Not everybody is able to attend the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo held each year in Bodhgaya, India, and so the natural development and the wish of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa was to extend the practices, prayers and blessings by establishing annual Kagyu Monlams in other countries.

Aided by the Kagyu Monlam core team based in India under the leadership of Lama Chodrak and presided over by high Lamas and Rinpoches within the Kagyu tradition, annual Kagyu Monlams have now been founded in many parts of the world.