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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Kalachakra 2011: What to see

Through July 16, the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, will spend much of his visit to D.C. at the Verizon Center, conducting rituals and prayers for world peace and imparting Tibetan Buddhist teachings. In honor of his visit,
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks during the Kalachakra for World Peace at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on July 6. (SAUL LOEB - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
concerts, performances and art exhibititions will be held around the District.

Among the highlights is the Dalai Lama’s A Talk for Wold Peace, which takes place on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Saturday, July 9 starting at 8 a.m. and is free to the public. Another event that should prove exciting is the viewing of the Mandala, a sacred piece of sand art that serves as symbolic representation of the Kalachakra deity. The Mandala is created by the Namgyal monks throughout the two-week visit. See it while you can because on the final day of the ceremony, water is poured over it, destroying it and symbolizing the impermanence of life.

To help you plan ahead, here’s a schedule of events — all of which will take place at the Verizon Center unless otherwise noted.

And for more on the Dalai Lama’s visit to D.C., check out photos of his arrival and get more coverage from The Post here.

Wednesday (July 6): Kalachakra ritual preparations

·7:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Earth Ritual Prayers:

·9:30 -10:00 a.m.

A Short Teaching:

·10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Birthday Celebrations:

·12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

“Trungkar” Parade:

·1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Earth Ritual Prayers:

·6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

“Trungkar,” an evening of Tibetan Cultural Performances and Music in celebration of the 76th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event is being held at 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA

Thursday (July 7): Kalachakra ritual preparations

·7:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Prayers

·1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Earth Ritual Dance

·2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Prayers

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speaker Alexander Berzin. His topic of discussion: Orientation To Buddhism and the Kalachakra. Held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Friday (July 8): Kalachakra ritual preparations

·7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Prayers

·1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Prayers

Saturday (July 9): Kalachakra preliminary teaching

·8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Prayers (optional for public)

·8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A Talk for World Peace on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Free to the Public. This event will feature the Dalai Lama’s speech, Michael Fitzpatrick, other special guests and Whoopi Goldberg as the emcee.

·1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Preliminary Teachings: For the Preliminary Teaching, the Dalai Lama will teach on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisatva (Laklen Sodunma) & Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation (Gomrim Barpa).

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speaker Thupten Jinpa. The Topic: Under the Buddhist Umbrella - Do science, secularism, and religion all fit? It is being held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

·6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Dance from the Roof of the World,” a traditional Tibetan Dance by the Members of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). The performance is being held at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.


Tenzia Soepa makes a butter sculpture for the Kalachakra for World Peace ceremony. (Amanda Voisard/THE WASHINGTON POST )

Sunday (July 10): Kalachakra preliminary teachings

·8:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Prayers

·1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Preliminary Teachings: The Dalai Lama will teach on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisatva (Laklen Sodunma) & Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation (Gomrim Barpa)

·4:00 p.m.

Tsog Ceremony: a ritual involving food and prayers

Monday (July 11): Kalachakra preliminary teachings

·8:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Prayers

·1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Preliminary Teachings: The Dalai Lama will teach on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisatva (Laklen Sodunma) & Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation (Gomrim Barpa).

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speaker ven. Thubten Chodron. The topic: Buddhism, Empowerments, and Everyday Life. It is being held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

·6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

“New Directions in Tibetan Political Culture” (a panel discussion) to be held at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue,( 2 blocks from Verizon Center).

Tuesday (July 12): Kalachakra ritual and offering dance

·7:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Prayers

·1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Ritual Offering Dance

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speakers Alexander Berzin, Sofia Stril-Rever and Vesna Wallace and moderated by Robert Thurman. The topic: Deepening your Kalachakra Views - The Mandala, The Cosmology, The Deities, and the Meaning. It is being held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

·6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

“The Life of Milarepa, “ an opera based on the life of legendary Tibetan ascetic Milarepa, presented by members of the TIPA to be held at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.

Wednesday (July 13): Kalachakra empowerment

·7:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Self Generation Prayers

·1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Preliminary Initiation for Students

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speaker HE Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. The topic: Bodhicitta. It is being held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

·6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

“A Talk by Katri Samdong Rinpoche” (awaiting final confirmation) held at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.

Thursday (July 14): Kalachakra empowerment

·7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Self Generation Prayers

·12:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Kalachakra Empowerment

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speaker Robert Thurman. The topic: Supreme Goodness as Power: Kalachakra Buddhahood as the Bodhisattva’s Way to Fulfill Vows. It is being held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Friday (July 15): Kalachakra empowerment

·7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Self Generation Prayers (Optional for Public)

·12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Kalachakra Empowerment

·6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Dharma at the Kalachakra featuring speaker ven. Jhado Rinpoche (with translation). The topic: Practicing Kalachakra- Six-Session Guru Yoga. It is being held at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

·6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

“A Night in Old Tibet: Tibetan Folk Dance and Song” performed by the members of TIPA to be held at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.

Saturday (July 16): Tenshug

·7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Prayer Ceremony

·8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Long Life Empowerment

·9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Tenshug: Long Life Empowerment for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Presentation of Special Award to Katri Samdong Rinpoche by North America Tibetan Association

·12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Viewing the Mandala:A sacred piece of sand art that serves as symbolic representation of the Kalachakra deity, his palace, and 721 surrounding deities.

·3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Dismantling of Mandala: At the end of the ceremony, the Mandala is dissolved in water to symbolize the impermanence of life.

·4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Concluding Prayers

·6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

“A Night of Music” a concert by contemporary Tibetan musicians to be held at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.

For even more events, click here.

By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq  |  05:48 PM ET, 07/06/2011

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