The 17th karmapa 33rd birthday celebration.Photographs.

Sunday was the 17th Karmapa’s  33rd birthday . Although I am not a Buddhist I was lucky to find myself at the  Karma Triyana Dharmachakra  a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Woodstock, New York, which serves as the North American seat of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage..

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The celebration was most  inspiring, and fun. Beautiful people traveled from all over the world to have the opportunity to meet this man and get a blessing. The amazing performances from various dancers and singer from Nepal and Bhutan dressed in traditional costumes and clothing transplanted everyone back to Tibet and Nepal for a day. It was not only spiritual but it was like taking a trip to a land not many people have seen or visited.

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The weather played games with us, at one point the celebration had to be stopped because of pouring rain , as people stood over the birthday cakes with umbrellas to keep it from getting washed away.The sun came out a few times , then the fog rolled in very strangely and suddenly, then it lifted and a bright sun showed its face, only to have the skies once again close up and shower the crowd with a fine mist of  rain.

The birthday cake had to be protected from the heavy downfall..

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And the day ended with everyone feeling blessed and happy.

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