Monlam – the path of aspiration

The Tibetan word Mon-lam can be translated “Path of Aspiration”. Many aspiration prayers are recited during the Kagyu Monlam. The main prayer is what is known as the “King of Aspiration Prayers” or “Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer”. It is part of a large collection of the words of the Buddha preserved in the Kanjur.

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The Kagyu Monlam is the most significant event for Karma Kagyu practitioners around the world, as thousands of students, monks, nuns, and other venerables come together to offer aspiration prayers for the benefit of all sentient beings. The setting for this auspicious event is, of course, Bodh Gaya, where the historical Buddha attained enlightenment.