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Main Shrine Hall at Thrangu Monastery CanadaThis year, the North American Kagyu Monlam will be held from August 26th – 30th, 2015 at Thrangu Monastery Canada in Richmond, BC. The Karma Kagyu Association of Canada welcomes you to our five-day event.

The Kagyu Monlam, an annual “Great Prayer Festival“, was reinstated in 1983 in Bodhgaya. As well as being held in India, the Kagyu Monlam has now come to North America, offering an opportunity for North Americans to join in this auspicious event.

In 2007, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa said we participate in the Monlam with the aim of benefiting all beings. He said,

We have gathered in this sacred place and have this opportunity to hold what we call a monlam. We are reciting many of the words of the Buddha and prayers composed by the earlier masters. We should do this in a frame of mind that is unlike our ordinary mind. As much as possible, we should have the kindest and best of motivations. Ordinarily we might feel some anger, pride, or jealousy. There is not much to do about this; ordinary individuals are unable to always be good. But it would be a mistake just to completely give up. We need to give our virtuous, positive side more chances so that it will triumph and give our unvirtuous, negative side fewer chances so that it will be defeated. This is where we need to concentrate our forces.

We have gathered here to do that. If we are looking for benefit, there has been benefit. But it is not just that. We are thinking about bringing benefit to all sentient beings, helping them, and freeing them. We are thinking about world peace and happiness. It should not be necessary to say how wonderful it is for us to develop bodhichitta like all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, who developed bodhichitta for the benefit of all innumerable sentient beings and engaged in vast actions.”