The Kalachakra rituals began at the Kalachakra ground in Bodh Gaya on Monday, January 2, 2017. His Holiness the Dalai Lama initiated the preliminary procedures for the Kalachakra Empowerment and assisted by monks of Namgyal Monastery.
His Holiness paid homage to the Buddha and the ‘Heart Sutra’ was also recited. The Tibetan spiritual leader asked everyone present to repeat the Kalachakra mantra as well. Gracing the occasion, HH Dalai Lama said, “Here we are in this sacred place where more than 2500 years ago Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment. Great Indian masters like Nagarjuna and many among the 84 Great Adepts have also practised here. Many translators who came from Tibet in search of teachings also visited the site. On this occasion, I’m going to give the Kalachakra Empowerment here and it will be the 34th time I’ve done so.”
His Holiness further said, “You have all come here with great enthusiasm to listen to the Dharma. Let’s turn it into an opportunity to do practice. Whatever religious tradition you follow, what’s really important is to be sincere about it. The main practice of all our various traditions is the cultivation of altruism—a sense of love and compassion. That’s a practical approach. Those of us who follow the Sanskrit Buddhist tradition need to cultivate compassion if we are to qualify as Mahayana practitioners. If we are just selfish at heart, our practice will not be Mahayana. And if you don’t do the practice there won’t be much blessing from the empowerment either.”
“What we need to do is to change our outlook and focus on the welfare of others. Since you’ve gone to the effort and expense of coming here, while you’re here try to make some inner transformation. This is also where I received the reading transmission of the ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ from Khunu Lama Rinpoche, which had a great impact on me as a result of which I have made some transformation in myself. You can’t do this through prayer alone, you have to use your mind and transform it. The way we progress through the five paths is indicated by the ‘Heart Sutra’ dharani – Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha,” said HH Dalai Lama.
His entire speech was simultaneously translated into Hindi, English, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Mongolian, Japanese, Italian, Vietnamese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Nepalese, Ladakhi, Bhutanese, as well as Amdo and Khampa dialects.
Photo credit: Sanjay Kumar Ganauri (Bodh Gaya)