Dalai Lama - Kalachakra July 2011
Kalachakra for World Peace in Washington, DC, USA from July 6 to 16: During the first three days of the Kalachakra, from July 6 through 8, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals. From July 9 to 11, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's 37 Practices of A Boddhisattva (laklen sodunma) & Kamalashila's The Middling States of Meditation (gomrim barpa). On July 12, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. His Holiness will give the Kalachakra Initiation from July 13 to 15. On July 16, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed. Kalachakra 2011 is organized by the Capital Area Tibetan Association. Contact Website: www.kalachakra2011.com
NEWLETTER JUNE 16, 2011
Dear Friends of World Peace,
Happy Saka Dawa! According to the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, today we celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and attainment of full nirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. We wish each of you and all of you the blessings of this holy and happy day!
Here in the nation’s capital, we are also observing another aspect of today’s date: just three weeks from today, the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011, offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will open.
As the opening of the event comes ever closer, there are a few reminders and a bit of news we'd like to share with you:
Offer your personal gift, an Act of Kindness, for the Dalai Lama’s 76th Birthday
Enjoy a simple, free, and meaningful way to honor the 76th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on July 6. You can promise your own personal Act of Kindness, to be done in his name by using the pledge page on our website.
For his birthday, we will print all the pledges and offer them to His Holiness as a unique gift, and tell him that these many acts of kindness, large and small, were done around the world in his name. We have received pledges such as calling someone who is ill or lonely; working one day a month at an animal shelter; donating items to a food pantry or homeless shelter; and being more patient with someone challenging!
Please help us spread the world so that as many people as possible can participate in the wonderful birthday present. Send the link to your friends: http://kalachakra2011.com/actsofKindness.html
July 9: Honor the cause of World Peace on the grounds of the US Capitol
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will discuss the pivotal issue of World Peace on the West Lawn of the US Capitol Building on the morning of Saturday, July 9 (the program will begin at 9:30 am, but the grounds of the Capitol will open to the public at 7 am). This free talk by His Holiness is sure to be a memorable and historic event. All those attending the Kalachakra are welcome and encouraged to attend, along with the general public! For more details, please visit this page on the Kalachakra 2011 website.
May we ask for your help in spreading the word about this wonderful event? We have provided an image file of the event’s flyer at the end of this mailing, which we would urge you to forward to anyone who might like to attend. For those would who like to print flyers, please use the PDF available at this link.
If you are facing financial obstacles to purchasing a Kalachakra ticket, let us know!
For those facing financial challenges, we encourage you to apply to the Scholarship Assistance Fund for tickets. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, we are able to offer assistance to those who want to attend the Kalachakra but are "financially challenged.” (Please note: We are able to offer assistance only with admission tickets, not with travel, food, or lodging.)
To apply to our Assistance Fund for help in obtaining a ticket to attend, please fill out this electronic form and return to it as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the Scholarship Assistance Fund, please email: SpecialNeeds@kalachakra2011.com
Ordained Sangha: the deadline for registering is approaching!
If you are an ordained member of the Sangha, please be aware the deadline for Sangha registration is FRIDAY, JUNE 24. So, please, if you are planning to attend by have not yet registered, use this link to reach our electronic Sangha registration form. For any Sangha registration questions, please send a message to the following email address: email@example.com
Further information can always be found on our website
and we are happy to answer any inquiries you have via firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
The Organizing Committee for the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011
Public Talk in Chicago, IL, USA on July 17: His Holiness will give a public talk on Bridging the Faith Divide at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) Pavilion organized by The Theosophical Society in America. Contact Website: www.dalailamachicago.com
Discussion in Chicago, IL, USA on July 18: His Holiness will participate in a conversation with religious leaders on Building Bridges at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance organized by The Theosophical Society in America. Contact Website: