SABA, a Charitable Trust founded by Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, South Asia Buddhist Association

The Kagyu Monlam 2017

December 31, 2017

 At times when the world is being shaken by an increasing number of humanitarian crisis and natural disasters, collective wishes for peace and harmony and the focus on compassion and wisdom, the inherent qualities of every being, is becoming even more important.


Bodhgaya – Following the invitation of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, tens of thousands of monks, nuns and friends from all over the world joined the largest Kagyu Monlam gathering since its inception in 1996.

The Kagyu Monlam 2017 stood under the great banner to unite and strengthen the bonds of the centuries-old Karma Kagyu Lineage, a Dharma lineage that has its firm roots in India.

Daily aspiration prayers for the benefit of all sentient beings were held from 14th until 20nd of December under the great Bodhi Tree, the seat of enlightenment of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.

The Monlam gathering was continued by a two-day program at the Karma Temple.

The daily schedule started at 7 am and continued until 5 pm.
As well as the prayers, the following program was offered: 

Dec 11-12:

3rd International Karma Kagyu Conference – For representatives of monasteries, worldwide Karma Kagyu lay centers

Dec 13: Karmapa visit to the Bodhi Tree School Campus
Dec 14: Ceremonial Lamp Lighting by Karmapa (7:30 am)
Dec 18: Distribution of 1000 blankets to the homeless and underprivileged local people
Dec 19: Special puja for the deceased at Karma Temple
Dec 19: Amitayus (Tsepame) Empowerment for Lay Practitioners at Karma Temple, given by Karmapa
Dec 20: Puja and Tsok Offering and Monlam Closing Ceremony
Dec 19-21: Special Long-Life Puja for Karmapa by Senior Monks at Karma Temple
Dec 22: Special Long-Life Mandala Offering to Karmapa by all Rinpoches, representatives of monasteries, worldwide Karma Kagyu lay centers, and related associations at Karma Temple.