To all North American Sangha, who hold the pure Buddhist teachings with great compassion, and to all faithful people throughout the world:
With the auspice of the blessings of His Holiness Sakya Trichen Dorje Chang, the First North American Sakya Monlam for World Peace will be held at the North American Seat of His Holiness, Tsechen Kunchab Ling, in Walden, New York. This Great Monlam Prayer Festival will start on September 21, 2017, and will be presided by His Holiness Sakya Trichen Dorje Chang and His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche. On the first day, for the celebration of the birthday of His Holiness Sakya Trichen Dorje Chang, a long-life mandala will be offered to His Holiness and the opening ceremony for the Monlam will be held. On the second day (September 22), prayers for world peace will be held. On the third day (September 23), a golden enthronement celebration ceremony will be held for His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche. On the fourth day (September 24), a long-life empowerment and Dharma teachings will be given to thank all attendees.
“The Omniscient, Victorious Buddha’s precious teachings provide the only source of happiness for all sentient beings.” For the Buddha’s teachings to abide in the world, for the long life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trichen Dorje Chang, His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, and all unbiased holders of Buddhist teachings, for all Sangha to abide in pure morality together, for all conflicts, disease, and cataclysms in this world to be pacified swiftly, and for all sentient beings to achieve enlightenment, we invite you to come and attend this great Monlam with great rejoice.
From the Preparatory Committee of the First North American Sakya Monlam for World Peace, January 11, 2017.