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Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation

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Author: Dala Lama

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Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation Of the hundreds of Buddhist tantras, the Kalachakra is one of the most important. In Tibet-where these esoteric teachings have been practised purely for a thousand years-and now in the West, this tantra has come to be especially associated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the greatest Buddhist teachers alive today. The Dalai Lama has given the initiation into the practice of Kalachakra a number of times, and this book is based on the first that he gave in the West, in Madison, USA in 1981. It presents the series of initiations that authorize practice of the first of the two stages involved in tantra-the stage of generation, in which the practitioners visualize themselves as an ideal being, a Buddha. The initiation ritual is translated and interspersed with commentary from the Dalai Lama.