DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Ladakh yesterday for a three-week stay during which he will undertake a 3-week meditational retreat at Shiwatsel Phodrang, Choglamsar, Leh.
Top dignitaries, including His Eminence Gaden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora and chief executive councilor of Ladakh, received His Holiness on his arrival at the airport.
Thousands of local people and Tibetans came in their traditional dresses to welcome His Holiness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Ladakh after successfully concluding nearly a month-long visit in southern Indian state of Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Kalachakra teaching in 2014
In 2014, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give the 33rd Kalachakra Initiation in Leh, Ladakh, from 3 – 14 July.
During the first three days of the Kalachakra, from 3 to 5 July, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals. From 6 to 8 July, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings. On 9 July, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from 10 to 13 July. On 14 July, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.
The Kalachakra or Wheel of Time, considered by Buddhists as one of the most important teachings, was first taught by the Buddha Shakyamuni after attaining enlightenment underneath the Boddhi tree in Bodh Gaya.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has conferred 32 Kalachakra teachings, with the first at Norbulingka in Tibet’s capital Lhasa in May 1954, and the latest at Bodh Gaya in India in January 2012.