The Gyalwang Karmapa has added new texts to this latest edition so that it now includes prayers from all of the Kagyu lineages and major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. One advantage of the new edition is that now one single volume contains all the revised texts that were previously divided into two volumes, a main book and a supplement.
A New Edition of the Monlam Prayer Books
by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
This year will see revised editions of the Monlam Prayer Books in eight languages: English, Chinese, Polish, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Korean. One of the main reasons for a new version is that previously, the prayers were divided into two books, a main Monlam Prayer Book and a Supplement. The advantage of the new edition is that one single volume contains all the texts plus corrections. His Holiness also added new texts to the new edition so that it now includes prayers from all Kagyu lineages and major Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
For the benefit of those who have not memorized some of the basic prayers, the new books also contain The Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche; the two Short Prayers for Rebirth in Dewachen; The Aspiration of He Who Accomplishes the Truth (a compilation of verses by the Seventh and Eighth Karmapas); and the mandala offerings as they are done at Monlam along with the various endings, such as requests for teachings, empowerments, and long life.
The English language edition will be available in North America in the Spring, 2015.