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Kalachakra Festival, Leh Ladakh

Seeking Rebirth, Spiritual Peace at Buddhist Ceremony of 'Kalchakra' Initiation at Leh, July 2014

Location: Leh, Ladakh
Dates: 3-14 July 2017
Highlights: Buddhist Initiation leading to spiritual rebirth and generation of positive energies, experience of a Buddhist way of life amid heavenly abodes of Himalayas

As opposed to thrill, adventure and adrenaline rushes, if you are someone whose idea of a vacation has got more to do with seeking spiritual solace, peace of mind, and interacting with one's inner self, the Buddhist enterprise of 'Kalchakra' initiation is just the right occasion for you.

The 33rd edition of the Kalchakra Initiation is being held July 3-14 this year in the picturesque destination of Leh, Ladakh (which falls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir of India). What makes it particularly special is the fact that His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama will himself confer the 33rd Kalachakra Initiation.

Essentially, the enterprise of Kalchakra initiation deals with the concept of time in Buddhism, the process of being reborn to as ideal persons suited to enter the perfect world and vowing to be compassionate towards other living beings.

The Kalachakra Initiation is usually accorded to attending individuals over a period of 12 days. To begin with, there are eight days of rituals for preparation, during which time the monks prepare the mandala. Thereafter, the students are initiated, following which they are permitted to see the completed sand mandala. The ceremony ends with the monks releasing a positive energy of the mandala into the everyday world via an ultimate ritual.

The ceremony, which is likely to draw thousands of committed people, will be held at "Buddha Garden" in Choglamsar, which is about 10 kilometers from Leh, Ladakh. The Gardens are a big meadow on the banks of Indus river adjacent the Shiwatsel Phodrang, the residency of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama. Set in the forefront of the mighty Himalayas, the venue serves as just the right place for dawning of enlightenment and peace upon pupils.

A package to attend the ceremony will include international flights to and fro from New Delhi, domestic flights to Leh, accommodation in the vicinity of the teaching ground in luxury tents, support and assistance in the course of the teachings, and all major meals.

So come and redeem yourself at this moment of reckoning and also experience the heavens that the Himalayas nurture amidst them.