DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay chaired a meeting of 34th Kalachakra organising committee on 19 October, to review the status of preparation for 34th Kalachakra – to be held at Bodh Gaya from 3 to 14 January 2017.
The meeting, led by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, was attended by Chair of the committee, Kalon Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Religion and Culture along with Vice-Chairs: Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk, Department of Health, a representative of Namgyal Monastery and Committee members: Tenzin Lungtok, Acting Secretary, Department of Religion and Culture, Secretary Trinlay Gyatso, Finance Department, and Joint Secretary Thupten Tsering, Department of Religion and Culture, CTA.
Reviewing the status of preparation of the 34th Kalachakra, Sikyong emphasised that the preparations being undertaken by the committee should contain the vision and action to ensure the highest convenience for devotees and most importantly, to ensure the safety of the public, the holy site and the person of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The organising committee apprised Sikyong on the developments in the lead up to Kalachakra preparation, including installation of tents for devotees and its booking status, arrangement of transportation facilities from tent site to teaching venue, medical facilities and sanitation at the teaching venue as well as at the tent site.
The obtainment of all regulatory sanctions from State Government of Bihar and the local administration of Gaya District were apprised to Sikyong. It was further informed that both the state and District government extended their full support and cooperation to fulfill the logistical requirements.
The committee gave a brief overview of the measures undertaken.
Mr Tenzin Lungtok, Acting Secretary of Department of Religion and Culture was appointed as the official spokesperson for 34rd Kalachakra. He is currently stationed at Bodh Gaya leading an on-site evaluation and preparatory work.
In 2014, at the earnest request of the Central Tibetan Administration, His Holiness the Dalai Lama graciously assented to confer Kalachakra Initiation at Bodhgaya in January 2016, which was later postponed to 3 January 2017. The then 14th Kashag, led by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay assigned the task of organising the event to the Department of Religion and Culture, CTA.
Accordingly, the department constituted the Kalachakra 2017 Organising Committee comprised of two representatives from Gaden Phodrang and Namgyal Monastery, Secretary of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC), Kalons, secretaries and additional secretaries of the various departments of CTA.
During the last press conference held by the organising committee in August 2016, Chair of the committee Kalon Ven Karma Gelek asserted that the on-going preparations will ensure a hassle-free teaching event for all the devotees. Since May and particularly from June 2016, the chair of the committee, along with the vice-chairs and committee members, have made several reconnaissance visits to all the sites of the teaching venue and met with the state officials and district officials of Bodh Gaya.
Preparation for Kalachakra 2017 in full Swing
Tents/Plywood Room Facilities at Affordable Price: Booking extended till 10 November 2016
In order to relieve public apprehension regarding accommodation, the Tent committee has arranged four types of tents/plywood rooms for the devotees at affordable price. For booking and payment visit the nearest Tibetan Settlement Office in India/Nepal. For people living outside India and Nepal, you can book your preferred tent/room via family/friends in India and Nepal, or email at email@example.com to directly place your order.
To book the accommodations, duly fill and submit the requisition form to respective settlement office. One can either download the requisition form from here or collect the same from the settlement office.
All the tents are set up at Magadh University ground, about 2.5 km away from the main Kalachakra teaching site. Transport facilities to the teaching venue will be available.
Tents include: See Chart for Price
- Plywood Room: wooden floor, rain-proof GI sheet roof, door lock facility, electricity lighting, mobile charging point
- Swiss cottage with 2 beds, mattress & pillows, 1 table, 2 chairs & electricity lighting mobile charging point
- Dormitory Tent (18′ x 50′) with floor agro net, electricity lighting, mobile charging point
- EP Tents (18′ x 18′) with floor agro net, electricity lighting, mobile charging point
Tents/Plywood rooms will be available for occupancy from 28 December 2016 till 15th January 2017
|Amount to be paid
|1||EP Tents||(18′ x 18′)||Max 8 persons||Rs 5,550||Rs 2,775 (50%)||Rs 2,775 (50%)|
|18′ x 50′||Max. 30 persons||Rs 17,540||Rs 4,385 (25%)||Rs 13,155 (75%)|
|4 people||Rs 15,525||Rs 3,880 (25%)||Rs 11,646 (75%)|
|12′ x 12′||6 people||Rs 23,000||Rs 5,750 (25%)||Rs 17,250 (75%)|
Contact persons for booking tent/plywood rooms:
Committee head: Mr Karma Singhe, Acting Secretary of Department of Education, CTA : +91-9805864217
Staff: Mr Dhondup Tsering: +91-9805816273, Mr Ngodup Woser: +91-8627938313, Ms Tashi Dekyi: +91-9882405818 Or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Kalachakra Teachings
a) On-site Registration for Laypeople
There will be an on-site registration for laypeople. Kindly ensure that you bring your Green book or RC and Passport/Aadhaar Card/Voter ID.
b) Online Registration for Monks/Nuns, Indian, Himalayan and Foreigners devotees
Monks/Nuns, Indian, Himalayan and Foreigners devotees willing to attend the 34th Kalachakra Initiation may register online. Click here for online registration.
Registration process is available on the official website of the 34th Kalachakra www.kalachakra2017.co.in.
Last date of online registration is 31 December 2016 23:59HRS IST. However, you can also locally register in Bodh Gaya before the Kalachakra. Kindly ensure that you bring your Passport/Aadhaar Card/Voter ID and Green book or RC along with your online registered form at the registration counter at Bodh Gaya to collect your teaching ID card.
Kalachakra Coordination Office Set up at Bodh Gaya
The Organising committee has set up a temporary office at the Mahayana Hotel in Bodh Gaya to coordinate all the preparatory work. Kalachakra spokesperson Mr Tenzin Lungtok is currently stationed at the office. Contact Spokesperson: +91-9418655398
Reception of devotees
A Kalachakra Reception committee led by Mr Tashi Topgyal, Acting Secretary, Office of Auditor General, CTA is in place to oversee and monitor transport arrangements from railway station, airport and bus stands to the tent site as well as the teaching venue.
Chair of committee: Mr Tashi Topgyal, Acting Secretary: 9816138120 email@example.com
Members: Thinley Wangdue: 9816394167 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lhamo Tsering: 9816865108 email@example.com
Tselha 9882035861 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karma Tenpa 9805040349 email@example.com
Volunteers from Tibetan Youth Congress and other NGOs will be working round the clock to receive devotees at the Gaya railway station, airport and bus station. They will provide assistance in booking transportation to Bodh Gaya. Volunteers will be wearing an identification batch and a yellow jacket.
Transport Service in and around Gaya
To ease mobility for elder people during the teachings, arrangements are being made for age-friendly transport vehicles in and around Bodh Gaya. Transport service for other devotees are also in place. There will be adequate number of Ring Bus Service from Gaya city to Bodh Gaya, Deluxe Bus Service from Gaya Airport and pilgrimage tour services.
Volunteers from Tibetan NGOs will be stationed at Gaya railway station, airport and bus stations to provide required assistance to devotees.
Translations & Live Webcast of Kalachakra Teaching
There will be live webcasts of His Holiness’s teaching from 3 – 14 January 2017 in 5 to 6 languages. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will primarily teach in Tibetan with 13 foreign language translations.
His Holiness’ teaching in Tibetan can be listened on radio within range of 1km from the teaching venue. The translation of the teachings can be listened on radio within range of 2km. Visit: kalachakra2017.net
24*7 Medical facilities:
Department of Health, CTA, Men Tsee Khang and several other monastic institutions will render 24*7 medical service during the Kalachakra teaching.
In case of unfortunate incidents like death during the teaching, the organising committee will render their complete assistance in providing wood for cremation and arrangement of priests to perform the last rites.
Detailed information regarding emergency medical services including contacts will be updated soon.
Adequate Sanitation Facilities
For convenience of the devotees, adequate number of public toilets facilities with running water have been installed at both tent site and the teaching venue. Four high-capacity overhead water tanks will be installed at the campsite; one high-capacity overhead water tank will be installed at the teaching site.
A media centre with free internet access for media persons will be set up at the teaching venue. The facility will be open only during the teaching and will remain closed in the evening when there is no teaching.
7 Large LED Screen, 10 TVs & Sound System
Adequate number of large LED screens, 10 Televisions and adequate sound system will be installed at the Kalachakra teaching venue, Jayaprakash park, Children’s park and adjoining bus stand. The children’s park will have the capacity to accommodate around 10,000 people and Jayaprakash park can accommodate upto 5000 people.
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.
- Those who are interested in listening to the translation need to bring with them FM channel radios, preferably a digital FM.
- Tents/Plywood rooms will be available for occupancy from 28 December 2016 till 15th January 2017.
- Ensure to collect your tent/plywood room number from the Tibetan Settlement office where you have made your booking before you leave for Gaya.
- For booking and payment visit the nearest Tibetan Settlement Office in India/Nepal.
- Please bring sleeping bags, bedding and warm clothes, as winter in Gaya is very cold.
- Plywood rooms are not fully sound proof, so care should be taken not to cause any disturbance to the adjoining rooms
- Tents are in good condition, but are not complete water-resistant.
- Be careful when cooking or using candles and lanterns inside the tent/plywood rooms.
- No commercial activities will be allowed inside the tents/Plywood rooms.
- Payment once made will not be refunded.