Kalachakra Initiation by his Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, with the expert guidance of Geshe Tsering.
Our Kalachakra 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 Tsering and and Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam, 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
The Kalachakra 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 Tsering.
- Enjoy authentic encounters with a female Tibetan shaman, a yogi, a Rinpoche, and an amchi (doctor of Tibetan medicine).
Hotel Royal Residency, Bodhgaya.
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner
The tour includes eleven nights’ stay at the four-star Hotel Royal Residency. Ranked by TripAdvisor as Bodhgaya’s number one hotel, the Royal Residency provides easy access to Mahabodhi temple and the Kalachakra teaching ground. Furnished to a high standard, each room is equipped with two bathrooms. The hotel is most often frequented by Japanese pilgrims following the Buddha’s path.
It is one of the best and the oldest four-star hotel in Bodhgaya.
Arrive in Delhi and check in hotel. Take rest.
Fly to Bodhgaya and check in the hotel.
After, you will join Geshe Tsering 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 – Day 4
Kalachakra Ritual Preparation.
For two days, you will participate in the Kalachakra Ritual Preparation and the accompanying prayers.
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 5 – Day 7
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 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 Tsering will recap and discuss the concepts recounted by His Holiness earlier in the day.
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 9 – Day 12
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.
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 Tsering 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
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.
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.
In the afternoon, we will take you flight back to Delhi.
Your international flight home.
Your interpreter : Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam
Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam is the head of the Research and Translation Department of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India. He has been doing research on teaching-learning methods for Tibetan as a foreign language since 2001 and has been using his findings to teach students since he joined the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in 2007. In 2012, he taught Tibetan language at the Summer Language Program at the University of Virginia.