22nd Story Update: A world of gentleness, kindness

Greetings dear friends of KC 16,

As we learned in the previous email, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, taught extensively and intensively with physical gestures and by his mere presence. In the video below, Don Winchell describes how he also created the environment around him and the way it brought about unexpected transformations. 

A student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Winchell served on the support team for the 16th Karmapa’s 1976 visit to North America.

Don Winchell reflects on the environment around His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa.

Through this delightful example of the enlightened activity of His Holiness, may we all aspire to create a world of gentleness and kindness!

We have received wonderful responses to the stories we’ve posted, and some included a personal experience with the 16th Karmapa. If you’d like to share your memories or photos of His Holiness with us, please send them to: media@karmapacenter16.org.

As always, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your continued interest and support of KC16. May the Center be of great benefit to all beings.

Second Campaign Update: Ani Pema Chödrön’s Story About His Holiness the 16th Karmapa

During this time of the global pandemic of coronavirus, when anxiety and fear are rampant, we are fortunate to be able to connect with the dharma, with our genuine heart of goodness and our wish to benefit beings—no matter what. We have the opportunity to be mindful and aware of our actions, how they affect ourselves and others, and to kindly help stop the spread of the virus (see the CDC page).

We are even more fortunate that we are able to connect with the presence of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, to then slow down and move through the world with aware kindness in a spacious, relaxed state.  

Ani Pema Chödrön* was a close student of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and in the attached, inspiring video interview (16 minutes), she recalls being in the presence of His Holiness: “It was like he dwelled in this timeless, present state, and you were just drawn right into that.” She shares the impact he had on her life and those of countless others. She also highlights why building the stupa at KC16 is so important to the world. 

Click photo to view video of Ani Pema Chödrön | Mark Elliott, Interviewer | Doug Beechwood, Producer

Many of you realize the importance of the stupa project — in just two weeks, since our official kick off on March 1st, we’ve raised 129,000 USD from 190 donors! We’ve had the support of over 750 social media shares, with nearly 200 followers watching the campaign and actively getting the word out. We are building more momentum by the moment. 

With a joyous heart, we offer great thanks to everyone for your kindness, generosity and support of our cause. Please continue to widely share our campaign with others as that is a huge contribution in itself. 

We hope this week’s KC16 Parinirvana Stupa crowdfunding campaign update, featuring Ani Pema Chödrön, will be of great benefit. See you next week with another update and very special video story celebrating the great life and teachings of His Holiness!

*Ani Pema Chödrön is an American Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, former acharya of Shambhala Buddhism and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has written several dozen books and audiobooks, and is principal teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

First Campaign Update: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s story About His Holiness the 16th Karmapa

Today, on Chötrul Düchen, we celebrate the Buddha’s performance of miracles. It is said that the Buddha displayed a different miracle each day to spur devotion and to increase the merit of his current and future disciples. Nowdays, this is an opportunity to appreciate Buddha Shakyamuni, whose wisdom lives on in the minds and hearts of our kind teachers, and in all practitioners wishing to discover their genuine heart of compassion.

What an auspicious day to announce that we have been blessed with an astonishing kick-start to our crowdfunding campaign to raise $1 million to build a Parinirvana Stupa and retreat center for His Holiness the 16th Karmapa Gyalwang Karmapa in Wadsworth, Illinois.

Since the campaign kicked-off last Sunday, we’ve raised over $122,000 USD from 130+ donors and 600+ campaign shares on social media! 

In this first campaign update, we hear from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who shared a few of his recollections and feelings on His Holiness the 16th Karmapa in this teaching:

His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje, through his sheer presence, was living proof that the Buddhadharma works. Tibetan intellectuals can be very critical, and some criticized the Sixteenth Karmapa for not being highly literate and well-versed in philosophical discourse and liturgical detail. People can say what they want, but none can deny that when the 16th Karmapa suddenly appeared on the throne, he would transform the environment and the people in it on the spot. He was very majestic. He was like a king – just perfect. Read more… 

(Adapted from the teaching Parting from the Four Attachments, given by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche at the International Buddhist Academy, Nepal in 2009: Day 8, Part 2.)

We are so grateful to Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for supporting this noble cause. Thank you everyone for your generosity and for continuing to spread the news of our campaign.  

Stay tuned for another story about His Holiness the 16th Karmapa from one of our teachers next week!

Lama Lodo Rinpoche visits KC16 during His Holiness the 16th Karmapa’s Parinirvana Day

Lama Lodo Rinpoche from Kagyu Droden Kunchab Center visited and practiced at The Karmapa Center 16 to celebrate His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa’s Parinirvana Day November 5, 2019. Drupon Rinpoche, Lama Phuntsok, Lama Rabten and Lama Zopa all chanted together. Practitioners included two twin babies, our youngest students!

Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s passing

The Karmapa Center 16 is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche this morning. Our hearts go out to his students in KTD, KTC and disciples’ around the world.

During his life, Rinpoche fulfilled the wishes of His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. In addition to all his wonderful qualities and activities Rinpoche was a generous supporter for the Karmapa Center 16. He came to bless the land and provided much encouragement. We honor his unwavering devotion to the Karma Kagyu lineage.

DPR teaches at 2017 Parinirvana Day weekend celebration

The Karmapa Center 16 invites you to a weekend celebration of Parinirvana Day for His Holiness the 16th KarmapaSpace is limited, therefore tickets are REQUIRED even for free events.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:00 pm | Illinois Beach Resort Hotel

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (DPR) teaching followed by tea & snacks

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2:30 pm | The Karmapa Center 1641230 Kilbourne Road, Wadsworth, IL 60083

Public teaching by DPR followed by tea & snacks at The Karmapa Center 16

Sunday, November 5, 2017 | The Karmapa Center 16 in Wadsworth, IL

9:00 am – 12 noon | Extensive Guru Yoga practice for Parinirvana Day with DPR, Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche and Lamas in Tibetan

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | 16th Karmapa relic blessing and short liturgy in English


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email: office@karmapacenter16.org. We are all volunteers. We will happily answer you email as soon as we are able! Thank you for your patience.

Where can I stay?

KC16 has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate at The Illinois Beach Resort Hotel. Phone 847-625-7300 and reserve your room directly. Room reservation cut off is October 24, 2017 or until the block is full. A few rooms will be available one day prior and one day following the event.

The Friday evening event will be held at Illinois Beach Hotel.

Please note Saturday and Sunday events will be held at The Karmapa Center 16, 41230 Kilbourne Road, Wadsworth, IL 60083. The center is about a 15 – 20 minute drive from the hotel