Aagman Camps in Kalachakra

Kalachakra is an ancient ritual that involves a series of prayers, meditations, dances, chants, vows and the construction of a large sand mandala - all with the aim to bring world peace. It is a 12 days long festival and is attended by thousands of monks from all over India and Tibetan Spiritual Leader the Dalai Lama.

During the first three days of kalachakra, the Dalai Lama, along with the senior lamas & monks, conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. This includes chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals. The Kalachakra sand Mandala is dedicated to both individual and world piece and physical balance.

The next three days, Dalai Lama gives preliminary teachings on Nagarjuna's (great Indian Buddhist master) Letter to a Friend (shetring), providing a heartfelt introduction to Buddhism. The Shetring gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the entire practice of Buddhism, guiding both laypersons and the ordained on the path to liberation and enlightenment. Its teachings convey the meaning of the Dharma in easily accessible

language and style, and are of special interest to those who wish to take up spiritual activity whilst continuing to live and work in mainstream society.
The Dalai Lama considers this preliminary teaching to be more important than the actual Kalachakra initiation. Despite its relatively short length (123 verses), the Shetring covers the whole Mahayana path with unusual clarity and memorable imagery, and is thus widely quoted by Tibet's great masters and scholars.

On seventh day, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance is performed by the monks. Monks perform sacred dances, wearing tantric tiaras, brocades and bone jewellery, as they connect with the energy of Kalachakara's deities of meditation.

For next four days, Dalai Lama confers the Kalachakra Initiation. The sacred Kalalchakra initiation is a rite of passage which opens the hearts of thousands of monks, nuns and pilgrims to the Shambala realm.

Festival ends on 12th day with a long life empowerment & a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is performed. Devotees believe that, when a spiritual master dies, it is because many beings from another realm have prayed that he may come to teach them. To postpone this moment, an effigy representing the Dalai Lama is offered as substitute master and teacher.