Schedule of the 30th Kagyu Monlam
December 21, 2012 – January 1, 2013
As the main daily program of the Monlam, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and other senior tulkus and lamas will lead a gathering of several thousand of monks, nuns, and faithful laypeople in praying earnestly for there to be peace in the world and for the blessings of the wisdom, love, and power of the buddhas and bodhisattvas to touch all living beings. His Holiness will also give teachings on Je Tsongkhapa’s Three Primary Elements of the Path, which presents the essence of all the Buddha’s scriptures, instructions on refuge and bodhichitta as well as Vajrasattva practice from The Torch of Certainty, various instructions on meditation, and short explanations of some of the texts recited during the Monlam. His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche will give instructions on the profound, swift path of Calling the Guru from Afar. There will also be prayers for the well-being of Tibet, a Kangyur procession and recitation of the words of the Buddha for the sake of those who are venerable, Medicine Buddha practice, prayers to Guru Rinpoche and Tara to remove obstacles, and an Akshobhya purification ritual for the sake of the deceased. Additionally there will be a commemoration of the Jamgon Kongtrul lineage, an alms procession, the Offerings to the Gurus from the sutra tradition, and the Marme Monlam lamp offering ceremony.