By Paul Rincon (Science editor, BBC News)
The most coveted prize in particle physics - the Higgs boson - may have been glimpsed, say researchers reporting at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva.
The particle is purported to be the means by which everything in the Universe obtains its mass. Scientists say that two experiments at the LHC see hints of the Higgs at the same mass, fuelling huge excitement. But the LHC does not yet have enough data to claim a discovery.
Finding the Higgs would be one of the biggest scientific advances of the last 60 years. It is crucial for allowing us to make sense of the Universe, but has never been observed by experiments. more...
Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India from December 31 to January 10: During the first three days of the Kalachakra, from December 31, 2011 to January 2, 2012, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals.
From January 3 to 5, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling States of Meditation (gomrim barpa), Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's 37 Practices of A Boddhisattva (laklen sodunma), Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema), Nagarjuna's The Praise to the World Transcendent (jigten ley deypar toepa) & Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen's The Precious Lamp in Praise of Bodhicitta (jangchup sem kyi toepa rinchen drolma).
On January 6, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery.
His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from January 7 to 9.
On January 10, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.
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