His Holiness leaves for US to confer Kalachakra Initiation for World Peace

[Monday, 4 July 2011, 10:44 a.m.]

DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Dharamsala today for a thirteen-day visit to the United States, where he will confer the Kalachakra Initiation for World Peace.

His Holiness will be in Washington, DC, to confer the Kalachakra Initiation for World Peace, at Verizon Center from 6 to 16 July. 
Many of the events will be webcast live in English, Chinese and Russian languages(Watch live webcast of Kalachakra for World Peace)

On 6 July, His Holiness will give a short teaching, following which he will grace an event in honour of his 76th birthday. 
The birthday celebrations will be joined by Mr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Mr Martin Luther King III, son of the late Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be broadcast live onwww.dalailama.com

During the first three days of the Kalachakra Initiation from 6 to 8 July, 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 ancient rituals.

From 9 to 11 July, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's "37 Practices of a Bodhisatva (Laklen Sodunma)" and Kamalashila's "The Middling States of Meditation (Gomrim Barpa)". 

On 12 July, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery.

His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from 13 to 15 July. 

Tibetans seek blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he leaves Dharamsala for a thirteen-day visit to the US
On 16 July, a long life empowerment and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.

His Holiness will also give a public talk on “A Talk for World Peace” at the West Lawn of the US Capitol on 9 July. The event will feature eminent author, producer and winner of Grammy and Golden Globe awards, Whoopi Goldberg, who is also equally well-known for her charitable and humanitarian efforts around the world. Also participating in the World Peace event is recording artist Skylar Grey, who will perform a never before heard song as a tribute to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. 

The Capital Area Tibetan Association based in Washington, DC, is organising the Kalachakra Initiation and the public talk for world peace.

“The Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA), along with the greater Tibetan community, Mongolians, Kalmyks, and the peoples of the Himalyan regions, join in acting on behalf of Buddhists throughout North America and the world. Together, we realise that the Kalachakra offers an unparalleled way to amplify the profound, unshakable commitment of His Holiness to values such as love, compassion, wisdom and interfaith harmony,” CATA said in a statement.

“In addition, we humbly want to offer our work on this great event as an expression of gratitude to the people of the United States, our host country, and to all those in the Western Hemisphere and around the world who have so kindly supported the preservation of Tibet’s rich culture, spiritual heritage, and distinctive identity for many years now. We deeply appreciate how your kind and generous commitments has enabled Tibet’s unique spiritual wisdom-heritage to survive, spread and take root in all parts of our world,” the statement noted.

On 17 July, His Holiness will give a public talk on Bridging the Faith Divide in the afternoon at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) Pavilion organised by The Theosophical Society in America.  
His Holiness will visit Chicago on 18 July to participate in a conversation with religious leaders on Building Bridges in the morning at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance organised by The Theosophical Society in America.

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