anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

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anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby Adamantine » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:17 am

So I may be able to go to the Nyingma Monlam this year and was wondering if anyone that's been could give some details about it, -like what the daily schedule is like, places to stay for cheap but safe/healthy, if the free food is suitable for Westerners, etc. Also if anyone knows who will be leading it this year?
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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby ngodrup » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:49 pm

My best friend who was a monk at the time.
Is there a specific question?

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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby catmoon » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:52 pm

Never been to one. Actually I thought only only the Kagyu did the Monlam thing. Maybe someone can fill me in on the practices of the other sects?
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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby Adamantine » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:04 pm

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Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha

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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby ngodrup » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:37 pm

catmoon wrote:Never been to one. Actually I thought only only the Kagyu did the Monlam thing. Maybe someone can fill me in on the practices of the other sects?


Ever heard of the Mon Lam Chenmo in Lhasa? Guess who goes.
This is how there came to be Kagyu and Nyingma Mon Lams.
Real or not, exclusion was perceived.

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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby kirtu » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:56 pm

catmoon wrote:Never been to one. Actually I thought only only the Kagyu did the Monlam thing. Maybe someone can fill me in on the practices of the other sects?


All the traditions have Monlam.

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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby mmm » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:27 pm

Hi, yes, if you mean annual nyingma monlam in Bodhgaya. Its nice to attend if you can recite general prayers such as 21 taras, Sampa lhundrub, Barche lamsel, Namasangiti, Zangcho, Kunsang monlam etc etc quite fast speed, then you can connect with monlam and the atmospehere and knowing the meaning of those prayers it can be very beneficial. Bodhgaya itself is fantastic and the presence of many masters, khenpos, tulkus, monks and meditators from all buddhist traditions is an inspiration and blessing. Even just being present there doing ones own practice is beneficial. This is my experience. Best wishes, mm

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Re: anyone been to Nyingma Monlam?

Postby Kunzang Tobgyal » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:29 pm

i've been.
it was a really great experience.

i didn't care to follow along too much but to just be there in the "energy" of the event.

i would do it again.

i ate the free food and it was yummy.
not to mention fun to hang out with other nyingmapas in the festive spirit of food consumption.
i didn't get sick from the food.


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