With the Tibetan New Year celebrations and holiday drawing to a close, the monks will now begin with the Great Prayer Festival, or Monlam Chenmo as it is referred to in the Tibetan language.
The Great Prayer Festival was established by the great Buddhist Master Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition, in 1409. The Great Prayer Festival begins on the 4th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar and continues until the 11th of the month. The purpose of the Great Prayer Festival is to come together as a community and pray for the long lives of all of our Gurus, the spreading of the Dharma in all directions, and the well being of all sentient beings. The prayers also center on promoting peace and harmony throughout the world.