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Nick lives in the Boston area where he is working towards a graduate degree in Buddhist studies. He is originally from the Karme Choling neighborhood.

Oct 28
Sunday

Shambhala in the Kalachakra Tantra

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Kalachakra Mandala, courtesy of HimalayanArt.org

Kalachakra Mandala, courtesy of HimalayanArt.org

By Nick Trautz

We often hear about the connection between Shambhala and the Kalachakra tradition. While the Kalachakra initiation has been given publically by teachers like His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, it is less common to have exposure to the Kalachakra Tantra source-material in translation. This year, I have enjoyed the good fortune of studying the Kalachakra texts as part of my graduate program in Buddhist Studies. I thought it might be interesting to share some of what I have learned about Shambhala in the Kalachakra tradition.

The History of the Kalachakra

The Kalachakra is an encyclopedic collection of vajrayana Buddhist knowledge, including material on astrology, the human body, ritual, and meditation practice. The Kalachakra tradition gained prominence in India sometime in the early 11th century, making it the last of the tantric traditions to develop in India. The Kalachakra eventually disappeared along with Buddhism in India, but flourished in the Tibetan world, where it is still studied and practiced today.

The Kalachakra system draws on broad influences in formulating its content, enough so that the text at times must defend itself from critics who don’t recognize some of its material as Buddhist. But in general, the Kalachakra has proven its significance as a major source of vajrayana knowledge, and is present across Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Continue…

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