The First Kagyu
Monlam in North America: Day 5:
His Holiness Karmapa's live address to North American Kagyu Monlam
july 17, 2010, KTD, USA,
Blog 2010 North American Kagyu Monlam,
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Karmapa spoke to us today through the miracle of live
video-conference technology. We were able see and hear him
clearly, and his Tibetan was translated into English by Karma
David Choepel and into Chinese by Chondak.
First, he welcomed all those present to the North American Kagyu
Monlam at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD). In particular, he
sent warm wishes to his dear spiritual friend and teacher,
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and KTD
President, Tenzin Chonyi.
His Holiness noted that each being conducts life according to
the individual’s aims or goals. Those of us on the Mahayana path
wish for peace and happiness for ourselves and for every other
being, and we conduct our lives with the aspiration to help all
beings attain that peace.
The Kagyu Monlam is intended to give rise to these aspirations
in us. It began in Bodhgaya, but in recent years has spread to
other locations, such as KTD in North America. We should be very
delighted and confident about this, he said.
His Holiness noted that KTD was founded through the great
resolve and aspiration of the XVIth Gyalwang Karmapa. He planted
the seeds of dharma here. Since then, many people -- young and
old, long-time workers and recent arrivals, President Chonyi and
laborers -- have worked with pure motivation to develop this
important dharma center into what it is today.
This week's Kagyu Monlam in North America, he said, which is
being undertaken with pure motivation and great enthusiasm,
truly continues the vision of the 16th Karmapa, and it makes the
17th Karmapa deeply happy. For these reasons, he expressed his
gratitude to all of us.
Although he had hoped to attend personally, things did not work
out to allow that. For that, His Holiness begged our pardon.
However, His Holiness said, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a great
meditator and a great teacher. He has been very kind to KTD and
is very kind to lead the Kagyu Monlam this week. “Think of him
as my representative,” His Holiness said.
Noting that his sister, Ngodup Palzom, was at KTD this week, His
Holiness said that we may also think of his sister as his
representative. Even if, as he teased her, she may have missed
one of the prayer sessions.
In addition to his “representatives,” Karmapa mentioned that he
has been able to see us himself, by means of the internet (live
streaming), observing that we are all praying with great
sincerity, and assuring us that he is joining us in making the
The happiness of beings depend on each other, His Holiness said.
Accordingly, he said, we need good motivation and good
intentions. . . for our own happiness, but also for the
happiness of even the smallest microorganism. We bring the
aspirations to mind, and we need to keep them in mind. It is
good that we do this, at the Kagyu Monlam.