When we, as analog girl and digital boy, first started the Kagyu Monlam blog in 2007, writing about chai wallas and toilets, we did so, hopeful that a day would come when live webcasting would provide a much more direct experience of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo. Little did we know that not only was Kagyu Monlam webcasting wildly successful, but that the Kagyu Monlam website reports and blogs by other reporters such as Naomi Levine and Goosebumps(4all) on our very own blogsite would enrich that experience.
This year, the Kagyu Monlam branched out around the world, covering several continents. We met people who had never been to the Monlam in India but were so happy to be able to attend the International Monlams in Malayasia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal, Poland and North America. Neither digital boy nor I were able to attend the pan-Asian Monlams nor the Monlam in Poland. But, from the comfort of home (and occasionally at work), I watched parts of the North American Kagyu Monlam by webcast and followed parts of the journey on the delightfully written blog by Lama Kathy Wesley and felt so connected. What an experience to be able to follow this wonderful event. Our hats off to the new media eyes and ears. Thank you for expanding the realm of vision!