There will be unprecedented security at the Kalachakra to ensure safety of the public, the holy site and the person of His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Organising Committee
DHARAMSHALA: The organising committee of the upcoming 34th Kalachakra led by Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, Kalon of the Department of Religion and Culture, held a press conference today at Lhakpa Tsering memorial hall.
The organising committee, through the press conference, explained the preparations being undertaken by the committee to make the event successful and convenient for the devotees. It also sought to inform the public of the unprecedented security measures put in place to ensure the safety of the public, the holy site and the person of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“The upcoming 34th Kalachakra is being organised by the Central Tibetan Administration. Therefore, we are placing extreme importance and exerting concerted efforts to make it successful and beneficial,” Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Chairman of the organising committee, said.
“Since May and particularly from June (after the formation of the new Kashag), we have been busy with preparations including making reconnaissance visits to the venue and holding meetings with the state officials of Bihar and district officials of Bodh Gaya,” he added.
“The state and district officials have been very cooperative and has promised to render whatever assistance that is not feasible from the part of the organising committee. And we are deeply thankful for that,” he explained.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to allay the public’s anxiety regarding welfare and security of the public in the backdrop of global violence and a terrorist attack at Bodh Gaya in 2013, the Kalon said that the orgainsing committee, with the cooperation of the state government, is paying particular attention to all the details including security.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is always concerned about the welfare and health conditions of the devotees that come to attend his talks and teachings. He constantly enquires whether the devotees are taken care of properly or not. Therefore, we are placing extra importance to the security, welfare and the facilities to make the Kalachakra effortless and hassle-free for the public,” he said.
“Moreover, we have also advised our officials and field staff to attend to all the grievances of the devotees. We have explained that earnestly serving the public would be akin to providing a great service to His Holiness, to the Buddhist doctrine as well as to the Tibetan people,” he added.
Kalon Yuthok also explained a few initiatives taken by the Central Tibetan Administration through its various departments to make the Kalachakra more inclusive irrespective of an individual’s ability to pay for the accommodation and travel to the Kalachakra venue.
“Whenever there is a Kalachakra, there are always people who sincerely wish to attend the teachings, yet aren’t able to because of financial limitations. This time, we have tried to reduce this difficulty. For instance, the department of education will sponsor destitute Tibetan children to attend the teachings. Similarly, the Department of Home would sponsor destitute Tibetan individuals and families, the department of religion would do the same to Tibetan hermits and yogi, and the department of health would facilitate the visits of young and infirm health Tibetans ” he said.
He also explained that if in case there are some unfortunate incidents like deaths during the Kalachakra, the concerned family or relatives need not worry as the organising committee would render their assistance in providing wood for cremation and arranging priests to perform the last rites.
The 34th Kalachakra initiation being organised by the Central Tibetan Administration will be held from 3 – 14 January 2017.
The central organising committee of the Kalachakra are as follows :
|1.||Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion and Culture||Chairman|
|2.||Kalon Phagpa Tsering, Department of Security||Vice-Chairperson|
|3.||Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health||Vice-Chairperson|
|4.||Mr Jampal Lhundup, Representative of Gaden Phodrang||Vice-Chairperson|
|5.||Ven Thomtok Rinpoche, Abbot of Namgyal Monsatery||Vice-Chairperson|
|6.||Mr Tsegyal Dranyi, Secretary of Department of Religion and Culture||Member Secretary|
|7.||Mr Nangzey Dorjee, Secretary of BTMC||Member|
|8.||Mr Wangchuk Phasur, Secretary of Department of Security||Member|
|9.||Mr Thinley Gyatso, Secretary of Department of Finance||Member|
|10.||Mr Tenzin Lungtok, Additional Secretary, Department of Religion and Culture||Member|