His Holiness Sakya Trizin is currently in Lumbini, Nepal attending the annual Sakya Monlam, which started on 13 November and concludes today, 22 November. The centrepiece of the Monlam is the recitation of the King of Aspiration Prayers (Zangchod Monlam). Lama Jampa Thaye recently spoke to His Holiness, who is in good health. Lama Jampa will be visiting His Holiness in India next year before His Holiness commences His teaching tour of the Americas.
The Kagyu Monlam is also taking place this year and will be held be held in Bodhgaya in India from 27 December to 3 January. This year's Kagyu Monlam is particularly auspicious as it marks the 900th anniversary of the birth of the first Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa.