The 29th Annual Nepal Gelug Monlam Prayer
GREAT PRAYER FESTIVAL OF GADEN CHOGKHRUL TO BE HELD AT GOSOK PHUNTSOK CHOELING MONASTERY – NEPAL
Scheduling from the date of Tibetan King’s Lunar year 2147 starting from the 12th day of the first month to the 26th day. This corresponds to the starting date of March 6th to March 10th 2020.
Programs start at 7:00am local time until 6:00pm. This is a five day program for the Great Prayer Festival to be held at Gosok Phuntsok Choeling Monastery in Nepal.
(To avoid confusion the translator has given the corresponding international calendar dates instead of Tibetan Lunar dates in the program schedule)
On Friday March 6th, 2020 His Eminence Jangtse Choeje Kyabje Gosok Rinpoche, who is close to the Gaden Tripa position, will present Geshe Certificates to the graduating students. This is a responsibility which Rinpoche has traditionally carried out for the Gelugpa monks in the past in Nepal. Rinpoche will also give presentations to top cream graduates of ten other Gelugpa monasteries in Nepal.
On Monday March 9, 2020, which corresponds to the 15th day of the Great Prayer Festival, the main head lama of the Great Prayer Festival will give audience to the general public. The public will also have an opportunity to view the great butter sculpture offerings.
On Tuesday March 10, 2020 there will be an invocation of Buddha Maitreya. This is done by carrying an image of Buddha Maitreya on a sedan chair throne around the monastery and then bringing it in the main temple of the monastery. This will be followed by dismantling great butter sculptures.
In the afternoon of Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 4:00pm local time His Eminence Jangtse Choeje Kyabje Gosok Rinpoche will acknowledge and give presents to the sponsors of the Great Prayer Festival.
At 5:00pm the president of the Great Prayer Festival will provide a financial presentation of the accounts received and expenses.
From Thursday March 12, 2020 to Saturday March 14, 2020 inclusive, there will be a three day Dharma teaching by His Eminence Jangtse Choeje Kyabje Gosok Rinpoche at the Kyi Drong Samten Ling Monastery.
On Sunday March 15, 2020 Rinpoche will give a long life empowerment to the attendees from the general public.
The above is a brief schedule of the main highlights of the Great Prayer Festival
Nepal Gelug Monlam Committee
25th January, 2020