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Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra
By: Khedrup Norsang Gyatso

Ornament of Stainless Light

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Author: Khedrup Norsang Gyatso / Gavin Kilty, tr.
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780861714520
Publication Date: 2004

Product Code: 12856

The Kalachakra, 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 Kalachakra literature is a detailed correlation between the human body and the external universe. In working out this complex correspondence, the Kalachakra texts present an amazingly detailed theory of cosmology and astronomy, especially about the movements of the various celestial bodies. The Kalachakra 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 Kalachakra initiation rites, and the tantric stages of generation and completion, all in a highly readable English translation.

The first published work of the new Library of Tibetan Classics series, initiated and coordinated by renowned translator Geshe Thupten Jinpa, is Ornament of Stainless Light by Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (d. 1513), a commentary on the Kalachakra root text, the Vimalaprabha. His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself selected this text for inclusion in the Library of Tibetan Classics series. Gavin Kilty's translation is scholarly and practical, his lucid introduction demonstrating his excellent grasp of the subject matter. Whether you are a Kalachakra practitioner, a student of Tibetan Buddhism, or interested in science from a new angle, this book is worthy of study.

Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra, Khedrup Norsang Gyatso / Gavin Kilty, tr., Wisdom Publications, Hardcover, 2004, 672 pp., $59.95

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