Kalachakra Practice

The practice of Kalachakra is characterized by a direct approach to uncovering one’s original perfection and purity.   

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Kalachakra works with the correspondence between the individual, human society, and the natural world.

A unique feature of the Jonang tradition among all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism is it's specialty and focus on Kalachakra practice. 

All Tibetan traditions revere the Kalachakra as a King of Highest Yoga Tantra, with the Kalachakra Empowerment given many times as a powerful blessing contributing to personal, world and Universal Peace.  It is solely the Jonang tradition, however, that has an extensive lineage of realized masters keeping alive pith practical instructions, both in Deity Sadhana and most essentially, the Kalachakra lineage of highest advanced esoteric stages is complete and held only within the Jonang.  His Holiness Dalai Lama always points to the Jonang as the lineage holders capable of bestowing these profound highest teachings of the completion stages of practice, that can lead to full enlightenment in one lifetime.

 

The Methods for Practicing Kalachakra

There are two main stages of the Kalachakra Path. Through familiarzation with the Generation Stage, the mind can be purified to bring you closer to your ultimate nature. Then, through the Completion Stage, working with the subtle body enables the attainment of enlightenment within a single lifetime.

Root Text

The Essence of the Practice Chapter *

By Kalki Manjushri Yashas and Jetsun Taranatha
This text contains verses from the fourth chapter of the Abridged Tantra in which Manjushri Yashas presents the profound path of the Kalachakra Generation and Completion stages. These methods are used to accomplish the realisation of Immutable Bliss, which is the cause for actualising the state of a fully enlightened Buddha within a single lifetime. This essential summary was composed with verses extracted from the Jonang translation created by Kunkhyen Dolpopa and his students and later arranged by Jetsun Taranatha.

 

Supplementary Materials

The Preliminaries to Kalachakra Practice

Overview of the Common Preliminary Practices *

By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Rinpoché presents a general overview of the traditional preliminaries and how they work to prepare your mind for experiencing your most sacred truth.

Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels *

By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
In this three-part series, Rinpoché presents the outer, inner and secret objects of refuge which act as supports for a Dharma practitioner at different stages of the spiritual path.

Generating the Mind of Enlightenment *

By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
In this five-part series, Rinpoché provides a detailed explanation of Bodhicitta, including how it is generated and how to distinguish Relative Bodhicitta from Ultimate Bodhicitta. He then concludes with a summary of the key trainings to engage in once this mind has been generated.

Purifying the Two Obscurations *

By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Rinpoché discusses how purification is necessary for the removal of obscurations, and how meditation on Vajrasattva is a particular strong method for clearing negativities.

A Skilful Method for Accumulating Merit *

By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Rinpoché discusses the importance of accumulating merit and how the mandala offering is an especially skilful method for generating momentum for your practice.

The Profound Practice of Guru Yoga *

By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Rinpoché introduces how to develop pure perception in relationship to the Conventional Guru in order to strengthen one's connection to the Ultimate Guru.

The Six Vajra Yogas of the Kalachakra Completion Stage

A Summary for the Practice of the Six Branched Yoga *

By Kyabjé Lama Lobsang Trinlé
In this short text, Lama Lutrin lays out the essential sequence of practice for accomplishing Buddhahood in one lifetime through the Six Branched Yoga of the Kalachakra Tantra.

 

 * Texts available at Khentrulrinpoche.com- opens in a new window

 Find detailed commentaries on the  "Enlightened Reality of Kalachakra"  in Book Three of Unveiling Your Sacred Truth.  *

Find detailed commentaries on the "Enlightened Reality of Kalachakra" in Book Three of Unveiling Your Sacred Truth.  *