The Kagyu Monlam is an annual prayer festival, where people gather together in order to listen to Buddhist teachings and to pray for peace and harmony on earth and the well-being and happiness of all the world.
The Kagyu Monlam’s roots lie in 15th-century Tibet, where the 7th Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso, established the tradition of great prayer gatherings. People from all over Tibet assembled annually to pray for the benefit of all sentient beings. In India, the Monlam tradition began in 1983, when two great lamas in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche, and Bokar Rinpoche, began holding annual prayer gatherings at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.
Thrangu Monastery hosted the first North American Kagyu Monlam in 2009. Since its inception, the festival has been held annually in various US and Canadian cities. Thrangu Monastery is delighted to be hosting the 10th North American Kagyu Monlam this year.