Rinpoché and renowned Kalachakra scholar Vesna Wallace will be leading a group of international students into the Gobi Desert to make a pilgrimage to the famed portal of Shambhala, a site known throughout Mongolia as a powerful place for connection with this sublime realm.
Over the course of this 16-day retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will teach on the Jonang-Shambhala Kalachakra Vajra yoga path. Participants will have a unique opportunity to study and practice the pinnacle of the Buddha’s dharma while on an immersive journey.
We will start in the beautiful forest outside of Ulaanbaatar, where Khentrul Rinpoche will bestow the Kalachakra empowerment. Then Vesna Wallace, a renowned scholar in the Kalachakra Tantra and Mongolian Shamanic Buddhism, will guide us with teachings and stories about the country’s rich spiritual tradition into the Gobi desert to meet the Shambhala Oracle.
At Khamar Monastery in the Gobi desert, we will pray at Dvanaraja’s Shambhala land. Mongolians consider Shambhala Land to be an energy portal symbolically linked to the sublime realm of Shambhala. They journey here from all over to pray for a better future rebirth in Shambhala. After exploring the nearby meditation caves, we will hike one of the most sacred mountains of Mongolia known as the wish-fulfilling mountain.
Our journey continues to the oldest Monastery in Mongolia, Erdene Zuu where we will retreat and receive Kalachakra teachings. For students who are qualified, Khentrul Rinpoche will bestow the Higher Empowerment of Kalachakra as well as the transmission of the 3 Isolations practice. He will give teachings on the path of the 6 vajra yogas throughout the retreat.
To deepen our connection with the lineage, we will visit the Shank Monastery, established by Zanzabar – the reincarnation of Jonang master Jetsun Taranatha and the first Jetsun Dhampa (Buddhist head of Mongolia). We will conclude our tour back in the main capital, seeing the key religious sites and enjoying an authentic Mongolia cultural evening of Cham dancing and throat singing.
Registration and details available at http://rimebuddhism.com/event/kalachakra-pilgrimage-to-mongolia/
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Kalachakra Empowerment (Initiation)
Higher Kalachakra Empowerment (By application)
3 Isolation Transmission (By application)
Teachings on Mongolian Buddhism
ABOUT VESNA WALLACE
Vesna A. Wallace is a senior Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her fields of specialization are Indian Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhist traditions and Mongolian Buddhism. She has authored and translated four books related to Indian Buddhism, three of which pertain to the Kālacakra tantric tradition in India, published an edited on Mongolian Buddhism titled Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture and Society and more than seventy articles on Indian and Mongolian forms of Buddhism. Her most recent book, which is currently in the press by Oxford University Press, is an edited volume titled Sources of Mongolian Buddhism, and her forthcoming, co-authored book is The Text, Image, and Imagination in Mongolian Buddhist Rituals, which will be published by Columbia University Press.