tamdrin wrote:I have been contemplating buying tickets to the full 11 days at 425$. Plus there will be costs for transportation and hotel/food so it should cost a pretty penny. Is it worth it to go to this event "Kalachakra for world peace" with HHDL. I recently heard the Karmapa is trying to get permission from the Indian Government to come. I am a little hesitant to take on a commitment to have to do a specific practice every day.. so I wonder If he will give that commitment also.. Any thoughts?
I will second the excellent comments from Nangwa and Madeliaette. The benefits are that one has the opportunity for purification through the empowerments, one could clear away further obscurations and even attain enlightenment on the spot, one connects to the Kalachakra mandala, one connects deeper to the Vajra Guru (in this case HHDL!), one can connect with the other lamas present (I don't think this is taught but I think it is true), one creates the causes and conditions for the Kalachakra practice and teaching to flourish and bring benefit to the world, one creates some connections with other people attending, in future lives one can easily connect with the Kalachakra teachings, one can take the practice up later in life if one wishes (and if one does practice well then one can attain the 7th bhumi in this life).
HHDL's Kalachakra teachings are a kind of TB Woodstock in a way - but this is meant in a very positive way.