32nd Kagyu Monlam Special Program (updated on Dec 14, 2014)

32nd Kagyu Monlam Special Program
The Initiations of “Knowing One Frees All” and Vajrasattva Initiation
20th –25th December, 2014
Location: Monlam Pavilion

updated on Dec 14, 2014


At the request of the Kagyu Monlam Committee, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will kindly bestow a special series of initiations, the twenty-four peaceful deities of “Knowing One Frees All”. This is the special program prior to the 32nd Kagyu Monlam.  The initiations are to be given in commemoration of the First Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, who passed away twenty-five years ago, and of the 2nd Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, who passed away ten years ago.

The initiation text “Knowing One Frees All” [Tib. chig shes kun drol] was composed by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje [1556 – 1603 C.E.].  Having collected together  many sadhanas of both  peaceful and  wrathful deities, he made  a  common  text  which could  be used to unify the initiation for all  forty five deities.  For this reason it is called  “knowing one frees all’.

  “Muni Tri-Samaya-Vyuha” Empowerment by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin

His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, has graciously agreed to bestow this empowerment as a prelude to the special series of initiations, the twenty-four peaceful deities of “Knowing One Frees All”.

Date: 20th December, 2014
Time: 8.00am
Place: Monlam Pavilion

“Knowing One Frees All” Schedule

From  20th  – 25th  December, 2014.
The initiations will be given over six days, divided into two sessions:
Morning:        8:00–10:30 am
Afternoon:      2:00–4:30 pm

Vajrasattva Initiation

According to the wishes of the 17th Karmapa, and at the request of the Kagyu Monlam Committee, the 12th Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche will bestow the initiation of Vajrasattva from Marpa’s Three Exalted Deities tradition, on the afternoon of 25th December, 2014.

Important Information for Participants

Translation into Hindi, English, Chinese, Spanish and several other languages will be available.  Participants should bring an FM radio.

The Kagyu Monlam organisation will provide lunch for all participants, as well as tea and light refreshments during the morning and afternoon sessions. For the sake of the environment, please bring your own cup.

Registration is required for this event, and will take place between 15th – 18th December, in the Kagyu Monlam building, at the rear of the Kagyu Monlam Pavilion.

The Twenty-four Peaceful Deities of “Knowing One Frees All”

Single White Tara
White Tara with retinue
 Acacia Forest Tara with retinue of four
Single Shaker-of-the-Three-Realms Tara 
Single Kurukulle
Single Auspicious and Accomplished Tara
Yellow Prajnaparamita with retinue
8Single Ushnisha Vijayi
9White Parasol with retinue
Single Blazing Ushnisha
Five Dharani Queens
Single Yellow Parna Shavari
Maricima with retinue
Single Dhvaja  Grakeyura
Single White Sarasvati
16Orange Manjushri with retinue
17Single White Manjushri
Manjushri  Nama Samgiti with retinue
Single Lion’s Speech Manjushri
Single Arapatsa Manjushri
Single Lion’s Roar Manjushri
Single Amitayus
Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara with retinue
Single Maitreya


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