by Alexander Berzin
||Kalachakra. Das Rad der Zeit. 256 Seiten - O. W. Barth, Muenchen,
2002, ISBN: 3502610681 bei Amazon.de
«Dieses Buch ist die ideale Vorbereitung auf die Kalachakra-Initiation
und hilft Schritt für Schritt, die wesentlichen Punkte der
Zeremonie zu verstehen. Es erläutert in klarer Weise den Kalachakra-Weg
der spirituellen Entwicklung wie auch die damit verbundenen Gelübde
und Verpflichtungen» (S. H. der Dalai Lama).
||Introduction à l'initiation de Kalachakra, éd.
Vajrayogini, Marzens, 1985, 1999, ISBN : 2911582241 de Amazon.fr
1997, 199pp, ISBN 1-55939-084-0
||L'Iniziazione di Kalachakra, Ubaldini Editore
||Publishing House "Nartang"
Kalachakra tantra practice overcomes the limitations of historical,
astrological and biological cycles, to achieve Buddhahood. Since 1970,
many great Tibetan masters have given the initiation to large numbers
of people. Taking the Kalachakra Initiation expands oral teachings Alex
Berzin gave during several Kalachakra initiations to deepen participants'
experience before and after the initiation. He explains the tantric
theory, vows, commitments, how to visualize, and the thoughts and feelings
participants need to generate at each step of the empowerment. It presents
the variations in the Kalachakra initiation for the four lineages of
Tibetan Buddhism, and relates Kalachakra teachings to karma, astrology,
Tibetan medicine, the fabled land of Shambhala, and world peace.
Traditionally, the secrets of tantric methods for attaining enlightenment
were handed down from teacher to student in private ceremonies. An alternative
tradition allows for mass empowerments, in which a teacher, such as
the Dalai Lama, initiates scores, hundreds, even thousands of committed
seekers into these esoteric methods that hasten one's enlightenment
for the benefit of all. Alexander Berzin, who has studied for decades
under Tibet's Kalachakra experts, including the Dalai Lama, has put
together a handbook for those who have participated in, plan to participate
in, or just have an interest in the Kalachakra initiation. He provides
a background of the three-day ceremony, a summary of the texts from
which it originates, and a detailed description of the vows and methods
involved. Having served as a translator for the Kalachakra initiation
and a lecturer during the procedures, Berzin anticipates the concerns
of participants and explains in easy-to-understand language that takes
the mystery out of the ceremony and brings it down to earth. - Brian
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Review by Rudy Harderwijk:
This book could have had the sub-title 'A practical guide to the
Initiation'. I would consider it a very good introduction to the
much more formal and scholarly 'Kalachakra
Tantra, Rite of Initiation' by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and Jeffrey Hopkins.
Alex Berzin manages to convey the essence of the Kalachakra tantra,
the vows, committments, and the initiation ceremony in day-to-day language,
which makes the book absolutely essential for the serious first-time
initiate, and a 'must-have' for just about everybody else. Also for
people who do not intend to take the initiation, this book appears quite
suitable to remove misconceptions about tantra and may well inspire
some to take it.
As a practical guide, I could only wish for Alex' book to have included
for example the Kalachakra Six-Session Guru Yoga, or another (brief)
sadhana for practice afterwards, but that again may have been less appropriate
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