"The Kagyu Monlam is a major international prayer festival held annually in Bodhgaya, India, one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists worldwide. Thousands of 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. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, presides over the festival."
New York: The Danang Foundation in New York headed by Lama Tsewang Rinpoche organised the 4th Kagyu Monlam.
The inaugural of the two-day mass prayers held from 18-20 November in New York was attended by Tibetan Liaison Officer Kunga Tashi as the chief guest on behalf of Representative Dr Namgyal Choedup who couldn’t attend due to a prior commitment in DC. The sister of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was invited as the special guest.
Also in attendance were former Kalons, former representative and representatives of non-governmental organisations.
The Monlam committee’s vice-chair sMenpa Kunga said the key objectives of organising this Monlam were to pray for the swift eradication of covid-19, for world peace, and for the long and healthy lives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the religious heads of Tibetan Buddhism.
To honour and uphold Gyalwang Karmapa’s perpetual promotion of green practices, the committee has prioritised usage of eco-friendly products throughout the Monlam. Apart from that, to mark the auspicious occasion, the committee initiated tree plantation surrounding the Monlam location. The guests and the others joined the initiative.