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2016 NAKM: Day 4 Behind the Scenes

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  The 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery wouldn’t begin to be possible without Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s extraordinary vision and sustained effort over many years, from the purchase of the land and incorporation of KTC in … Read More

2016 NAKM: Day 3 Dewachen

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I was going to write today that being at the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam is very much like my concept of Dewachen, the pure land of Amitabha in which we aspire to be reborn as soon as we die, a … Read More

2016 NAKM Day 2 Sunday Lotus Light

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On Sunday evening, at the close of the final day of the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam, we will chant the Marme Monlam (Butterlamp Aspiration Prayer). It is the custom for each participant to hold a lotus light aloft as the monlam is … Read More

2016 NAKM: Day 2 Teaching by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Today the prayers continued (more on those another day), and the Monlam was featured on page 1 of the Poughkeepsie Journal. There has been a lot of local press interest–this is a big event for Wappingers Falls, and visitors are invariably … Read More

2016 NAKM: Day 1

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of walking into the Maitreya Center for the first time and seeing the 34-foot Maitreya statue that dominates the main prayer hall. No matter how many photos you’ve seen–it’s much … Read More

Torma: An Offering of Love

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For the first time in the history of the North American Kagyu Monlam, Tibetan chöpöns—masters of the art and knowledge of preparing and presenting offerings for ritual ceremonies— have come in advance to prepare the elaborate flour and butter sculpture … Read More

The Chambu Ritual

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At the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam, Kagyu Thubten Chöling will observe the special tradition of offering chambu after the noon meal each day. The chambu offering with its accompanying chanted verses was transmitted by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, and … Read More

Important Notice to All Traveling to the 2016 NAKM via Metro-North Trains

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Due to conflicts between the Metro North Hudson Line train schedule and the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam schedule we will be unable to provide morning shuttle service between the New Hamburg train station and Kagyu Thubten Chöling. On weekdays, … Read More

Bringing Buddhist Traditions Together in the Kagyu Monlam

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The Kagyu Monlam was originally instituted in the 15th century by the Seventh Gyalwang Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso, as a gathering for followers of the Kagyu lineage. Beginning with Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, who re-established the Monlam at Bodhgaya in … Read More

Bringing the World Together to Pray for World Peace

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Practitioners from across the world will join voices at the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam in July at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery to pray for all beings everywhere to enjoy peace, harmony, and freedom from suffering. We’ve received registrations from … Read More