• "The earth offers herself equally to us all, as the stage on which to act out our happiness and our sorrows—our most joyful comedies and our most heart-wrenching tragedies, and everything in between. Yet the reality is that we are rapidly destroying her. If the only platform we have collapses all the present and future acts of our lives will be over, forever."

    His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje

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  • Arriving at Monlam
    Parking in the Neal Blaisdell Center parking structure is $8/day. This allows for in and out privileges during the day. There will be other events going on at the Neal Blaisdell Center complex during the time of Kagyu Monlam. Attendees to these events will park in the same structure.
    Registration check-in will open at 7:00 am on Friday, May 9th. Please allow for ample time to get to the Neal Blaisdell Center, find a parking stall, locate and get to the Pikake Room, and check in. Check in will be the heaviest on the morning of Friday, May 9th. Be sure to bring your email registration confirmation with you, as this is your "ticket" for entry.

    Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, but there will be ample seating for all. Everyone will be seated in chairs.

    A map to the Neal Blaisdell Center is on this website.
    The Kagyu Monlam is a sacred occasion with ordained monastics in attendance. Please look upon the Pikake Room as the Kagyu Monlam shrine room. Thus, we ask that you observe shrine room etiquette:

    • Please do not eat or drink while in the shrine room.
    • Please do take any photos or video of the Monlam.
    • Cell phones should be turned off.
    • No pets.
    • No smoking or vaporing by regulation of Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
    • No candles or other flame allowed by regulation of Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
    • Please keep communication sounds at a low level in the Shrine Room.
    • Plan to observe a dress code of modesty. Loose fitting clothes that cover the body are best for decency and comfort. The room will be air conditioned.

    A map to the Pikake Room is on this website.
    Beginning in the late morning of Friday, May 9th, Monlam related gifts may be purchased in the lobby.

    Khata - A limited supply of the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf signifying the pure heart of the giver will be available for $5 each.

    Monlam Prayer Books - Until sold out, Monlam prayer books can be purchased for $30/set (English). If you registered for all 3 days of Kagyu Monlam Hawaii, the Monlam prayer books are included in your registration.

    Lotus Lamps - Lotus lamps, a beautiful gift of Monlam or to adorn one's altar, will be available for $20. Those present on the last day of Monlam, will receive a complimentary lotus lamp of light at Marme Monlam.

    Lanyards: Capturing the occasion of the 2014 Kagyu Monlam and Monlan logo, lanyards will be on sale for $2 each.

    Book Marks: Blessed by H. H. the 17th Karmapa and featuring a Tibetan or Chinese character in his own calligraphy, these auspicious bookmarks will be available for a suggested donation of $5.

    Books: Various titles of Dharma-related books will be on sale.
    We will say prayers for loved ones and friends who have passed away, making aspirations that their future lives be free of problems and troubling obstacles, and that they experience the bliss and happiness experienced in the Pure Land of Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light. For family and loved ones who are living, we will pray for their success in this life, that whatever they wish for will undoubtedly happen, and that their life be free of strife and hindrances.

    Individuals have the opportunity to make offerings and write the names of the deceased and the living on cards that will be available in the lobby at Kagyu Monlam Hawaii. These cards will then be taken into the Shrine Room before these auspicious prayers begin.
    Lunch is own your own. There are many restaurants and eateries of varying prices within walking distance or a short drive from the Neal Blaisdell Center.

    On-site take-out food with vegetarian options is available next to the Pikake Room at the Hawaii Pet Expo 2014 on Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11. You may eat lunch on the lawns and other public areas at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

    You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and drink.
  • Kagyu Thegchen Ling is hosting the 2014 North American Kagyu Monlam in Honolulu with the support of Karma Rimay Ö Sal Ling (Maui) and Kagyu Thubten Choling (Kauai). We, the Hawaii Kagyu Centers, are very pleased to invite you to join us in the spread of genuine love and compassion with the offering of aspiration prayers made under the guidance and blessings of the Buddha and His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. According to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa:
    The sentient beings living on the earth and the elements of the natural world need to join their hands together—the earth must not give up on sentient beings, and sentient beings must not give up on the earth. Each needs to grasp the other’s hand…We hold the Kagyu Monlam for the benefit of the entire world. We will not give up on the earth! May there be peace on earth! May the earth be sustained for many thousands of years! These are the prayers we make at the Kagyu Monlam, which is why this symbol is the logo of the Kagyu Monlam.
  • The first North American Kagyu Monlam was hosted by Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, New York. This event was an extension of the annual Kagyu Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya, India. The second North American Kagyu Monlam was held in Vancouver, Canada the following year, the third in California in 2012, and the fourth in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2013. The 2014 Kagyu Monlam, to be held in Hawaii, is the fifth in the series of Kagyu Monlams in North America since 2010.
  • The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa designed the Kagyu Monlam logo in 2007 out of his feelings of closeness with the natural world and the special connection with the elements. The earth has provided us immeasurable benefit, but few of us have done anything to actually help the earth in return. The recent catastrophes and disasters seem as if the earth is scowling at us, making us feel even more helpless. However, neither the earth nor the beings who live in it should forsake each other. Instead, they should join hands together. As symbol of this, the insignia takes the shape of two hands clasping. Since the Kagyu Monlam is an occasion where we pray for peace and happiness on earth as well as for the earth to remain for a long time, this sign is now the logo of the Kagyu Monlam. It is also a symbol of our affection for the earth and our wish to protect it. Wearing the logo is a reminder of our particular connection with the natural elements and our great affection for the earth. Because the body and mind are strongly connected to the unaltered, natural elements, remembering this may also provide some protection against dangers from the natural elements of the external world.
  • History of Monlam
    The "Kagyu Monlam" originated five hundred years ago in Tibet when the 7th Gyalwang Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso established an annual prayer festival in order to restore the Vinaya discipline that had grown lax among the Sangha, to make offerings to the Buddhas, and to inspire sincere faith among those who saw or heard it through the grandeur of the Buddhist teachings and the individuals present. Held during the first lunar month, the month of the Buddha Shakyamuni's miracles, great gatherings of over ten thousand members of the Sangha assembled at the Monlam. Under the guidance of the 7th Karmapa, they performed the liturgy of The Twenty-Branch Monlam that he himself had compiled. They prayed for beings to complete the accumulation of merit as well as for harmony in the world. They also prayed to dispel obstacles and unfavorable circumstances so all beings could be free from suffering and misfortune. This established the basis for the custom of holding Monlam gatherings that has continued without interruption until the present day.
  • In 1983, Kalu Rinpoche held a Monlam to recite The Aspiration for Excellent Conduct one hundred thousand times in Bodhgaya at the spot where our Teacher awakened to complete and perfect Buddhahood, thereby planting the seed for holding the Kagyu Monlam in the Noble Land of India. In 2004, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa took responsibility for the Monlam. Following the example of the dharma activities of the great beings of the past, he restructured the event and compiled a new prayer text, reflecting the splendor of this timeless tradition, making the Monlam ever more glorious, meeting the needs of today's international Buddhist community, and benefiting an even greater number of people.

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