Wednesday, 23 May 2018

"My greatest Wish Is To See the Monlams Light Up All The Countries Of The World, Like Butterlamps". Karmapa 2014

Ringu Tulku Rinoche will be leading a Monlam in Paris, France this year at the Great Pagoda of Vincennes, beginning 1st September.

The word Monlam [Tib] means wishing or aspiration prayers, and so the focus of the week is to bring together  nuns, monks and lay people to pray together for peace and harmony in the world. 

In Samye Ling this week, the very first United Kingdom Monlam is taking place, led by Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu, who is the long term retreat master at Sekar Monastery in Nepal, retreat house of one of the world's greatest living Buddhist teachers, Thrangu Rinpoche. 
The days include teachings by Drupon Rinpoche  on ‘The Hundred Verses of Advice From Padampa Sangye to the People of Tingr’. To attend the teachings there is a a commitment to all sessions, but Rinpoche's instructions are more relaxed regarding the prayers sessions.

The First United Kingdom Monlam prayer sessions are being livestreamed on Facebook video and begin mornings 6.00 am, 10.30 am and afternoons 2 pm.  

The Karma Kagyu Annual Monlam is historically held in Bodhgaya, India, with thousands in attendance, and until this year, it has been led by His Holiness Karmapa in person.  

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