Yesterday, 29th April 2018, several Tibetan Buddhist monasteries who practise Kalacakra in the Jonang and Kagyu tradition, organised grand Kalacakra sadhanas and events to commemorate the day Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Kalacakra Tantra.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the commemoration at the Jonang monastery in Nepal and offered the Lama and Khenpos there my newly published English translations, includin the Four Mandala Tara Offering that is regularly practised in the Jonang monasteries. I was generously offered a khatag, incense and a newly published Tibetan pecha text of the Kalacakra Nine Deity Sadhana.
Major Kalacakra pujas are underway in Bokar Monastery Mirik and Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim in India and the Jonang monastery in Pharping, Nepal is also making preparations for the Kalacakra duchen this Sunday, 29th April. The full moon of the third lunar month is traditionally commemorated as the day Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Kalacakra Tantra.
According to the Kālacakra tantra, the Buddha taught the first Kālacakra root tantra in Dharanikota (near modern Amaravathi) in 5th century B.C. of southeastern India, supposedly bilocating (appearing in two places at once) at the same time as he was also delivering the Prajñāpāramitā sutras at Griddhraj Parvat in Bihar. Along with King Suchandra, ninety-six minor kings and emissaries from Shambhala were also said to have received the teachings. The Kālacakra thus passed directly to Shambhala, where it was held exclusively for hundreds of years. Later Kings of Shambhala, Mañjushrīkīrti and Pundarika, are said to have condensed and simplified the teachings into the Śri Kālacakra or Laghutantra and its main commentary, the Vimalaprabha, which remain extant today as the heart of the Kālacakra literature. Fragments of the original tantra have survived; the most significant fragment, the Sekkodesha, was commented upon by Naropa. (For more information see (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalachakra).
Here are some of the beautiful photos shared on Facebook. Bokar Yangsi is currently in Nepal on pilgrimage.
Today is the anniversary of the parinirvana (passing away) of Lama Ngawang Yonten Zangpo, (1928-2002), Jonang master and also root Lama of Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche. Here are some pictures taken of the commemorations at the main Jonang Dzamthang Tsangwa monastery in Tibet as well as the Supplication Prayer Tibetans recite for him, with English translation.
Supplication Prayer to Khenchen Ngawang Yonten Zangpo
Peaceful, tamed conduct became an ornament for those with good fortune.
ma me she rab chö kyi nang wa ngö
Supreme wisdom embodiment, ‘Illumination of Dharma’ (Chokyi Nangwa),
jo nang ten pai pel du ten gyur chig
May the magnificent Jonang teachings steadfastly remain.
This Aspiration Prayer for the Long Life of Khensur Chokyi Nangwa of the main monastery of the Jonang in exile, was composed at the urging of his students by the Dalai Lama, propounder of the Dharma of the Renunciate Shakya, on the 22nd day of the first month in the 17th year of the Earth Dog ; the 8th March 2018.
Translated and compiled by Adele Tomlin Zangmo, 9th April 2018.
 Seventeen great Indian panditas who were associated with Nalanda monastery. Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Buddhapalita, Bhavaviveka, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Shantarakshita, Kamalashila, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Arya Vimuktisena, Haribhadra, Gunaprabha, Shakyaprabha, Atisha.
 Here the Tibetan word is ‘listen’ (thos). ‘Listening’ is the first of the three activities one should engage in when studying and practicing Dharma. After ‘listening’ one should then ‘contemplate’ (bsam) and then meditate (sgom) on what one has listened to.
 Here the Tibetan word is ‘teachings’ (bstan pa). Teachings are of two types: the teachings of scripture (āgama, lung), such as the Sūtra, Vinaya and Abhidharma; and the teachings of realization (adhigama, rtogs pa), such as oral instructions on the Kalacakra six yogas and so on. Here the word refers to both kinds of teachings. “The teaching of the Buddha has two aspects: The elements of scripture and realisation. These are maintained only through teaching and through practice.” – Vasubandhu, Abhidharmakosa
With thanks to Geshe Gyaltsen Tsering and Gen Kalsang Nyima for their generous explanation of the Tibetan.
P.S. Although, I am no great scholar or practitioner, I composed a long-life prayer ( Manifestation of Unchanging Bliss ) for Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche last year, as an unenlightened laywoman’s act of pure and simple devotion, and also because at that time, there was no long-life prayer for him available. So it is particularly delightful to me that this gaping hole has now been properly filled by HH Dalai Lama’s beautiful and blessed composition.
Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche, April 10th until 24th May
Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche of the Kalacakra Monastery, Dharamsala, India arrived in Taiwan yesterday for a seven week schedule of teachings on the Taranatha text entitled: ‘The Essence of Nectar: An Instruction Text on the Oral Instructions of the Three Types of Followers of Those Entering the Path of the Victor’s Teachings‘ (rgyal ba’i bstan pa la ‘jug pa’i rim pa skyes bu gsum gi man ngag gi khrid yig bdud rtsi’i nying khu).
He will be teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays only between 7-9pm at the Dekyi bookshop in Taipei. And for two days (May 13 and 14) on the Kalacakra Preliminary Practise of Bodhicitta.
Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche, Kalacakra Teachings and Empowerments in North America and Europe, June-November 2018
Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche of the Rime Buddhist Institute has announced on his website Kalacakra teachings and empowerments in North America and Europe between June and October. He will visit eight countries and give Kalacakra empowerments in Los Angeles, London and Rome.
The full schedule is as follows:
KALACAKRA EMPOWERMENTS AND TEACHINGS IN USA AND EUROPE June-November 2018
Teachings in Moscow
Ripa Centre Moscow, Moscow : Jun 20 – Jun 24
Teachings in Toronto
Terma Foundation, Markham : Aug 09 – Aug 12
Teachings in New York City
New York City, New York : Aug 15 – Aug 19
Teachings in Washington D.C.
Drikung Dharma Surya Center, Fairfax : Aug 23 – Aug 26
Teachings in Houston
Drepung Loseling Insitute of Texas, Houston : Aug 30 – Sep 02
Kalachakra Empowerment in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, : Sep 05 – Sep 11
Three Isolations Meditation Retreat
San Francisco, : Sep 14 – Sep 22
Kalachakra Empowerment in London
The Study Society, Hammersmith : Sep 26 – Sep 30
Innate Kalachakra Retreat in Wales
The Old Rectory, Tintern : Oct 04 – Oct 07
Teachings in Holland
Holland, : Oct 11 – Oct 14
Teachings in Vienna
Dharma Sangha Österreich, Wien : Oct 18 – Oct 21
Kalachakra Empowerment in Rome
Italy, : Oct 24 – Oct 30
Teachings in Soren
Thupten Jamtse Ling, Sorens : Nov 02 – Nov 04