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GESHE LOBSANG

Geshe Lobsang teaches the Buddhist philosophy classes at  Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India for 11 years.

 

He was born in Reting, Ü-Tsang, Tibet. He began his religious studies at the age of twelve at Sera Monastery in Tibet where he continued to study Buddhist philosophy until he was forced to flee Tibet in 1985. He received his Geshe degree from Sera Monastic University in south India in 2003. After that he studied tantra at Gyutoe Tantric University for one year. He taught Buddhist philosophy to the nuns of Kopan Monastery in Nepal before joining the LTWA in 2005.

TULKU PHULJUNG

Born in 1989, Phuljung left Chinese-occupied Tibet at the age of six, making the long trek to India. He was educated at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) school in Dharamshala and, in 2004, was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Rinpoche Yeshi Chophel, who dedicated his life to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

After his education at TCV, Phuljung became a monk and studied Buddhist philosophy for six years in southern India. Upon giving up his orders, he discovered a passion for the arts – particularly cinematography – and is renowned for his films on the Tibetan community. Phuljung is an exceptional guide – young, jovial and eager to share his philosophical knowledge.

 

“I want to continue to make films,” he says, “not only in Tibet but also to promote spiritual values. Individuals around the world sentence themselves to suffering because of their negative thoughts and actions. I believe that exposing them to a different, probably more liberating way of thinking will benefit everyone and ultimately the whole of society.”

 

Your Hotel at Bodhgaya :

 

Hotel Royal Residency, Bodhgaya.

TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner

 

 

You will spend twelve nights in the Hotel Royal Residency – ranked Bodhgaya’s number one hotel on TripAdvisor and offering luxurious accommodation, perfectly situated near Mahabodhi temple and the Kalachakra teaching ground.

 

Hotel Royal Residency offers modern facilities, with clean, spacious and quiet rooms, comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, and tasty food. With its spacious lobby, friendly staff, free wi-fi and Japanese community bath, the hotel is the perfect place for meditation, leisure and relaxation.

 DAY 1: Tuesday, Janauary 3, 2017

 

Delhi.

 

Arrival in Delhi.

 

 

 

 DAY 2: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

Delhi, Bodhgaya.

 

Fly to Bodhgaya and check in the hotel. After, you will join Geshe Tsering on a visit to the sacred Mahabodhi Temple, where Prince Siddhartha meditated under the bodhi tree and attained nirvana more than 2,500 years ago, thus becoming the Buddha. Learn to recite the Heart Sutra and join hundreds of pilgrims in prayer for compassion and world peace.

 

 

 

 

 DAY 3: Thursday, January 5, 2017

 

Bodhgaya.

 

Kalachakra Ritual Preparation.

 

 

Today, you will participate in the Kalachakra Ritual Preparation and the accompanying prayers.

You will also visit the sites of Nalanda, where you can see the ruins of the oldest Buddhist university and Rajgir, also know as the «Vultures Peak» where the Buddha spent few years of his life.

 

 

 

DAY 4-DAY 6: Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8, 2017

 

Bodhgaya.

 

 

The Dalai Lama considers the preliminary teachings to be more important than the Kalachakra initiation itself. Kalachakra 2017 preliminary teachings His Holiness will give on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) and Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation (gomrim barpa). Chodjug is the ancient text and it was composed by Saint/Scholar Shantideva of Nalanda University for developing compassion and experience of Void Nature. The Guide to Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) is the favourite text from which His Holiness had taught to everyone of us from the beggar to king with the same

passion as a teacher,spiritual friend and fellow human being. Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation (Gomrim barpa) is foundation of all the meditation practice in Tibet until now. Each evening, Geshe Tsering will recap and discuss the concepts recounted by His Holiness earlier in the day

 

 

 

 

DAY 7: Monday, January 9, 2017

 

Bodhgaya.

 

Kalachakra ritual and offering dance

 

 

 

Today you will participate in the Kalachakra ritual and offering dance. After, you could enjoy a free day in Bodhgaya.

 

 

 

 

DAY 8-DAY 11: Tuesday 10,  And Friday 13 January, 2017

 

Bodhgaya.

 

 

Over the next three days, you will participate in the Kalachakra initiation – a profoundly rich experience where dance, monastic prayer and sacred relics intertwine in the build-up to one of the highest Buddhist ceremonies.

 

The initiation is a rite of passage for all monks, nuns, and pilgrims. The teachings will unveil the Kalachakra mandala and the kingdom of Shambala – the source of compassion, purification and peace. The Dalai Lama will offer instruction to draw all people on to the path of wisdom.

 

The initiation will be in three parts, with further explanation by Hermit Tsepel in the evenings.

 

 

 

Part One: Rebirth

 

 

 

Experience ‘rebirth’ amongst thousands of Buddhist devotees.

 

Before the Dalai Lama commences the Kalachakra initiation, the Vajra Master must request permission from the gods, goddesses, and local spirits to use their home – the Kalachakra mandala.

 

During this first ritual, you will observe monks dressed in brocade tantric tiaras and bone jewellery performing sacred dances to connect with the energy of the Kalachakra deities.

 

 

 

Part Two: Entry – Being at One with the Mandala

 

 

 

You will participate in a pledge to free all beings from the cycle of duality. Monks will distribute red headbands to the devotees, who will place them across their foreheads.

 

The removal of the headbands represents the purification of our negativities and our entry into the mandala. Endowed with clear, compassionate motivation, you will be ready to receive the Kalachakra initiation.

 

Next you will participate in a meditation on the theme of the nature of ‘emptiness’, with a mirror symbolizing the purification of consciousness.

 

 

 

Part Three: Seven Kalachakra Initiations Analogous to Childhood Events

 

 

 

The Dalai Lama will conduct seven symbolic initiations, providing a full commentary on each of his movements and gestures.

 

The Water Initiation symbolises the first bath given to a newborn baby by its mother, to purify the five bodily elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space, and transform them into deities. The Dalai Lama represents this by pouring water into a consecrated vessel.

 

The Crown Initiation is associated with tying the hair on the top of a child’s head. The hair represents the thousand of the threads that binds us to duality, which we cut when taking monastic vows. By knotting the hair at the crown of the head, one is freed from ‘seizure’ and ‘appropriation’.

 

The Silk Ribbon Initiation cleanses the psycho-physical defilements that circulate in our autonomic nervous system, which determines motor-neuro function of the joints and the act of walking.

 

The Vajra and Bell Initiation symbolises a child’s acquisition of laughter and the ability to articulate sounds. It is linked to the enunciation of ideas via speech and is represented by the Dalai Lama’s ringing of bells.

 

The Conduct Initiation corresponds to the teaching of a child as he/she discovers the world of the senses. It represents the realisation of emptiness.

 

The Name Initiation symbolises a child’s naming ceremony, and purifies our faculties of action.

 

The Permission Initiation corresponds to the lessons that a father teaches his child. The lessons we receive enable us to act appropriately. This final initiation empowers us to benefit others by teaching the Dharma, which in turn frees us from pain.

The ritual will conclude with a meditation on the theme of emptiness, as represented by a mirror – the symbol of purified consciousness.

 

 

 DAY 12: Saturday, January 14, 2017

 

Bodhgaya, Dehli.

 

Long-life Prayer.

 

 

 

A long-life prayer ceremony will be dedicated to the Dalai Lama. Devotees believe that when a spiritual master dies, it is because many beings from another realm have prayed that he may come to teach them. To postpone this moment, an effigy representing the Dalai Lama will be offered as a substitute master and teacher. The Dalai Lama will then be presented with offerings, prayers, and dances by the Tibetan and local communities.

 

 

 

DAY 13: Sunday, January  15, 2017

 

Delhi.

 

Four-hour drive to Patna and flight to Delhi.

 

 

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