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Students For a Free Tibet <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 23 Aug 1998 02:02:13 +0900
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xiaoym wrote:
> Dear Sir/Madam,
> Tibet has been a tourist attraction for many years. People are
> interested in its Buddhist culture, the mysterious life of the Tibetan
> people, the endangered species of plants and animals as well as the
> unique, unpolluted natural scenery. It's a place closest to the sky and
> is called "the Heaven of the Earth".
> In order to let people know more about Tibet, our company, which is
> subject to the Tibet TV Station/Chengdu Office, has made a plan to
> produce a serial of documentaries about Tibet. Up to now, we have
> finished two documentaries: "Gutor --- A Buddhist Ceremony" and "The Old
> Couple of the Kimba Village".
> Karmakarjuism, one of the four Buddhist denominations of Tibetan
> Buddhism, is the first one that set up the system of reincarnation. It
> differs from the other three denominations' reincarnation system in that
> it looks for its reincarnation according to the written will of its last
> Karmapa Living Buddha, for in the will the last Karmapa Living Buddha
> has already described everything that will happen in detail. The other
> three denominations, instead, look for their reincarnations according to
> the inclining direction of the dying Living Buddha. The new born babies
> and the extraordinary phenomena in that direction will be taken as signs
> to decide where and when the reincarnate boy will appear.
> Among the Living Buddhas of Tibetan Buddhism today, Dalai Lama is the
> most famous, Panchen Lama the second, and Karmapa the third. The 17th
> Karmapa Living Buddha was born on Jane 26, 1985, in a tent in Pargo
> valley. He ranks the eighth among the nine children in the family. It
> was an early morning, with mist around the hills and a peaceful
> environment on the prairie. His father, Denchu, heard many people
> blowing the conches and horns; his brothers and sisters were awakened.
> They all ran out but found nobody outside. Instead, they found lots of
> rainbows over their tent. At the same time, they heard the cups and
> bowls in their tent giving out a rhythmic sound. Soon, other herdsmen in
> the valley also heard the conches and horns and saw the rainbows over
> the tent of the Denchu family. They hurried to the tent and found Lokar,
> Denchu's wife, had just given birth to a boy. No doubt, all these were
> regarded as lucky signs. The old lama of the Karli temple(the local
> temple) came to the Denchus' tent and accepted Apu Karza, the new born
> baby, as the Living Buddha of the local temple. The boy was  given
> another name "Wukinzordui Tsiliedojie", which is very rare among the
> children on prairie.
> When the 16th Karmapa Living Buddha died on Nov. 6, 1981 while he was
> preaching in America, his written will had not been found until 1990. It
> says that in the east of the snow mountain(Tibet), which is called
> "Tianlei", in the sunshine in a herdsmen's place where there is green
> grass, and which is called Pargo, a boy whose father, named Denchu, is
> skillful and whose mother, named Lokar, witty, born with the wonderful
> music of conches,will be the protector of all living creatures on the
> Earth, benefiting them for ever like the sun.
> On May 12th, 1992, a group of people set out from Lasa, Capital of
> Tibet, to look for the reincarnate boy. They went east of Tibet --- the
> Changdu Area, and made a thorough examination of the names of all the
> counties, villages, rivers and mountains in this area. Finally, they
> found the place mentioned in the will("Tianlei" in Tibetan language
> means "Lador") --- the Lador village. It was in May. The weather was
> very nice. As there was no road to the Lador village, they had to get
> there on horse. Suddenly, it became gloomy and black clouds gathered.
> Then, wind howled and heavy snow appeared. It was dark all around. When
> the group of people managed going down the mountain in difficulty, it
> suddenly ceased snowing and blowing. To their amazement, they saw a
> beautiful village in front of them --- the Lador village in the
> sunshine. The heavy wind and snow seemed to have been a nightmare!
> When they told the local herdsmen that they were looking for a woman who
> is called Lokar and lives in a place called Pargo, they were told that
> indeed there is a valley called Pargo in which there lives a woman
> called Lokar, whose husband is called Denchu. With the help of the local
> herdsmen, they came to the Pargo valley --- a beautiful place with green
> grass, cows and sheep as well as scattered black tents, on top of which
> blue cooking smoke spiralled up. Finally, they came to the Denchu
> family. The husband and wife were very pleased when they were told of
> the purpose of the visitors, but they were not surprised at all, for
> their eighth son, Apu Karza, had already been accepted as the Living
> Buddha of the local temple when he came to this world.
> On Jane 25, 1992, the reincarnate boy of the 16th Karmapa was approved
> by the Religion Bureau of the Chinese State Council. On Sep. 27, 1992,
> Tsopu Monastery, the chief monastery of Karmapajuism, which is about 70
> kilometers away from Lasa, held a solemn ceremony for the seating of the
> 17th Karmapa Living Buddha, Wukinzordui Tsiliedojie. More than 30
> thousands of Karmapajuists who came from home and abroad attended this
> grand ceremony. When they saw the reincarnate boy, they all went down on
> their knees, happy tears falling down their face, while the eight year
> old (according to the Tibetan calculation of age) Karmapa looked ahead
> with his wide-open eyes that were filled with wisdom, looking at the
> pious Buddhists in front of him.
> On Feb. 6, 1997(Dec. 29th of Tibetan calendar), after five years of
> studying and training, the 17th Karmapa Living Buddha, who was only 13
> years old, for the first time in Tsopu Monastery presided over the
> Buddhist activities --- the last Buddhist activities for the year called
> "Gutor Ceremony". "Gutor" is a kind of Buddhist magic thing, mostly like
> "Torma", completed with wood, grass and clothing. Gutor Ceremony is a
> ceremony to drive out all the devils just before the New Year's Eve,
> Dec. 29th of Tibetan calendar. During this ceremony, the new master of
> Tsopu Monastery had to not only preside over but also attend the
> Buddhist activities such as chanting, dancing Cham and so on, applying
> the Buddhist knowledge he had learned over the five years. The
> successful presiding of this Gutor Ceremony shows that Wukinzordui
> Tsiliedojie, the 13-year-old Karmapa, has had the ability to
> independently preside over the Buddhist activities of Tsopu Monastery.
> The documentary "Gutor --- A Buddhist Ceremony" has recorded the whole
> ceremony on the spot. Although it is about 26 minutes long, its
> historical significance is self-evident. The whole ceremony includes six
> parts, each lasting for one or two hours. The young Karmapa has spent a
> lot of time and energy preparing this Gutor Ceremony. For the last two
> months, he has been practising the Cham Dance every day, one hour each
> time, trying to learn the implication of each action. In addition,
> participating in this ceremony is also an enduring test for him. He has
> to dance alone for two hours in Part II. The record on the spot shows
> that his Cham Dance was so beautiful that all the religious people and
> monks were much amazed, especially by his wisdom and intelligence.
> What's more, shortly after this documentary was produced, another
> important religious figure in this documentary, the tutor of the young
> Karmapa Living Buddha, who is over eighty years old and who stands
> behind the young Karmapa giving him tips during the ceremony, passed
> away, which makes this record unique and thus adds more value to this
> documentary.
> The other 25-minutes-long documentary, "The Old Couple of the Kimba
> Village", is a narrative record of the everyday life of an old couple
> whose family members have been living by the Yalu Tsangpo River for
> generations. This documentary tries to present us the free, traditional
> life, the national psychology and the religious passion of the Tibetan
> people under the influence of various modern thoughts and the
> corresponding life styles of the society today --- a contrast between
> modern Chinese culture and the traditional Tibetan culture.
> If you are interested in the two documentaries, please contact us by:
>                        Tel: 86 - 28 - 6270644
>                        Fax: 86 - 28 - 6270645
>                      Email: [log in to unmask]
> Thank you!
> Sincerely,
> Shirley
> Chengdu Puwen Advertising Co. Ltd.
> Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China