34th Kagyu Monlam Program

February 6 - March 2 2017

The Empowerment of the Five Deities of Chakrasamvara

February 6, Day 1

 
   
6:00 am • Preparing the Ground
   

February 7, Day 2

 
   
6:00 am • Empowerment Practice [ public not allowed ]
2:00 pm • Preparatory Empowerment
  • Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
  • Preparatory Empowerment

February 8, Day 3

 
   
6:00 am • Empowerment Practice [ public not allowed ]
2:00 pm • Actual Vase Empowerment

The Grand Examination of Monastic Forms

February 7-8

 
   
7:00 - 9:00 pm • The Grand Examination of Monastic Forms

Teachings on the Torch of True Meaning

February 9, Day 1

 
   
8:00 - 9:30 am • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with 37 Features ( 613 )
  • Teaching on the Torch of True Meaning
   
9:30 - 10:00 am • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
10:00 - 11:30 am • Four-Session Guru Yoga
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   
2:00 - 3:30 pm • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with Seven Features ( 619 )
  • Teaching on the Torch of True Meaning
   
3:30 - 4:00 pm • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
4:00 - 5:30 pm • Four-Session Guru Yoga
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   

February 10, Day 2

 
   
8:00 - 9:30 am • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with 37 Features ( 613 )
  • Teaching on the Torch of True Meaning
   
9:30 - 10:00 am • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
10:00 - 11:30 am • Four-Session Guru Yoga
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   
2:00 - 3:30 pm • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with Seven Features ( 619 )
  • Teaching on the Torch of True Meaning
   
3:30 - 4:00 pm • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
4:00 - 5:30 pm • Four-Session Guru Yoga
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   

February 11, Day 3

 
   
8:00 - 9:30 am • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with 37 Features ( 613 )
  • Teaching on the Four-Session Guru Yoga
   
9:30 - 10:00 am • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
10:00 - 11:30 am • Four-Session Guru Yoga
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   
2:00 - 3:30 pm • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with Seven Features ( 619 )
  • Teaching on theFour-Session Guru Yoga
   
3:30 - 4:00 pm • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
4:00 - 5:30 pm • Four-Session Guru Yoga
  • Mandala Offering with 37 Features ( 613 )
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )

 

The 34th Kagyu Monlam

February 13, Day 1

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from the Sutra of Ornamental Appearances ( 43, 36 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • An Explenation from the Sutra in Three Sections
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • The Dedication from the Light of Gold Sutra and following ( 106–116, 100–110 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 37 Features (613)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ( 117, 111 )
  • Maitreya’s Aspiration ( 130, 124 )
  • The Aspiration from the Way of the Bodhisattva ( 136, 130 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • The Accomplishment of True Words ( 333, 309 )
  • Joy and Comfort for Beings ( 337, 313 )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • Verses on Joy and Goodness from the Sutra Requested by a God ( 197, 191 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 14, Day 2

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from the Rashtrapala Sutra and following ( 54–80, 47–72 )
  • A Praise of Manjushri ( 227, 221 )
  • Praise of Noble Avalokiteshvara ( 229, 223 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81-116, 74-110 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 37 Features (613)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ( 117, 111 )
  • The Sukhavati Prayer “I prostrate with respect” ( 149, 143 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • An Aspiration for the Dharma of the Shangpa Kagyu ( 343, 319 )
  • The Thirty Aspirations ( 351, 327 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • The Auspiciousness of Twelve Deeds ( 190, 184 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 15, Day 3

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras and the following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • Brahma’s Crown: A Praise of Maitreya ( 234, 228 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81-116, 74-110 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 37 Features (613)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Praises of Tara and Sarasvati ( 281–306, 259–284 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • The Aspiration of Avalokita ( 360, 336 )
  • Twenty Aspirations of Taklungthangpa ( 367, 343 )
  • The Aspiration of Trophu ( 372, 348 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “May he who utterly conquers greed...” ( 187, 181 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 16, Day 4

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras and the following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • The Praise “Beautiful Ornament of the Earth” ( 251, 244 )
  • Praise of Shri Samantabhadra with Aspirations ( 254, 246 )
  • Praise of the Six Ornaments and Two Great Beings ( 267, 250 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81–116, 74–110 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 37 Features (613)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on Potowa’s Long Soliloquy
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Clearing the Path of Obstacles ( 308, 285 )
  • Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes ( 321, 297 )
  • Requested Prayers for the Removal of Obstacles
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • Yelpa’s Aspiration ( 379, 358 )
  • The Aspiration "The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel" ( 380 )
  • An Aspiration for the Seven Spiritual Trainings ( 383 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 559–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “I prostrate to the Buddha...” ( 186, 180 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 17, Day 5

   
6:00 - 8:00 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras and the following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • Supplication of the Twenty-Five Chariots ( 270, 253 )
  • The Short Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81–116, 74–110 )
  • The Aspiration from the Ratnavali ( 113 )
   
8:00 am • Kangyur Procession
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering
  • The Praise of the Twelve Deeds( 69 )
  • Reading the Kangyur
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Seven-Line Prayer ( 307 )
  • Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet ( no English text )
  • Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama ( 595 )
  • Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Sakya Trizin ( separate text, S7 )
  • Long Life Prayer for the head of the Nyingma Lineage ( seperate text)
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ( 117, 111 )
  • The Aspiration of the Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning ( 353, 329 )
  • The Barom Aspiration ( 405, 359 )
  • Phagmodrupa's Aspiration (408, 362 )
  • The Tsalpa Aspiration ( 410, 364 )
  • The Uncommon Dedication and Aspiration( 416, 370 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “May he who utterly...” ( 187, 181 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 18, Day 6

   
6:00 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Prostrations and Offerings to the 16 Elders ( 469-471, 421-423 )
  • "For each and every being ( a protector... )" ( 37-42, 31-35 )
  • "Peerless, the sight of you never satiates..." ( 471-477, 423-429 )
  • Abbreviated offerings ( 80, 73 )
  • Abbreviated confessions ( 91, 83 )
  • Rejoicing and so forth ( 96-97, 89–90 )
  • “Arya arhats, emanations...” (478, 429–30)
   
7:00 am • Sixteen Arhat Procession
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Memorial Service for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late King of Thailand
  • The Sutra in Three Sections ( 81, 74 )
  • Reading the Akshobya Sutra ( 487, S31 )
  • An Aspiration for the Rebirth in the Realm of Abhirati ( 431, 387 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • An Aspiration for Birth in Sukhavati ( 442, 397 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “I prostrate to the Buddha...” ( 186, 180 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • T"he one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
   
5:00 pm • Akshobya Fire Puja for the Deceased
 

February 19, Day 7

   
6:30 am • Cotton-Clad Procession; Retreat lamas who have completed the three-year retreat
   
6:00 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Offerings to the Gurus ( 533-561, S96-103 )
  • Debate by Monks from the Kagyu Guncho
  • Presentation of Prizes for the 20th Kagyu Guncho
  • Offering the Song of the Essence of Interdependence
  • Recognition of Cotton-Clad Lamas
  • Presentation of the Prizes from the Grand Examination of Monastic Forms
  • Offerings to the Gurus (561–569, S-104–S111)
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • The Sutra in Three Sections ( 81, 74 )
  • Offering to the Gurus ( 562, S111 )
   
1:00 - 2:30 pm • Offerings to the Medicine Buddha ( 501, S45 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • Appreciation of the Sponsors ( 204–214, 198–208 )
  • Special Address ( 30 min. )
  • The Great Aspiration and Dedication ( 157-180, 151-170 )
  • Mila’s Aspiration ( 424, 379 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • Lord Marpa’s Song of Auspiciousness ( 215, 209 )
  • Auspicious Prayers from the Vinaya Topics ( 185, 179 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • The Auspiciousness of the Great Encampment ( 217, 211 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)

The Great Encampment Mahakala Puja

February 21, Day 1

   
9:00 - 10:00 am • Seating Assignment
1:30 - 4:30 pm • Short Mahakala Puja
5:00 - 6:00 pm • Dö Blessings
 

February 22-23, Day 2-3       Long Mahakala Puja

   
4:00 - 6:30 am • Session I
7:00 - 9:00 am • Session II
9:30 - 12:00 pm • Session III
1:30 - 3:30 pm • Session IV
4:00 - 7:00 pm • Session V
7:30 - 9:30 pm • Session V
 

February 24, Day 4       Medium-length Mahakala Puja

   
2:00 - 4:30 am • Session I
5:00 - 7:30 am • Session II
8:00 - 10:30 am • Session III
12:30 - 3:30 pm • Costumeless Dance
4:00 - 5:30 pm • Session IV
 

February 25, Day 5

   
11:00 - 2:00 am • Mahakala Puja
2:30 - 5:30 am • Mahakala Puja
6:30 am • Blessing of the Dancers by His Holiness
7:00 am • Torma Attack Procession
   
 

Mahakala Dance

8:00 - 10:00 am • Female Guardians of the Gates
10:30 - 3:30 pm • Black Hat Drum Dance
5:00 pm • Shingkyong
5:30 - 6:00 pm • Concluding Ritual
 

February 26, Day 6       Ritual for Receiving Siddhis and Purifying Smoke Offerings

   
4:00 - 7:00 am • Ritual of Receiving Siddhis
7:30 - 9:30 am • Short Mahakala Puja
  • Smoke Offering “Massing Clouds of Amrita”
   
4::30 am

Garchen Great Smoke Offerings

  • The First Tent
  • Monks of Sherab Ling led by Mingyur Rinpoche
   
10:00 am

Long Life Empowerment of the Three Roots Combined and Red Crown Ceremony

  • Bestowed by H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche

Tibetan New Year's Celebration

 

February 27, Day 1

   
4:30 am • Practice of the Three Roots Combined
5:30 am • Long Life to the Gyalwang Karmapa, led by Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche
7:30 am • Losar Public Audience
 

February 28, Day 2

   
8:00 am

The Great Seating Ceremony

  • Seven-Line Prayer
  • The amrita hand offering of Vajravarahi
  • First tea service
  • Song and dance
  • Dharma discussion
  • Tea offering "Emanation of Simha, the sixth..."
  • Song of the Three Men from kham
  • Second tea service
  • Song and dance
  • Dharma discussion and debate
  • Tea offering to the three deities of long life
  • Praises to Dusum Khyenpa
  • Long life prayers for the masters and disciples of the Karma Kamtsang
  • An Aspiration for the Well-Being of Tibet
  • "By these, my roots of virtue..."
  • The Auspiciousness of the Great Encampment
  • "The one who taught the truth..."
  • Third tea service
  • Packing the khapsey
   
7:30 pm

The Grand Garchen Losar Feast

  • Chakarasamvara Ganachakra
  • Traditional Song and Dance
  • Concluding Ritual and Auspicious Prayers
   
   
 

March 1, Day 3

   
7:00 pm

Sangharama Ritual

  • Prostrations to Lokeshvara ( Chinese )
  • Refuge and bodhichitta ( Chinese )
  • The Four Immesurables ( Chinese )
  • Self-visualization and invitation of guests ( Tibetan )
  • Incense offering (Chinese)
  • Request to be seated ( Tibetan )
  • Visualization of guests ( Tibetan )
  • Praises of Sangharama ( Chinese )
  • Offerings ( Tibetan )
  • Rejoicing ( Chinese )
  • Invoking activity ( Chinese )
  • Invoking activity ( Tibetan )
  • Request to depart ( Tibetan )
  • Dedications and aspirations ( Chinese )
  •  Auspicious Prayers ( Tibetan )

The Marem Monlam

 

March 2

   
7:30 pm

Marme Monlam