Paris: As was announced at the conclusion of the first European Sakya Monlam for Universal Peace and Happiness in Antwerp in 2019, the second European Sakya Monlam took place in Paris from 30 July to 1 August 2022. The Monlam commenced on the premises of Kagyu Dzong on a warm sunny day.
One day prior to the commencement of the Monlam, Representative Rigzin Genkhang, Secretary Nagmyal Samdup, Europe Chithue Thupten Gyatso, members of the Tibetan associations along with a few hundred Tibetans accorded a warm welcome to Sakya Ghongma Trichen Rinpoche, 42nd Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and the entourage at the Paris North train station.
On the same day, the 43rd Trizin Gyana Vajra Rinpoche was received at Charles de Gaulle airport by Representative Rigzin Genkhang, Secretary Nagmyal Samdup, Europe Chithue Thupten Gyatso, Vice-President of the Tibetan Community and President of Tsechen association.
The Monlam was presided over by Sakya Ghongma Trichen Rinpoche, 42nd Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, 43rd Trizin Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche and Dhungsey Asanga Vajra Rinpoche.
It was estimated that over 5000 devotees, including members of the Sangha, western disciples and Tibetans from across Europe flocked to Paris to receive teachings from and to witness the historic gathering of all the great masters of the Sakya tradition in one venue.
On the final morning of the Monlam, a long life Tenshug was offered to Sakya Ghongma Trichen Rinpoche and in the afternoon Rinpoche granted the long-life initiation of the Maha Siddhi Thangtong Gyalpo. On the request of the Tibetan Community in France, Rinpoche briefly addressed the gathering immediately after the initiation, in which he advised everyone to imbibe compassion in their daily life, called for collective efforts in resolving the issue of Tibet and further urged all to diligently follow the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Every individual received blessings from the 42nd Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche at the end of the initiation.
Although Sakya Ghongma Trichen Rinpoche’s actual birthday falls on 7 September, the organisers hosted an early birthday celebration on 2 August morning. The cake cutting ceremony was followed by cultural performances.
The 43rd Trizin Gyana Vajra Rinpoche left Paris for Switzerland by air a few hours before everyone else.
Representative Genkhang also received long-life initiation and joined the birthday event. Furthermore, the Representative, Secretary Namgyal Samdup and Europe Chithue Thupten Gyatso accompanied all the great masters of the Sakya tradition to the train station and received their blessings once again on their departure on 2 August afternoon.
-Report filed by OoT, Brussels