Monasterio Kagyu Samye Dechi Ling

What is a Kagyu Monlam?

Everyone is welcome to attend the Kagyu Monlam celebration and pray for peace and well-being all over the world.


The first Kagyu Monlam dates back to the 7th Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso, who established it in Tibet during the 15th century. Its main objectives were to make offerings to the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, strengthen the discipline of the monks and increase the confidence of the lay people, who came to recite the wishing prayers by heart and listen to the teachings.

Thus, presided by the Gyalwa Karmapa, the first month of the Tibetan calendar gathered about 10,000 monks dedicated to the reading of a compilation of wishes prayers selected by the Karmapa and structured in twenty sections. The recitation was done with the pure intention that all beings attain happiness through the accumulation of merit, the removal of all obstacles and the development of the seeds of ultimate liberation. This is the heart of the Monlam, a tradition that has been preserved to this day in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1983, Kaybje Kalu Rinpoche renewed the tradition in India, in Bodhgaya, the place of the Awakening of Buddha Sakyamuni. That year, the monks recited a total of 100,000 Sanchö Monlam, the Queen of Aspiration Prayers.

When Kalu Rinpoche passed away, Bokar Rinpoche carried up the tradition. In 2001, just arrived in India, His Holiness the XVII Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinle Dorje attended the event for the first time and in 2004, after the sudden death of Bokar Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa took over the continuity of the Monlam. Since then, every year he presides over the event with new important contributions. In addition, he has greatly promoted the translation to different languages around the world, including Spanish, maintaining the central text of the VII Karmapa, the twenty-branch Monlam, and adding other original texts of Buddhism.

At present, Kagyu Monlam is a major event among the kagyupas. Every year and presided by H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, takes place in the holy site of Bodhgaya where practitioners from all places of the world, thousands of monks and nuns, novices and lay people gather near the Bodhi tree to recite the whishing prayers.

In 2007, Karmapa himself created the logo of the Kagyu Monlam which represents the harmonious union of all beings with the environment in which they live.

Kagyu Monlam is an international festival where people from all over the world gather to receive Buddhist teachings and pray for peace, harmony and well-being in the world. Kagyu Monlam is also organized in other countries of the world. This will be the third Kagyu Monlam in Spain that follows the previous 1st and 2nd Kagyu Monlam in Ibiza.

We are inviting master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to deliver the teachings

The monastery pertains to the Karma Kagyu lineage and our masters are H.H. the XVII Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinle Dorje, H.E. the XII Tai Situ Rinpoche, Chöje Akong Rinpoche (deceased), Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and Lama Guelongma Tondru.