Dalai Lama Will Offer Kalachakra in Barcelona

The following article is from the Autumn, 1994 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama will confer the Kalachakra Iniiation from December 11 to 19 in Barcelona, Spain. Although the Kalachakra Tantra is meant for practitioners of the highest faculty, it also has a special connection with all the people of this planet. For that reason, the initiation is traditionally given openly, giving ordinary people the opportunity to establish a karmic link with Kalachakra His Holiness says that the initiation is a powerful force for the realization of world peace.

Those who wish to receive the initiation for practice can have three different levels of motivation: disciples who have the actual experience of bodhicitta (the wish to become enlightened for the sake of others) and emptiness; those who have at least a slight experience of bodhicitta in meditation and a correct understanding of emptiness from study and reasoning; those who have at least interest and appreciation in developing the renunciation to suffering, the Bodhicitta and the understanding of the true nature of reality.

Teachings will be given from the 11th through the 14th of December to develop the prerequisite qualities of bodhicitta and an understanding of emptiness. His Holiness will give teachings on the Two Truths, the Four Noble Truths, Shamatha Meditation, Vipassana, Bodhicitta and the Six Perfections. The day after the teachings, the ritual assistants will perform the offering dance adorned in full ritual costume and accompanied by ritual musicthe initiation will begin on the 16th.

Simultaneous translation will occur into English and other European languages. For more information: Kalachakra '94 Secretariat Sepulveda, 45-47 entlo. 3a, 08015 Barcelona, Spain. Telephone: 01134-3-423-9408.

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