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5th Malaysia Kagyu Monlam 2012
 

Time: May 11 - May 13, 2012
Place: Wisma Hrih Lotus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reporter: Carol Tan Yun Ju
Photographer: Carol Tan, Ronnie Goh, Ven. Zhan Ming
Editor: Karen Lucic
 

 

 

The 5th Malaysian Kagyu Monlam 2012 was jointly organized by Hai Tao Life Foundation and Persatuan Penganut Agama Buddha Karma Drubgyu Choling Kluang Johor. It was successfully held at Wisma Hrih Lotus, Kuala Lumpur, from 11th to 13th May 2012. We were honored to have His Eminence Taklung Rinpoche lead the Monlam.

Three days of aspiration prayers were attended by three Rinpoches, two Khenpos, two Dorje Lopöns, one Acharya, three Anilas, 67 Lamas and approximately 150 lay people from Malaysia and other countries, including Singapore and Hong Kong. Attendance reached more than 600 lay people for the 3rd day.

The first day began at 5:30 AM with a procession carrying a portrait of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Following that, Taklung Rinpoche gave Mahayana Sojong Vows (The Eight Precepts) to the assembly and then everyone chanted the Refuge prayers and Sanskrit prayers.

Throughout the three days, Monlam prayers were performed as outlined by the Gyalwang Karmapa in the Kagyu Monlam Aspiration Book. After breakfast, Taklung Rinpoche gave teachings to all at 9:30 AM. The Twenty-Branch, The King of Aspirations and other prayers were chanted every afternoon after lunch break. Devotees and Sangha members also made offerings to the assembly during the three days.

On the 2nd day, Rinpoche led the Akshobhya Purification Ritual. The Akshobhya ritual is a very powerful purification practice that benefits all sentient beings, included those who have passed away as well as those still living. Together we dedicated the merit to freeing beings from the sufferings in samsara and in the lower realms.

Venerable Hai Tao from Taiwan was a special guest attending the 3rd day of the Monlam. He gave teachings to the assembly that evening. Venerable Hai Tao also participated in the Light Offering (Marme Monlam) afterwards. He, along with Rinpoche, the sangha and lay people, lit candles while reciting The Lamp Prayer composed by Atisha. The Lamp Prayer was recited in Tibetan and Chinese sequentially. Thousand of lamps, including crystal-like lotus lamps and candle, illuminated the entire hall. Holding the lamp with utmost sincerity, everyone dedicated the merit that have been accumulated and offered this towards the flourishing of Buddha Dharma and World Peace.

Acknowledgements

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the auspicious connections and conditions that we’ve accomplished to make Kagyu Monlam a successful one.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to H.H the 17th Karmapa and all the lineage masters for their infinite blessing and kind guidance.

Special thanks go to Daglung Rinpoche, Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and Venerable Hai Tao for their kind help in conducting the ceremony. We cannot forget Lama Chodrak, the executive officer of the International Kagyu Monlam Organization, who had helped us in planning and preparing this event. We would also like to thank the chanting masters, torma masters, translators, and all other Lamas and Sangha members who helped.

And to our great sponsor of this event, Datin Sri Loo Chooi Ting, her husband and family, we would like to say a big “thank you” to you.

Last but not least, thanks to the participants who came from different places and all the volunteers for their united efforts in making this event a great success.

 

 

 

 

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