August 31, 2015
Published By Jamphel Shonu
Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay with Kalon pema Chhinjor (left) and Kalon Ngodup Drongchung (right).

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay (centre) with Religion and Culture Kalon Mr. Pema Chhinjor (left) and Security Kalon Mr. Ngodup Drongchung (right) at the press conference held today, 31 August 2015, at DIIR hall.

The Kashag has earlier announced that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has consented to give the Kalachakra Initiation at Bodh Gaya in January 2016. However, His Holiness has had an extensive program this year including the 80th birthday celebrations and the grand long life prayer offering ceremonies.

His Holiness has an extensive schedule lined up in the coming months including a week-long visit to England in September; a three-week visit to the US in October; teaching programs and visits in India in November and a three-week teaching program in South India in December. Particularly, the preparation for next year’s Kalachakra requires longer time than other rituals to be performed by His Holiness, which are highly strenuous.

Moreover, the second special general meeting of the Tibetan people and the Head of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon tradition during the 80th birthday celebrations have requested to make His Holiness’ programs less exhaustive. There have been similar requests from concerned people including Tibetans inside Tibet.

In view of the above reasons, the Central Tibetan Administration has requested His Holiness to reduce his schedule to which he has kindly agreed. Therefore, the Central Tibetan Administration would like to announce that the Kalachakra has been postponed for one year. The Central Tibetan Administration regrets the inconvenience caused to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the sponsors and the members of the organising committee of the Kalachakra Initiation and the devotees from across the world.

The Kashag

31 August 2015

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