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Mandala of Kalachakra in Yab-yum

Mandala of Kalachakra in Yab-yum

Mandala of Kalachakra in Yab-yum

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Tibetan Thangka Painting

Size of Painted Surface 14.5" X 25.0"
Size with Brocade 26.0" X 37.0"
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This handsome thangka portrays the mandala of Kalachakra Buddha in Yab-yum posture with his consort. Kalachakra is the principal deity in Kalachakra mandala of the Nishpannayogavali. The famous Tantra of the Buddhists called the Kalachakra Tantra introduces the cult of Kalachakra into Buddhism. It is said that the cult of Kalachakra came into vogue in the 10th century and the cult was given the name of Adibuddhayana or Adiyana. According to Vimalaprabha, commentary on the Kalachakra Tantra, by introducing the worship of Kalachakra, the wheel of time, an attempt was made to bring the warring communities of the Hindus and the Buddhists under the same banner, and unite them against the cultural penetration of the Mlechchas from the western borders of India who were destroying old and ancient civilization. The cult of Kalachakra is very famous in Tibet.

Moreover the Kalachakra Tantra is a method or path of reaching enlightenment faster although with great effort, capable of leading the practitioner to Buddhahood within one human lifetime. The meaning of the Kalachakra Tantra is contained within three wheels of Time, called the External, the Internal and the Alternative. The External Kalachakra refers to the external environment, the physical universe and the astronomical system. The Internal Kalachakra refers to the beings that live within the physical universe, and describes the bodily channels, 'wind', and drops of fluids and how they circulate inside the body. The Alternative Kalachakra refers to the methods to reach enlightenment, together with their result. The Alternative Kalachakra contains the Kalachakra initiations, which authorize the person who takes to follow the systematic Kalachakra path to Buddhahood.

In the center of the mandala, Kalachakra is standing in alidha attitude and embracing his consort, Vishvamata, mother of all. He is prostrating personages under his legs. He has four faces. The central face is blue, his right face is white, while the two to the left are yellow and red. He has twelve arms. The original ones, blue in color, are crossed around the waist of his consort and holding vajra and ghanta( here it is not clearly visible). His upper hands, in light yellow color, are holding the elephant's skin. The remaining hands, in red and white colors, hold tantra symbols, here it is not clearly visible. Kalachakra wears a tiger-skin skirt and a long garland of skulls.

The consort of Kalachakra, Vishvamata is represented with only one head and two arms. Her both the legs are wrapped around his waist. Her left hand is behind his neck, while the right hand is holding a cup. Kalachakra has wisdom flame aureole and green halo behind his body and head, respectively. The inner circle of the mandala, in which Kalachakra Father-Mother are depicted, is surrounded by eight lotus petals containing the images of Cosmic Buddhas. The area, outside the circle of lotus petals, is decorated with stylized designs. Outside the lotus circle there is a square, which has four gates with dancing Dakinis in them. Over the gates are beautiful houses with decorations. The upper center of the houses depicts Dharma wheel flaked by deers. Vases with flowers in them and Nagas (Serpent deities) are depicted on either side of each gate outside the walls. Over each corner of the square, there is a scene of mountainous landscape in semi-circles. A lotus petal circular border, and a yellow circle surround the whole square. Then there is an outer circle of yellow. The yellow circle is surrounded by another outer circle of fire fence.

In the row across the top, Adi-Buddha Vajradhara is in the center. He is flanked by offering deities in clouds. Below this row from the left hand side are Akasha or Maitri Dakini, A great Adept Gayadhara, Padmasambhava as Padmaraja or Lotus King, Padmasambhava as Loden Chogse (eight manifestations of Padmasambhava), and Vidyadhari or Phampi Yogini, respectively. Just below them are offering divinities, either side of the fire fence circle.

At the bottom are, Naro Dakini in left corner, Vaishravana in the center and Guhyeshvari Dakini in the right corner. All these Dakinis depicted in upper and lower corners have wisdom fire aureole and they are dancing on corpses. The painting is brilliantly drawn and painted. The painting is very much suitable for esoteric sadhana and practices.

This description is by Dr. Shailendra K. Verma, whose Doctorate thesis is on "Emergence and Evolution of the Buddha Image (From its inception to 8th century A.D.)".

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