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Kalachakara Ritual Ceremony Prayers and Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga Teaching and Practice 2014

Date September 1-14, 2014
Time 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location Namgyal Monastery, Du Khor Choe Ling, 201 Tibet Drive, Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Instructors Namgyal Monks and Geshe Tsering Choephel

2014 Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony in Namgyal Monastery Du khor Choe Ling, Ithaca, NY

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Kalachakra is a unique and important system of highest yoga tantra in Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has given many Kalachakra initiations, and monks from the Namgyal Monastery have provided numerous teachings on Kalachakra throughout the world.

The Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony is comprised of ten days of rituals and practices, including construction of a Kalachakra Sand Mandala. These rituals and practices are the same as those performed before a Kalachakra Initiation. Each year, the Namgyal monks perform a Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony at the home monastery in India, during the time of year when Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the Kalachakra Tantra.

In the spring of 2013 during his visit to Dharamasala India, Namgyal Board President, Venerable Tenzin Choesang met with His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV. During that meeting His Holiness encouraged Venerable Choesang to host a full Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony at Du Khor Choe Ling.

This fall (September 1-14), Namgyal Ithaca will host its first Kalachakara Ritual Ceremony. Namgyal monks from India and Ithaca will perform the ceremony. Observation of the ceremony will be open to the public. Also practice sessions of Kalachakra Six Session Guru Yoga and teachings on the Kalachakra will be available for students who have previously received the Kalachakra Initiation and have registered for the event (see xxx for information on cost and registration).

History of the Kalachakra with Namgyal Monastery

Historically, the Kalachakra is closely associated with the Dalai Lamas and Namgyal Monastery. The Seventh Dalai Lama began providing Kalachakra Initiations to large communities of ordained and lay practitioners in Tibet during the 18th century. Since then subsequent Dalai Lamas have continued this tradition. In bestowing the Kalachakra Initiaitions The current Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has bestowed over thirty Kalachakra Initiations throughout the world. The current monks at Namgyal Ithaca have assisted with Kalachakra Initiations since 1989.

As the home monastery of the Dalai Lamas, Namgyal Monastery has come to specialize in training monks in the teachings, practice and ritual ceremony of the Kalachakra Tantra. Following their basic training in the great texts and treatises of Buddhism and Buddhist Philosophy, Namgyal monks then receive teachings and training in tantric practice. As within all Geluk schools of Tibetan Buddhism they are trained in the practices of Yamantaka, Chakrasmbhva and Guhyasamaja tantric practice. In addition, they receive monks extensive teachings and training in all aspects of Kalachakra Tantra and practice. This include construction of the Kalachakra sand mandala and performing the rituals and dances of the Kalachakra Ceremony that precedes the Kalachakra Initiation. A minimum of fifteen monks is required to perform a full Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony.

Overview of the Kalachakra Tantra Teachings and Practice:

The Kalachakra Tantra is comprised of three levels of teachings: The External Kalachakra, Internal Kalachakra and Alternative Kalachakra. The teaching of External Kalachakra are related the physical environment. In particular, they describe the outer movement of the cosmos and the process by which world systems including the present one have come into being. The Internal Kalachakra is related to the subtle body of an individual. This section of teachings describes the system inner channels, elements and movements of the winds. The External and Internal Kalachakra systems are related in that an individual and their environment, both social and physical are seen as intimately interrelated and dependent on each other. The Alternative Kalachakra is comprised of the Kalachakra Initiation and the subsequent practice of the generation and completion stages of the sadhana. Through these practices one is able to cultivate deeper and vaster capacities for love, compassion and peace which then transform themselves and their environment.

The Kalachakra Tantra and World Peace

As with any Highest Yoga Tantra, the teachings and practice of the Kalachakra Tantra are based on a student having a thorough understanding of the core teachings of Buddhism from the sutras as well as a sound foundation in their practice. These fundamental teachings and practices include refuge, bodhichitta, ethical discipline, concentration and the wisdom realizing emptiness.

Prior to bestowing a Kalachakra Initiation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama always provides extensive teachings on key sutra level texts of Mahayana Buddhism that cover these fundamental topics. He shows in this way that the first stage of cultivating inner peace is through developing an understanding of these teachings and putting them into practice. When practitioners begins to develop inner peace of mind, they then are able to bring this quality to their interactions with their family, work colleagues and community.

The practice of Kalachakra of Six Session Guru Yoga as well as the generation and completion stages of the Kalachakra tantric practice help to quicken one’s development of inner peace by cultivating peace of mind at deeper, more subtle levels of mind. This is achieved through developing an understanding of the teachings of the External and Internal Kalachakra as well as engaging in the practices of the Alternative Kalachakra.

In addition, one of the unique features of the Kalachakra is that initiation is provided openly to large communities of Buddhist ordained and lay persons. For example, in 2012 over 200,000 people attending the Kalachakra Initiation in Bodgaya. In 2011, 8,000 people attended the Kalachakra Initiation given in Washington DC. Hence, as larger numbers of people in a community cultivate inner peace together the possibility of world peace is greatly increased.

Overview of the Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony Program

This year the Namgyal monks of India and Ithaca will perform the full Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony in Ithaca. Observing the Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony serves as a symbolic means to help connect students in a deeper and subtler way to the different levels of the Kalachakra teachings and practices. During the first week the monks will perform the Earth Ritual Prayers and construct the Kalachakra Sand Mandala. In the afternoons, students who have had the Kalachakra Initiation and who register for the event can attend Kalachakra teachings and participate in the Six Session Guru Yoga practice sessions. Details on cost and registration are below. Kalachakra students who choose not to register as well as the general public may attend and observe the Earth Ritual Prayers and Six Session Guru Yoga practice sessions.

During the second week the monks will perform the Ritual Dance Offerings and the Actual Ritual Ceremony. For registered students, a translator will provide an explanation of the different aspects of the ceremony and their meaning in relation to the Kalachakra Tantra teachings and practices. Students may attend only the first week; however those wishing to attend the second week are required to also attend the first week. This is a rare and unique opportunity for Kalachakra students to receive teachings on the Kalachakra Tantra, to begin to develop an understanding of the Ritual Ceremony and to practice together as a community along with Namgyal monks from India and Ithaca. Kalachakra students who choose not to register as well as the general public may attend and observe the Ritual Dance Offerings and the Actual ritual Ceremony.

Cost

There is no cost for the public. For Kalachakra Students who wish to register to receive teachings and participate in practice sessions the cost is $700 per week. This includes three wonderful satisfying vegetarian meals per day, and all study materials. Lodging costs are separate.

Lodging

The public and registered students are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Namgyal has arranged for discounted prices with some hotels. For more information about these hotels as well as information about local campsites and other possible housing options go to http://www.dharmahousing.org/

Registration

Those who wish to attend teachings and practice sessions, please email office@namgyal.org with your full name, address, telephone number, and email. To hold your registration, send a 50% deposit. Deposits are fully refundable until August 15th, after which, one half of the deposit is refundable. For more information email or call 607-379-8485 or 607-273-0739.

Payment

Please make your personal check, money order, or bank cashier's check payable to “Namgyal Monastery” and send to our mailing address.

For payment by credit card, please register first and then process your payment through the Teaching and Events Payment Page. In the "Teaching or Event" field of the Payment Form, enter the name of the event for which you are paying.

Schedule of Activities


Kalachakara Ritual Ceremony Prayers and
Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga Teaching/Practice for World Peace 2014


Schedule from 1st September to 14th September 2014


Date: 1st September 2014.
Kalachakra Ritual Preparation:


7 – 8am Breakfast.
8 - 10am Earth Ritual Prayers Note: (Kalachakara students join for ERPrayer & Optional for Public)
10 - 10.30am Tea Break
10.30 – 12 Continue ERPrayer Note: (Kalachakara students join for ERPrayer & Optional for Public)
12 – 2.00pm Lunch Break
2.00 – 3pm - Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga Practice with Geshe T. Choephel
3.30 – 5.30pm - Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga Practice with Geshe T. Choephel
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner

Date : 2nd September

6 – 7 am Breakfast
7 - 9am Earth Ritual Prayers : Note: (Kalachakara Students join for ERPrayers & Optional for Public)
9 - 9.30am Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue ERPrayer Note: (Kalachakara Students join for ERPrayers & Optional for Public)
12 – 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30 – 3pm Earth Ritual Dance
3 – 3.30pm Tea Break
3.30 – 5.30pm Continue ERPrayer & Mandala Scaling begin - Kalachakara Student will join.
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner

Date: 3rd September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 - 9am Earth Ritual Prayers Note: (Kalachakara Students join for the ERPrayers & Optional for Public)
9 - 9.30am Tea Break
9.30– 12 Continue ERPrayer - (Kalachakara Students join for the ERPrayers & Optional for Public)
12 – 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30 – 3pm Continue ERPrayer – Sand Mandala construction - Kalachakara Students
3 – 3.30pm Tea Break
3.30 – 5.30pm Continue Mandala construction (K S)
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner

Date: 4th September
Preliminary Teachings:

6 – 7am Brekfast
7 – 9.00am Continue Prayers Note: (Kalachakara Students join for the Prayers & Optional for Public)
9 – 9.30am Tea Break
9.30 – 10.30 Continue Prayers
10.30 – 12.00 Sand Mandala Construction ( K. Students with Geshe
12- 2.00pm Lunch Break
2.00 – 5.00 Venerables continue Mandala (Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga with Geshe Tsering Choephel)
6 – 7pm Dinner

Date: 5th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9.00am Prayers Note: (Kalachakara Students join for the Prayers & Optional for Public)
9.00 – 9.30am Tea Break
9.30 – 10.30 Continue Prayers Mandala
10.30 - 12.00pm Sand Mandala
12 – 2.00 pm Lunch Break
2.00 – 5.00 Venerables continue Mandala (Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga with Geshe Tsering Choephel)
6 – 7pm Dinner


Date: 6th September

6 – 7am Brekfast
7 – 9.00am Continue Prayers Note: (Kalachakara Students join for the Prayers & Optional for Public)
9 – 9.30am Tea Break
9.30 – 10.30 Continue Prayers
10.30 – 12.00 Sand Mandala Construction ( K. Students with Geshe la)
12- 2.00pm Lunch Break
2.00 – 5.00 Venerables continue Mandala (Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga with Geshe Tsering Choephel)
6 – 7pm Dinner


Date: 7th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9.00am Continue Prayers Note: (Kalachakara Students join for the Prayers & Optional for Public)
9 – 9.30am Tea Break
9.30 – 10.30 Continue Prayers
10.30 – 12.00 Sand Mandala Construction ( K. Students with Geshe la))
12- 2.00pm Lunch Break
2.00 – 5.00 Venerables continue Mandala (Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga with Geshe Tsering Choephel)
6 – 7pm Dinner

Date 8th September:

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Continue Prayers Note: (Kalachakara Students join for the Prayers & Optional for Public)
9 – 9.30am Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Prayers
12 – 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30 – 3pm Ritual offering dance
3.00 – 3.30 Tea Break
3.30 – 6 Self empowerment
6 – 7pm Dinner

Date 9th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
9 – 9.30 Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
12 – 1.30 Lunch Break
1.30 – 3.30 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
3.30 – 4pm Tea Break
4 – 6pm Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
6 – 7pm Dinner


Date 10th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
9 – 9.30 Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
12 – 1.30 Lunch Break
1.30 – 3.30 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
3.30 – 4pm Tea Break
4 – 6pm Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
6 – 7pm Dinner


Date 11th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
9 – 9.30 Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
12 – 1.30 Lunch Break
1.30 – 3.30 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
3.30 – 4pm Tea Break
4 – 6pm Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Body , Speech, & Mind
6 – 7pm Dinner

Date 12th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Actual Kalachakara ritual Ceremony Mind only
9 – 9.30 Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony Mind only
12 – 2.00 Lunch Break
2 – 3.30 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Mind only
3.30 – 4pm Tea Break
4 – 6.00pm Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony Mind only
6 – 7pm Dinner

Date 13th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Actual Kalachakara ritual Ceremony Mind only
9 – 9.30 Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony Mind only
12 – 2.00 Lunch Break
2 – 3.30 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony – Mind only
3.30 – 4pm Tea Break
4 – 6.00pm Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony Mind only
6 – 7pm Dinner

Date 14th September

6 – 7am Breakfast
7 – 9am Actual Kalachakara ritual Ceremony Mind only
9 – 9.30 Tea Break
9.30 – 12 Continue Actual Kalachakara ritual ceremony Mind only
12 – 1.30 Lunch Break
1.30 – 4pm Fire Puja
4 – 4.30 Tea Break
4.30 – 5.30pm Final Kalachakara Ritual Ceremony Prayers.
6 – 7pm Dinner