The 30th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo : Day Two

December 22, 2012
2012.12.22 - 30th kagyu Monlam Day 2  第30屆噶舉大祈願法會第二天
The work of the Kagyupa International Monlam Trust

The annual Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya is organised by The Kagyupa International Trust, a charitable organisation  registered in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.

Although its main activity is the Monlam festival, it also organises various charitable activities within the Bodhgaya area to coincide with the festival.  These have included free medical camps, food for the poor, distribution of blankets and rice to the poor, and work to  improve the environment.

Early morning at Tergar and the Monlam Pavilion

At 4.00 am promptly the wake-up gong  resounded across the Garchen, followed shortly afterwards by a loud broadcast of the Gyalwang Karmapa chanting Milarepa's aspiration prayer. The monks stirred  and  stumbled and coughed their way into the day.

Once more, a heavy mist lay over the land as ghostly people made their way to Mahayana Sojong at 6.00 am in the Monlam Pavilion.  The morning  temperature had fallen considerably and even inside the pavilion their breath misted in the cold air. From outside,  the fog rolled in through its open sides. The fortunate ones among the monks and nuns were able to huddle into their dhagams— the heavy woollen cloak  born of winters in Tibet—but the majority only  wore regular robes and the yellow prayer robe.

Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche gave the Mahayana Sojong vows.

Gyalwang Karmapa's activities

On the second day Gyalwang Karmapa  attended the second session to continue his teaching on the Three Primary Elements of the Path.  He then visited the VIP kitchen and the special lunch for gelong and gelongma   [fully ordained monks and nuns] in the shrine room at Tergar.
During the afternoon he gave private audiences.


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