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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Dalai Lama to perform ceremony in D.C.

By Washington Post Editors

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(Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

The Dalai Lama will visit D.C. in July to perform Buddhism's largest ritual open to the public, the Kalachakra, according to the Capital Area Tibetan Association.

The 11-day event, which includes prayers and teachings, culminates with the creation of giant sand mandala at the Verizon Center. Tickets are available, but they're not cheap. A Ticketmaster search turned up a pass that cost $506 for the entire event, although cheaper single day and multi-day passes are available. Bonus: the Dalai Lama will celebrate his 76th birthday during the event.

Want more details? This is how the Tibetan Asscociation describes Kalachakra:

When you attend the entire 11-day cycle of the Kalachakra, you will see the building of the great Kalachakra sand mandala; extensive opening rituals with prolonged periods of beautiful harmonic chanting; ritual dances to prepare the hall as a sacred ground; three days of teachings from His Holiness, presenting the foundations of Buddhist thought, so that each person has a basis for understanding; 3 days of the actual empowerment ceremony, which includes 11 levels of initiation; and a concluding day in which the mandala is dissolved, a ceremony expressing our wishes and prayers for His Holiness to enjoy a long and healthy life, and a long-life blessing for all in attendance are conducted.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2011; 11:51 AM ET
 
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He is going to do the Kalioprah on the Dalai Bama.

Posted by: polecatx1 | February 28, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Think the Dalaiman would be interested in Dancing With Stars?

Maybe he and Oprah could partner-up.

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