Here is a stunning visual introduction to the artistic and spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. According to the monks who create it, the Kalachakra Sand Mandala, also known as the "Wheel of Time," imparts peace and healing to all beings and to the planet. Remarkable not only for its profound beauty but also for the intricate process of its construction—a delicate sifting of colored sands into elaborate patterns and symbols rich in meaning—the mandala serves as a visual scripture and vital key to understanding the essential teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
This lavishly illustrated volume captures each stage of the mandala's construction, the serene joy and painstaking discipline of the monks, and the fascinating history behind its symbolism.
"This book brings a crystal clarity to one of the most profound rituals of Tibetan Buddhism. Barry Bryant has produced a gorgeous. powerful. and thorough guide to everything about the Kalachakra, from the technical details of the mandala's architecture to the deep spiritual meanings it embodies."—Daniel Goleman, author of Healing Emotions
"If you were stranded on a desert island and wanted just one comprehensive reminder of what Buddhism has to offer, plus the significance of the Kalachakra as a vehicle for world peace, it would have to be this gem. Certainly it is about the creation and meaning of the Kalachakra Sand Mandala (the monks who help to make it say they are reconstructing a representation of something that already exists: the utopia of Shambhala). But it is so much more: the life of the Buddha, his teachings, the coming of Buddhism to Tibet, the Dalai Lamas, Namgyal Monastery, the bestowing of the Kalachakra on whole communities, the initiation rituals, the practice of the Kalachakra Tantra in our daily lives to transform our consciousness . . . all in a riveting readable style. Plus some beautiful illustrations."—Mandala: A Tibetan Buddhist Journal