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ANNOUNCEMENT: 2nd Annual North American Sakya World Peace Monlam, July 13-15, 2018

All are cordially invited to join the 2nd Annual North American Sakya World Peace Monlam, July 13–15, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Official announcement & invitation forthcoming! Stay tuned! Sarva Mangalam!

ANNOUNCEMENT: 26th Great Sakya Monlam for Universal Peace & Harmony in Bodhgaya, India

Here is the schedule for the 26th Great Sakya Monlam for Universal Peace & Harmony in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha Shakyamuni's Awakening. This event, organized by the Sakya Monlam Foundation, our sister organization [...]

What is the significance of Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Noble Deeds?

The Aspiration of Samantabhadra or Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Noble Deeds is often called the “King of Prayers.” It extensively and thoroughly expresses the entirety of the Buddhist path and the actions of a bodhisattva in [...]

What are tormas and their meaning?

A torma is a particular type of cake that is often used as an offering in Vajrayana Buddhist practices. Tormas are generally made from barley flour and butter. They come in various shapes, sizes, and [...]

Why do we pray for the long life of our gurus?

Buddha Shakyamuni manifested enlightenment in Bodhgaya, India, and taught the sacred Dharma more than 2,500 years ago. Since that time, these incomparable teachings have passed directly from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage up [...]

What is an enthronement ceremony and what happens at an enthronement ceremony?

An enthronement in Tibetan culture is similar, in certain ways, to a coronation of a queen or king. In the Tibetan Buddhist context, however, an enthronement is a ceremony during which a great teacher [...]

What is the power of group prayer?

  When we join our voices and our hearts together with pure intentions, the power of our prayers is greatly amplified. Just as a drop of water when merged with a great ocean becomes [...]

What is the purpose of a Monlam in North America?

This year's Monlam at Tsechen Kunchab Ling (Temple of All-Encompassing Great Compassion) in Walden, New York, will be the first Monlam organized by the Sakya lineage in North America. This will be an auspicious [...]

What is a Monlam?

The term Monlam means the path of aspiration and is a form of prayer.  Here, it refers to the tradition of Monlam Chenmo, the great prayer gathering that has historically been part of Tibetan New [...]