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“The main purpose of Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival, is to pray for the long life of all the holy Gurus of all traditions, for the survival and spreading of the Dharma in the minds of all sentient beings, and for world peace. The communal prayers, offered with strong faith and devotion, help to overcome obstacles to peace and generate conducive conditions for everyone to live in harmony.”
I can but agree with that. Thirty years ago I spent two and a half months in Ladakh, the northern-most part of India in the Himalayas, an area predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. This was a profoundly important part of my life, one I would love to relive yet I know that, apart from the risk of altitude sickness after a lifetime addicted to nicotine, there’s no way that I could do more than observe as I did then.