North American Sakya Monlam for World Peace

May whatever little virtue I may have gained
From prostrating, offering, confessing,
Rejoicing, requesting, and beseeching,
Be dedicated to attain perfect enlightenment.

– Samantabhadra’s Aspiration
to Noble Deeds, Verse 12

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The first North American Sakya Monlam for World Peace was held September 21 to 24, 2017, at Tsechen Kunchab Ling (Temple of All-Encompassing Great Compassion) in Walden, New York.  His Holiness Kyabgon Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche and His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Sakya Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, presided at the ceremonies. We were also blessed by the attendance of His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche, and Her Eminence Gyalyum Chenmo of the Dolma Phodrang; and Her Eminence Dagyum Kusho Sakya, His Eminence Ani Vajra Rinpoche, His Eminence Zaya Vajra Rinpoche, and His Eminence Sadu Vajra Rinpoche of the Phuntsok Phodrang.  Tulkus, khenpos, and lamas from various traditions joined this auspicious Monlam.


Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen, Abbot of Tsechen Kunchab Ling, hosted the Monlam at the temple.  The organizers included members of the North American Sakya World Peace Monlam Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.


We express our sincere gratitude to Their Holinesses and renew our supplications for their long life.  We also thank the many sangha participants, sponsors, and volunteers—without whom this historic Monlam would not have been possible.  Please see our YouTube and Facebook for the recorded live stream of the events. Subscribe to our e-news to stay informed of future Sakya Monlams in North America.


His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche on the benefits of the North American Sakya Monlam for World Peace.

Sakya Monlam Notice: The 26th Sakya Monlam Chenmo will be held in Bodh Gaya, India, from December 26, 2017, to January 4, 2018, under the auspices of His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trizin Rinpoche. [Read more . . .]  The North American Sakya Monlam is a branch of the Sakya Monlam Chenmo.

On April 24, 2016, His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche announced that a Great Sakya Monlam would be held in North America. His Holiness then bestowed the Monlam Announcement Letter to the Monlam President, Khen Rinpoche Jampa.

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