Kagyu Monlam Video Archive

Kagyu Monlam Teachings: A “Virtual Monlam”

We invite you to join us for a “Virtual Kagyu Monlam” experience. You can view each day’s livestream in full, or go to any specific day and follow the links on the dropdown menus to the day’s highlights. These include all the teachings as well as some of the most beautiful and most familiar prayers.

Chanting these profound aspirations along with the deep, resonant voice of the chant leader, in the virtual presence of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, other great Lamas, and hundreds of ordained and lay practitioners within the majestic space of KTC Monastery’s Maitreya Shrine Hall, is a lovely and powerful way to accumulate merit.

If you don’t already have a copy of The Kagyu Monlam Book, the new hardcover edition used at the 2016 NAKM is available through the KTC bookstore at a cost of $20 plus shipping. The previous paperback edition is available via amazon.com. The prayers are the same, only the page numbers have changed.

With these resources, any day can be a virtual monlam day, or just include a beautiful aspiration prayer.

The Teachings

The four teachings given by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche during the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam are available to view at any time. In particular, if you are looking for a clear, concise and comprehensive introduction to basic meditation, we recommend Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s second teaching: How to Integrate Aspiration and Prayer with Meditation, Part 1: Meditation Instructions and Practice.

2016 Monlam Highlights

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

Weekend Registration Options

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We are pleased to announced that registration is now open to those only able to participate in the final weekend of this year’s North American Kagyu Monlam. Participants now have the option to register for Friday, July 8 – Sunday, … Read More

Maitreya Buddha Statue

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The Maitreya Buddha statue adorns the main hall of the Maitreya Center, the site of the upcoming 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam. The throne upon which the Maitreya Buddha statue is seated is backed by an arched frame sculpted with … Read More

Ku Sung Tuk

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The ritual offering of the Ku Sung Tuk is made to the presiding lama of the Kagyu Monlam, who this year will be Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche. Ku Sung Tuk is Tibetan for enlightened body, speech, and mind. They are symbolized … Read More

What is Meditation?

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The Tibetan word for meditation is gom, which, roughly translated, means “to become familiar with.” Going by this definition, meditation in the Buddhist tradition may perhaps best be understood as a process of getting to know your mind. It’s actually … Read More

White Tara

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On Sunday, July 10, the final day of the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche will graciously bestow the White Tara empowerment. White Tara is said to have emerged from the tears of Chenrezig as he beheld the … Read More

Lama Karma Chodrak

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We are pleased to announce that Lama Karma Chodrak, the executive director of the International Kagyu Monlam, and Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s cousin, will be attending the North American Kagyu Monlam in July. Lama Karma Chodrak was born in 1954 in … Read More

Registration Is Now Open!

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Registration for the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam is now open! This remarkable 5-day “Great Prayer Festival” is a time to pray for world peace. It is being held under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche, with blessings from His … Read More

2016 North American Kagyu Monlam NY

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We are happy to announce that Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery will host the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam Prayer Festival July 6 – 10. The Ven. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche presiding over the prayers, and bestow teachings and empowerment.