Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today left his exile seat of Dharamshala for a two-week long visit of the United States.
During the trip His Holiness is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. and Chicago for teachings and public meetings. The highlight of the visit will be the conferment of Kalachakra initiations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington D.C. from July 6-16.
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 including chanting of prayers and creation of the sand mandala.
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 confer 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.
Organisers of the Kalachakra for World Peace, the Capital Area Tibetan Association in its website says that the spiritual gathering offers Tibetans world-wide, not only an ‘occasion to renew and reinforce our Buddhist spiritual heritage’ but also provides ‘an opportunity to reaffirm our shared linguistic and cultural identity’.
At the sidelines of the initiations, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to participate in a historic World Peace Event at the U.S. Capitol (West Lawn) in Washington, DC on July 9, featuring “A Talk for World Peace” by His Holiness. The event will bring together cellist Michael Fitzpatrick and singer/songwriter Skylar Grey along with Hollywood actor Whoopi Goldberg.
Following the Kalachakra teachings, on July 17, His Holiness is scheduled to give a public talk on “Bridging the Faith Divide” at the University of Illinois, Chicago Pavilion at the request of The Theosophical Society in America.
Before returning to his exile home of India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on July 18 is scheduled to participate in a conversation with religious leaders on “Building Bridges” at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance along with Rabbi Michael Lerner, founding editor of the progressive Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Hartford Seminary Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches.