His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will bestow the sentient beings with the elixir
of Kalachakra Initiation once again. Mark your calenders- 3rd to 14th July, 2014
Kalachakra in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India from July 3 to 14:
During the first three days of the Kalachakra, from July 3 to 5, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will
conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue.
These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals.
From July 6 to 8, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings.
On July 9, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks
of Namgyal Monastery.
His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from July 10 to 13.
On July 14, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering
prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.
Official Site Ladakh Buddhist Association (LNA)
Travel Organitation & Information by a local Travel Agency, Choglamsar (tib./french)
Event Information by the Travel Agency (Tendrel)
There is no entry ticket.
Last kalachakra teaching in Ladakh was given in Sept,1976.
Information about Kalachakra Initiation
Dalai Lama Teaching Schedule
Kalachakra in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India from July 3 to 14
The Kalachakra Initiation Rite
The sacred Kalalchakra initiation is a rite of passage which opens the hearts of thousands of monks, nuns and pilgrims to the Shambala realm. The Dalai Lama has not performed
the initiation in Ladakh since 1976.
First day: Birth of the Child Within
Experience ‘rebirth’ amongst thousands of Buddhist devotees. Monks from Namgyal Monastery will perform sacred dances, wearing tantric tiaras, brocades and bone
jewellery, They connect with the energy of the Kalachakra’s deities of meditation.
The Dalai Lama will introduce those gathered to the way of the Buddha.
Second day: Being at One with the Mandala
A pledge to free all beings from the cycle of dualism. Monks will distribute red headbands to the devotees, who will place them across their foreheads to symbolise the acquisition of an intrinsic awareness of universal energy and the emptiness of nature.
The removal of the headbands represents the purification of our negativities and our entry into Mandala. Endowed with a clear altruistic motivation of compassion, you will be ready to receive the Kalachakra Empowerment.
Third day: The 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.
(1) 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.
(2) 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’.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) The Name Initiation symbolises a child’s naming ceremony, and purifies our faculties
(7) 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.
4th Day: Tsewang Long-life Empowerment and Prayer Ceremony for the Dalai Lama.
A long-life 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 substitute master and teacher. The Dalai Lama will then be presented with offerings, prayers and dances by the Tibetan and Ladakhi communities .
To conclude the Kalachakra 2014, the Dalai Lama will dissolve a sand mandala, before pouring it into the Indus river.
Preliminary Teachings: Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (Shetring)
The Dalai Lama considers the three-day preliminary teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter
to a Friend (Shetring) to be more important than the actual Kalachakra empowerment.
The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (1st to 2nd century AD) wrote his celebrated poem as a gift of advice to his friend King Gautamiputra/Satavahana, and it has since become a cornerstone of the Indian Shastra tradition. It deals with the development of altruistic motivation.
The Shetring gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the entire practice of Buddhism, guiding both laypersons and the ordained on the path to liberation and en-
Its teachings convey the meaning of the Dharma in easily accessible language and style, and are of special interest to those who wish to take up spiritual activity whilst continuing to live and work in mainstream society.
Despite its relatively short length (123 verses), the Shetring covers the whole Mahayana path with unusual clarity and memorable imagery, and is thus widely quoted by Tibet’s
great masters and scholars.
On the spot Registration needed for Kalachakra 2014 Ladakh.
The participations in the Kalachakra initiations are free of charge and there is no need
for an advance booking. However, the registration is compulsory for all the participants. Therefore, you are advised to bring a copy of your passport in case of foreign nationals, voters card for Indian nationals and RC for Tibetans residing in India and two passport
size photographs for the registration.
The registration counters will be setup at the LBA office in the main market and also at
the teaching ground. The registration process will start prior to the teaching commence-
ment and continue throughout the teaching period. We shall inform you about the regi-
stration process through our website.
Kalachakra 2014 Initiations Organizing Committee!
Book "Taking the Kalachakra Initiation" by Alexander Berzin
- Taschenbuch: 150 Seiten
- Verlag: Snow Lion Pubn; Auflage: USA. (November 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1559390840
- ISBN-13: 978-1559390842
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