Washington DC, USA, 14 July 2011 - On July 14th His Holiness the Dalai Lama began the first stage of the actual Kalachakra empowerment. Early in the morning, His Holiness left his hotel for the Verizon Centerto continue with the preparatory self-generation prayers.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick in Washington DC on July 14, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
Referring to the Christian tradition of total submission to God and doing his will, His Holiness also praised “our Christian brothers and sisters” as they have made the greatest contribution to education.
His Holiness then mentioned that during the Kalachakra initiation that he bestowed in Switzerland in 1985, the Aga Khan had come. Later, during a Kalachakra in India, a Hindu master had come. He said today during the Kalachakra in Washington, D.C. we have the visit of a Christian leader.
|Over 10,000 attended the KalachakraPreliminary Empowerment at the Verizon Center in Washington DC on July 14, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
At the conclusion His Holiness announced that there would not be a webcast of the session tomorrow as it is the actual empowerment that involves tantric vows that need to be received in person from the master. The public viewing of the Kalachakra Mandala also began in the evening.
US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Under Secretary Maria Otero, attended part of the afternoon session.
Today’s session (as well as yesterday) was attended by over 10,000 people. In the past few days the daily attendance has been increasing. Attendance is expected to be the largest on July 16.