Kalachakra Mandala Painting

Kalachakra painting

Kalachakra Mandala Painting

Kalachakra or Wheel of Time in Sanskrit is the name of one of the main deities of the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. According to tradition the teachings of Kalachakra were transmitted by Shakyamuni Buddha in the sixth century BC, at the request of Suchandra, the king of the pure land of Shambhala. These teachings are compiled in a text called Kalachakra Tantra which has been transmitted from generation to generation.

The lessons recorded in the Kalachakra Tantra are interpreted into three levels – external, internal and alternative. The external Kalachakra refers to the physical world the elements of the universe and the laws of time and space dealing with astronomy, astrology and mathematics. The Kalachakra is the internal elements of the body the psychophysical households the physical and psychological, dealing with the physiology Tantric and the energy system of the human body. The Kalachakra alternative deals with the base the path and outcome of yoga, meditations, leading to the enlightened state of divinity and his Kalachakra mandala. Thus the practice of Kalachakra alternative Kalachakras purifies the external and internal.

All elements of the mandala – the symbolic diagram of a divine palace, the very wheel of time – represent some aspect of divinity Kalachakra and his pure land. There are 722 deities in the mandala, symbolizing the various aspects of consciousness and the reality is that the wisdom of Kalachakra. Interpreting and understanding all these symbols are equivalent to reading and understanding the whole range of lessons the Kalachakra Tantra teaches.

The divinity lies at the heart of the Kalachakra mandala. His divine palace is made by our own personal mandalas: body, speech, mind, wisdom and great bliss. The palace is divided into four quadrants, each with walls, gates and centers. The colors are representations of specific elements: black or blue in the west represents the air, red in the south represents the fire yellow or orange in the west represents the earth and white in the north represents the water.

The palace square of 722 gods are on the circle of the earth the other circles representing water, fire, air, space and consciousness extend beyond the walls of the palace. The external circles represent the cosmos and ten gods reside in one of these circles all serving as protectors.

The Kalachakra mandala is dedicated to peace and balance inside and outside. When you see a Kalachakra Mandala Thangka Painting you can feel peace on many levels.