The 29th Kagyu Monlam has been moved to Spring 2012 and will be held from 1st – 8th March. Consequently, this Monlam will coincide with the annual end-of-year Mahakala Puja and Tibetan New Year celebrations. Therefore, the Gyalwang Karmapa has asked the Kagyu Monlam organization to take responsibility for these latter two as well.
At the time of the Seventh Karmapa Choedrak Gyatso, the Great Garchen Prayer Gathering began on the 1st day of the First Tibetan month and ended on the Full Moon day, so it included Garchen Losar. In 2012, we will be able to follow their example, celebrating Garchen Losar and the Monlam together. Before Losar we will offer the annual end-of-year Mahakala Puja. This will be the first time that the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has had the opportunity to participate in a large-scale, complete Mahakala Puja since he came to India in 2000.
Pre-Monlam Schedule February 2012
Sunday 12th -
Monday 13th, February
MAHAKALA TEACHING, EMPOWERMENT and TRANSMISSION
To be given by Gyalwang Karmapa and other eminent rinpoches, this teaching will be restricted to Lamas, Trulkus, and those ordained and lay who have completed the three year retreat in the Kagyu lineage.
Tuesday 14th -Tuesday 21st , February
14th, 15th,16th February
17th, 18th, 19th, 20th February
21st February AM
ANNUAL END-OF-YEAR MAHAKALA PUJA
Attendance at this puja will be restricted to Lamas, Trulkus, and those ordained and lay who have completed the three year retreat in the Kagyu lineage.
Main Mahakala Puja and Cham Dance
Conclusion of the Mahakala Puja
21st February AM
21st February PM
The unfurling of the special, large thangka of Sakyamuni Buddha
Crown Ceremony performed by H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche
Long life empowerment conferred by H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche
Wednesday 22nd - 24th, February
22nd February AM
23rd February Midday
24th February PM
Gyalwang Karmapa will give a public audience
Lunch offering to the ordained Sangha in Tergar Main Shrine Hall