Saturday 13 January 2018.
Dear Dharma friends,
I want to explain a little bit what Kagyu Monlam means as actually people sometimes don’t know. It is Tibetan language and everyone is saying it, but not many people actually know what the words really mean, its’ contents.
Some people might already know this in which case there is no harm, and for some that don’t know, my explanation will be helpful.
Intelligent people might think my explanation is not good enough, but these are my own simple terms and words. Some people on my level may find it helpful.
First the Tibetan word KAGYU :
KA means Oral
GYU means Lineage
This Lineage came from India to Tibet. In Tibet there are 4 Lineages. First was the Nyingma Lineage – this is the oldest. The second is the Kagyu Lineage, the third is the Sakya Lineage and the fourth is the Gelugpa Lineage generally speaking.
Kagyu – the Oral Lineage -
DRUP means practice and GYU means Lineage.
MONLAM : is also Tibetan language
MON means Wishing
LAM means Path
MONLAM means the Path of Wishing.
We wish or I wish or you wish is the definition of MON.
LAM is the method or PATH that allows us to accomplish these wishes.
For ordinary people wishes can have a limited view because of limited compassion and wisdom. Sometimes our wishes can be selfish and narrow minded.
Therefore it is important for us to use the great wishes of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas – these have the most power. Secondly we can use the wishes of those who have great realisation such as the Mahasiddhas, these also have power. And thirdly we can use the wishes of scholars, poets and academics which have less power, because they think too much.
In 1983 the Very Venerable Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche decided to assemble a gathering at the special place of Buddha’s Enlightenment in Bodhgaya, and practice together the great Bodhisattva Samantabhadra’s prayer THE KING OF ASPIRATION 111,000 times.
From this the great gathering of Kagyu Monlam was born in India.
Originally this endeavour was organised by Kagyu Lamas, but it is not necessarily only for Kagyu practitioners ; Gelug, Sakya, Nyingma monks, nuns and lay people can participate.
What is the essence of the Monlam?
Because we have limited wisdom and compassion. we use the path of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas wishes. We are saying we also wish the same as what the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas wished for. Whatever is contained in Samantabhadra’s Prayer we have to understand it, mean it and say it from the bottom of our hearts.
For example within The King of Aspiration prayer it says :
Sentient beings extend as far as the limits of space.
May my Aspiration Prayers extend
As far as the limits of their Karma and Kleshas.
When we say this – if we mean it sincerely -
For instance, we wish to be free of suffering and attain Enlightenment, that is our first wish.
If we are not able to attain Enlightenment, then the second wish is to be born with a precious human body and with conditions to be able to practice the Dharma. Our third wish is to be born in the human realm with good health, prosperity and suitable conditions. These are all called mundane wishes.
And mostly these are what we wish for, nobody wishes for Enlightenment.
However, in the right place with the right conditions and time, and with the right motivation then it is possible to have the right fruition.
We cannot say this time we are busy and we will wait for next year.
Next year is not in our hands and whether we are alive or not we don’t know.
Do it now.
Buddha says “Tomorrow or your next life, which is first? You never know.
Therefore it is better to prepare for your next life rather than tomorrow.”
In our modern society we have many toys that we play with, there are natural disasters all the time.
So this is true.
We never know.
Better to do something meaningful now for yourself and others.
Dedication for the Living and Deceased
Dedication for the Living and Deceased
At the 7th NZ Kagyu Monlam, we provide the precious opportunity for people to make an offering for prayers for the wellbeing of others, those who are sick or who have passed away. It is very fortunate to be able to have these prayers done by Venerable Pong Re Tulku Rinpoche and so many other Lamas and practitioners, all gathered in the one place at the same time.
If you would like to offer a prayer for someone who is special to you, please email us their name and make an offering. The names will be recorded and presented to Rinpoche who leads specific prayers, one for the living and one for the deceased, which are recited each day at the end of the morning sessions. On the last day Rinpoche conducts a special fire puja where he burns the names, signifying the separation of the loved ones from their suffering.
At the start of the afternoon session on Monday, there will be a Bardo Puja for the deceased. This is a powerful ritual that has great benefit not only for the deceased but also for the living relatives. It can help the living come to terms with the death. Having a Rinpoche perform the ritual makes it more meaningful. It does not matter if you cannot be present, and it does not matter how long ago the person died.
If you wish for a name to be included either in the daily prayers for the living, or in the daily prayers for the deceased and the Bardo puja, please reply to this email address with the person's name and the amount you wish to offer. Any amount can be offered, with a suggested minimum of $20 per name .
Donations can be made now by internet transfer or cheque. Or you can give the names and your donation to the shop staff at the Monlam if you are attending.
This is the account number for internet banking. Please use your name and “prayers” as a reference.
ASB 12 3209 0303196 00
Monlam Sponsorship Opportunities
Venerable Pong Re Tulku Rinpoche and his attendant Ven Dawa Temba arrived safe and sound on Tuesday afternoon and Rinpoche is looking forward to connecting with everyone at the Monlam.
Venerable Choje Lama Shedrup and Ven Lama Tsewang from Tasmania, have confirmed their attendance. The Umze Ven Dawa Dhindu Lama, and the two Chopons Ven Lakpa Tshering Sherpa and Ven Wangdi Tsering have just had their visas approved and will be arriving soon to begin preparations.
Sponsorship of Monlam
You can become a Sponsor of the 7th New Zealand Kagyu Monlam by giving a donation of $100 or more. Sponsors will receive a gift and an invitation to a blessing ceremony by Venerable Pong Re Tulku Rinpoche in the afternoon of Monday 29th January. Sponsors will also be able to have a private audience with Rinpoche if they wish to.
Contributions are needed for:
Incense offerings -
Flower offerings -
Tea offering for all participants -
Hire of marquees and other equipment-
Bedding and other requisites for Rinpoche and the Sangha
Food for Rinpoche and the visiting Sangha. If you would prefer to cook food and bring it to them or donate fresh vegetables, please contact us so we can let you know the best time.
Food for lunch over the 3 days for the general public attending.
Cash offerings to Sangha Karma Choeling will be making cash offerings on behalf of the community during the Monlam.
Hospitality for Rinpoche and the Sangha members during the time they are here, including sight-
Travel for Rinpoche and the Sangha including visas and airfares. $12,000 +
Prayers for the Living and Deceased and Offerings of Butterlamps
These can be made now or at the Monlam. Prayers for specific people can be made for a donation of $20 per name, and butterlamps can be offered for $1 per lamp. Please email us the names if you wish to do so, or come to the shop on the Monlam days.
You can donate on line by internet banking into our cheque account
ASB 12 3209 0303196 00
Just tag the donation with your name and the first word of the offering you would like to sponsor, or if it is a general donation just your name and the word Monlam.
Or you can post a cheque made out to NZKKT with the details on the back and send to the Monastery at 66 Bodhisattva Road RD 1 Silverdale 0994.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much.
Yours in the Dharma
A drop of water which falls into a great ocean will neither be exhausted nor cease to exist
until the end of the universe. Likewise, a virtuous root( action ) dedicated toward attaining
enlightenment will neither be exhausted nor cease to exist until you reach perfect enlightenment.
(The Sutra spoken by Noble Inexhaustible Intelligence)