After one busy month in Bodhgaya, His Holiness left Tergar promptly at 8AM for Sarnath. This year’s closure was a rather complete and satisfying one as the Gwalwang Karmapa extended so much of himself to organizing the Monlam. There didn’t seem to be a place where his influence did not reach: he shaped each of the department’s initiatives, whether directly or through the activities of his three main assistant supervisors. As it was heard, this year’s Monlam was successful, not because people thought it was great but because many people actually felt joy and well-being as a result of the prayers.
The Buddha sat before us under the Bodhi Tree, prayed with us for the peace and happiness of all beings, pointed out the path of liberation and blessed us all in his absence.