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Kalachakra Practice Group London 

The Kalacakra Practice Group is a UK-based group of practitioners of the Kalacakratantra. The sole membership requirement is to have received a Kalacakra Initiation. The purpose of the group is to support practitioners by providing opportunities for group recitation and meditation, using traditional practice materials. The group has invited qualified teachers to give initiation and instruction, and in various ways the group facilitates study of the Kalacakratantra.

The group includes Kalacakra initiates and students of lamas from all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. All these traditions are appreciated for their Kalacakra lineages. In particular, however, the group is founded on the lineages held by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche. Although the origins of the group can be traced back to a group retreat at Manjushri London Centre in 1983, the present group was established following the Kalacakra Initiation given by Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in 1996.

The group does not have its own group teacher. Rather, members share knowledge and experience with one another, based on their personal practice and study. External authorities on Kalacakra to whom members of the group refer, include Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche and Jhado Rinpoche. However, sources of knowledge and inspiration on Kalacakra from all Tibetan Buddhist traditions are respected.

The group is part of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, which is a centre of the FPMT. Therefore the group follows the guidelines of the FPMT regarding visiting teachers and practice materials. In particular, the group appreciates the general advice of Geshe Tashi, resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre.

We meet monthly at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, on Saturdays from 14:00 to 17:00, please see the programme on the Jamyang website for exact dates and times.

Meeting dates in London:
2009 October 24
November 28

There is also the possibility of an occasional gathering in Bristol. Since the Amaravati Initiation, with several new members, the group is placing more emphasis on practice of the Mind Mandala Sadhana and the Kalacakra Tsog Puja.

Practice texts used by the group include:

  • The Mind Mandala Sadhana by Detri Rinpoche
  • The Jewelled Heart by Buton Rinpoche
  • Six session Guruyoga according to Kalacakra by Ling Rinpoche
  • The Body, Speech and Mind Mandala Sadhana by the Seventh Dalai Lama
  • The Kalacakra Tsog Puja by the Seventh Dalai Lama
  • The Full Protection Wheel practice by the Seventh Dalai Lama
  • The Garuda Sadhana [made available by Jhado Rinpoche]

(All these texts are available in the Initiates Area, via the English Resources page.)

A Yahoo group, recommended for those on email, supports communications. To join it, you can email the moderator stating where, when and from whom you received the Kalacakra empowerment, and what email address you wish to be invited to.

Andy Wistreich


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