At the request of the Kagyu Monlam Committee, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will kindly bestow a special series of initiations, the twenty-four peaceful deities of “Knowing One Frees All”. This is the special program prior to the 32nd Kagyu Monlam. They are to be given in commemoration of the First Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, who passed away twenty five years ago, and of the Second Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, who passed away ten years ago.
The initiation text “Knowing One Frees All” [Tib. chig shes kun drol] was composed by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje [1556 – 1603 C.E.]. Having collected together many sadhanas of both peaceful and wrathful deities, he made a common text which could be used to unify the initiation for all forty five deities. For this reason it is called “knowing one frees all’.

“Knowing One Frees All” Initiations Schedule

20th – 25th December, 2014.

The initiations will be given over six days, divided into two sessions:
Morning: 8:00–10:30 am
Afternoon: 2:00–4:30 pm

Vajrasattva Initiation
According to the wishes of the 17th Karmapa, and at the request of the Kagyu Monlam Committee, the Twelfth Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche will bestow the initiation of Vajrasattva from Marpa’s Three Exalted Deities tradition, on the afternoon of 25th December, 2014.

Important Information for Participants
Translation into Hindi, English, Chinese, Spanish and several other languages will be available. Participants should bring an FM radio.
The Kagyu Monlam organisation will provide lunch for all participants, as well as tea and light refreshments during the morning and afternoon sessions. For the sake of the environment, please bring your own cup.

Registration is required for this event, and will take place between 15th – 17th December, in the Kagyu Monlam building, at the rear of the Kagyu Monlam Pavilion.

The Twenty-four Peaceful Deities of “Knowing One Frees All” (chig shes kun drol)

  1. Single White Tara
  2. White Tara with retinue
  3. Acacia Forest Tara with retinue of four
  4. Single Shaker of the Three Realms Tara
  5. Single Kurukulle
  6. Single Auspicious and Accomplished Tara
  7. Yellow Prajnaparamita with retinue
  8. Single Ushnisha Vijayi
  9. White Parasol with retinue
  10. Single Blazing Ushnisha
  11. Five Dharani Queens
  12. Single Yellow Parna Shavari
  13. Maricima with retinue
  14. Single Dhvaja Grakeyura
  15. Single White Sarasvati
  16. Orange Manjushri with retinue
  17. Single White Manjushri
  18. Manjushri Nama Samgiti with retinue
  19. Single Lion’s Speech Manjushri
  20. Single Arapatsa Manjushri
  21. Single Lion’s Roar Manjushri
  22. Single Amitayus
  23. Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara with retinue
  24. Single Maitreya