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His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche visits Tergar and the Kagyu Monlam site in Bodhgaya on October 5, 2012.  He spent some time walking around the pavilion, taking note of the stage and the details of the construction.

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It has been a wonderful 29th Kagyu Monlam. What an amazing gift from His Holiness Karmapa to this world.

To keep the Monlam spirit throughout the year some of us might want to do the Sanskrit prayer regularly. Here are recordings of some of these prayers and the Sanskrit Prayer Booklet with English, Chinese, and Korean translation for download.
 

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The last day of the Monlam was dedicated to the long life of Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who sat on a throne to the left of HH Karmapa. The throne of Tai Situ Rinpoche was unoccupied due to difficulties in making an appearance there. When his image was projected onto the screen and we heard his message of well-being to the lineage, it was a poignant moment for many. However, it felt like the lineage was stronger than it has been in many years, due to the quiet, steady activity of the great heart sons. His Holiness stepped more firmly than ever before into his rightful place as lineage head. The cycle of obstacles and uncertainty were rolled back and we seemed to be both participating in and witnessing the beginning of the determined, steady, immovable force of a buddha in action.

We made prayers of auspiciousness while the huge gathering waved white scarves in the air. With the stunning performance of a Taiwanese drummer troupe, male and female both clad in simple dark martial arts pantaloons, the perfect precision of the warrior suddenly blended with the energy of the Monlam and the Karmapa’s activity. Vigorous, compassionate, confident.

The butter lamp offering with each person holding a lit candle while singing the offering verses in many different languages, was a dramatic soft close to the entire eight day performance. I understand that HH Karmapa is getting introduced to Shakespeare. It seems that all the world will truly become his stage.

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Thanks to the great kindness of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, Buddhists from all over the world have the invaluable opportunity to take part in the 29th Kagyu Monlam. Volunteers have the special chance to participate more fully in the spirit of Kagyu Monlam by putting into immediate action their aspirations to be of benefit to others. Those who have volunteered in the past have found a special joy in working together, and have found as well a deep satisfaction in knowing that their service is indispensable, making the monlam possible for all.

Please see the volunteer page on kagyumonlam.org for details about how to become a volunteer at the 29th Kagyu Monlam. A summary report of the inspiring speech given by His Holiness Karmapa to the volunteers at the 27th Kagyu Monlam can be found here.



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