His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje and His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche were in Bodh Gaya, India for the Kagyu Monlam 2011, which started 14 December. The Kagyu Monlam is a huge festival and meditation event where aspiration prayers for the benefit of all sentient beings are recited all day long for seven days. The location, Bodh Gaya, is a very special venue, being the place where Buddha himself attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago.