Geshe Tsering teaches the Buddhist philosophy classes at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India since 2014.
He was born in Kham Drango, Tibet. He began his religious studies at the age of eighteen with his uncle at Rasang mountain retreat in Tibet. He then continued to study Buddhist philosophy in Drango Monastery for five years. He fled Tibet in 1988 and studied Buddhism for the next 25 years in Drepung Monastic University in south India. He received his Geshe Lharampa degree from the same university in 2013. After that he studied tantra at Gyume Tantric University for one year. He was invited to teach at the LTWA in 2014.
DR CHOK TENZIN MONLAM
Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam is the head of the Research and Translation Department of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India. He has been doing research on teaching-learning methods for Tibetan as a foreign language since 2001 and has been using his findings to teach students since he joined the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in 2007. In 2012, he taught Tibetan language at the Summer Language Program at the University of Virginia.
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 : Monday, Janauary 2, 2017
Arrival in Delhi.
DAY 2 : Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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 - Day 4 : Wednesday, January 4 to Thursday, January 5, 2017
Kalachakra Ritual Preparation
For two days, you will participate in the Kalachakra Ritual Preparation and the accompanying prayers.
You will also visit the sites of Nalanda, where you cansee the ruins of the oldest Buddhist university and Rajgir, also know as the «Vultures Peak» where theBuddha spent few years of his life.
DAY 5 - Day 7 : Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8, 2017
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 8 : Monday, January 9, 2017
Kalachakra ritual and offer dancing
Today you will participate in the Kalachakra ritual and offering dance. After, you could enjoy a free day in Bodhgaya.
DAY 9 To DAY 12 : Tuesday 10 And Friday 13 January, 2017
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 13 : Saturday, January 14, 2017
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 14 : Sunday, January 15, 2017
Four-hour drive to Patna and flight to Delhi.
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