21.12.2015, India

Wishes and aspirations for world peace: Kagyu Monlam 2015

Bodhgaya, Kagyu Monlam

Every year, Karma Kagyu practitioners gather at Buddhism’s most sacred place, Bodhgaya, to pray, to confirm their intentions for world peace, and for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhgaya, in India, is the place of Buddha’s enlightenment.

Mahakala purification rituals were performed at Karma Temple in Bodhgaya, beginning on 9th December. Three days later Lama Dances were performed, and a replica of a Mahakala statue was burned in a symbolic purification of all obstacles.

In the shelter of the Bodhi Tree, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, led Venerable Rinpoches, Sangha and lay practitioners in prayers and aspirations for world peace. Their words and actions engendered Bodhicitta – enlightened attitude.


Program of the Kagyu Monlam events:

9-12 December:

Mahakala rituals and Lama dance at Karma Temple

13 December:

Visit to Bodhi Tree Education Center

15-21 December:

Prayers and aspirations under the Bodhi Tree

17 December:

Distribution of blankets to under privileged people of Bodhgaya, organized by South Asia Buddhist Association (SABA)

Meeting with Karma Kagyu delegates

18 December:

Visit and blessing the children of Bodhi Tree Education Center at painting workshop

19 December:

Walk of Gratitude organized by Bodhi Tree Education Center and SABA

20 December:

Visit and teaching at Bodhi Tree School Campus.

Tsepame (Long life) empowerment at Karma Temple

Ritual for the deceased


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Words of Wisdom
The human heart, Bodhicitta, is the most precious of all. While Buddhas are helpful in life, the compassionate heart is even more precious than a Buddha. In the human heart, we see limitless hope.