21.12.2019, India

Karmapa presides over the 2019 Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Kagyu Monlam

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, presided over the 2019 Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya, India.

Karmapa was welcomed by monks, lamas, venerables, and students from India and around the world.

Karmapa visited the Bodhi Tree School for the third year in a row. Children sang and scattered flower petals to welcome Karmapa as he entered the school. Karmapa visited their new garden and computer lab. The children then shared a beautiful performance that they had prepared especially for Karmapa’s visit. Karmapa gave a short speech, and then departed.


On the first day of the Kagyu Monlam, in the morning, Karmapa made the ceremonial light offering with His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche.
Karmapa led the aspiration prayers for the benefit of all sentient beings over the next three days.

On the fourth day, Karmapa visited the private residence of His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, one of Karmapa’s greatest teachers. Karmapa was greeted by His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, his staff and attendants, with great warmth and joy. Karmapa made an offering of ku sung thuk and a mandala offering to His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche. Karmapa’s monks all offered kataks to His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche as a mark of respect. Karmapa and His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche then had a two hour private meeting.

During the final days of the 2019 Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya, Karmapa gave a Chenresig empowerment at Karma Temple.

Karmapa visited His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche’s guest house, and presided over a fire puja.

On the final day of the 2019 Kagyu Monlam, Karmapa presided over aspiration prayers, before visiting Karma Temple for a final time.

See more images:

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11 – 13 December 2019, Fifth International Karma Kagyu Meeting in Bodh Gaya
14 December 2019, Karmapa Attends Event at Bodhi Tree School, Near Bodh Gaya
18 December 2019, Karmapa Visits His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche in Bodh Gaya
19 December 2019, Amithayus Empowerment Bestowed by Karmapa at Karma Temple
20 December 2019, Karmapa Leads Ritual for the Deceased at Karma Temple, Bodh Gaya
15 – 21 December 2019, Prayers and Aspirations at the Main Temple in Bodh Gaya during Kagyu Monlam 2019
15 – 21 December 2019, Audiences with Karmapa during Kagyu Monlam 2019

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