Ancient and Profoundly Meaningful Ritual to Be Held In U.S. Capital City for First Time in History
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /USNewswire/ -- His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama will confer the Kalachakra for World Peace ritual in Washington, DC from July 6 – 16, 2011, at the Verizon Center. The Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA) welcomes all those who wish to join in this historic event, which is offered with the heartfelt motivation to inspire harmonious relationships and abiding peace in the hearts of all the people of the world.
The Dalai Lama has given the Kalachakra teachings to over 1.5 million people around the world. This will be the 31st time he has given the Kalachakra empowerments since initiating the Kalachakra gatherings in 1954. It is of particular significance that it is being held in the nation's capital, seen as the leading hub of the free world where local decisions deeply and globally affect an incalculable numbers of lives. It is a rare opportunity to act in harmony to promote the strength of compassion and wisdom, so urgently needed in today's world.
The 11-day event launches on July 6, the 76th Birthday of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama, along with monks and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue during the first seven days. These include the chanting of prayers and the creation of the sand mandala. The making of the exquisite, colorful Kalachakra sand mandala by the monks of Namgyal Monastery, the Dalai Lama's personal monastery, is one of the most inspiring visual experiences of the Kalachakra. The detailed work of sacred art is executed with utmost precision, truly a sight to behold.
A highlight of the Kalachakra for World Peace will be three days of teachings by the Dalai Lama, presenting the foundations of Buddhist thought on July 9 – 11.
The Kalachakra Ritual Dance will take place on July 12, followed by three days of actual Empowerment from July 13 – 15.
On the final day, July 16, the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 will close with a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of the Dalai Lama and a long-life blessing will be given to all in attendance. Closing events also include the powerful dissolution of the sand mandala.
The host, CATA humbly offers its work on this great event as an expression of gratitude to the people of the United States and to all those around the world who have so kindly supported the preservation of Tibet's rich cultural heritage.
For additional information including tickets, please visit www.kalachakra2011.com.
SOURCE Capital Area Tibetan Association