Kalachakra – Mandala and Stupas around the world
He has always represented stepping to the left on two prostrate personages under the right footholds and a bow and arrow the one under the left a trident and Khatvanga.
Table of Contents
- 1 - Kalacakra Mandala and it’s Sacred Symbolism
- 2 - How to Display Kalachakra Mandala?
- 3 - The Three Main Rings of Kalachakra Mandala
- 4 - Kalachakra Shakti
- 5 - Kalacakra Stupas
Kalacakra Mandala and it’s Sacred Symbolism
Kalacakra represents the omniscience. In the painting, there are concentric circles signifying different meanings. In the center, there is a lotus flower that represents the universe blossom like a lotus. The structures on four sides are the Palace in Tibet. The mantras making a circle are OM MANI PADME HUM.
The Kalachakra mandala is definitely one of the most eye-catching thangka paintings and appreciated for the symbolic elements that compose it and the visual representation of important teachings of traditional Tibetan Buddhism.
How to Display Kalachakra Mandala?
First of all, it is important to know how to display the Kalachakra mandala correctly.
Notice the four different colors red, yellow/orange, white, and black of the main inner elements.
The mandala must be oriented with the black side facing down.
The Three Main Rings of Kalachakra Mandala
The outer ring is called a wisdom circle or protective ring. It is decorated with golden flames and the combination of these colors creates a rainbow that symbolizes the five aspects of the primordial wisdom and the five Dhyani Buddhas.
The geometric structure is the projection of a majestic palace with four gates and five floors.
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.
The Kalachakra Mandala is also represented with one of the most important and well-known symbol of the Tibetan Tantric tradition: the Sanskrit seed syllables of the Kalachakra system known as “the mighty ten stacked syllables”.
The exact meaning of Kalacakra stupa refers symbolism of stupa as well as Buddhist understanding about the universe as mentioned in Kalachakra’s teachings.
Stupas are the structure that expresses the nature of the mind in a perfect way. It embodies both enlightened states of Buddha with body, mind, and speech, the ten Bodhisattva levels, as well as the universe.
Dhanyakataka Stupa, Guntur district, India
The oldest of all Kalacakra Stupas is Dhanyakataka Stupa. The stupa is not in a complete form, however, there is a museum with a few replicas of the original Dhanyakataka Stupa.
Bokar Monastery, Mirik, India
Stupa in Karma Guen, Spain
Stupa in Karma Guen, Spain
This stupa is situated in the South of Spain and was built under the guidance of Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche. It was the first stupa assisted by Tsechu Tsechu Rinpoche. He had mentioned this stupa to be the “Mother Stupa”, for the stupas in the west. It is located in Diamond Way Buddhist (Karma Kagyu ) center.
Stupa in Dharamsala, India
This structure is inside the residence of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.
Stupa in Garanas, Austria
Stupa at Kurukulla Center, Boston
The construction of Kurukulla Center started in September 1989, when the late Geshe Losang Jampa, who was the resident teacher at Milarepa Center, suggested to Lama Zopa Rinpoche that he might be able to reach more people if he lived in Boston rather than Vermont. Rinpoche agreed, and thus, Kurukulla Center came into being.