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Kagyu Monlam 2016 – a week of invocation by Sangmo

Kagyu Monlan

08 January 2016

A highly anticipated event in the Buddhist world right now  is the 33rd Kagyu Monlam. It will be held in February 2016, in Bodhgaya, India.  H.H the XVII Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu sect will teach the chapter on mandala offerings from The Torch of True Meaning as well as on the Kadampa master Potowa’s Long Soliloquy . The main Kagyu Monlam(prayer) will be held for a week from February 16 to 22. You may check the schedule here. For a first timer, this may well be your week of Buddhist Sabbath , a break from your routine, your debut into the framework of Tibetan Buddhism, where you may levitate in the lull of Buddhist prayer hum while being harnessed by the vibrations of pure energy. Monlam is a great prayer festival, traditionally held in Tibet. Kagyu is one of the major sects of Tibetan Buddhism, completed by Nyingma, Sakya, Geluk, Jonang and Bonpo. Gampopa is the main founder of Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the student of Milarepa, who was the student of Marpa “The Translator”(1012-1099). Kagyu is best known for its system of meditation and practice called Mahamudra. The celebrated Prayer Festival was revived in India in 1983 by the profound effort of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche and Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche. Kagyu Monlam, at this time in history of Tibetan Buddhism is being held in Bodh Gaya, India and it has come a full circle and home as Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. The prayer festival was initiated three hundred years back, by the 7th Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, and the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje. . The XVIIth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was born in 1985 in the Lhathok region, and escaped to exile and reached India on Jan 5, 2000, at the turn of the new millennium. He has grown to shoulder more responsibility of the spiritual event. As the Monlam became more elaborate over the years, H.H the Karmapa has asserted the need to maintain the substance of it and introduced new codes of discipline for Kagyu Monlam in 2004 and promoted more secular approaches keeping in mind devotees of all sects and nationalities. He said “Generally speaking all the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism are interconnected with each other and have their roots in Vajradhara. To provoke differences among each other will weaken the samaya bonds between them” The chief purpose of Monlam is to come together in prayers for […]

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34th Kalachakra – 2017 by Sangmo

Kalachakra 2017

06 January 2016

Omalaya Travel is happy to offer its customized Kalachakra tours to India to the devotees wishing to attend the precious Kalachakra 2017 Empowerment teaching. Omalaya-designed spiritual journeys are rooted in individual’s quest for self discovery and we incorporate the same outlook in designing the Kalachakra 2017 tour package. Omalaya Travel operated a successful Kalachakra tour to Ladakh in 2014. Omalaya-led devotees can receive Kalachakra initiation, teaching & empowerment under the expert guidance of tour’s spiritual guides like Geshe Tsering with Dr Chok and Geshe Lobsang with Tulku Phuljung. 34th Kalachakra is  confirmed and is set to take place at Bodh Gaya from 3rd to 14th january 2017. This will be the 34th Kalachakra initiation and the fifth one to take place in Bodh Gaya, India, the mecca of Buddhist where Lord Buddha attained unsurpassed enlightenment under the sacred bodhi tree. This good news makes up for the cancellation of the Kalachakra scheduled for 2016. The previous Kalachakra initiation was held in July 2014 at Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir state of India that saw more than 300,000 devotees throng in from all over the world. Kalachakra 2017 will be the next major teaching/initiation by H.H the XIV Dalai Lama after successfully bestowing the Jangchup Lamrim – 18 treatises of the stages of the  Path to Englightenment that took place at Bylakuppe, Tibetan Settlement in Karnataka from Dec 20 to Jan 1 2016. Omalaya travel is delighted to offer its customized service to the devotees wishing to attend the Kalachakra initiation 2017. Our goal is to design the tour in a way that optimizes your spiritual journey and blessing. Click here to view the Omalaya Travel blueprint for the Kalachakra 2017. You may also read our article on 10 Tips for pilgrims to Bodh gaya here.

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