2020 Kalachakra Ritual Prayer Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery – Dharamsala, India.


P.O. McLeod Ganj - 176219 Dharamsala, Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India.

2020 Kalachakra Ritual Prayer Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery - Dharamsala, India.

At Namgyal Monastery

P.O. McLeod Ganj - 176219 Dharamsala, Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India.

$4,500.00 (Deposit $500.00 per person)

Namgyal Monastery office / office@namgyal.org or Call: 607-279-8805

2020 Kalachakra Ritual Prayer Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery - Dharamsala, India.


Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the 2020 Kalachakra Ritual Prayer Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery Dharamsala in India, Pilgrimage Tour begins with travel from New Delhi on April 23, 2020 and continues for 21days until May 13th 2020.

Students will remain overnight in Delhi before beginning their travel to Dharamsala.


Ven, Tenzin Choesang - Tour Manager.
At the age of 16 Venerable Tenzin Choesang became monk at Namgyal Monastery, the personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There he studied with Gen Lobsang Nyima, the 100th throne holder of Je Rinpoche (Lama Tsong-khapa).  After finishing his examination of Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra in the year 2000 the Abbot of Namgyal Monastery selected him to be the teacher of Namgyal Monastery students.  He taught Namgyal Monastery students both Sutra and Tantra for five years.  From 2002-2005 he held several positions within the monastery including education director. Tenzin Choesang has taught and studied at many places across India and around the world.  At present he is the President of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca, New York & Buddhist Chaplin at Cornell University


Kalachakra is a unique and important system of highest yoga tantra in Tibetan Buddhism. Historically, Kalachakra is closely associated with the Dalai Lamas and with 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. The current Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, has bestowed over thirty Kalachakra Initiations throughout the world. The monks now residing 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 Kalachakra. Following their basic training in the great texts and treatises of Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy, Namgyal monks receive teachings and training in tantric practice. As within all Geluk schools of Tibetan Buddhism, they are trained in the tantric practices of Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja. In addition, the Namgyal monks receive extensive teachings and training in all aspects of the Kalachakra tantric practices. This includes construction of the Kalachakra sand mandala and performing the rituals and dances of the Kalachakra Ceremony that precede the Kalachakra Initiation.

Every year, Namgyal monks perform the Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony at the home monastery in India during the time the Kalachakra Teachings were given by Buddha Shakyamuni.  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. 

This year the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca will take a group of students to observe and/or participate in the full Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery, India in Dharamsala. 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. During the second week, Namgyal monks will perform the Ritual Offerings Dance and the actual Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony. 

Students who wish to attend should have previously received the Kalachakra Initiation.  Different levels of participation and teachings will be available to students depending on their previous exposure to Kalachakra teachings and practice.  Students who have received the Kalachakra Initiation, but have limited experience with Kalachakra teachings and practice will be able to observe portions of the Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony, receive teachings on Kalachakra during other portions and have opportunity to visit other Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the area.  Those who have had previous teachings on the Kalachakra and have familiarity with Kalachakra practice may participate in recitation of texts in Tibetan with the Namgyal monks throughout the entire Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony,  The schedule of practice during the Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony is quite intensive, so students wishing to participate should be prepared for long days of sitting and recitation.   Participation in various activities will be up to individual students.


Important Information

Pilgrimage Cost is $ 4,500.00.

$4,500.00 per person.  The Price Includes: All lodging - double occupancy, all meals in India, Internal Transportation, specific donations made by the group, and entrance fees to the monuments and historic sites on the itinerary. If one would like to take a single room there will be an extra $700.00

The Price Does NOT Include: Visa fees, airport taxes, miscellaneous transportation other than what is scheduled for the group, spending money, emergency evacuation insurance (required), travel insurance (recommended), expenses for meals that participants choose to purchase outside the scheduled meals, medicine, immunizations, personal tips, extra luggage fees, hotel laundry service, personal offerings at temples and monasteries, extended stay beyond the scheduled trip dates, changes to or extensions of air ticket, express mail delivery of air tickets.

Cancellation Policy: In the event that a participant cancels their tour and requests a refund, In the Pilgrimage Tour Committee will consider a full or partial refund (less the $500 deposit) on an individual case-by-case basis. The $500.00 deposit is non-refundable.

Please read the following information carefully: All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier as to coverage abroad and for precautionary medical treatment for travel in India. Namgyal Monastery requires that all participants have both health coverage and emergency evacuation insurance for the duration of the trip. Travel insurance is also highly recommended. Although this program is designed to accommodate people of varying ages, please note that there will be periods of aerobic walking and stair climbing due to the design of some temples and the steep topography of certain areas. All participants are advised to see their health care provider well in advance to ensure that they are in good health at the onset of the trip. We also require that you inform both Namgyal Monastery and the program instructors of any chronic or acute health problems that might impact your travel in India.

Namgyal Monastery and the program instructors will take the utmost care and precaution in all stages of the planning and executing this program, but there is always the potential for physical dangers. Please be advised that we cannot always guarantee your safety, but we can assure you that your safety, comfort, and the quality of your experience are of paramount importance to us. Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies cannot be held accountable for any unforeseen occurrence that should happen while the tour is underway in India.

Travel in India always has its challenges, but it can be an exciting and enriching experience that can change your life. Please join us for this unique spiritual adventure, and experience for yourself the rich beauty and extraordinary wonders of India, the steps of the Buddha.



Important: You have to book your airline ticket yourself based on this itinerary.  

April 23rd 2020: All the participant must reach Delhi:  On arrival check-in Hotel.

April 24th Leave Delhi Airport for flight to Kangra Airport -Dharamsala – Check in Hotel.

April 25th Visit to Namgyal Monastery – meet with Abbot.

April 26th Kalachakra Earth Ritual Prayer – 1st Day

April 27th Kalachakra Earth Ritual Prayer – 2nd Day

April 28th Kalachakra Earth Ritual Prayer – 3rd Day

April 29th Visit to Sherabling Monastery and audience with Tai Titu Rinpoche.

April 30th   Visit to Central Tibetan Administration and audience with President,

                     Visit to Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration.

May 1st       Morning - Audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

                   Afternoon Teaching by: Geshe Lhakdor, Director - Library of Tibetan Works and


May 2nd      Teaching by: Jhado Rinpoche on Kalachakra


 May 3rd        Ritual Offering Dance.

May 4th       Body, Speech, & Mind – Kalachakra Ritual Prayer.

May 5th       Body, Speech, & Mind – Kalachakra Ritual Prayer.

May 6th       Body, Speech, & Mind – Kalachakra Ritual Prayer.

May 7th       Mind only Kalachakra Ritual Prayer.

May 8th       Mind only Kalachakra Ritual Prayer.

May 9th       Mind only Kalachakra Ritual Prayer.

May 10th    Fire Puja.

May 11th Dismantle and Dissolution of Kalachakra Sand Mandala.

May 12th

May 13th Morning at 6.00am Leave to Kangra Airport for flight to Delhi- Depart to USA as per

                individual flight Schedule



CHECKLIST: Below is a list to help you organize prior to travel:

  1. Roundtrip Airline Ticket(s): Please confirm flight details beforehand.
  2. Be sure to arrive to the airport at least three hours prior to departure.
  3. Valid Passport with Indian visas.
  4. Photo Copy of Passport.
  5. Your passport, Air tickets and Money should be carried by you all times and never leave behind during entire trip.
  6. Comfortable shoes that can cope with a lot of walking.
  7. Small camera and reliable alarm clock.
  8. Hat and sunglasses. 
  9. Basic first aid/medical needs.
  10. Wet tissue papers.
  11. Small flash light.



                            Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies

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 2020 Kalachakra Ritual Prayer Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery India in Dharamsala

Please complete and return to:

Namgyal Monastery

201 Tibet Drive,

Ithaca, NY 14850

The total package is 21days for the Kalachakra Ritual Prayer Ceremony at Namgyal Monastery India in Dharamsala – India.    To register you will need to complete the following form with a photocopy of your current passport and a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. Please make your check payable to: Namgyal Monastery. Please write India Pilgrimage Tour in the memo. Once we receive your completed form and deposit, we will begin the registration process.

Please note: Official registration begins February 1st 2020. We will process the registration material in the order of which it was received. The final payment must be made by no later than April 15, 2020 or you can pay in full.


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