The first ever Kagyu Monlam Chenmo in Bhutan...


On 13th, 14th, and 15th of March 2011, (which are also the dates of 8th, 9th, and 10th of January 2011 in Tibetan calendar correspondingly); the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo was held in Bhutan for the very first time. It was organized by Karma Thegsum Dhechenling Monastery. On those three days, there were more than two hundred Ani(s) and Lama(s) from Kuenga Rabten Ani Monastery and Nidey Monastery joined together at Karma Thegsum Dhechenling Monastery and participated at the pujas. The prayers that were used on the three days during the pujas were the same as the ones used in Bodhgaya, India, every year in Kagyu Monlam Chenmo.

On the 1st day of Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, Ven. Zuri Rinpoche led the others to carry out the offering of mandala of body, speech and mind to HH Karmapa’s throne to pray for HH’s long life.

On the 2nd day of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo during the lunch break, Ani(s), who had learned about the concept of environmental protection from HH Karmapa in Bodhgaya, India; taught the young Lama(s) on how to act out the concept of environmental protection in their daily lives.


On the last day of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, White Tara Empowerment was given by Ven. Zuri Rinpoche and there were more than three thousand people participated. Later during the day, the hanging of the large Karma Kagyu Refuge Tree Thangka was carried out. While hanging the thangka, a beautiful rainbow appeared around the sun. Likewise, there was another remarkable rainbow appeared around the moon during the butter lamp offering at night.


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