(The Great Prayer Festival of the Nyingma Tradition)

26th January to February 4th 2020

Thousands sit around the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, with the Bodhi Tree to its left.

The Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism holds its Monlam Chenmo (Great Prayer Festival) each year in Bodh Gaya, in India, where thousands of monastic and lay practitioners, from the different lineages of the Nyingma tradition, descend around the Bodhi Tree for a long period of communal prayers.


The Bodhi Tree is an old tree, the current one being a descendant of the original, under which Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years ago. This sacred site has now become the main place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all around the world.


The annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo has numerous benefits, which arise from the thousands of practitioners praying for the preservation and continuation of the Dharma in the minds of all beings, for the long life of all authentic teachers of all traditions of Buddhism, and for world peace.

As a tulku and lineage holder of the Nyingma tradition, Chamtrul Rinpoche is invited to sit in the front row under the Bodhi tree.

The combined power of these prayers, made by an exceptionally large gathering of focused pracitioners, for a long sustained period in such a sacred site, contributes towards the conditions that help make all what they pray for possible.


Chamtrul Rinpoche attends the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo most years.


Open to everybody. Free of charge. Booking not required.  Please feel very welcome to come along and join in.

Chamtrul Rinpoche in prayer at the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.

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