The Practice of Kalachakra
- Snow Lion01/01/1991Pages: 348Size: 5.5 x 8.5ISBN: 9780937938959Details
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The Kalachakra spiritual legacy is a vital and central part of Tibetan Buddhism. Presented here is a detailed and practical overview of this unique spiritual path.
In Part One, the author discusses the tantric path to enlightenment by drawing on the writings of great scholar-practitioners of the past. He describes the sutrayana and vajrayana paths, outlines the four classes of tantras, compares the Kalachakra generation and completion stage yogas to those of the mainstream tantra,s and details the unique Kalachakra methods for attaining enlightenment in this lifetime. Part Two contains translations for seven texts for the pratice of Kalachakra, including a sadhana selected by the Dalai Lam for this book. Glenn Mullin's perceptive and very readable discussion of the theory and practice of this profound tantric system is an excellen addition to the literature on this subject.Author Bio
Glenn Mullin is the author of over thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. His earlier titles focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. Other titles of his elucidate practice traditions such as Lam Rim, Lojong, the Six Yogas of Naropa, Kalachakra, and so forth. He has been an international teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation for the past twenty-five years.
Glenn lived in Dharamsala, India, for some fifteen years. There he studied under twenty-five of the greatest masters of Tibet, including the Dalai Lama and his two main gurus.
In 1986 Glenn formed The Mystical Arts of Tibet Inc., which brought Tibetan monks to North America to perform sacred temple music and dance and create sacred sand mandalas. These were the first “Lama Tours” in America, and several of them visited a hundred or so cities in its year on the road.
In 1995 Glenn was asked to curate an exhibition of the sacred art of the Dalai Lamas for an Atlanta museum, in honor of the 1996 Summer Olympics there. Later he curated a further half dozen Tibetan Buddhist art exhibitions for other museums across the US. He has also worked on four Tibet-based films and six television projects.
Glenn now divides his time between writing, teaching, and leading pilgrimages to the power places of Tibet.
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.Praise
"This detailed study of the Kalachakra Tantra discusses the tantric path to enlightenment. Mullin outlines the four classes of tantra, compares the Kalachakra generation and completion stage yogas to mainstream tantras, and details the unique Kalachakra methods for enlightenment in this lifetime. Translations of seven essential texts on the practice of Kalachakra, including a sadhana selected by the Dalai Lama, round out this excellent book." —Mandala: A Tibetan Buddhist JournalSelected Reader Reviews