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27th kagyu monlam dates

the 27th monlam begins on december 24, 2009 and ends december 31, 2009. what better way to celebrate christmas and new year’s than under the magnificent bodhi tree with festively twinkling lights around the stupa! join the thousands of monks, nuns and other pilgrims praying for world peace. or, if you can’t come, stay tuned for updates right here and send us your prayers from home. happy new year!


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the following are dates for the pan asian kagyu monlam:

on February 6th, 7th and 8th, the 5th annual Hong Kong kagyu monlam was held.

the Nepal Kagyu Monlam will be held on March 12th, 13th 14th and 15th at Benchen Monastery in Swayambhu.

the second Malaysian Kagyu Monlam will be held on March 27th, 28th and 29th in Johor Baharu Karma Kagyu Center.

the first Indonesian Kagyu Monlam will be held on April 10th, 11th and 12th in Borobudur, Jowo Serling Pa’s main seat, and the place where Atisa studied Mind Training.

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we received many requests to post the audio of the speech given at the conclusion of “living the dharma” teachings by lama jinpa, the spanish translator. we, at blog central, like to thank you all for watching, reading, scrolling, requesting and commenting. sarva mangalam!

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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.
-analog girl

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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.
– analog girl

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From his rooftop apartment at Tergar Monastery, His Holiness Karmapa made a statement about the theme of this year’s Monlam.

Smile from the roof

smile for ALL

‘Last year’s Monlam was mainly about the environment, he said. ‘This year it is to remember kindness for others all over the world, to appreciate all without distinction of race, colour, religion or language. ALL’- he emphasized.

To symbolize that goal, His Holiness said he will take stones from each country in the world, (which have been collected over the past year) and make a mandala to unite the world.

As well, there are prayers which have been composed by ordinary people from different countries, he said. These will be put onto prayer flags so that all of us can see the different wishes of each country. A Prayer Gate will be made to hang them on. Some of the most inspiring prayers will be posted on pillars around the stupa.

As I left, I noticed the newly planted rooftop garden, carefully planned by environmentalist, Lillian Sum. The barren cement expanse of last year was now covered in many varieties of indigenous plants contained in pots. An archway demarcating another area of the garden leads to a bonsai bodhi tree. There are even tomatoes and green salad herbs in a raised bed. The climate here is extreme, varying from cold and windy in the winter to boiling hot in May and June with heavy monsoon rains in July and August. His Holiness is often visible on the rooftop looking down at devotees gathered on the lawn below, blessing all with his powerful presence.

Norma Levine

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Bodh Gaya is one of the most vibrant few kilometres of sacred space on the planet. Since 1871 when excavations revealed the architectural wonder built by King Ashoka in the 3rd century BC, Bodh Gaya has become the Mecca for every Buddhist in the world. Prostrations, chanting, circumambulating, offerings, rituals, – every kind of meritorious practice goes on here from early morning darkness into the night. Last year while the Monlam was in full swing, we all watched a Tibetan in leather apron and knee pads prostrate the last few metres on his journey from Kham in Tibet to Bodh Gaya – a distance of thousands of kilometres taking several years – and offer a white scarf to His Holiness under the bodhi tree. His face was glowing with light.

This year His Holiness Karmapa arrived in Bodh Gaya on December 10th. He circumambulated the stupa and bodhi tree on the morning of the full moon a few days later and made offerings inside the main temple.(see www.kagyuoffice.org for full coverage)
On December 15th he began the teachings on the Madhyamika at Tergar Monastery to a selection of monks and Khenpos from all the Kagyu monasteries in India. Lay people – both Asians and Westerners – sat at the back of the assembly, listening to the lectures which were partially translated simultaneously into Chinese, English and Spanish.

The Madhyamika is the analytical arguments of the Middle Way explaining in painstaking logic the view of emptiness. As he neared the end of the sixth day, His Holiness joked that when he taught shentong (emptiness of other) and rangtong (emptiness of self) at Gyuto everybody goes away.’The child of the Buddha’, he said heaving a big sigh and sipping his tea, ‘should stay without speaking.’

I wrote down what made sense to me and what I thought would interest other practitioners. When we’re trying to reach comprehension through study, it’s a practice, His Holiness said. There’s some sort of instruction there. There is not a single word that does not apply to your own practice. We have to take an interest in this. Otherwise if we read all the words of the Buddha and we don’t know how to think about it properly, it’s difficult to find the instruction that will bring us to awakening. Whatever scriptures there are, they’re really talking about practice.

Madhyamaka is the path of profound emptiness. The commentary on valid cognition teaches the reasons for going for refuge. We have to practice the words to reach awakening. For example, at first we think the aggregates are a thing, but when we analyse it, it’s just a collection that’s been put together. If we look at afflictions, we can analyse them and then we have the key to this door. What we need as Buddhists is genuine wisdom. We need to have faith and wisdom. Both help our practice to develop. We have to dispel misconceptions about what we’re practicing. By analysing and debating we really find the answer. Even when we’re practicing, we need to use our study to develop our practice. If we say study is not practice, that’s not the right understanding. Success in practice, he concluded, depends on study.

On the final day of his teaching HH Karmapa read the remaining pages of the text and summarised the four yogas and 10 bhumis. Then he addressed “those who have blonde hair and speak English. It was quite difficult to teach this,” he said in English. Thank you for coming every day. I am happy to see you all. Have a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Thank you.”

Norma Levine


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