The following article is from the Autumn, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Kalachakra Initiation, Sarnath, December 1990

-æMahayana teachings, Dec. 24-28: The Precious Garland of Nagarjuna

-æKalachakra Ritual Dance, Dec. 28, monks of the Namgyal Monastery

-æKalachakra Initiation, Dec. 29-Jan. 1, His Holiness The Dalai Lama

-æLong Life Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jan. 2

Kalachakra Tantra was taught by the Buddha at the request of Chandrabhadra, the king of legendary Shambala. From Chandrabhadra the lineage of these teachings has been passed down through a succession of Great Rulers and Kulika Kings. With the coming of the 25th Kulika King, the special connection the people of this earth share with Kalachakra will manifest strongly in world events. Anyone wishing to receive the initiation as a blessing can attend on this basis alone.

Long Life Ceremony: All those who attend the initiation and anyone else wishing to participate will formally request His Holiness to live long and for all Buddhas and Boddhisattvas to grant this wish.

General information: Seating will be on December 22nd, so participants are advised to reach Varanasi not later than Dec. 21. All participants should check in on the morning of the 22nd. Please contact the Kalachakra committee in the lobby of the Gautam Hotel, Varanasi, at that time.

Translation will be broadcast receivable by F.M. radio. It is highly recommended that you bring such a radio with you. Places are limited and preference for seating will be given according to booking date.

Sarnath is a small Indian village, half an hour's drive from the main Indian city of Varanasi. Due to the large number of people expected for this event and the conditions in Sarnath, it is advisable not to stay in Sarnath, but rather in Varanasi and travel from there. Since the initiation is being held during peak tourist season, you are strongly advised to book your accomodation as soon as possible.

The weather in Sarnath will be cold in the evenings (possibly as low as 7 degrees celcius) and pleasant to warm during the day (up to 25 degrees celcius). There could be some showers in December.

For any general enquiries, please contact: The Secretary, Kalachakra Committee, B22 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, India. Tel: 011-699371.