March 26, 2011

HH Karmapa at Deer Park.

At 4 pm on March 23, an entourage of monks walked slowly through the Deer Park in Sarnath, the site where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of the Law after attaining enlightenment. We all gazed at the unmistakable outline of HH Karmapa, as he walked rhythmically towards the deer. A golden parasol was held aloft to shade him from the sun’s rays. The deer leaped into the air and frolicked excitedly in anticipation, as he tossed some carrots into their enclosure.

Then he sat on a throne with a canopy of garlands around it facing the huge stone edifice of Dhamekh Stupa, built by King Ashoka, and made prayers for auspiciousness. All the monks and followers sat on the grass enjoying precious moments of tranquility. HH Karmapa did several circumambulations of the stupa, then walked slowly towards the main temple containing a relic of the Buddha. Inside the temple he sat down on the floor in front of the huge golden Buddha, while the recitations continued.


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Naomi Levine

Norma (Naomi) Levine has published four books on Buddhist themes: The Miraculous 16th Karmapa: Incredible Encounters with the Black Crown Buddha; Blessing Power of the Buddhas; A Yearbook of Buddhist Wisdom; and Chronicles of Love and Death: My Years with the Lost Spiritual King of Bhutan. (Vajra Publications, Chronicles of Love and Death for UK readers.) Chronicles of Love and Death at Amazon.co.uk or for Kindle. For India visit Flipkart.com. She has organised pilgrimages to Mt. Kailash in Western Tibet, and to the hidden land of Pemako in Arunachal Pradesh (NE India), and written for some of the major London newspapers, including The Observer, The Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. She established a web based mail order business, Windhorse Imports in 1986 to provide Buddhist meditation artefacts to a growing community and sold it in 2003. She has an M. Phil in Drama and Literature from the University of Toronto and completed a PhD thesis before escaping academic life to live in the book-town of Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh borders, famous for its International Literary Festival. She divides her time between the UK and India. Visit Naomi’s website here.