Mönlam means “wish-path” – the Buddhist path of helping others through kind prayers. Buddhist prayers are performed daily at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu where there are approximately 500 monks; and at Nagi Nunnery on Shivapuri Hill where there are approximately 200 nuns. H.E. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche is the Abbot of the Monastery and Nunnery, and Phakchok Rinpoche is the Vajra Master.
People in Buddhist cultures have always relied on the power of prayers chanted by monks and nuns. Through years of study, contemplation and meditation, these full-time spiritual practitioners develop great compassion and deep wisdom that make their prayers especially effective. Recited during sacred rituals practiced by highly realized masters over centuries, the prayers are infused with blessings. Anyone can be included in the prayers; you don’t have to be a Buddhist.
Prayers can be requested for any reason, such as healing, long life, prosperity, removal of obstacles, commemoration of a life event, support for the dying and the dead, or simply to benefit all sentient beings. For quick help choosing a prayer, please see below. Otherwise, please go to the “Prayers” page (for daily and monthly prayers) and to the “Annual Activities” page. For guidance in choosing prayers for specific purposes, go to the “FAQ” page.
The prayers below are chanted every day at the monastery. To get prayer help quickly, request one of these: