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TIBETAN BUDDHIST ART

Ink & brush on paper

Original size: 39 x 50 cm

Dynkhor (Shri Kālachakra)

Traditional Thangka Painting by

Thomas Yeshe Dalarud

Dynkhor (Sanskrit: Kālachakra), Kalachakra refers both to a Tantric deity (Tib. yidam) of Vajrayana Buddhism and to the philosophies and meditation practices contained within the Kālachakra Tantra and its many commentaries. The Kālachakra Tantra is more properly called the Kālachakra Laghutantra, and is said to be an abridged form of an original text, the Kālachakra Mulatantra which is no longer extant. Some Buddhist masters assert that Kālachakra is the most advanced form of Vajrayana practice; it certainly is one of the most complex systems within tantric Buddhism.

The Kālachakra tradition revolves around the concept of time (kāla) and cycles (chakra): from the cycles of the planets, to the cycles of human breathing, it teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one's body on the path to enlightenment.

The Kālachakra deity represents a Buddha and thus omniscience. Since Kālachakra is time and everything is under the influence of time, Kālachakra knows all. Whereas Kālachakri or Kalichakra, his spiritual consort and complement, is aware of everything that is timeless, untime-bound or out of the realm of time. In Yab-yum, they are temporality and atemporality conjoined. Similarly, the wheel is without beginning or end.

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Detail of Dynkhor with Consort

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with Consort

Detail of right arms, upper section

Detail of left arms, upper section

Detail of right arms, lower section

Detail of left arms, lower section

Subdued deities of desire

Subdued deities of ignorance

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