7th Australian Kagyu Monlam Festival
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The word Monlam is Tibetan, mon means aspiration/hope and lam means way/path, so Monlam means a way to do an aspiration. The highest aspiration is the aspiration which is based on bodhicitta, the wish to reach enlightenment or Buddhahood for the benefit of all beings, to enable all beings to reach Buddhahood.
The purpose of the Kagyu Monlam is to gather together all practitioners to create universal aspirations of good will and harmony.
“Kagyu Monlam is an avenue whereby we can spread, at times of great need, the genuine spirit of love and compassion to all the people of the world, like a great ripple, first in Bodhgaya, then in Bihar, and so on. As we continuously offer these prayers for world peace, it is our intention and our wish that peace and happiness extend to all.”
— His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
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A short film clip from Monlam 2007 indicating His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa in procession, followed by Venerable Dekhung Gyaltsey Tulku Rinpoche and other high lamas of the Kagyu lineage. The background chanting is His Holiness when much younger.