On January 6, 2006, the day before the commencement of the Great Kagyu Monlam, His Holiness pays his respects to the place where the Buddha Sakyamuni attained enlightenment His Holiness Karmapa is received with ceremonial pomp and circumstance as he tours the Mahabodhi Temple complex on the day before the Great Kagyu Monlam is to commence His Holiness makes prayers and an offering of the light of wisdom in the sacred inner sanctum of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya on January 6, 2006 His Holiness inspects the preparations for the Monlam of liturgical objects such as the immense butter sculptures commemorating the Kagyu lineage An extraordinary butter sculpture prepared for the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya Another extraordinary butter sculpture prepared for the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya The art of creating butter sculptures is taught to monks as part of their liturgical training in leading Buddhist rituals The liturgical arts reached new heights in this year's preparations for the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya This sculpture replicates one of the most famous stupas in Buddhism His Holiness teaching the assembly on the Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation during the Great Kagyu Monlam, January 9, 2005 The teachings by His Holiness Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation, the handbook of the Kagyu path tradition, continued from his teachings at the last Monlam The monastic sangha assemble in front of His Holiness, whose throne is underneath the overhanging Bodhi Tree commemorating the spot where Buddha entered in meditation that resulted in his enlightenment At the late afternoon session of the Kagyu Monlam, the assembled monastics joined His Holiness in prayers and recitations His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche IV one one of the many high tulkus at the ceremony In the early morning of January 13, 2006, His Holiness  leads special preparations for events on the next to last day of the Kagyu Monlam Early morning prayers by the tulkus and monks at the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya on January 13, 2006 On January 13, His Holiness Karmapa led the assembled Buddhist Sangha as the 108 volumes of the the Kangyur (the Buddhas teachings of sutra and tantra) were carried in a procession around the stupa Special prayers for the word of the Buddha as memorialized by the collection of the Buddha's teachings in the Kangyur, which is composed of 108 texts of sutra and tantra His Holiness in procession around the stupa on January 13, 2006 Each member of the sangha received pages of the Kangyur, the words of the Buddha, to recite during the morning session of the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya His Holiness leading recitations of the word of the Buddha in Bodhgaya on January 13, 2006 The concluding ceremony of the Kagyu Monlam was a procession around the stupa (kora) by the assembly, which included the singing of a special composition prepared by His Holiness entitled A concluding candlelight ceremony at the Kagyu Monlam, which ended on January 14, 2006 On January 17, 2006, His Holiness Karmapa took his leave of Bodhgaya by visiting the Mahabodhi Temple for final prayers and offerings of a ceremonial robe His Holiness making final offerings and prayers before leaving Bodhgaya for Varanasi The famous statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni presides over the inner sanctum of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya Before departing for Varanasi, His Holiness paid respects to the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree His Holiness leaves the Mahabodhi Temple complex His Holiness exits the outer courtyard of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara as he prepares to return to Vajra Vidhya in Sarnath on January 17, 2006