Kalachakra Tour To India 14 - 26 January 2016 Join us for a profound spiritual experience at the Buddha’s seat of enlightenment, Bodhgaya, India. For two weeks, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to receive the Kalachakra Empowerment from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Be a part of this extraordinary opportunity to connect with the Shambhala lineage and begin the transformation of our world into a Golden Age. Tibetan Buddhist Rime Institute invites you to experience the Kalachakra Empowerment, offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in the sacred setting of Bodhgaya, India. This spiritual pilgrimage has been personally arranged by the only English-speaking Jonang Kalachakra Completion master outside Tibet, Khentrul Rinpoche. The great Jonang tradition are the only holders of the complete Kalachakra practice and teachings. Jonang masters like that of Khentrul Rinpoche are the only teachers in the world qualified to transmit Kalachakra completion practices. To encounter one of these masters outside Tibet is incredibly rare. The tour offers the opportunity to receive personal guidance and preparation from Jonang Kalachakra master, Khentrul Rinpoche. In Bodhgaya, prior to initiation, Khentrul Rinpoche will teach foundation Kalachakra practice classes and meditations to prepare us for the empowerment. Once the Kalachakra empowerment with His Holiness the Dalai Lama commences, Rinpoche will not teach, however we will be able to attend evening question and review sessions with Rinpoche to clarify our understanding of the empowerment and penetrate a more profound view of the practice. Through Kalachakra teachings and initiation, exploration of unforgettable sacred sites and new connections with Dharma brothers and sisters, the Tour promises to be a challenging and inspirational spiritual journey. Our primary aim is to provide further guidance on how one undertakes Kalachakra Tantra practice for life. The Tour commences in Bodhgaya on January 14 and concludes on January 26. Cost: US $1800 (Includes accommodation, breakfast, evening teachings) Airfare to Bodhgaya is not included. The tour includes: • 12 night stay in Bodhgaya, India which includes 12 days of Kalachakra rituals, teachings and preliminaries guided by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama • Daily guided meditations and reflections guided by Spiritual Director, Khentrul Rinpoche and Senior students • 3 star accommodation, breakfasts included See the attached itinerary for more details. Schedule Date Place Description 14 Jan Hotel Lumbini, Arrive at Hotel Lumbini main reception for check in. Bodhgaya Registration for the initiation at the teaching ground. Free time, & Introduction to Kalachakra discussion by Khentrul Rinpoche. 15-16 Jan Bodhgaya 7am breakfast and preparation. Attend Kalachakra preparations and Introduction to Kalachakra discussions by Khentrul Rinpoche.. Lunch and dinner can be had either as a group or by individual preference. Evening review and questions with Khentrul Rinpoche 7.30-9pm Free time. 17-19 Jan Bodhgaya 7.00am breakfast and preparation. 8.00am attend teaching ground for Preliminary teachings Lunch and dinner can be had either as a group or by individual preference. Evening review and questions with Khentrul Rinpoche 7.30-9pm Free time 20-22 Jan Bodhgaya 7.00am breakfast and preparation. 8.00am attend teaching ground for preparations for the initiation. Lunch and dinner can be had either as a group or by individual preference. Evening review and questions with Khentrul Rinpoche 7.30-9pm Free time 23-24 Jan Bodhgaya 7.00am breakfast and preparation. 8.00am attend teaching ground for the initiation. After the empowerment, Khentrul Rinpoche will bestow the oral transmission of the practice book “The Divine Ladder” and provide specific instructions for engaging with Kalachakra practice Lunch and dinner can be had either as a group or by individual preference. Evening review and questions with Khentrul Rinpoche 7.30-9pm Free time 25 Jan 7.00am breakfast Pilgrimage to Holy sites in Bodhgaya Lunch and dinner can be had either as a group or by individual preference. Evening review and questions with Khentrul Rinpoche 7.30-9pm Free time 26 Jan Check out of Hotel Lumbini, depart Bodhgaya Hotel Lumbini International: Great Buddha Road ,Bodhgaya, Gaya, Bihar 824231, India. Ph:+91 631 220 0351 Getting to Bodhgaya : Travel advice Interstate and Overseas visitors are advised to arrive in Bodhgaya on the 14 of th January and make their way to Hotel Lumbini International to join the Tour. Upon arrival inform reception. Travel requirements All attendees MUST have travel insurance before commencing tour. All attendees MUST have travel vaccinations and a travel vaccination book before commencing tour. TBRI can advise of mandatory vaccinations if required. Please advise your local GP that we are travelling to India. If you have pre-existing conditions such as asthma or heart conditions it is essential to discuss this and seek medical advice. What To Bring Travelling India can be a challenging yet wonderful experience. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with local customs and international laws. Medical A small first aid pack which includes: Nausea and diarrhoea medicine Travel sickness tablets, Altitude sickness tablets, Malaria tablets, Glucose powder, Paracetamol tablets, Saline eye wash (India is extremely dusty which can affect your eyes) Cold and flu tablets, Mosquito repellent, Sunscreen, If possible a personal ventilator just in case of shortness of breath. Accommodation Accommodation is twin share at the Hotel Lumbini International. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, 24hour reception, restaurant and other facilities. Clothing Arriving in Bodhgaya in January, the temperatures average between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius so we recommend you bring lightweight cotton clothing, walking sandals, a hat and sunglasses. Evenings can be much cooler so we recommend warm clothing for night time. Women are recommended to cover their shoulders, chests and legs at all times, for this reason we recommend women bring a variety of thin shawls. We recommend you bring the following: Walking boots, Sandals, Thick socks, Warm shawls, Warm woollen clothing, Layers of long sleeved and short sleeved cotton tops, Thick and lightweight pants and/or skirts, Waterproof jacket, Warm pyjamas, underpants. Miscellaneous items When attending the teachings, you will require something to sit on, which can be purchased at the market before. You will also require a short range radio with earphones. Other items which will come in handy are: Umbrella, Hat, Sunglasses, Toilet paper/tissues, Small radio with earphones, Batteries, Camera, SD card for extra storage, Torch/Lantern, Pen, Paper/writing book, Access to $500 for food and miscellaneous expenses Requirements For Registration 4 X Visa photographs for personal identification for teachings Copies of all your travel documents 2 photocopies of your passport General rules Mobile phones should be kept to a minimum. Other technologies should be left at home eg. Laptops Rooms are strictly for 2 persons only, if you have any requirement to change accommodation please contact your Tour guide representative prior to the tour. Breakfasts are included in the Tour costs and are pre-ordered. If you have any special requests please contact your Tour guide representative the day before. Please be punctual and attend all sessions that are not marked as optional Out of respect for the teachers we ask that participants attend all sessions It is recommended that any personal items be kept locked in your room, in a locked bag, or put in secure storage at the hotel. The Tibetan Rime Buddhist Institute cannot be held responsible for any items left around the property that are stolen or damaged. Please be wary of wet, slippery and uneven surfaces when walking. The Tibetan Rime Buddhist Institute cannot be held responsible for any injury incurred onsite. No incense or candles are to be used in rooms The Tour is smoke and alcohol free Food/Medical Issues/Chemist If you have a serious food allergy or medical condition we should know about please indicate this on the registration form and/or inform us by email to discuss as soon as possible. Offerings Traditionally, an offering is made to the teacher at the conclusion of the Tour (please note that this is entirely optional) as a gesture of appreciation. You can offer whatever you think is appropriate. However, here are a few suggestions – card, flowers, money, food or other items. A Tibetan offering scarf (khata) is given to the teacher for blessing as part of the ceremony and can be borrowed or purchased from retreat volunteers or you may like to bring your own. Envelopes for monetary offerings will be available.