Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche launched the official website for Kalachakra 2012 at the Kashag hall.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama had earlier given his consent to confer the Kalachakra initiations at Bodh Gaya, the holiest place for Buddhists the world over. The last time His Holiness the Dalai Lama had given the Kalachakra initiations in India was at Amravati in 2006.
The website www.kalachakra2012.org provides detailed information on the schedule of the teachings, the geographic location of Bodh Gaya, and accommodation services.
Lama Ngawang Norbu, chairman of the Kalachakra organising committee told reporters that on the sidelines of the teachings, the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism will jointly organise a grand monlam (prayer festival) and bumtsog (100,000 tsog offerings).
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama has graciously accepted the organising committee’s request for a grand tenshug offering at Bodh Gaya”, the chairman said.
“We made the request on behalf of Buddhists in Nepal, Bhutan, the Himalayan region, mainland China, and His Holiness’ followers the world over”.
The Kalachakra 2012 preparations had earlier suffered a big loss when Mr Dorjee Khandu, chief minister of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and chief patron of the teachings died in a helicopter crash on April 30, 2011.
In a letter addressed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, family members of the late Chief Minister expressed their gratitude to the heads of the various sects and the Tibetan people for the ‘support and solidarity’ shown during their ‘extended ordeal’.
“We will continue to follow our father’s footsteps and carry on the relationship he had developed over the time and maintained unceasingly thereafter, out of devotion, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, the letter said.
Kalachakra 2012 will be the 32nd occasion since His Holiness the Dalai Lama conferred the teachings for the first time in May 1954 at Norbulingka, Lhasa, Tibet. After a nine year gap, the Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya is expected to draw a large number of Buddhists and devotees from all over the world.