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Secret of Kalachakra Tour with Geshe Lobsang

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Kalachakra 2017 Initiation by his Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, with the expert guidance of Geshe Lobsang.

Our Kalachakra 2017 tour offers a rare opportunity to attend the Dalai Lama’s sacred Kalachakra initiation in Bodhgaya. This rite of passage will open the hearts of pilgrims to tantric teachings in the beautiful surroundings of Bodhgaya’s sacred land.

Under the expert guidance of Geshe Lobsang and Tulku Phuljung, your English interpreter, you will embark upon a personal spiritual journey to receive the Kalachakra initiation and teachings.

Whether you are a practising Buddhist or an interested observer, you will be given the opportunity to gain intimate insight into the applications of the Buddha’s teachings. Participation in evening review sessions will help you to unravel the secrets of the Tantra and integrate your experience into daily life.

The initiation to the Kalachakra is one of the most important … because it takes everything into account: the body and the human mind, and the whole external aspect – cosmic and astrological. We firmly believe in its power to reduce conflict and we believe it is capable of creating … peace of spirit and therefore peace in the world.”

—- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

For more informations about the schedule and location of Kalachakra initiation 2017, please visit www.kalachakrainitiation.com 

Note: There is no Kalachakra 2016, the Kalachakra is taking place in 2017.

The Kalachakra 2017 Experience:

  • Attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings and receive a heartfelt introduction to Buddhism.
  • Attend the Kalachakra initiation in the most sacred Buddhist location.
  • Participate in evening review sessions with Geshe Lobsang.
  • Enjoy authentic encounters with a female Tibetan shaman, a yogi, a Rinpoche, and an amchi (doctor of Tibetan medicine).

During Kalachakra initiation, support a school!
Tara Guest House extension, Bodhgaya

During the event of Kalachakra, you will stay in a guesthouse (homestay accommodation) in a simple and clean comfort. Founded by a French woman the mission of this guest house is to finance a school allowing 250 disadvantaged Bihar’s children to have access to the education.

Day 1

Tuesday, 3th, January, 2017.


Arrive in Delhi and check in hotel. Take rest.

Day 2

Wednesday, 4th, January, 2017

Delhi. Bodhgaya.

Fly to Bodhgaya and check in the hotel.

After, you will join Geshe Lobsang on a visit to the sacred Mahabodhi Temple, where Prince Siddhartha meditated under the bodhi tree and attained nirvana more than 2,500 years ago, thus becoming the Buddha. Learn to recite the Heart Sutra and join hundreds of pilgrims in prayer for compassion and world peace.

Day 3

Thursday, 5th, January, 2017.


Kalachakra Ritual Preparation.

Today, you will participate in the Kalachakra Ritual Preparation and the accompanying prayers.

monlam Kalachakra 2016

You will also visit the sites of Nalanda, where you can see the ruins of the oldest Buddhist university and Rajgir, also know as the «Vultures Peak» where the Buddha spent few years of his life.

Day 4 – Day 6

Friday, 6th, January, 2017 – Sunday, 8th, January, 2017.


Kalachakra preliminary and review teachings.

The Dalai Lama considers the preliminary teachings to be more important than the Kalachakra initiation itself.

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 veryone 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.

Each evening, Geshe Lobsang will recap and discuss the concepts recounted by His Holiness earlier in the day.

Day 7

Monday, 9th, January, 2017.


Kalachakra ritual and Offer dancing

Today you will participate in the Kalachakra ritual and offering dance. After, you could enjoy a free day in Bodhgaya.

Day 8 – Day 11

Tuesday, 10th, January, 2017 – Friday, 13th, January, 2017.


Kalachakra Initiation.

Over the next four days, you will participate in the Kalachakra initiation – a profoundly rich experience where dance, monastic prayer and sacred relics intertwine in the build-up to one of the highest Buddhist ceremonies.

Mahabodhi temple Kalachakra 2016

The initiation is a rite of passage for all monks, nuns, and pilgrims. The teachings will unveil the Kalachakra mandala and the kingdom of Shambala – the source of compassion, purification and peace. The Dalai Lama will offer instruction to draw all people on to the path of wisdom.

The initiation will be in three parts, with further explanation by Geshe Lobsang in the evenings.

Part One: Rebirth

Experience ‘rebirth’ amongst thousands of Buddhist devotees.

Before the Dalai Lama commences the Kalachakra initiation, the Vajra Master must request permission from the gods, goddesses, and local spirits to use their home – the Kalachakra mandala.

During this first ritual, you will observe monks dressed in brocade tantric tiaras and bone jewellery performing sacred dances to connect with the energy of the Kalachakra deities.

Part Two: Entry – Being at One with the Mandala

You will participate in a pledge to free all beings from the cycle of duality. Monks will distribute red headbands to the devotees, who will place them across their foreheads.

The removal of the headbands represents the purification of our negativities and our entry into the mandala. Endowed with clear, compassionate motivation, you will be ready to receive the Kalachakra initiation.

Next you will participate in a meditation on the theme of the nature of ‘emptiness’, with a mirror symbolizing the purification of consciousness.

Part Three: Seven Kalachakra Initiations Analogous to Childhood Events

1.Kalachakra initiation

The Dalai Lama will conduct seven symbolic initiations, providing a full commentary on each of his movements and gestures.

  • The Water Initiation symbolises the first bath given to a newborn baby by its mother, to purify the five bodily elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space, and transform them into deities. The Dalai Lama represents this by pouring water into a consecrated vessel.
  • The Crown Initiation is associated with tying the hair on the top of a child’s head. The hair represents the thousand of the threads that binds us to duality, which we cut when taking monastic vows. By knotting the hair at the crown of the head, one is freed from ‘seizure’ and ‘appropriation’.
  • The Silk Ribbon Initiation cleanses the psycho-physical defilements that circulate in our autonomic nervous system, which determines motor-neuro function of the joints and the act of walking.
  • The Vajra and Bell Initiation symbolises a child’s acquisition of laughter and the ability to articulate sounds. It is linked to the enunciation of ideas via speech and is represented by the Dalai Lama’s ringing of bells.
  • The Conduct Initiation corresponds to the teaching of a child as he/she discovers the world of the senses. It represents the realisation of emptiness.
  • The Name Initiation symbolises a child’s naming ceremony, and purifies our faculties of action.
  • The Permission Initiation corresponds to the lessons that a father teaches his child. The lessons we receive enable us to act appropriately. This final initiation empowers us to benefit others by teaching the Dharma, which in turn frees us from pain.

The ritual will conclude with a meditation on the theme of emptiness, as represented by a mirror – the symbol of purified consciousness.

Day 12

Saturday, 14th, January, 2017.

Bodhgaya. Delhi.

Long-life Prayer.

A long-life prayer ceremony will be dedicated to the Dalai Lama. Devotees believe that when a spiritual master dies, it is because many beings from another realm have prayed that he may come to teach them. To postpone this moment, an effigy representing the Dalai Lama will be offered as a substitute master and teacher. The Dalai Lama will then be presented with offerings, prayers, and dances by the Tibetan and local communities.

kalachakra Long life prayers

In the afternoon, we will take you flight back to Delhi.

Day 13


Sunday, 15th, January, 2017.

Your international flight home.




Your interpreter : Tulku Phuljung

Born in 1989, Phuljung left Chinese-occupied Tibet at the age of six, making the long trek to India. He was educated at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) school in Dharamshala and, in 2004, was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Rinpoche Yeshi Chophel, who dedicated his life to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan Buddhism.

After his education at TCV, Phuljung became a monk and studied Buddhist philosophy for six years in southern India. Upon giving up his orders, he discovered a passion for the arts – particularly cinematography – and is renowned for his films on the Tibetan community. Phuljung is an exceptional guide – young, jovial and eager to share his philosophical knowledge.

“I want to continue to make films,” he says, “not only in Tibet but also to promote spiritual values. Individuals around the world sentence themselves to suffering because of their negative thoughts and actions. I believe that exposing them to a different, probably more liberating way of thinking will benefit everyone and ultimately the whole of society.”

Your Teacher and Expert Guide

Geshe Lobsang teaches the Buddhist philosophy classes at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India for 11 years.

He was born in Reting, Ü-Tsang, Tibet. He began his religious studies at the age of twelve at Sera Monastery in Tibet where he continued to study Buddhist philosophy until he was forced to flee Tibet in 1985. He received his Geshe degree from Sera Monastic University in south India in 2003. After that he studied tantra at Gyutoe Tantric University for one year. He taught Buddhist philosophy to the nuns of Kopan Monastery in Nepal before joining the LTWA in 2005.

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The Price Includes

  • Accommodation throughout the itinerary.
  • Breakfast.
  • All transfers to/from airport and hotels.
  • All transportation throughout the itinerary.
  • Entry fees to all sites included in the itinerary.
  • The guidance of Geshe Lobsang from Day 1 to Day 13.
  • An English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • Donations*.
  • Mineral water (one bottle per person per day).

*Donations are included as it is customary when visiting community sites, such as stupas, monasteries or temples, or when joining a family for a meal in their home.

The Price Excludes

  • International flights to Delhi (although we are happy to provide assistance with ticket booking).
  • Visa fees (It is your responsibility to obtain your own visa prior to travel).
  • Cancellation/travel insurance.
  • Beverages.
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Single supplement.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.


  • 10 nights in Bodhgaya in guesthouse.
  • 2 nights in a 5***** hotel in Delhi.


  • By plane from Delhi to Bodhgaya and Bodhgaya to Delhi.
  • By minibus or car throughout the itinerary.

Further Information

  • The Kalachakra 2017 initiation will be held at the Kalachakra ground near Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, in the state of Bihar.
  • Kalachakra will be held from 2017. The daily schedule will be available nearer the time of the event.
  • The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration will be the main organiser and sponsor of the Kalachakra teachings.
  • Since 1954, His Holiness has led a total of 33 Kalachakra initiations. Four have been held in Bodhgaya, in 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2012.
  • The subject of the teachings will be announced in due course. Teaching hours are decided one or two days in advance.
  • Meetings with yogis, shamans, Rinpoches and amchis, and visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Mahakala cave will depend upon the final Kalachakra timetable.
  • We will happily provide you with practical information to help you prepare for your trip.
  • Your itinerary may be modified due to adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen events.
  • Because your guide is also an active community figure, there may be times when the itinerary will be altered to accommodate his/her community obligations.




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