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Why Study and Practice Kalachakra?

Alexander Berzin: Why Study and Practice Kalachakra?

An important question to ask ourselves before we receive a Kalachakara empowerment and to continue asking ourselves periodically after we have attained one is why study and practice Kalachakra? Continua »

 

Jamgon Kongtrul: Buddha Nature

shakyamuni

Buddha Nature by Jamgon Kongtrul

Toronto, August 8, 1990

Translated by Ken McLeod

The principal reason for my visiting Toronto at this time is to present what is known as the empowerment of Kalachakra, Wheel of Time. This is a preliminary talk on Buddhism, about the Dharma, the teachings of Buddha. What I wish to talk about this evening is a very important teaching from the final cycle of teachings, which come from Buddha Shakyamuni. The principal theme of this cycle of teachings is Buddha Nature. Continua »

 

A General Explanation of Kalachakra called: The White Lotus

A General Explanation of Kalachakra called: The White Lotus

Namo Guru Shri Kalachakraye

Homage to Guru Kalachakra Continua »

 

Jhado Rinpoche: Introduction to Kalachakra 1

Ven. Jadho Rinpoche

Ven. Jadho Rinpoche

1 – Introduction to Kalachakra by Ven. Jhado Rinpoche

Bodhgaya, January 2002

Today Rinpoche is beginning with the introduction, because many of you have come to Bodhgaya to receive the Kalachakra empowerment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, so for this Jhado Rinpoche is extremely thankful for your presence. Rinpoche personally is also here to receive the Kalachakra empowerment from His Holiness and hence from this point of view we are all the same in the sense that we are all here to receive this empowerment. Rinpoche is here in order that we do not waste this precious opportunity, he says that we are all here to help each other and he hopes that through tonight’s talk he will be able to be of some benefit or help or service to everybody in providing and sharing with all of us as much knowledge as he has of Kalachakra. Continua »

 

Jhado Rinpoche: Introduction to Kalachakra 2

Kalachakra mandala

Kalachakra mandala

2 – Introduction to Kalachakra by Jhado Rinpoche

Bodhgaya, January 2002

The speciality of Kalachakra tantra

The third outline was showing how the Vajrayana path is more supreme and superior to the Sutrayana path and the fourth outline was showing how the highest yoga tantra is more supreme than the three lower tantras. And here we come to the fifth outline, which is explaining about the speciality of the Kalachakra tantra.

In the path of secret mantra there’s this practice of Kalachakra, which is extremely profound, extremely well known through all the world. When we try to achieve enlightenment, we try to cultivate the path to buddhahood. Continua »

 

Jadho Rinpoche: Practice of Six Sessions Guru Yoga of Kalachakra

The Kalachakra Ritual Dance

The Kalachakra Ritual Dance

Question and Answer Session

By Jhado Rinpoche

Bodhgaya, January 2002

Q: What are the most important points to focus on in one’s practice after having received the Kalachakra initiation?

A: In general there are many things to practice after having received the Kalachakra empowerments, however the main thing is to train one’s mind in the common path, so Rinpoche quotes a verse from the “Foundation of All Good Qualities”, that was composed by Lama Tsong Khapa which says:

Having trained well my mind in the common pathways,

please bless me to enter the Vajaryana,

the gateway of the fortunate ones.

So in this particular verse it shows that one must have trained well one’s mental continuum in the common pathways, the pathways that are common to the sutra path such as renunciation, bodhicitta and emptiness. Having placed such imprints on one’s mind stream, if then one trains in the generation and completion stages, one will have great success. And also if one has already established firmly these three principles of the path or the common pathways in one’s mind stream, then when one receives the Kalachakra empowerments, one receives greater blessings. Continua »

 

Kirti Rinpoche: The Kalachakra Mantra

kalachakraThe Kalachakra Mantra

Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche: Graz, Austria, September 1999

In the following the main mantra of Kalachakra will be explained. The mantra is as follows:

OM AH HUM HOH HAM KSHAH MA LA VA RA YA HUM PHET

The first four syllables OM AH HUM HOH of the mantra are the four vajra syllables of body, speech, mind and wisdom: OM is the vajra of body, AH the vajra of speech, HUM the vajra of mind, and HOH is the vajra of wisdom. These are the four vajra syllables.

The next two syllables, HAM and KSHAH, are the seed syllables for the father Kalachakra (HAM) and, correspondingly, his consort Vishvamata (KSHAH).

The subsequent syllable MA is the basis for the inestimable mansion of Kalachakra. The mansion is a threefold mandala: in the center there is the mandala of the mind, around that the mandala of the speech, and again around that the mandala of the body. These are the three mandalas of the mansion and it is represented by the seed syllable MA. Continua »

 

Alexander Berzin: Explanation of the Kalachakra initiation – 1

His Holiness the Dalai Lama prepares the Kalachakra mandala.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama prepares the Kalachakra mandala.

Explanation of the Kalachakra initiation.

By Alexander Berzin at Maitreya Institute, Maasbommel, Netherlands on 26 – 28th of April 1985

Why Kalachakra is special.

Kalachakra means cycles of time. The initiation to Kalachakra is very special for many reasons. It’s special and worthwhile to do. First of all it’s special because His Holiness is giving the initiation some of his qualities. Continua »

 

Alexander Berzin: Explanation of the Kalachakra initiation – 2

kalachakraBuilding up the correct motivation

Why do we actually want to get involved with Kalachakra? There are many different reasons that might come to our minds and if we are going because it’s something which is very high and something which is so special then that really isn’t a very stable type of reason for going. Because in fact we could have the same type of motivation for going to a big rock concert or any type of festival, because it’s something so exciting so rare and so interesting. In fact there are many different things that we can think of in terms of why we might want to go.

As all the lamas always say: “Everybody wants to be happy and nobody wants to be unhappy or have problems”. And that’s very true. We can look at our lives and although we might want very much to be happy, we find very often that our lives don’t seem to have much meaning to them etc. and we just have the same type of routine, each day. Continua »

 

Alexander Berzin: Explanation of the Kalachakra initiation – 3

kalachakraDEITIES

There are all these different deities and all of them have lots of arms and faces and this is something which a lot of western people have difficulty relating to, because they’d say that, “Well, this is some sort of Tibetan thing or Indian thing”. We can’t really relate to it, so, “Why don’t we just throw it out the window and do something a little bit more western style”. This is really missing the point of what’s involved with all these various deities because they have many different levels of purpose and meaning and symbolism for all the different parts they have.

First of all the Tibetan word for these deities is the word “Yi-dam” and a Yi-dam is a personal deity to bind our minds closely with. We shouldn’t get confused by this word “God” or “Deity” and think that we are talking abut the creator God. It’s completely different.

What is being discussed is a certain type of image, being that we want to bind ourselves closely with, so that we take it like an ideal model of what we want to be. Continua »

 

Detailed Outline of the Kalachakra Empowerment – 1

kalachakra tools

kalachakra tools

Detailed Outline of the Kalachakra Empowerment

This is a study document, initially drawn from by Alexander Berzin – Outline of the Kalachakra Empowerment prepared for the Mongolian translator of the Kalachakra empowerment conferred by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, August 1995 – then modified significantly with content from Kalachakra Tantra – Rite of Initiation by Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama; translated by Jeffrey Hopkins. Continua »

 

Detailed Outline of the Kalachakra Empowerment – 2

kalachakra mantraThe disciples are instructed to sleep on their right sides, with the kusha grass under their mattresses and pillows, as explained before, and with their heads facing the mandala. Even if their heads are not facing the mandala, they need to imagine that they are. They need to observe and remember the dreams they have at early morning, just as the sky begins to become light. In going to sleep, don’t allow the mind to be polluted by conceptuality; just be mindful of Kalachakra and, within that, think of the altruistic intention to become enlightened and the view of emptiness as much as you can. If you cannot do that, first cultivate faith and compassion and look straight forwardly at the mind itself.The students offer a mandala and then leave as the lama still has various things to do. Continua »

 

Study Guide to the Namasamgiti

Study Guide to te Namasamgiti

With Reference to the Vimalaprabha Continua »

 

View from the Kalacakratrantra

The body as a text and the text as the body: a view from the Kalacakratrantra’s perspective.

Vesna A. Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara Continua »

 

Mipham’s commentary on the Kalachakra

Mipham’s commentary on the Shambhala sections of the Kalachakra Tantra

I. INTRODUCTORY

Namo Shrii Kaalachakra dharmadhaatu Vaagishvara. Continua »

 

Kalachakra: the Four Creative-Energy Drops and the Winds of Karma

The Kalachakra Presentation of the Four Creative-Energy Drops and the Winds of Karma, Together with an Analysis of Their Relation with Our Everyday Experience Continua »

 

The body as a text and the text as the body: Kalaciakratrantra

Vesna A. Wallace: The body as a text and the text as the body: a view from the Kalaciakratrantra’s perspective

Vesna A. Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara Continua »

 

Overview of Kalachakra

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Alexander Berzin: Overview of Kalachakra

Cycles of Time and Karma

The word kalachakra means cycles of time, and the Kalachakra system presents three such cycles – external, internal and alternative. Continua »

 

Jhado Rinpoche: Question and Answer Session on Kalachakra

Question and Answer Session on Kalachakra by Jhado Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, January 2002

Q: What are the most important points to focus on in one’s practice after having received the Kalachakra initiation? Continua »

 

Explanatory Talks at the Rikon Kalachakra Initiation 1985

Explanatory Talks at the Rikon Kalachakra Initiation 1985

Alexander Berzin, Rikon, Switzerland, July 29-31, 1985. Originally published as Guidelines for Receiving the Kalacakra Empowerment. Seattle: Dharma Friendship Foundation, 1989.

Day One

I am very happy to be with all of you today. Continua »

 

The Kalacakra Tantra on the Sadhana and Mandala

The Kalacakra Tantra on the Sadhana and Mandala: A Review Article

The Kalacakra Tantra: The Chapter onSadhana, Together with the Vimalaprabha Commentary, Translated from Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mongolian, Introduced and Annotated by Vesna A. Wallace. (Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences Series, Tengyur Translation Initiative). New York, The American Institute of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, and Tibet House US, 2010.

The Kalacakra Tantra was the last Buddhist tantra to appear in India, before the disappearance of Buddhism there, roughly a thousand years ago. Continua »

 

Kalachakra Guru-Yoga

Kalachakra Guru-Yoga

(Integrating With The Sublime Teacher Kalachakra, Cycles Of Time: An Excellent Vase of Demon-Defying Nectars of Devoid-FormdPal dus-kyi ‘khor-lo’i bla-ma’i rnal-‘byor stong-gzugs bdud-rtsi’i bum-bzang) by Panchen Lama III Continua »