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Ornament of Stainless Light : An Rexposition of the Kalacakra Tantra - Khedrup Norsang Gyatso

Ornament of Stainless Light

An Rexposition of the Kalacakra Tantra

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The premiere volume of Thupten Jinpa's thirty-two-volume Library of Tibetan Classics series, inaugurated to coincide with the Dalai Lama's conferral of the initiation rite of Kalacakra in Toronto in April 2004.

The Kalacakra, or "wheel of time," tantra likely entered Indian Mahayana Buddhism around the tenth century. In expounding the root tantra, the Indian master Pundarika, one of the legendary Kalki kings of the land of Shambhala, wrote his influential Stainless Light. Ornament of Stainless Light is an authoritative Tibetan exposition of this important text, composed in the fifteenth century by Khedrup Norsang Gyatso, tutor to the Second Dalai Lama.

One of the central projects of Kalacakra literature is a detailed correlation between the human body and the external universe. In working out this complex correspondence, the Kalacakra texts present an amazingly detailed theory of cosmology and astronomy, especially about the movements of the various celestial bodies. The Kalacakra tantra is also a highly complex system of Buddhist theory and practice that employs vital bodily energies, deep meditative mental states, and a penetrative focus on subtle points within the body's key energy conduits known as channels. Ornament of Stainless Light addresses all these topics, elaborating on the external universe, the inner world of the individual, the Kalacakra initiation rites, and the tantric stages of generation and completion, all in a highly readable English translation.

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"An excellent introduction to the more advanced forms of Indian-Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism in general. Kilty's translation is accurate and faithful to the original. Being a translation rather than an interpretation, the book presupposes that the reader has a solid foundation in basic Buddhism and the Mahayana, and some acquaintance with the Vajrayana. This book is required reading for advanced students of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism; it belongs in any library seeking thorough coverage of the Buddhist tradition."--John Newman, New College of Florida
"A radiant gem drawn from the vast ocean of Tibetan literature on the Kalackra tantra. It provides a clear, comprehensive summary of the basic structure and essential features of this important system of mysticism. Also, Khedrup Norsang Gyatso's interpretations of controversial issues in the Kalackra contribute to our understanding of the evolution of Tibetan theories of mysticism. Gavin Kilty's faithful translation makes this work easily accessible--it is a fitting inaugural volume for The Library of Tibetan Classics."--John Newman, MacArthur Professor of Asian Religions, New College of Florida
"Spectacular."--E. Gene Smith, Founder, Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

Ornament of stainless light : an exposition of the outer, inner, and other Kalacakra
Compilation of the Root and Condensed tantrap. 25
The primordial mind and bodyp. 53
The three themes of Kalacakra tantrap. 75
The formation of the external world and its dimensionsp. 79
The inhabitants of this worldp. 91
The stars and the planetsp. 105
Resolving contradictions between Kalacakra and Abhidharma cosmologyp. 145
The development of the bodyp. 161
Channels, winds, and dropsp. 177
Discrepancies between Kalacakra and other tantrasp. 195
Qualifications of master and disciplep. 211
Description of the mandalap. 225
The initiationsp. 231
The seven childhood initiationsp. 243
The four higher initiationsp. 247
The higher-than-high initiationsp. 257
The two stagesp. 271
The generation stagep. 277
The two accumulationsp. 281
The body vajrap. 285
Analysis of the colors of the lunar-day deitiesp. 303
Resolving doubts concerning the process of generationp. 317
The speech vajrap. 341
The mind vajrap. 369
The gnosis vajrap. 375
The six-branched yogap. 391
Withdrawal : night yogap. 411
Withdrawal : day yogap. 439
The yoga of meditative absorptionp. 461
Pranayama : the yoga of the windsp. 475
Vajra recitationp. 483
Vase yogap. 495
The yoga of retentionp. 513
The yoga of recollectionp. 523
The yoga of meditative concentrationp. 553
The fruits of the two stagesp. 585
Table of Tibetan translationp. 595
Enumerations mentioned in the textp. 598
Time measurementp. 602
Linear measurementp. 604
Kalacakra word-numeralsp. 605
Approximation and accomplishment in the six-branched yogap. 610
The six elements and the inner worldp. 611
Kalacakra-related chronologyp. 612
Diagram : the Kalacakra world realmp. 615
Diagram : the sun's path over the earth and water mandalasp. 616
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ISBN: 9780861714520
ISBN-10: 0861714520
Series: Library of Tibetan Classics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 1st August 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 5.41
Weight (kg): 1.24

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