The 2020 Kagyu Monlams gathered thousands of people online throughout the world despite the conditions due to the pandemic. The practitioners connected to Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa’s sangha in Rumtek to recite these precious prayers of aspiration. Karmapa made a point to thank them, as well as all the people who contributed to the unfolding and broadcasting of the event.
Dear dharma friends
It is with great joy and appreciation that I write to you following the successful completion of the 2020 Kagyu Monlam, the 18th gathering since its initiation in our time by the late His Holiness 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche in 1994.
Due to the dedication and efforts of our venerable Sanghas, our Rinpoches, lamas, monks, nuns, lay practitioners, volunteers and sponsors, as well as the blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we were able to safely host numerous Monlams and stream them directly to students’ homes around the world.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank those directly involved in streaming these limitless aspirations, prayers and dedications for the benefit of all sentient beings:
- Khenpo Lekshey
- Tshering Dorje
- Daniel Lin
- Magda Jungowska
- Stephan Grallert
- Knut Jelden
- Philipp Mohrenweiser
- Paul Partington
- The many technicians, volunteers, photographers and others working in the background
Apparently, more than 1.4 million minutes of prayers were listened to on Facebook over the course of the Monlam. Every second of every minute will benefit sentient beings.
Therefore, I would like to also offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you, dear dharma friends, for your participation and continued practice.
Students can listen again to the Monlam prayers on the streaming page.
I hope the following photos give a small impression of the Kagyu Monlam 2020, as it was experienced around the world.
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa