In December or January of every year, hundreds of disciples of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism come together to share aspiration prayers in holy places throughout India, in what is called the Kagyu Monlam. This is one of the most significant events in the Buddhist calendar.

Since 1996, the Kagyu Monlam has taken place in Bodhgaya, in India’s north-east Bihar state. Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha achieved enlightenment and is the main pilgrimage site for Buddhists of all traditions.

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, and the late 14th Shamarpa Mipham Chokyi Lodro have been leading the aspiration prayers since 1996. The effect of reciting an aspiration prayer in the presence of such great bodhisattvas just once is more powerful than reciting it a million times on your own.








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