Entries Tagged as Kalachakra

Kalachakra Page: Updated

December 29, 2009 ·

The Kalachakra Page has been updated with additional information, images and sets. Also, a list of all of the many different forms and mandala configurations for Kalachakra has been added, however they have not yet been linked to known examples and works of art. The list is drawn from a number of different literary sources and traditions, but primarily from the Sakya, Jonang and Gelug Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

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List of Shambhala Kings by Katog Tsewang Norbu

July 17, 2009 ·

Tsewang Norbu (1698-1755) wrote a long description of the pureland of Shambhala, associated with the Kalachakra Tantra, along with a short text listing the name of each of the seven Dharma Kings and the following twenty-five Vidyadharas, their number in the series, and from which bodhisattva or deity they are an emanation.

In general, these Shambhala Kings are commonly depicted in art either in a single composition containing all thirty-two figures or in sets of paintings with one figure, three, four, or eight figures per composition. Their are also two different traditions, or ways, to depict the Shambhala Kings: [1] Royal Appearance and [2] Deity Appearance.

The short text of Tsewang Norbu listing the names and emanation sources for all of the kings of the Deity Appearance system is essential for understanding the differences between the two systems and their differing depictions of the kings.

As time allows all of the Shambhala King paintings on HAR, from the various Palpung Composition sets, will be identified and listed (linked) next to the appropriate name in the list of Tsewang Norbu.

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