7 things you must know about Kalachakra 2017 by Stéphanie

kalachakra initiation 2017

02 September 2016

7  things to know about Kalachakra 2017   Registration for kalachakra 2017: In general, the Dalai Lama’s teachings in India are free and open to the public. At present, there is a requirement to register to attend the Kalachakra 2017  initiation.There is a need to  obtain  a entry permit, for which you will need to present your passport and two passport-sized photos. Teaching hours are decided one or two days prior to the event. To register online please follow the link: https://www.kalachakra2017.co.in/index.php Seating: There will be a special place for foreigners in the front of the teachings platform,  in the westerner translation area during the Kalachakra teachings and initiation. In India, seating is usually on the ground. The convention amongst Tibetans is to mark a spot on the first day with a cushion or piece of cloth, and to keep to it for the duration. Teachings: Teaching hours are decided one or two days in advance.Kalachakra 2017 preliminary teachings His Holiness will give preliminary teachings on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) and Kamalashila‘s The Middling States of Meditation (gomrim barpa). Chodjug is the ancient text and it was composed by Saint/Scholar Shantideva of Nalanda University for developing compassion and experience of Void Nature. The Guide to Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) is the favourite text from which His Holiness had taught to everyone of us from the beggar to king with the same passion as a teacher,spiritual friend and fellow human being. Kamalashila‘s The Middling States of Meditation (Gomrim barpa) is foundation of all the meditation practice in Tibet until now. Translation: His Holiness The Dalai Lama teaches primarily in Tibetan. During most of his teachings in India,official translation into English and a few other languages is provided via FM radio, depending on the availability of approved translators. You are advised to bring a pocket-sized FM radio or MP3 player with radio. Please note that mobile phones are not permitted inside the teaching area. Location: The Kalachakra 2017 initiation will be held at the Kalachakra ground or local called it Kalachakra Maidan near Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, in the state of Bihar. Organiser: The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration will be the main organiser and sponsor of the Kalachakra teachings.Official website of Kalachakra 2017 Bodhgaya http://kalachakra2017.net Kalachakra in Bodhgaya: Since 1954, His Holiness has led a total of 33 Kalachakra initiations. Four have been held in Bodhgaya, in 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2012. Omalaya Tour Package:  Omalaya Travel is happy to offer its customized Kalachakra tours to India to the devotees wishing to attend the precious Kalachakra 2017 Empowerment teaching. Omalaya is an award-winning […]

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Are You ready to receive Kalachakra Initiation 2017 ? by Stéphanie

Yab Yum

30 August 2016

Omalaya Travel is happy to offer its customized Kalachakra tours to India to the devotees wishing to attend the precious Kalachakra 2017 Empowerment teaching. Omalaya-designed spiritual journeys are rooted in individual’s quest for self discovery and we incorporate the same outlook in designing the Kalachakra 2017 tour package. Omalaya Travel operated a successful Kalachakra tour to Ladakh in 2014. Omalaya-led devotees can receive Kalachakra initiation, teaching & empowerment under the expert guidance of tour’s spiritual guides like Geshe Tsering with Dr Chok and Geshe Lobsang with Tulku Phuljung. The Kalachakra initiation, given by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is incredibly powerful.  If you are ready, not only to receive the initiation, but also to bring the practice into your daily life, the initiation will certainly change your practice. But how can you tell if you are ready?  How do you know if now is the right time to receive the initiation? For most, the question can be answered by determining how prepared we are. Certainly the first step is to learn some basic information about the Kalachakra teachings and history as well as its connection to world peace.  Another indication is to assess your current daily practice – including the prostrations that you do, the number of Vajrasattva mantras, as well as the way you interact with others and respond to your surroundings.  After this, there are three other steps or areas to focus on in order to develop our readiness for Kalachakra. As you progress in your practice along the Buddhist path, you may make the decision to “take refuge,”   which is simply a decision to look toward the Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual community for guidance on moving through life in a positive direction.  By taking refuge you commit to several things: looking at yourself and your life honestly, assessing your reoccurring problems in order to learn and grow from them, and working to gain qualities that will help you to be of  benefit to all sentient beings. From this foundation you learn to see the law of cause and effect on your life.  You work to understand that your negative thinking and behaviors lead to suffering and problems, and that your positive thinking and behaviors lead you to happiness. You learn to use the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha to move toward happiness and away from suffering. One of the best indication of your preparedness for the […]

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Kalachakra Teachings by Stéphanie

29 August 2016

Omalaya Travel is happy to offer its customized Kalachakra tours to India to the devotees wishing to attend the precious Kalachakra 2017 Empowerment teaching. Omalaya-designed spiritual journeys are rooted in individual’s quest for self discovery and we incorporate the same outlook in designing the Kalachakra 2017 tour package. Omalaya Travel operated a successful Kalachakra tour to Ladakh in 2014. Omalaya-led devotees can receive Kalachakra initiation, teaching & empowerment under the expert guidance of tour’s spiritual guides like Geshe Tsering with Dr Chok and Geshe Lobsang with Tulku Phuljung.  Kalachakra is a Sanskrit word that can be translated literally as “wheel of time.”  Kala, or “time,” is not linear time but the flow of all events, past, present, and future.  This is similar to our concept of space, which does not imply a particular direction or limitation.  The Kalachakra deity represents omniscience, for he is one with all time and therefore knows all.  Chakra, meaning “wheel,” refers not only to the cycle of time but also to the way in which the enlightened experience of great bliss radiates like the sun from the self to all sentient beings.  The wheel, with no beginning and no end, is also the universal symbol of Buddhism, representing the teachings of the Buddha. An important feature of the Kalachakra Tantra is that it is given for a community.  The Buddha offered it for an entire country, in the mythical kingdom of Shambala, so historically the initiation has been given to large groups.  The Dalai Lama has remarked that in earlier times communities were separated by valleys, rivers, mountains or oceans, whereas today, with instant communication and transportation, our community includes the entire planet.  This is another reason why he feels Kalachakra is a teaching for our time. Teaching on Shambhala The real Kalachakra teaching of Shambhala has been secretly present on the Earth and throughout the Galaxy for over a million years.  It is a teaching about cycles of cosmic and neurobiological personal evolution that is itself evolving, ever reaching out into the universe for fresh insights and know-how. Though the philosophy of the Kalachakra is at the highest level of Buddhism anyone can use it at any time. This philosophy urges us to reach a splendid, pure inner world while still living in our imperfect, earthly one, using Kalachakra as a model. For example, a pure body comes from healthy eating and not smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking […]

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Kalachakra Initiation by Stéphanie

Kalachakra initiation

29 August 2016

Omalaya Travel is happy to offer its customized Kalachakra tours to India to the devotees wishing to attend the precious Kalachakra 2017 Empowerment teaching. Omalaya-designed spiritual journeys are rooted in individual’s quest for self discovery and we incorporate the same outlook in designing the Kalachakra 2017 tour package. Omalaya Travel operated a successful Kalachakra tour to Ladakh in 2014. Omalaya-led devotees can receive Kalachakra initiation, teaching & empowerment under the expert guidance of tour’s spiritual guides like Geshe Tsering with Dr Chok and Geshe Lobsang with Tulku Phuljung. Kalachakra is rarity as it is one of the most complex Buddhist teaching out there but still offered to the general public. Proper Kalachakra tantric initiation is required for the its practice  like all Buddhist tantric systems. The receiver must possess certain qualities conducive for the smooth transition of initiations. An ideal disciple should have experience of the three principal aspects of the Mahayana path: renunciation of Samsara, Bodhichitta, and understanding of Emptiness or at least be intellectually and spiritually be drawn to these concepts. The most important of the three aspects is Bodhichitta, the desire for true, perfect enlightenment for the sake of others. Therefore, the primary mindset of a Kalachakra initiation recipient should reflect the thought “For the sake of all sentient beings I must achieve the state of Shri Kalachakra. Then I will be able to establish all other sentient beings in the state of Shri Kalachakra as well“. There are eleven Kalachakra initiations 7 initiations of entering like a child: The water initiation. This is analogous to a mother washing her child immediately after its birth. The crown initiation that is analogous. to the binding of a child’s hairlocks. The ribbon initiation is analogous to piercing a child’s ears and arraying it with ornaments. The vajra and bell initiation, is analogous to a child laughing and talking. The discipline initiation, it is analogous to the child’s enjoyment of the five desirable sense-objects. The name initiation, analogous to the naming of the child. Entering like a child initiation which is the mantra authorization initiation. This initiation empowers the disciple to eliminate obstacles and to achieve the magic powers of pacification, gaining prosperity, subjugation, and destruction. 3 exalted initiations The vase initiation is the gnosis of bliss and emptiness that arises from the disciple touching the consort’s breasts. The secret initiation is the gnosis of bliss and emptiness that arises from the disciple savouring the bodhichitta, The wisdom-gnosis initiation […]

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One day in the Dalai Lama’s shoes by Stéphanie

The Dalai Lama

23 March 2016

Would you like to spend one day in the Dalai Lama’s shoes? His Holiness is often travelling in India and across the world. His daily habits change when he moves from one place to another, according to his schedule and obligations. However, when he is at home, in Dharamsala, he is faithful to a particular routine. How does a typical day look like in the Dalai Lama’s life? Let’s see! Morning softness : listening to yourself and the world Despite his busy schedule the Dalai Lama is an early riser and tries to go to sleep before 8pm. Today, at nine o’clock, it’s been already five hours that you are awake.   Wake up at 3am and after taking a shower spend the first four hours of your day praying and meditating on the roots of compassion, on what kind of positive thing you could bring to the world, to others. Do not forget to meditate on your condition as a human being condition: mentally prepare your death. You can then take a little morning walk. If it rains, be prepared: use a treadmill. For breakfast served at 5.30am you can drink some tea, eat hot porridge, tsampa (roasted barley powder) and bread with preserves. Concerned by the difference between information and wisdom, His Holiness tries to connect daily life facts and ancient wisdom in order to have a better comprehension of this world’s mysteries. In the same way, as a disciple and student of Life, during the breakfast listen to the BBC World News in English. Food for the mind : Meditation, Readings and Sweet Tooth After breakfast, from 6 to 9am, go further in your inner-exploration: continue your meditation and prayers.   From nine o’clock, the great internal journey takes another shape. Take time to study Buddhists texts and various commentaries written by various Buddhist masters. Enthralled by your readings, you did not notice that it is already 11.30am : time for lunch! Whereas the Dalai Lama is not necessarily vegetarian when he is away from home, he is certainly vegetarian in Dharamsala. Taking it into account, you will have to refrain yourself from going to the butcher or the fishmonger today. A small piece of advice : try to taste the Thali. This Indo-Nepali specialty is a real delight. An afternoon in good company : Sharing and Transmission From 12am to 3.30pm, let’s go to the office to […]

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Shanti Deva, the king of Bodhissatvas by Tashi

Prayer Book

11 March 2016

Revered as king of the Bodhissatvas-Shanti Deva lived in 8th century AD. His poetic and philosophical teaching on the Bodhissatva and its life (Bodhicaryavatara) have captivated hearts of millions of people across the world. Equivalent to Muslims’ Quran or Christians’ Bible, his book is also one of the daily inspirational prayer of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Infinite rays of happiness and compassion, Bodhicitta-an evergreen mind Bodhicitta is an appealing blissful state of mind where compassion is boundless radiating happiness and pure wisdom to whoever it connects. And for Bodhissatvas, friend or foe is a same being whose sheer pursuit in its life is to seek happiness, pleasure, name, fame and every bit of comfort. As such Bodhissatvas are neither gladdened by the praise from their friends nor are they saddened by the defamation from their foes. They are the spiritual practitioners who strive to maintain a compassionate attitude for all beings.  The veil of Bodhissatvas-a shield of humility A typical tradition in Mahayana Buddhism is that the Bodhissatvas often veil their profound insights by disguising themselves in an idiotic appearance or by resorting to bizarre activities, they shield themselves from falling into the pitfall of mundane fame. From Tilopa working as an oil maker to Milarepa wandering as a homeless beggar, from Naropa giving up his throne of scholar to Drukpa Kunley famous for his insanity. Every now and then the unusual tales of the heroes of Bodhissatvas echoed in the Himalayan kingdom time after time. “Busukhu” Shanti Deva the lazy bone of Nalanda University   At Nalanda University in 8th century A.D, Shanti Deva was nicknamed “Busukhu” by his colleagues simply meaning three actions; eating, sleeping and defecating. Except for the eyes of few, no one really knew he had transcended all the worldly illusions and had realized the ultimate nature of every phenomena. But in his monastic community, he was known as a “Lazy Bone” and a filthy burden tagged to be dump out at the earliest note of breach. In fact he was doing nothing outwardly except for the three very tasks he had been executing everyday. He never let anybody know his profound realizations. Until when he was subjected to mockery by his companions to give teaching in front of a big gathering hoping he would embarrass himself and thereby expel him from the monastery. But to everybody’s surprise, he gave one of the most reflective teaching […]

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