15 – 21 DECEMBER 2019*
*Dates are subject to change by the Kagyu Monlam committee.
Kagyu Monlam has the following origin. The Tibetan word of Mon-lam can be translated to “Path of Aspiration.” Many aspiration prayers are recited during the Kagyu Monlam. The main prayer is known as the “King of Aspiration Prayers” or “Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer.” It is part of a large collection of the teachings of the Buddha preserved in the Kanjur.
Since 1996, the Kagyu Monlam is taking place in Bodhgaya, India, in the Bihar state. Bodhgaya is the place where Buddha achieved enlightenment. Thus, it is the main pilgrimage site for Buddhists of all traditions.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, has been leading the aspiration prayers since 1996, accompanied by other Buddhist lamas. The effect of reciting an aspiration prayer in the presence of such great Bodhisattvas just once is said to be more effective, rewarding, and valuable than reciting it a million times on your own.
The Preciousness of Joining the Kagyu Monlam
In Tibetan Buddhism, four places are considered to be the main sites of pilgrimage that every Dharma practitioner should visit at least once in a lifetime. The Temple of Maha Bodhi, where Buddha Shakyamuni (the historical Buddha of our time) reached Enlightenment, is listed among them.
The first temple complex of Maha Bodhi was build by emperor Ashoka in 3rd century B.C. It has been a place of pilgrimages for centuries, with such important Buddhist masters as Nagarjuna and Asanga as well as many other pilgrims from all over Asia coming here to recite aspiration prayers.
Buddha himself taught that recitation of aspiration prayers in a particular place like Bodhgaya during an auspicious time is multiplying the accumulated merit a thousand times. Plus, all the group shares the merit that every practitioner obtains.
Benefits of Aspiration Prayers at the Kagyu Monlam
Nagarjuna, the famous Buddhist master from India, once said that, if we make aspiration prayers together with a high-level Bodhisattva, the result of it is so powerful that it can avert natural disasters, and remove evil karma of all kinds.
This is why practitioners from all over the world gather every year under the majestic Bodhi Tree, the direct descendant of the one that Buddha Shakyamuni himself was sitting under. During the Kagyu Monlam, in the presence of Karmapa, high lamas of the Kagyu lineage and monastic sangha, we join our aspirations and dedicate the merit for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Participating in such an auspicious event as the Kagyu Monlam at least once in a life time is a rare and precious opportunity. Combining it with a pilgrimage to one of the four principal holy Buddhist places makes it even more special.
12.12.2019 – Arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel (if overnight stay is required).
13.12.2019 — Transfer from Sarnath to Bodhgaya (by bus).
14.12.2019 — Full day visit to Rajgir, Nalanda. Return to Bodhgaya in the evening.
15.12.2019 — Commencement of the Kagyu Monlam – Beginning of the ceremony with Karmapa.
16.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
17.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
18.12.2019 — In the morning, visit of the Mahakala cave and Sujata. Kagyu Monlam at the afternoon.
19.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
20.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
21.12.2019 — Last day of the Kagyu Monlam at the Mahabodhi temple — including a Tshok puja.
22.12.2019 — Departure from the Gaya Airport, overnight stay in Delhi, if required.
23.12.2019 — Departure from Delhi, flight back.
Kagyu Monlam 2019
- single supplement + €169
- Application Deadline: 1st October 2019
✓ Airport transfer
✓ Accommodation of eight nights in a hotel in Bodhgaya / One night in Delhi if needed per itinerary
✓ All breakfasts, except in Delhi
✓ Tourist bus for a visit to Nalanda / Rajgir and Sujata / Mahakala Cave as per itinerary
✓ Entrance to Nalanda and Sujata temples
✓ English speaking guide during all tours and assistance if needed during the Kagyu Monlam
✓ One bottle of water per person per day
X Visa to India
X Travel insurance
X Personal expenses
X Additional excursions
X Any food or drinks during transit in Delhi
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