony in the world and will help beings, seen and unseen. The wishing prayers themselves were written by great masters from all Buddhist traditions from the earliest times to the present, and can serve to engender a generous attitude and joyful compassionate state of mind, thus helping to generate bodhicitta, the heart of enlightenment.