Bodh Gaya is about the faces, the devotion, and the tree.
To ring in 2012 I participated in the Kalachkra. A buddhist celebrations that brings half a million of the world poorest Buddhists to one small town to meditating on peace.
May I be inspired to accomplish the meditations Of the supreme Yoga’s of the profound tantric path Of Kalachakra, the king of tantric traditions, And thus purify and dissolve all physical materiality, Giving rise to the dance of the empty body In union with the great unchangings bliss That in turn induces highest enlightement, The state of the primordial Buddha Kalachakra.” From Prayer of the Kalachakra Path, by the Sixth Panchen Lama
Kalachakra means Time-Wheel, as “Kala” is Sanskrit for Time and “Chakra” (or Cakra) is Wheel in Sanskrit. It is also translated as Time-Cycles. Much in this tradition revolves around the concept of time and cycles ; from the cycles of the planets, to the cycles of our breath and the practice of controlling the most subtle energies within one’s body on the path to enlightenment. The Kalachakra deity represents omniscience as everything is under the influence of time; he is time and therefore knows all. Similarly, the Wheel is beginning less and endless.