Monlam at Swayambhu, Nepal

Date: 31 October 2018 to 3 November 2018
Time: 9 am to 5.30 pm

Monlam at Swayambhu, Nepal
Programme Date
Kagyu Gurtso
(Lhabab Duchen, merit multiplying day)
31 Oct 2018 (Wed)
Kagyu Monlam 1 Nov 2018 (Thu)
(Dakini Day, Tibetan Lunar 25th)
2 Nov 2018 (Fri)
Kagyu Monlam 3 Nov 2018 (Sat)


Right aspirations have tremendous positive impact in our lives. Especially when it is for greater reaches, such as creating causes to liberate sentient beings from suffering and instilling peace and harmony in this world. These aspiration prayers are great meritorious actions and can result in the fulfillment of all noble wishes.

Monlam refers to the path in fulfilling aspirations. The aspiration and its path to fulfillment is the accumulation of merits and wisdom. The greatest aspiration made by the Samantabhadra has been mentioned and praised by Buddha Shakyamuni Mahavaipulya Buddhavatamsaka Sutra.

Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and it has many significant Buddhist holy sites. Historically, Buddhism in general, Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism in particular, flourished since ancient times till today. As a result, there are many historical temples and stupas seen even today. Amongst all, the self-borne stupa of Swayambhu is the most remarkable stupa. Boudhanath is another important stupa in Nepal.

It is Shangpa Rinpoche's wish to make noble aspirations at the Swayambhu Stupa for everyone's wellbeing. This is auspicious not only for Nepal but for the entire world. It is said in teachingsthere need to be complete five Perfections for a conducive environment to propagate Mahayana teachings. These are 1. Perfect Place, 2. Perfect Timing, 3. Perfect Reliance or Buddha, 4. Perfect Dharma and 5. Perfect Retinue.


The place to hold aspiration prayers is generally the birthplace of Lord Buddha, i.e. Lumbini, Nepal. It said all the 1,000 Buddhas of this fortunate era will be born at the very same place. Other than Lumbini, other places of strong Buddhist significance are also conducive to hold aspiration prayers.Kathmandu is a well-known city of temples where Buddhism is practicedsince ancient times till today. Amongst all the relics treasured inside these stupas, theSwayambhu Stupa holds relics of Buddha Kashyapathat are likewish-fulfilling gems.


The perfect timing refers to the presence of the ever omniscient Buddha. Buddha Shakyamuni descended from heaven to this world due to His great compassion to liberate sentient beings. Buddha Shakyamuni has mentioned that the physical manifestations of Buddhas on earth are special events. These are times for multiplication of merits accumulation. For instance, the Monlam commences on the day when Buddha Shakyamuni descended from Tushita Heaven to earth. This is a significant event in Buddhist calendar.


The perfect teacher is no other than Buddha Shakyamuni and His teachings, Dharma, which is as relevant today as it was 2500 years ago. Buddha Shakyamuni has mentioned that in future after his passing, the teachings by Him represent Him and thus respecting and following the teachings is equal to seeing Him and being close to Him.


The essence of Buddha's teachings is the perfect Dharma, i.e. the Sutras and Tantras such Samantabhadra's King of Aspiration Prayers, Majushree's Namasangiti, Vajra Song of the Great Kagyu Masters and Cutting the Roots of Suffering (Chod), as well as many other prayers.


Perfect attendance or retinue refers the great realized precious Rinpoches, noble Sanghas and many practitioners who are in the state of Bodhisattva or on the path to Bodhisattva.


We hope you will participate in these meritorious activities together with us.

1) Join us in the Monlam

We welcome everyone to participate in these prayers of aspirations. The more participants will result in augmented collective forces to fulfill the noble wishes for the benefit of self and others.

Please register via this link:

2) Accumulation of merits through sponsorship

There will extensive offerings such as thousand sets of lamps, flowers, torma, tsog and other shrine offerings each day to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, meals, tea and other offerings to the Sangha and participants as well as food offerings to the less fortunate in the area. Especially for those who cannot join us in person, this will be a way to participate through comfortable means. Your generosity in itself is a skillful mean of practice.

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Ceremonies and Pujas

Green Tara

The Sangha members from the Institute conduct regular puja and recitation which includes:

  • Daily Tara Puja in the morning
  • Daily Mahakala puja in the evening
  • Guru Rinpoche Tsog Puja on the 10th of the Tibetan month
  • Milarepa Tsog puja on 15th of the Tibetan month

Other additional pujas, like the Chod Puja are also performed on auspicious dates of the year.

Pujas are also done when sponsored or requested for the sick and the dead. Those who are interested can also make offerings for other personal dedications.

Students and residents are welcome to join in the puja.