Kalachakra Empowerment

July 28-30

Kalachakra Empowerment Ceremony2017-07-04T05:31:19+00:00



A precious and rare opportunity to receive the Kalachakra empowerment from a Jonang-Scholar and Rimé Vajra Master in the United States.

Jonang is the only tradition that holds the Kalachakra completion stage practices known as the 6 Vajra Yogas of Kalachakra. The Kalachakra is very important for our world so much so his Holiness the Dalai Lama has given the empowerment 34 times. One can receive the Kalachakra empowerment from any vajra master who is able to grant it, but only the Jonang masters can bestow the completion stage teachings. For those who are interested in following this profound path through to enlightenment, a connection to the Jonang-Shambhala lineage must be established. It’s extremely rare to find the Jonang teachings available outside of remote northern Tibet. 


Event Locations & Driving Instructions2018-07-14T23:40:31+00:00

United Lodge of Theosphists

Theosophy Hall

245 West 33rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90007 USA
(213) 748-7244


From the Harbor Freeway (110) North, take the Exposition Blvd exit, turn Right (East) then turn Left (North) on Grand Avenue. Go two blocks, cross Jefferson Blvd., go another short block and the Lodge is on your Right.

From the Harbor Freeway (110) South, exit at Adams Blvd., continue straight onto Figueroa Street, turn Left (East) on Adams Blvd, go three blocks, and turn Right (South) on Grand Avenue. Go to 33rd Street; the Lodge is on your Left.

From the Santa Monica Freeway (10) East, either (1) take the Interchange to the Harbor Freeway (110) South, and follow those directions. OR (2) continue on the Santa Monica Freeway, past the Harbor Interchange, and exit at Grand Avenue. Turn Right (South) on Grand Avenue, cross Washington Blvd and Adams Blvd (about one mile total) to 33rd Street. The Lodge is on your Left.

From the Santa Monica Freeway (10) West, either (1) take the Interchange to the Harbor Freeway (110) South, and follow those directions. OR (2) exit Main Street (the last exit before the Harbor Freeway) and continue straight on 16th Street. Turn Left (South) on Hill Street, go under the (Santa Monica) Freeway, cross Washington Blvd. and Adams Blvd. (about one mile total). Turn Right (West) on 33rd Street; the Lodge is on your Right just before Grand Avenue.

Buses and Metrorail 

Buses run on all major streets and avenues around Theosophy Hall. The Blue Line Metrorail runs on Washington Blvd., and stops at Grand Avenue, a mile North of the Lodge. The Metro Expo Line now stops at the Galen Center/USC, at Jefferson Blvd and Flower Street, about three blocks from the Lodge. Public transportation is provided throughout the area by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Contact the MTA for travel times and fares for both buses and Metro Line: www.mta.net

Croation American Club

Croation American Hall
631 West 9th Street San Pedro, California 90731



Lodging Suggestions2018-07-14T23:37:13+00:00

The Kalachakra Initiation and Retreat will be held in San Pedro, South of Los Angeles. The talks will be spread through Los Angeles to allow a wide number of people to attend them. All venues are accessible by public transportation. You can also take Uber or Lyft easily between locations. 

Your best bet is to look for lodging on AirBnb.

Accomodations in San Pedro, Long Beach and surrounding areas will be most convenient to the Initiation itself. There will be a talk on the West Side of LA, East side of LA and one just South of Downtown. Please plan ahead!


Los Angeles Bus & Train2018-07-14T23:32:29+00:00


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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area.

For more information, click here to visit the Metro website.

Los Angeles Airports2018-07-14T23:31:22+00:00

The nearest major airport is Long Beach Airport (LGB / KLGB). This airport has domestic flights from Long Beach, California and is 19 miles from the center of San Pedro, CA.

Another major airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX / KLAX), which has international and domestic flights from Los Angeles, California and is 20 miles from San Pedro, CA.

John Wayne Airport (SNA / KSNA) has international and domestic flights from Santa Ana, California and is 38 miles from San Pedro, CA.

Bob Hope Airport (BUR / KBUR) has domestic flights from Burbank, California and is 39 miles from San Pedro, CA.

Schedule – 3 Isolations Retreat2018-04-17T05:23:12+00:00

This is the approximate schedule which is still being finalized.  This will give you a good idea of when to arrive and depart.

Sept 14 Friday 

12pm  Lunch, arrival Registration and check-in

2pm to 3:30pm. Meditation & Enlightening the Heart w/ Rinpoche’s Guru Mantra

4pm to 6pm Divine Ladder w/ Innate Kalachakra Recitation

6pm to 7pm  Group Dinner

7pm to 9pm Opening Ceremony Khentrul Rinpoche – an Introduction to the 4 Higher Empowerments

Sept 15 Saturday

6-8am Divine Ladder Practice

8-9am Breakfast

9 am Higher Empowerment & Transmission 

12:00 – 1pm Lunch

1pm – 3pm 3 Isolations Practice

3pm – 4pm Personal time or/ Meditation Practice Interviews w/ Rinpoche

4pm – 6pm 3 Isolations Practice

6pm – 7pm Dinner

7-9pm 3 Isolations Practice  /or Rinpoche teaches

Sept 16 Sunday – Sept 19 Wed

3 Isolations Practice

Sept 20 Thursday 

10:30am – Check out- all attendees needs to check out by noon. 


Driving Instructions – 3 Isolations Retreat2018-04-17T04:42:50+00:00

You will loose cell reception on your way to the retreat. Please download and save the appropriate directions before you go.

From Southern California


From Fresno and Northern California


What to bring – 3 Isolations Retreat2018-04-17T04:37:54+00:00
  • Meditation cushion or your set up for sitting (There will only be a few provided in case someone forgets their cushion.)
  • Offering (flowers, food, perfume, fragrance incense to contribute)
  • The weather fluctuates from almost 90 in the day to 50s at night
  • The Profound Path of Vajra Yoga Sadhana
Parking & Transportation – Gyuto Foundation2018-04-17T01:03:31+00:00

There is plenty of parking at the retreat center. Please print a map before you go as cell reception is not reliable in the mountains. If you are planning to stay in an accommodation for 1 or 2 people vs the shared room, you will need a car or to be in a home with someone who has a car as those accommodations will be off site.

Parking & Transportation – Gyuto Foundation2017-04-17T20:16:20+00:00

There is a good amount of parking at the facility. If space runs out, there is street parking within walking distance.

About Khentrul Rinpoche2018-05-25T13:56:06+00:00

Renowned Jonang scholar and Rime master, Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche, studied in 11 monasteries under 25 teachers before becoming Khenpo (teacher) of Dzamthang monastery in Tibet. He was awarded the title of Rimé master, meaning master of all traditions, by the supreme master Lama Lobsang Trinley in 1997 and conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2003. His vast and comprehensive knowledge offers the West a rare opportunity to engage in Buddhist practice from a non-sectarian point of view and access the most profound teachings of Highest Yoga Tantra as taught by the Jonangpa.

Khentrul Rinpoche is considered the 7th emanation of Bodhisattva Akasagarbha. His previous reincarnations appeared three times in Eastern Tibet as Washul Lhazu Lama, Trulku Ngawang and Getse Khentrul.

Today, Khentrul Rinpoche is a highly realised Vajra Master of Kalachakra Tantra. He is known for his pure morality, incredible scholarship, meditative attainments and deep unwavering compassion.

Rinpoche has written and published more than 10 books in Tibetan and other languages. He advises many monasteries and organisations.

Prerequisites & Commitments2018-07-09T11:52:52+00:00

KALACHAKRA EMPOWERMENT CEREMONY – The Initiation: 7 Empowerments of a Growing Child

There are no prerequisite to receive the Kalachakra Empowerment. Participants should be prepared to take refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows when taking the generation stage Kalachakra empowerment. There is no set commitment. Participants are encouraged to practice regularly.


Aspirants must have received the Kalachakra Initiation and have practiced the Jonang-Kalachakra Ngondro. Please read the how to practice section on KhentrulRinpoche.com to determine where you are. If you feel ready please apply to be a student of Khentrul Rinpoche’s and explain the amount of practice that you have done. If he accepts you for the Higher Empowerments and Wen-Sum (3 Isolations) Transmission you can register for the empowerment and retreat.


There are no prerequisite to attend the Innate Kalachakra Jenang empowerment but only those who have previously received a Kalachakra Initiation of the 7 Empowerments of a Growing Child  will be able to generate as Innate Kalachakra.


There are no prerequisite to attend the Kalachakra bardo teachings or Phowa retreat.  Participants should have an interest in the Kalachakra and a desire to be prepare to die well.


There are no prerequisite to attend and practice at the Vajrasattva retreat. Some teachers require or give an empowerment into Vajrasattva prior to the practice but Khentrul Rinpoche does not. You can start practice at any time as you prepare to take the Kalachakra empowerment. It is beneficial to have taken refuge and boddhisattva vows formerly but are not necessary to attend the retreat and start the practice as long as you are able to earnestly take these vows in your heart.


There are no prerequisite to receive the Vajravega Jenang but only those who have previously received a Kalachakra empowerment will be able to generate as Vajravega.

Request Financial Aid2018-07-08T23:45:31+00:00

English Requests: No member of the community will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you would like to sponsor a member of our community in need or request financial assistance please email chloe@rimekalachakra.org

Los Angeles – Nota: Ningún miembro de la comunidad será denegado por falta de fondos. Para pedir asistencia financiera por favor de mandar un mensaje por email a:  la@rimekalachakra.org 

New York – Nota: Ningún miembro de la comunidad será denegado por falta de fondos. Para pedir asistencia financiera por favor de mandar un mensaje por email a:   ny@rimekalachakra.org


July 28 – 30
Friday 28th, 7-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
General Attendee – $175
Monks & Nuns – Free
No one turned away for lack of funds.


Chloë Bregman
(650) 416-6401


Gyuto Foundation
6401 Bernhard Avenue
Richmond Heights, CA 94805

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Who's Attending

132 people are attending Kalachakra Empowerment Ceremony

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