The Garchen Takes Shape




12 November, 2014, Bodhgaya
 
Preparations are under way to accommodate and feed the hundreds of monks who will arrive shortly for the annual Winter Debate and then be joined by hundreds more for the 32nd Kagyu Monlam.

This  afternoon, the Gyalwang Karmapa  inaugurated the pitching of the tents for this year’s garchen – an encampment which continues the tradition established by earlier Karmapas in Tibet.  The tents are located in the fields behind the Kagyu Monlam Pavilion, and have their own shower block and toilets.  Later, more tents will be erected in a separate area for the nuns who will join the monks for the Kagyu Monlam Prayer Festival and stay on for their own winter debate session in January 2015.

The  Karmapa personally  took charge of the proceedings,  working  enthusiastically  alongside  the small group of monks  who have come to Bodhgaya early specially in order to pitch the tents.

After six tents had been pitched, it was time for a short rest and a tea break, with cake and tea served at the work site. Then it was back to work until, as the light began to fade, the Karmapa called it a day, and returned to Tergar Monastery.

In a separate field, the kitchen tent is being erected. This huge bamboo structure, covered by blue tarpaulins,  is where the meals for thousands of monks and nuns will be cooked during the Kagyu Monlam.

2014.11.12 The Garchen Takes Shape 嘎千大營地開營

http://kagyumonlam.org/English/News/Report/Report_20141112.html

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  1. Karmapa Khenno, so beautiful tents like a village has established. We are so lucky to have Spiritual Teacher like Him. He is like the Parent, Brother, Friend and Teacher for all beings. All we have to do is practice good virtues day by day as best offerings to Him. Emaho, Nyurtu Jelwae Monlam Yoe...

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