Kopan Community Celebrates Annual Monlam
During March 9-14, Kopan Monastery hosted its annual Monlam, a prayer festival first founded by Lama Tsongkhapa in 15th-century Tibet that has survived the Tibetan diaspora. Kopan hosts the annual event for all of the Gelug monasteries and nunneries in Nepal.
Throughout the festival, sangha and lay students are invited to spend the day engaged in prayers and pujas, view and receive blessings from holy objects, and attend monastic debates. On the last day of the Monlam, which coincides with the Day of Miracles, the final day in a series of fifteen holy days, thousands of people attend the festivities. This year, Jangtse Chöje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche presided over the ceremonies and gave public teachings and an oral transmission.
Many important teachers and lamas were in attendance, including Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, the abbot of Kopan Monastery; Cherok Lama; Phuntsok Rinpoche; and Kundol Rinpoche. Other Kopan monks currently studying at Sera Je Monastery in South India were also able to participate.
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