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Long-life empowerment ceremony in Kalachakra initiation 2016
Kalachakra initiation is a very
important ceremony in Buddhist tradition. It is an intense process of
prayers, rituals and rites through which pupils are empowered to attain
Buddhahood. The initiation is given by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and
the entire ceremony lasts for 12 days.
Usually the final day of the Kalachakra
initiation is dedicated to a long-life empowerment ceremony. Prayers are
given so that his Holiness and all the participants may all have a very
long, happy and fulfilling life.
According to Buddhist traditions, it is
believed that if a spiritual leader dies it is because inhabitants of
another realm want him to come and share his wisdom and knowledge with
them. In order to postpone this moment and lengthen his stay on this
world, special prayers and offerings are made on the final day.
The three deities associated with long
life are Amitayus, White Tara and Ushnishavijaya. Among these deities,
Tara is associated with purity and the special quality of removing
obstacles in people’s lives and thereby enhancing the quality and
longevity of their life. It is on this deity that the Kalachakra
empowerment rituals are usually performed.
Once the empowerment ceremony is
completed, long-life offerings are made to the Dalai Lama. The offering
involves chanting of a lineage prayer and a show of respect by the Monks
and the Oracles. It is quite common to see a few devotees get possessed
during this event and such devotees to get an opportunity to pay their
respects to his Holiness. Members of various communities too take this
opportunity to give offerings to his Holiness.
The ceremony witnesses participants from
all around the world. The last Kalachakra initiation was held in Ladakh
in northern India and was attended by over 150000 people. The next
Kalachakra initiation is scheduled to be held from 14 to 25 January,
2016 in Bodh Gaya , India. You too can participate in the Kalachakra
initiation and the long-life empowerment ceremony.