The 4th North American Kagyu Monlam is underway

Online registration for the Kagyu Monlam is now closed. Please register at the Monlam. You can still support this 4th North American Kagyu Monlam through sponsorship.

We regret to inform you that there will be no live webcast of this monlam. However, there will be video recording of this event.

Sponsored and organized by the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada, this offering of aspiration prayers will be made under the guidance and blessing of His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The 2013 Monlam will feature the conferring of the Mahayana Sojong Vows, recitation of prayers, meditation sessions, daily teachings regarding the Monlam and on the final day of June 30th, a celebration of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s birthday.

Dates: June 26 – 30, 2013

Times daily: 7am – 5pm

Location: Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre 40 Titan Road, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2J8 (Just west of Islington on Titan Road)

At the Fourth Kagyu Monlam there will be: White Tara empowerment
By
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Khenpo Karma Tharchin Rinpoche, widely known by his abbreviated name Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, is a senior lama of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.  As of 2013 he serves as abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, NY.
White Tara is a Female Buddha considered one of the most popular deities in Tibetan Buddhism.  She represents the embodiment of enlightened perfection of wisdom and the true nature of mind, as well as health and longevity.  Tara is regarded as a fully enlightened Buddha in female form.  Known as the “Mother of the Buddhas,” Tara appears throughout Tibet as the principle female Buddha from which all other female Buddhas emanate.

General schedule (subject to change):

Wed June 26, 2013 (7am – 5:30pm):
Morning: Mahayana Sojong Vows,  Opening Ceremonies, including remarks by His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa
Lunch: Vegetarian Buffet Style
Afternoon:  Teaching/Recitation prayers/Meditation Session, The Dharma Blaze Aspiration, The Indestructible Garland of Vajras, Long-life Prayers, Auspicious Prayers (from the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya), Dendrup Monlam
Tea break in between.
Thurs June 27, 2013 – Sat, June 29, 2013 (7am – 5pm):
Morning: Mahayana Sojong Vows, Teaching/Recitation of prayers/Meditation Session
Lunch: Vegetarian Buffet Style
Afternoon:  Teaching/Recitation prayers/Meditation Session
Tea breaks in between.
Sun, June 30, 2013 (7am-5pm) Celebration of his Holiness, the Karmapa’s birthday:
Morning: Mahayana Sojong Vows,  Birthday Ceremony for His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa
Lunch: Vegetarian Buffet Style
Afternoon:  Monlam Conclusion with Prayers of Auspiciousness, Body, Speech, and Mind Offerings, Sponsor Appreciation Ceremony, Marme Monlam – Lamp Offering
Tea break in between.

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The teaching for the Fourth Kagyu Monlam will be:
THE THREE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF THE PATH
 by Jey Tsongkhapa.
The three refer to renunciation, bodhichitta, and a correct view of voidness.
Commentary by The Great Jamgon Kontrul.
This teaching will be giving by Khenpo Tsultrim Namdak.
Khenpo Tsultrim Namdak was born in 1968. At the age of eight, he went to a local school learning Tibetan, mathematics and Tibetan culture. At the age of 13 years, he became a monk, began to learn basic Buddhism and Practices. Later he went on a pilgrimage to Lhasa and Samye Monastery.
At the age of 16 years, he participated in the 3 year retreat in Tashi Chochon Retreat Center. After the retreat, he went to Tacho Shedra studying advanced Buddhism from Khenchen Karma Tsedan for some years.  Then he spent some more years under his Guru, Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, studying especially the Dzogchen of Nyingmapa.
After the learning in the shedra he returned to Nangchen. He received transmissions and teachings from many great masters: from Kenting Tai Situpa the Treasury of Transmission, from Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche the Five Golden Dharmas of the Shangpa Lineage, from Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche many empowerments, from treasure revealer Pema Gyapo the essentials of Treasuries, from Karma Chagme Rinpoche of Neydo Kagyu the lineage of Neydo Kagyu.  He also went to several monastic colleges learning viewpoints of different Buddhist schools.  He went on a pilgrimage to India and learned teachings, mainly Gampopa’s Dakpo Kagyu, from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.  He was enthroned Khenchen by Khenpo Pema Tsewang in Darjon Shedra.
In 1999, Khenpo Tsulnam Rinpoche went to Palpung Sherabling at the request of Palpung Sherabling and has taught in the Lungrig Jampal Ling Institute of Buddhist Studies up till now. Khenpo Rinpoche currently travels extensively in other countries yet kindly takes the position of Chief Abbot of Palpung Lungrig Jampal Ling Higher Buddhist Institute at Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat and every year shares his time as much as he can and gives teachings and guides the Institute’s administration.

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Suggested Donation: $50 per day or $225 for 5 days (breakfast and lunch included) No charge for Monastics and 3 Year Retreatants and accommodation provided. Long Life and Prayers for the Deceased Offerings: $5 per name. Please contact Betty Lam at blam2055@gmail.com for more information.

For information on sponsorships, including daily sponsorships of
breakfast, lunch, tea, tsok and shrine offerings please see the
Sponsorships link.

There will be a group of booths for Dharma Centres and vendors.  If
you are interested in having a booth in the market please contact us.

Buses will be provided from Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, the Kagyu
Monastery in Parkdale located at 7 Laxton Ave. beginning at 5am  and
returning at the end of the day.

We hope you will be able to join us for this most auspicious event.

Accommodations

There are two discounted accommodations for those attending the monlam:

Hwy 427 and the QEW
Stay Inn Suites
http://www.stayinnsuites.ca/
560 Evans Ave, Etobicoke
888-445-4473

Hwy 427 and the QEW
Canada’s Best Value Inn
http://www.americasbestvalueinn.com/bestv.cfm?idp=1243&rcode=gpl
650 Evans Ave, Etobicoke
888-315-2378

University of Toronto residences have a lower price range than some hotels: Residences

Other accommodations in Toronto: TorontoHotels

Travelling to Tibetan Cultural Centre or KSDL:

Here is a quick overview or call Toronto Transit for detailed travelling directions: 416-393-4636 (INFO)

About Taxi service:
If you are travelling from the airport, there are many taxis just outside the terminal that you can just hop on.  Here are numbers of Taxi service in Toronto:

Beck Taxi: 416-751-5555  http://www.becktaxi.com/

Crown Taxi: 416-240-0000 http://crowntaxi.com/

How to get to the Tibetan Cultural Centre by bus from the airport:
From the airport you can take the bus to Kipling subway station, and from there travel to Islington subway station to take the bus to Tibetan Cultural centre.  Take the 110 Islington bus from Islington subway station.  Get off at Titan Road.  Then walk to the Tibetan Cultural centre which is at 40 Titan Road.  You can call Toronto Transit for travelling directions: 416-393-INFO

How to get to the Tibetan Cultural Centre by bus/subway from Toronto:
From whereever you are try to get to a subway station.  Once there travel to Islington subway station which is close to the last stop in the west end.  Take the bus from Islington subway to Tibetan Cultural Centre.  Take the 110 Islington bus from Islington subway station. Get off at Titan Road.  Then walk to the Tibetan Cultural centre.

How to get to KSDL by bus from airport:
If you wish to get to KSDL from the airport, just take the bus to Kipling subway station.  Once there travel on the subway to Lansdowne station and take the bus down south to Queen street.  From Queen and Lansdowne intersection you can walk to KSDL.

Another way is to take the 58 Malton bus from the airport.  This bus travels on Lawrence West street.  Get off at Caledonia Road which is approximately 30-40 minutes after getting on the bus.  At Caledonia Road take the 47 Lansdowne bus south to Queen street which is approximately 30-40 mins.  From Queen and Lansdowne you can walk to KSDL.

How to get to KSDL from Union station:
If you are travelling by train or bus you might get dropped off at Union station in Toronto.  Union station is located in downtown Toronto.  From Union station take the subway to Queen subway station approximately a few stops north of Union subway station.  Take the Queen streetcar west and then get off at Lansdowne street (approximately 30-40 minutes of travelling time).  From Queen/Lansdowne walk to KSDL.

How to get to KSDL from Queen/Lansdowne:
Arriving at QUEEN/LANSDOWNE
Walk down Jameson Ave (TD bank at the corner) and turn on Laxton Avenue (about 2 min walk).  The address is 7 Laxton Ave.

Map:  Tibetan Cultural Centre Map click here

Address of Tibetan Cultural Centre:
Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre
40 Titan Road
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2J8
Canada
http://www.tcccgc.org/

Map:  click here for KSDL Map

Address of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling:
7 Laxton Avenue
Toronto, ON, M6K 1K8
Tel. (416) 653-5371
http://www.ksdl.org

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2013 North American Kagyu Monlam

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We are most happy to announce the 4th North american Kagyu Monlam will be held June 26th through June 30th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Sponsored and organized by the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada, This offering of aspiration prayers will be made under the guidance and blessing of His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

The 2013 Monlam will feature the confirring of the Mahayana Sojong Vows, recitation of prayers, meditaion sessions, daily teachings regarding the Monlam and, on the final day of June 30th, a celebration of His Holiness, the Karmapa’s birthday.

More details about the Monlam including information regarding the schedule and registration will be forthcoming in the near future. We hope you will be able to join us for this most auspicious event.

We will provide more details via the kagyumonlamnorthamerica.org website.

North American Kagyu Monlam Committee

Tibetan Monlam letter
English Monlam letter