|Kagyu Mönlam 2011 with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa|
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For the past five years, ever since 2007, the Kagyu Mönlam Chenmo has been taking place every year. This year’s
Mönlam opened on December 14, 2011, with the
lighting of the sacrificial lamp by His Holiness the
17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, before He
took His seat on the throne to lead the assembled
monastic and lay sangha in the recitation of praises
to different enlightened aspects and aspiration
prayers for world peace and the enlightenment of all
Shortly afterwards His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa was joined by Kunsig Shamar Rinpoche, also known as the Red-Hat Karmapa.
The main prayer recited during this event is Samantabhadra’s Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct (short Tibetan version: Sangchö Mönlam), an aspiration prayer where the practitioner makes prayers for vast, limitless activity for the benefit of all beings.
The benefit of reciting this particular prayer is
said to be unimaginable. The prayer itself explains
that whoever recites it “will be perfectly comfortable
and lead happy lives; in this lifetime as well,
comfort and happiness will reign. Without delay, they
will become similar in every way to Samantabhadra, the
all-excellent one. (…) Practitioners will have wisdom,
the shapeliest physique, excellent signs, a noble
family, and a fine complexion. The many maras and
heretics will be powerless against them, and they will
be honoured throughout the three worlds.” The ultimate
benefit, however, is the attainment of perfect
enlightenment, a state where one is able to genuinely
benefit all beings.
The collected efforts of all the individuals at the event will produce a hundred thousand or more recitations and contribute to the development of positive disposition and wisdom, necessary in order to reach enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.
Text: Rabjam Rikki Catty, Photos: Gunhild & Thule G. Jug
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