Important Practice Dates
Calendar for Kalachakra Year 2995 (Mar. 20, 2018 - Mar. 6, 2019)
Due to the interdependence between the external universe and the internal body, specific moments in time are more conducive to practice. Not only do these dates increase the potency of the virtuous karma created on them, but they also help to strengthen our connection with the profound lineage of Kalachakra.
|March||18||Kalachakra New Year|
|31||Full-moon & Turning of the Kalachakra Tantra|
|April||30||Full-moon & Enlightenment of the Buddha|
|June||17||The First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma|
|28||Full-moon & The Buddha’s entry into the womb of his mother|
|July||11||New-moon & Partial Solar Eclipse|
|28||Full-moon & Total Lunar Eclipse|
|August||11||New-moon & Partial Solar Eclipse|
|October||2||Descent of the Buddha from god realm|
|January||6||New-moon & Partial Solar-Eclipse|
|7-20||The Buddha’s Demonstration of Miracles|
|21||Full Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse|
NOTE: All dates are calculated in relation to the longitude of Melbourne, Australia. Please check local sources for exact times when these events will occur in your location.
About the Kalachakra Calendar
According to the Kalachakra Tantra, the yearly cycle of time is calculated at vernal equinox when the sun enters into the zodiac sign of Aries. At this moment, the length of the day and night are equal and therefore marks a very specific astronomical event with which to base the calendar.
While the Tibetan calendar is based on the methods of calculation found in the Kalachakra Tantra, its year is aligned with the Chinese system of calculation, which means that the Tibetan new year (losar) generally starts two months earlier.
To learn more about how the Kalachakra calendar works, please visit this page written by Edward Henning.