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Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya this morning (January 28, 2012). His Holiness Karmapa first entered the main shrine room together with Rabjam Rinpoche, Ayang Rinpoche and other eminent Lamas and made prostrations to the great golden Buddha. After traditional offerings and prayers His Holiness circumambulated the stupa three times, made offerings to the various shrines setup for the 23rd Nyingma Monlam and met in joyful spirit the prominent Nyingma Rinpoches attending the prayers including Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche.
 

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Emaho – His Holiness Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya this afternoon. Around one thousand monks from the annual debate and hundreds of devotees from around the world waited joyfully at Tergar Monastery for His Holiness Karmapa and gave him a grand welcome. His Holiness Karmapa will stay in Bodhgaya through early March and will lead all Pre-Monlam activities and the 29th Kagyu Monlam.

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The torma art group, around ninety monks and nuns from India, Nepal and Bhutan, has already settled in at the Bhutanese Monastery in Bodhgaya and started its marvelous work on the tormas for the upcoming Mahakala Puja and the 29th Kagyu Monlam. Most of the artists have been attending the torma art classes in Sarnath recently.

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Lama Choedrak and Merrit Keeper on site at the Bhutanese monastery
 

Lama Choedrak, the main organizer of the Monlam in Bodhgaya for many years, arrived yesterday in Bodhgaya. Heartfelt welcome and best wishes to you and your team for the final preparations for the 29th Kagyu Monlam and the extensive Pre-Monlam activities.

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A video montage featuring excerpts from a talk given by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Bodhgaya in 2009 where he discussed the significance of the tormas created for the 26th Kagyu Monlam. To read the entire text of his teaching “A Talk on the Relationship between Masters and Disciples,” follow this link to the Kagyu Monlam website.

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Kagyu Droden Kunchab, San Francisco is hosting the 3rd North American Kagyu Monlam. It is scheduled to be held from June 29th to July 1st in San Francisco, California. See californiakagyumonlam.org for information as it becomes available!

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The monks from Gyuto Monastery and Gyudmed Monastery have created wonderful tormas which are currently on display beneath the Bodhi Tree at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya where the 32nd Kalachakra Initiation by His Holiness Dalai Lama is taking place. More pictures of this amazing art can be seen on the torma film blog.

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Around a hundred monks and nuns from thirty five Karma Kagyu monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan have been attending torma art classes in Vajra Vidya Institute, Thrangu Rinpoche’s monastery in Sarnath, since the beginning of December. The students are being taught by two statue artists from Bhutan who are teaching all the beginner and advanced classes. This six-week long course has been particularly blessed by the presence of His Holiness Karmapa in Vajra Vidya Institute during the last week, under whose spiritual guidance these classes are taking place and who has taken the art of torma making to astonishing levels in recent years. Many of the students here will come to Bodhgaya one month before the 29th Kagyu Monlam to help prepare the tormas for this auspicious event. We hope many of you will be able to attend the monlam this year to witness this exquisite torma art on site.

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