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The Kalachakra initiation 2016 is scheduled to be held in Bodh Gaya in India from the 14th to 25th of January 2016.
The programme would be presided by his Holiness the Dalai Lama himself
and will witness enthusiastic participants from all around the world.
The initiation is held in order to
empower the pupils of Buddhism to practice the famous Buddhist treatise
known as the Kalachakra Tantra and in that process attain the status of
Buddhahood. Held over a period of 12 days, the initiation ceremony is
expect to draw crowds in the thousands.
Days 1, 2 and 3 (Jan 14 – Jan 16)
involve initial preparations for the Kalachakra ritual. During each of
these days, monks would perform prayers which are expected to run for
even 3 to 5 hours. Apart from prayers teaching sessions for the
disciples and an Earth ritual dance would also be held.
Days 4, 5 and 6 (Jan 17 – Jan 19), preliminary teaching sessions would be held in the mornings followed by prayer sessions in the afternoons.
Day 7 (Jan 20),
monks clad in beautiful traditional Buddhist attire will perform the
Kalachakra ritual offering dance. During the dance, they chant mantras
and a few Tibetan songs as well.
Day 8 (Jan 21),
a four-hour long self-generation session is held in the morning after
which the pupils undergo the preliminary preparation steps necessary for
Days 9, 10 and 11 (Jan 22 – Jan 24),
are the most important days of the entire ceremony – the actual
Kalachakra initiation. Intense self-generation prayers that run for more
than four hours are held on every morning and the initiation process is
held every afternoon. Monastic prayer, dance and sacred rituals combine
together to form a mellifluous interlude in the build-up to one of the
biggest ceremonies of Buddhist religion.
Day 12 (Jan 25),
a prayer ceremony would be held wishing long life for his Holiness the
Dalai Lama and the participants. His Holiness will then be presented
with prayers, offerings and dances by the devotees.