There are two sections to the Kalachakra initiation, the preparatory procedures, and actual initiation.
The six preparatory steps
Step 1. Setting a proper motivation and bestowing the inner initiation
Setting the motivation involves the disciples purifying themselves by taking a bath symbolized by sipping a handful of water and offering prostration. The master performs a ceremony of sending out a ritual cake, which symbolizes dispelling any obstructions to the initiation.
The disciples then make a mandala offering holding flowers in .