Information about Monlam

Rinpoche has asked that we pass on the folllowing information about the Monlam from Lama Chodrak:

Dear Friends of Kagyu Monlam

I have recently returned from an extraordinary pilgrimage to Tibet with
a fine group of students.  As we circumambulated Mt Kailash, we
extended our prayers to friends and all beings.  Now, with about four
months remaining, we are focusing our efforts on the upcoming 24th
annual Kagyu Monlam.

We are very fortunate that His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley
Dorje, will lead the Monlam ceremonies again and give empowerments and
teachings in Bodh Gaya prior to, and after the Kagyu Monlam.  I’d like
to share some exciting information on these events in three main parts:

1) Kagyu Monlam
2) Additional activities of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Bodh Gaya
3) Information for Friends of Kagyu Monlam

1) 24th Kagyu Monlam, December 27, 2006 through Janruary 3, 2007:

His Holiness Karmapa will lead the Monlam again, and all activities
during the day will take place under the Bodhi Tree in front of the
great Maha Bodhi Stupa.

His Holiness Karmapa’s public teaching at the Maha Bodhi Temple grounds
during the afternoon will be devoted to “Meditations on the Life Story
and Vajra Songs of Milarepa.”  In the evenings, His Holiness will give
“Teachings on Meditation Practice” especially for foreign disciples at
Mingyur Rinpoche’s new monasteryin Bodh Gaya, Pal Tergar Rigdzin Khacho
Dargye Ling .

Efforts will be made to provide simultaneous translation into English
and Chinese via FM radio frequency at both sets of teachings. We ask
that you bring an FM radio with headphones and a copy of Milarepa’s
biography. We hope to have all teachings by His Holiness posted on the
Kagyu Monlam web site or available on disk.

On the morning of the last day of the Monlam gathering, January 3rd, an
inauguartion ceremony will be held to honor the grand opening of
Mingyur Rinpoche’s new monestary.  In the afternoon, a Tsok feast will
mark the closingof the 24th Kagyu Monlam. 

2) Additional Teachings and Empowerments by His Holiness the 17th
Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in Bodh Gaya:

Before the Kagyu Monlam, on December 21st, His Holiness will give the
Chakrasamvara Empowerment.  The empowerment will begin at 7pm and the
main portion will resume at 10am on December 22nd.  The empowerment
will be followed by teachings on the “Four Extraordinary Foundations”
from December 23d to 26th.  Teaching will be given by His Holiness
Karmapa in the mornings, and by Mingyur Rinpoche in the evenings.  All
events will take place in at the new Tergar Monastery and translation
into English, Chinese, Korean, and Russian is being planned.

Those who wish to attend the empowerment and the teachings must register
with the Hwayue Foundation by emailing Ani Ren Chan,
or Ani Ren Ju  before November 20th, 2006.

After the Kagyu Monlam, on January 4th, His Holiness will bestow the
Thousand Buddha Empowerment.

January 5th will be a festive day at Tergar Monestary, complete with
Tibetan cultural performances and food.  All are cordially invited to

3) Information for Members of Friends of Kagyu Monlam:

Pilgrims from any tradition are welcome to attend the Kagyu Monlam and
the surrounding Dharma events at no cost.  There is no need to
pre-register for the Kagyu Monlam; registration will occur once
students and pilgrims arrive in Bodh Gaya.

Individuals who are current members of Friends of Kagyu Monlam are
offered support in making hotel reservations.  Members wishing to take
advantage of this, are urged to follow these guidelines:
-Memberships are annual. Please renew your membership for the 24th Kagyu
-Email accommodation requests to no earlier than
October 16th, when the Monlam organizers arrive in Bodh Gaya.
-Please send us the day you wish to check-in and check-out.
-Your party’s name and the number of double rooms you require.
-Whether you seek simple accommodation, or something with more comfort
(and cost).
-Please note, that it is difficult for us to change your reservation
once we get it.

The Kagyu Monlam website also offers contact information for several
hotels in Bodh Gaya to help non-members and individuals to make their
own reservations. There is also helpful travel information for getting
to and from Bodh Gaya.

During the Monlam (December 27-January 3) three daily meals are prepared
for Friends of Kagyu Monlam and served  in the company of other members,
Rinpoches, Lamas and special guests.

Members will also be granted a group interview with His Holiness
Karmapa.  For a full description of the benefits of membership in
Friends of Kagyu Monlam, or to sign up, please visit our website

We look forward to seeing you in Bodh Gaya.


Lama Chodrak,
Main Organizer


1 Response to “Information about Monlam”

  1. 1 KATHY HILL November 11, 2006 at 9:15 pm


    i’m a british student of Ringu Tulku who’s coming to the Monlam from Los Angeles, going via Bangkok, around 27th Dec (dates not confirmed yet). i’m travelling alone, looking for people who may be travelling from LA or from Bangkok to the Monlam.

    i’m also looking for accommodation in Bodghaya. i’m a filmmaker specialising in spiritual subjects and a sample of my work is on my website.

    you can contact me on

    many thanks and wishing you well,


    +1 912 996 0921

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