Everyone Welcome to Attend Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Festival for World Peace and Environmental Protection(World-Wire)

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HONOLULU, Hawaii, March 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Registration is now open for the North American Kagyu Monlam Hawaii, a Tibetan Buddhist prayer festival. Through the recitation of prayers and by gathering people with shared intentions, the Monlam aspires to create world peace, liberate sentient beings from suffering and maintain the health of the environment.
The North American Kagyu Monlam Hawaii 2014 is hosted by Kagyu Thegchen Ling, a Honolulu center of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, also known as the “practice lineage” for its emphasis on meditation.
The Kagyu Monlam was established by the 7th Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso (1454-1506). In the Tibetan region, he was a mediator who prevented several armed conflicts.
Thereafter, Monlam prayer festivals were held annually in Tibet.
In 1983, the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo was brought to Bodhgaya, India, the place of Buddha’s enlightenment, by Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, the founder of Kagyu Thegchen Ling.
The Kagyu Monlam Chenmo is now attended by thousands of students and ordained monks and nuns from across the planet.
In contemporary times, with people and nations bound closer together by technology, global economies, politics, and a deteriorating environment that has no borders, the Monlam prayer festival has become even more important.
In the last few years, regional Monlams have been held in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. Monlam Hawaii is the fifth to be held in North America.
In recent years at the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has emphasized caring for the environment.
“We hold the Kagyu Monlam for the benefit of the entire world. We will not give up on the earth! May there be peace on earth! May the earth be sustained for many thousands of years! These are the prayers we make at the Kagyu Monlam,” says the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
The North American Kagyu Monlam Hawaii will be held May 9 to 11, 2014 in the Pikake Room at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
Daily Activities: Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude around 5:30 p.m. Each morning, participants may take Mahayana Sojong Vows, refraining from actions such as stealing, lying, consuming intoxicants, etc, until the next morning. The day will then continue with recitation of prayers from the Monlam Prayer Book, Dharma teachings and meditation.
Registration: $100 for three days, which includes the Monlam Prayer book, or $35 per day. For those registering for one or two days, the Monlam Prayer book may be purchased for $30.
To register and for more information about sponsorship, travel and the daily schedule, please visit the North American Kagyu Monlam Hawaii website:http://www.kagyumonlamhawaii.org/

Karen Honma


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