The following article is from the Winter, 2004 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


His Holiness the XlVth Dalai Lama will confer the Kalachakra Initiation for World Peace in Toronto, Canada from April 25-May 5 2004. The word Kalachakra or Wheel of Time, refers to the unique presentation of cycles of time within the Kalachakra Tantra.

The Meaning of Kalachakra

The Kalachakra Initiation is the largest Buddhist ritual and initiation regularly conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is traditionally given to large groups of people assembled from around the world and is considered a special blessing for those who participate and for the environment in which it is given.

For those who are not Buddhists, or for those who do not wish to take the empowerment at this time, the initiation can be taken as a blessing. For everyone involved, regardless of the level of participation, the Kalachakra serves as a universal prayer for the development of the ethics of peace and harmony within one's self and humanity.

(See page 3 for the Dalai Lama's schedule.)