His Holiness the Karmapa Announces the First North American Kagyu Monlam

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Mar 20, 2010
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This from MahaSangha News:

His Holiness Karmapa has dedicated his leadership and responsibility to engaging people from around the world to come together and pray for universal peace. As an extension of the Kagyu Monlam held annually in Bodhgaya, India the first North American Kagyu Monlam provides people of the world an opportunity to generate loving-kindness and compassion through aspirational prayers.

“Kagyu Monlam is an avenue whereby we can spread, at times of great need, the genuine spirit of love and compassion to all the people of the world, like a great ripple, first in Bodhgaya, then in Bihar, and so on. As we continuously offer these prayers for world peace, it is our intention and our wish that peace and happiness extend to all.” — His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

The first North American Kagyu Monlam will be hosted by Karma Triyana Dharmachkra, the North American seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, on July 13th – 17th, 2010 and presided over by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

The Monlam will be streamed live and more details will be forthcoming. Please check here for more information and registration details.


About Reverend Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. He was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. He has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet's Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. His award-winning website is http://www.dannyfisher.org


5 Responses to “His Holiness the Karmapa Announces the First North American Kagyu Monlam”

  1. Hi, Danny.

    Could I suggest that since many of us have no idea who these people and organizations are that you provide a little background along with announcements like this? I'm not afraid to say the names and titles are like Greek to me.

    I can google it, of course, and follow your links. But why not give us non-Buddhists a little background in the article?


    Bob Weisenberg

  2. Road trip Mr. Ryder Japhy? I'll drive!

  3. bill Schwartz says:


    If I may, the 17th Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche our most eminent scholar, Karma Triyana Dharmachackra is the monastic seat of the Karmapa in North America, and a monlam is essentially a long recitation of aspirational liturgies in Tibetan.


  4. I was hoping it would be a bit more like the big Bodh Gaya version – and Rinpoche would teach – similar to how HH gave a 2 day teaching on Nagarjuna's "Letter to a Friend" at the big Monlam Chenmo in December….

    Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche has always been able to teach in a way that "clicks" for me. His books are excellent. I could recommend something by him on basically any Kagyupa / Vajrayana topic….