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A non-profit event welcoming all practitioners

With the Blessings and Good Wishes of His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Garrison Institute, NY, June 1-4, 2012 

 

Rimay: Honoring and including all schools and traditions of Buddhadharma.

Monlam: An articulation of purpose; a mission statement; a formulation for realizing our highest aspirations.

http://rimaymonlam.org/

A mon lam, or aspiration prayer, harnesses and directs the natural power of our minds and hearts. It invokes the truths of interdependence and dharmata to yield actual results from our effort, dedication and purpose. Monlams both crystallize our inten-tions, and help us to realize them. As Buddha Shakyamuni said, "Whatever one may aspire towards, one will obtain a result consistent with that." And so we recite monlams to chart the course of our own spiritual practice and progress, and to foster harmony and health in society and in the environment.

A Monlam Chenmo is an arrangement of recitations performed by an assembly or convocation of practitioners a special practice event, a great prayer festival. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, a Monlam Chenmo encompasses the entire Buddhist path, both sutra and tantra, over the course of several days. It is joyous and harmonious practice, and not mere ceremony.

Our time together will include recitations from "A Book of Common Tibetan Buddhist Prayers," as used in Rimay Monlam Chenmo programs in Tibet since 2004 and in America since 2007. We will recite primarily in English, but also bring in Tibetan (phonetics) with gorgeous, traditional melodies. There will be time and space for meditation, exercise, discussion and inspiration, celebration and consecration, as well as short discourses by prominent dharma teachers in attendance.

As an outgrowth of the recent ecumenical Buddhist Teachers' Council, inspired to join hands and hearts, to continue and to deepen the process of envisioning and creating a common future for Buddhadharma in the western world, and not just the individual lineages and schools and centers in which our trainings are rooted, we are opening this non-profit, non-hierarchical and apolitical event to all!

The 2012 Rimay Monlam Committee invites you to join us!

Sincerely Yours,

. . . and others soon to join!

Please register directly with the Garrison Institute through their website, www.garrisoninstitute.org, or call (845)-424-4800 to receive registration forms by mail. There will be a nominal charge of $20 on arrival to cover the additional cost of practice materials. In keeping with the precept of avoiding harm to other beings, this program is vegetarian only.

To support the costs of presenting and organizing this event, and in particular to help sponsor the participation of ordained and low-income practitioners, please make your tax-exempt donations by sending a check payable to "2012 Rimay Monlam" to us at 5468 Fall Clove Road, Delancey, NY 13752.  Full information about the program, including how to donate to the event by PayPal or apply for sponsorship, is available on the event website, www.rimaymonlam.org.