The central symbol of the lotus, representing the Buddha, is surrounded by a structure that reminds a palace. Every detail of the mandala, each deity, and symbol have both a physical meaning (Outer Kalachakra) and spiritual symbolism (Inner Kalachakra) and they are interconnected by the doors of the structure.
This Mandala is a symbol of inner peace and helps to restore physical and mental balance.
Kalachakra is a complex meditation practice from the highest class of tantra, anuttarayoga. More than just providing a profound method for overcoming the detrimental effects of compulsive karma and attaining enlightenment to benefit all others. This Mandala one of the most popular Tibetan Buddhist paintings. Considered a very useful painting by many established practitioners it has become extremely popular in the West. Used by the Dalai Lama in many of his conferences as a support for his initiations, it is usually created by Monks in the form of a Sand Mandala. It can be considered a simple “diagram” of the basic principles and structures to follow when Meditating.
A Temple in Lhasa – Kalachakra
The Mandala of Kalachakra is the aerial view of the Kalachakra Temple, situated in Lhasa and contains 722 Deities, and at its heart on a Lotus flower, a single Buddha: Kalachakra. It is a 5 level structure, each level is represented by a square, and each square is set within the other.
The Legend behind the Thangka of the Kalachakra Mandala
The Kalachakra Mandala, come with an interesting legend or history depending on how you look at it. Involving the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama. Legend has it that King Shuchandra, the king of the mystical Kingdom of Shambala, asked Shakyamuni Buddha for a Tantra or teaching that would allow him to practice Dharma without giving up his worldly enjoyments and responsibilities. Much like what we all desire, a way to keep our comforts and remain faithful to our beliefs and ideals. Buddha then began teaching this to King Shuchandra, who transcribed his teaching into 60,000 verses that became known as the Kalachakra Tantra. It is upon this Tantra that the Mandala was created.
The Three Main Kalachakra
There exists three different Kalachakra, or “bodies” which Buddhist regard as vital to the understanding of life, linking our “being” to the Universe. This very concept that has prompted the Kalachakra Mandala to its current notoriety., offering a simple yet effective way to practice dharma and more importantly compassion.
External Kalachakra : This can be considered as the basic sciences: Astrology, Astronomy, and Mathematics
Internal Kalachakra: The structure of the human body and it’s Energy System which is known as Chakras.
Other Kalachakra: The Study and practice of the Kalachakra which leads us from our ordinary state to the state of Buddha-hood or Enlightenment.
Cotton Canvas, Colors (extracts from minerals & stones), Genuine 24K Gold (No Gold Substitute).
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