The 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya
The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, Great Prayer Festival, has been held in Bodhgaya, India at the Mahabodhi Temple, the site of the Buddha’s awakening during the first ten days of the twelfth month of the Tibetan calendar year since 1990. This has become an auspicious occasion for the followers of the Nyingma lineages to pray for all sentient beings and to honour the founders of their tradition. Over ten thousands monks and nuns attended the 31st Nyingma Monlam Chenmo which started on the 26th of January 2020 and concluded ten days later on the 4th of February.
The Executive Committee of the Nyingma Monlam International Foundation which is responsible for the hosting of the annual events made an announcement on the 17th December 2020 to inform all the Kyabje Rinpoche and the sangha community of the various Nyingma lineage holders’ monasteries that the 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo cannot be held in the usual manner due to the Covid-19 guidelines on restrictions of movement and gathering.
For the 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo which was scheduled to be held from 14th to 23rd January 2021, all the Nyingma lineage holders were requested to offer prayers and practices at their own monasteries for the following dates of 8th, 9th and 10th day of the 12th Month of the Tibetan calendar, which corresponds to the 21st, 22nd, 23rd of January 2021. In order to continue the Monlam Chenmo in its traditional way in Bodhgaya, a Monlam with around 100 monks and offering was held in front of the Bodhi tree of the Mahabodhi Temple.