37th Kagyu Monlam Program

 

January 28 - February 9, 2020

The Grand Examination of Monastic Forms

January 28-30

 
   
7:00 - 9:00 pm • The Grand Examination of Monastic Forms

Pre-Monlam Teachings
Live Webcast

January 28, Day 1

 
   
8:00 - 9:30 am • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with 37 Features ( 613 )
  • Meditation Instructions
   
9:30 - 10:00 am • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
10:00 - 11:30 am • Meditation Instructions
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   
2:00 - 3:00 pm • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with Seven Features ( 619 )
  • Meditation Instructions
   
3:00 - 3:30 pm • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • Western-style debate: Is it Proper for Ngakpa Lamas to Drink Alcohol?
   

January 29, Day 2

 
   
8:00 - 9:30 am • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with 7 Features ( 619 )
  • Meditation Instructions
   
9:30 - 10:00 am • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
10:00 - 11:30 am • Meditation Instructions
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   
2:00 - 3:00 pm • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with Seven Features ( 619 )
  • Meditation Instructions
   
3:00 - 3:30 pm • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • Western-style debate: Is it Proper for Monastics to Eat Meat? (Monlam Pavilion)
   

January 30, Day 3

 
   
8:00 - 9:30 am • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with 7 Features ( 619 )
  • Meditation Instructions
   
9:30 - 10:00 am • Tara Recitation and Tea Service
   
10:00 - 11:30 am • Meditation Instructions
  • Mandala with 37 Features
  • Aspiration of Mahamudra ( 353, 329 )
  • Well Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
   
2:00 - 3:00 pm • Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • Mandala Offering with Seven Features ( 619 )
  • Meditation Instructions
   

100,000 Ganachakras of Sangtik Vajrasattva
Live Webcast

 

January 31

   
8:00 am - 9:30 am • Session I
   
10:00 am - 11:30 am • Session II
   
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • Session III
   
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm • Session IV
   

Exercises from the Yogas of Naropa

February 1 - 7

 
   
8:00 - 11:00 pm • Exercises from the Yogas of Naropa

The 37th Kagyu Monlam
Live Webcast

February 2, Day 1

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from the Sutra of Ornamental Appearances ( 43, 36 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • An Explenation from the Sutra in Three Sections
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • Aspiration from the Ratnavali (113, 107)
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 37 Features (613)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on The Seventy-Two Exhortations
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ( 117, 111 )
  • Maitreya’s Aspiration ( 130, 124 )
  • The Aspiration from the Way of the Bodhisattva ( 136, 130 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • The Accomplishment of True Words ( 333, 309 )
  • Joy and Comfort for Beings ( 337, 313 )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • Verses on Joy and Goodness from the Sutra Requested by a God ( 197, 191 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 3, Day 2

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from the Rashtrapala Sutra and following ( 54–80, 47–72 )
  • A Praise of Manjushri ( 227, 221 )
  • Praise of Noble Avalokiteshvara ( 229, 223 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81-116, 74-110 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 7 Features (619)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on The Seventy-Two Exhortations
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ( 117, 111 )
  • The Sukhavati Prayer “I prostrate with respect” ( 149, 143 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • An Aspiration for the Dharma of the Shangpa Kagyu ( 343, 319 )
  • The Thirty Aspirations ( 351, 327 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • The Auspiciousness of Twelve Deeds ( 190, 184 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 4, Day 3

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Offerings to the Medicine Buddha (501, S45)
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 7 Features (619)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on The Seventy-Two Exhortations
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Praises of Tara and Sarasvati ( 281–306, 259–284 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • The Aspiration of Avalokita ( 360, 336 )
  • Twenty Aspirations of Taklungthangpa ( 367, 343 )
  • The Aspiration of Trophu ( 372, 348 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “May he who utterly conquers greed...” ( 187, 181 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 5, Day 4

   
6:00 - 8:30 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras and the following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • The Praise “Beautiful Ornament of the Earth” ( 251, 244 )
  • Praise of Shri Samantabhadra with Aspirations ( 254, 246 )
  • Praise of the Six Ornaments and Two Great Beings ( 267, 250 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81–116, 74–110 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 7 Features (619)
  • Supplication to the Lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow ( 274 )
  • Teachings on The Seventy-Two Exhortations
  • Meditation ( 5 min )
  • Stages of the Path ( 341, 317 )
  • Recitation of the Concise Aspiration ( 169 )
  • Dedications for the Living and Deceased (170, 164–70)
  • The Dharani for the Fulfillment of Aspirations (175, 169)
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Clearing the Path of Obstacles ( 308, 285 )
  • Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes ( 321, 297 )
  • Requested Prayers for the Removal of Obstacles
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • Yelpa’s Aspiration ( 379, 358 )
  • The Aspiration "The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel" ( 380 )
  • An Aspiration for the Seven Spiritual Trainings ( 383 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 559–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “I prostrate to the Buddha...” ( 186, 180 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 6, Day 5

   
6:00 - 8:00 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Praises from Ornament of the Sutras and the following ( 62-80, 55-72 )
  • Supplication of the Twenty-Five Chariots ( 270, 253 )
  • The Short Vajradhara Lineage Prayer ( 272, 255 )
  • The Sutra in Three Sections and following ( 81–116, 74–110 )
  • The Aspiration from the Ratnavali ( 113 )
   
8:00 am • Kangyur Procession
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • Mandala Offering with 37 Features (613)
  • The Praise of the Twelve Deeds( 69 )
  • Reading the Kangyur
  • The Aspiration for the Teachings to Flourish ( 621 )
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • Seven-Line Prayer ( 307 )
  • Prayers for the Well-Being of Tibet ( no English text )
  • Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama ( 595 )
  • Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Sakya Trizin ( separate text, S7 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct ( 117, 111 )
  • The Aspiration of the Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning ( 353, 329 )
  • The Barom Aspiration ( 405, 359 )
  • Phagmodrupa's Aspiration (408, 362 )
  • The Tsalpa Aspiration ( 410, 364 )
  • The Uncommon Dedication and Aspiration( 416, 370 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “May he who utterly...” ( 187, 181 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
 

February 7, Day 6

   
6:00 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Refuge and Bodhichitta and following ( 31-42, 24-35 )
  • Prostrations and Offerings to the 16 Elders ( 469-471, 421-423 )
  • "For each and every being ( a protector... )" ( 37-42, 31-35 )
  • "Peerless, the sight of you never satiates..." ( 471-477, 423-429 )
  • Abbreviated offerings ( 80, 73 )
  • Abbreviated confessions ( 91, 83 )
  • Rejoicing and so forth ( 96-97, 89–90 )
  • “Arya arhats, emanations...” (478, 429–30)
   
7:00 am • Sixteen Arhat Procession
   
1:30 pm • Akshobhya Fire Puja for the Deceased (Tergar Monastery Portico)
   
1:30 - 3:00 pm • The Sutra in Three Sections ( 81, 74 )
  • Reading the Akshobya Sutra ( 487, S31 )
  • An Aspiration for the Rebirth in the Realm of Abhirati ( 431, 387 )
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm • An Aspiration for Birth in Sukhavati ( 442, 397 )
  • The Indestructible Garland of Vajra ( 181, 175 )
  • Long Life Prayers ( 600–610, S14 )
  • Offerings to the Protectors ( 479-484, 431-436 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • “I prostrate to the Buddha...” ( 186, 180 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)
   
 

February 8, Day 7

   
4:00 - 6:00 am • Exercises from the Yogas of Naropa (Tergar Monastery, Retreat lamas who have completed the three-year retreat)
   
6:30 am • Cotton-Clad Procession; Retreat lamas who have completed the three-year retreat
   
6:00 - 8:00 am • Mahayana Sojong Vows ( 3, SI )
  • Sanskrit Prayer ( 7,17 )
  • Offerings to the Gurus ( 533-561, S96-103 )
   
9:00 - 10:30 am • The Sutra in Three Sections ( 81, 74 )
  • Offering to the Gurus ( 562, S111 )
   
2:00 - 5:00 pm • Appreciation of the Sponsors ( 204–214, 198–208 )
  • Special Address from the Gyalwang Karmapa
  • The Great Aspiration and Dedication ( 157-180, 151-170 )
  • Mila’s Aspiration ( 424, 379 )
  • Aspiration for Well-Being of Tibet ( 427, 382 )
  • Lord Marpa’s Song of Auspiciousness ( 215, 209 )
  • Auspicious Prayers from the Vinaya Topics ( 185, 179 )
  • The Dharma Blaze Aspiration ( 177, 171 )
  • The Auspiciousness of the Great Encampment ( 217, 211 )
  • "The one who taught the truth..." ( 221, 215)

The Red Crown Ceremony and Long Life Empowerment
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February 9

   
9:00 am • The Red Crown Ceremony and Long Life Empowerment

The Marme Monlam
Live Webcast

 

February 9

   
7:30 pm • Marme Monlam