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Kalachakra Teachings:
Attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Leh, Ladakh, India
(July 1, 2014 to July 14, 2014) (14 days, beginning and ending in Leh)

"Dharma Yatra (Pilgrimage) is very important for Buddhists. When we visit these sacred sites, we are reminded of the Master, Lord Buddha. It develops in us a strong sense of compassion. Ideally, one should be a better person when one returns, otherwise it is not useful, a waste of money and time." - The Dalai Lama (In an exclusive interview given for the book 'Walking with the Buddha', co-authored by Shantum Seth)

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Kalachakra Teachngs:

This journey takes us to Leh, Ladakh, India to attend and listen to the Dalai Lama's Kalachakra teachings.

We will spend 14 days together attending H.H. the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra teachings and transmissions, keeping a mindfulness practice and having discussions on the to gain a deeper and collective understanding of them.

Arrive in Leh on July 1st and rest for the 1st day to adjust to the high altitude. On the 2nd of July you will need to register for the teachings which will begin on the 3rd of July.

During the first three days of the Kalachakra, from July 3 to 5, 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 6 to 8, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings.

On July 9, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery.
His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from July 10 to 13.

On July 14, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.

 

Itinerary

July 1, 2014 to July 14, 2014 (14 days, beginning and ending in Leh)

 

Day 01: July 1, 2014: Arrive in Leh and rest for 1st day to adjust to the high altitude.

Day 02: July 2, 2014: Leh: Registration for the teachings

Day 03: July 3, 2014: Leh: HHDL Teachings along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas

Day 04: July 4, 2014: Leh: HHDL Teachings along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas

Day 05: July 5, 2014: Leh: HHDL Teachings along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas

Day 06: July 6, 2014: Leh: HHDL Preliminary Teachings

Day 07: July 7, 2014: Leh: HHDL Preliminary Teachings

Day 08: July 8, 2014: Leh: HHDL Preliminary Teachings

Day 09: July 9, 2014: Leh: Kalachakra Ritual Dance

Day 10: July 10, 2014: Leh: Kalachakra Initiation

Day 11: July 11, 2014: Leh: Kalachakra Initiation

Day 12: July 12, 2014: Leh: Kalachakra Initiation

Day 13: July 13, 2014: Leh: Kalachakra Initiation

Day 14: July 14, 2014: Leh: Long life empowerment & prayers for the long life of the HHDL. Tour ends

 

"I never join tour groups, but "In the Footsteps of the Buddha" turned out to be the best introduction to the Buddha's life, to India's sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites and to group leader Shantum Seth...... Shantum is good at balancing between tour leader..part psychotherapist- and skillful Buddhism teacher."

-Excerpt from National Geographic, Perry Garfinkel, Correspondent

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