法王新闻 | 2003年02月
2月16日，藏曆新年後殊勝的佛陀之神變（Chotrul Druchen）月，堪千創古仁波切和非常多僧眾們陪同法王在佛陀初轉法輪的地方沙爾納特，鹿野苑大佛塔（Dhamekha Stupa）前主持誦念祈願大法會祈請文。
His Holiness celebrated Losar, the Tibetan New Year of the Water Sheep, in Sarnath on February 2, 2003. The February celebration recognized New Year according to the Tsurphu calendar, which is the tradition of calendar calculation first developed by the Third Karmapa and maintained by the Kagyu lineage. (The two main Tibetan calendar calculating traditions are explained in more detail here; usually the New Year for both calendars coincide, but this year were separated by one month, as occasionally happens.)
February 16th was the first full moon after the New Year, as well as the anniversaries of the performance of miracles by Sakyamuni Buddha and of the parinirvana of Marpa Lotsawa. The Karmapa observed these important events by leading ceremonies at the stupa in Sarnath where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma.
At the conclusion of January through early February, 2003, the Gyalwang Karmapa was at the Kagyu Monastery in Sarnath.
Sarnath, India, outside Varanasi, is one of the four most important pilgrimage spots marking the Buddha’s life, and is where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma at Deer Park. While in Sarnath before Losar, His Holiness gave an Amitayus Empowerment on January 26th. On January 27th, he conferred Bodhisattva Vows on the assembly. On the 29th, he traveled through the area consecrating a number of new buildings, such as the stupa at the Universal Education Center. On the 31st and February 1st, he presided over the Mahakala Puja and other ceremonies for the New Year.