Moenlam chenpo in Haa



I’ve posted another set of photographs. They were taken earlier today while accompanying His Holiness the Je Khenpo’s entourage to Haa. His Holiness is in Haa to lead the moenlam chenpo prayers for world peace and harmony.

The moenlam choenpo was started in 2001 by three cousins – Dasho Nob Tshering (a civil servant), Desang Dorji (a businessman) and Nob Gyeltshen (a retired RBG officer). That year, the three of them sponsored the prayers and contributed Nu 100,000 each towards the moenlam chenpo fund. Other devotees quickly joined them and, before the end of the week-long prayers, the fund reached Nu 2,300,000.

The income from the fund (consisting mainly of interest accrued) was to be used to finance future moenlam chenpos, but every year sponsors have volunteered to bear the full cost of the prayers. So the fund has grown steadily, and, by last year, had reached more than Nu 8 million. Part of the money has been spent building a brand new moenlan tshokhag, a prayer hall that can house all the devotees during the annual prayers.

Since introducing the moenlam chenpo in Haa, His Holiness the Je Khenpo has traveled there every year to personally lead the weak-long prayers. This year’s prayers begin tomorrow. And they are sponsored by the residents of Samar gewog, almost all of whom are farmers.