July 7th, 2012 - Thank you all for contributing to the 2012 California Kagyu Monlam. For close to a year, the generosity and kindness from the KDK Arcata Sangha has been inspiring both in its scope and unwavering consistency. Regular contributions from our members and the many fund-raising events and activities we've had are the kind of devotion and dedication to the Buddha Dharma that made the 3rd North American Kagyu Monlam a successful event.
Many of us were able to attend or participate via the live webcast. Over 60 ordained Sangha, including Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, His Eminence Chögön Rinpoche, Dilyak Drubpön Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche, Paltrül Rinpoche, Lama Rinchen, and of course our own Spiritual Director Lama Lodrö Rinpoche were in attendance. Many other Western and Tibetan monastics, lamas, laypeople, and devotees attended. They came from all over the world representing many Kagyu monasteries and Dharma Centers. Between 200 and 300 participants and volunteers were present at any given time during the 3 day event. Many prayers were made for world peace, healing the environment, healing the sick, for the deceased to take fortunate rebirths, and for the general welfare of all sentient beings. At one point a contingent of the San Francisco Fire Department arrived in a fire engine requesting photos and blessing from lamas. Their wish was granted.
The blessings of H.H. the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje were apparent because the Kagyu Monlam enacts his enlightened activity and by the presence of so many great Kagyu masters. The presence of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, who is the abbot of the KTD Dharma Center and Monastery in Woodstock, New York was very auspicious. KTD is the North American Seat of H.H. the 17th Karmapa.
The event culminated with a large tsok offering of food and other pleasing substances to the Karmapa as the essence of the 3 Jewels and 3 Roots. Offerings of Kataks (silk scarves) and monetary offerings were made on behalf of many Dharma Centers and individuals to the Karmapa, other High Lamas, and ordained Sangha. Lama Lodrö Rinpoche led a group of our sangha members in an offering to the Karmapa of a mandala; representations of the Buddha's Body, Speech, Mind in the form of a Buddha statue, the holy dharma scriptures, and a small stupa; as well as the 8 Auspicious Symbols.
May all beings benefit and may peace pervade all realms