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main_gate two new gates were designed this year: the main gate is designed by an american architect. prayer flags hung underneath the eaves are said to possess very powerful purification mantras this year. the other gate is much smaller in scale but nonetheless carries great depth. it’s a small open wall with laminated prayers spinning on metal hooks that convey aspiration prayers in many languages. designed to be read by pilgrims who circumambulate the stupa each day, these prayers are a very modest sample of the many that were received and selected.
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shrine_offeringthis year, the korean nuns and lay people were in charge of setting the offering shrine at the stupa. the colorful and crisp offerings combined with the meticulous arrangement of candies and other miscellaneous treats are a visual feast.
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Whoever hears it (the mantra), whether people or animals, will be liberated from samsara and all its sufferings. In the Kagyu there is a sutra called the Purification of all the Obscurations of Karma. There is another one in Chinese which totally liberates all sufferings of obscurations.

The Buddha taught about Akshobhya in a sutra and described Akshobhya’s pure land. When he Buddha was seated surrounded by many monks and bodhisattvas, Shariputra asked the Buddha to teach. The Buddha said in a thousand worlds away from here, in the east, there is the pure land of Akshobhya. Everybody in that land is performing the bodhisttva’s actions and have all generated the bodhicitta. How did that pure land happen?

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For several years, His Holiness Karmapa has been reading the life story of Milarepa at the Monlam and commenting on it. Here are some of the remarks I jotted down from the teachings given here and there.

Some great masters didn’t do much study outwardly but they received experiential teachings. They understood what to practice by direct understanding. They can give teachings through their body language. This is the lineage of experience, of realization. We must understand and practice that instruction through our master. We can receive the experience of the nature of the mind through devotion to the Lama; or we can conceptually understand it and practice it. We have to study the biographies of the great masters of the past. One great Nyingmapa Lama said, ‘When the great disturbances come, only Shantideva (Guide to the Bodhsattva’s Way of Life) and the songs of Milarepa help.
Are we following them or are we a disgrace to them?

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I requested Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who takes care of Rumtek Monastery and lives at Ralang in Sikkim, to offer a statement about the Monlam.

Gyaltsap Rinpoche


‘The many obstacles we have had in the Kagyu Lineage can be removed by our prayers during the Kagyu Monlam.’

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Photos by Karma Norbu

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His Holiness invited as every year the friends of the Kagyu Monlam for a group meeting. These meetings are often a delightful surprise and can contain nuggets of teaching, or as it did this year, a special present.
There must have been over five hundred members gathered eagerly in the shrine room at Tergar as His Holiness addressed us.

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