Namgyal India Visits Namgyal Ithaca

The following article is from the Autumn, 2011 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


Six Session Kalachakra Guru Yoga at Du Khor Choe Ling

Following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Kalachakra Initiation event in Washington, D.C. this past July, twenty-five monks in attendance at the ceremonies traveled to Ithaca, New York, the site of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, the North American seat of the personal monastery of His Holiness.

The highlight of their visit was the Six Session Kalachakra Guru Yoga ceremony performed at Du Khor Choe Ling, designated by the Dalai Lama to become The Land of Kalachakra Study & Practice.

The Kalachakra is of special importance to His Holiness, representing the highest aspirations for peace and cooperation in times of great struggle and uncertainty. When dedicating the incomplete shrine room at Du Khor Choe Ling in October of 2007, the Dalai Lama said, "If the present situation remains... then there is really doubt as to whether Tibetan Buddhist culture can survive. Under these circumstances, establishment of some institution for preservation of Tibetan Buddhist now very, very important. I very much appreciate all your help."

A three dimensional representation of the Kalachakra mandala, Du Khor Choe Ling will host activities and programs that:

  • Honor Tibetan history, arts, and language
  • Provide opportunities for inter- faith dialogue
  • Offer explorations in science and religion
  • Promote peace and understanding among the different cultures and religions of the world

To help build The Land of Kalachakra Study and Practice, Du Khor Choe Ling, visit

To read more about Du Khor Choe Ling go to http://www. pages/ N92_15.html


Top: Monks from Namgyal India and Namgyal Ithaca perform a Kalachakra guru recitation at Du Khor Choe Ling in Ithaca, NY. Right: Due to the c. 100 degree heat, a tent zvas set up for the ceremony. (Photos by Karma Dorjee)

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