Kalachakra Thangka

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Kalachakra Thangka - Orange Silk

The outer ring is called wisdom circle or protective ring. It is decorated with golden flames and the combination of these colors create a rainbow that symbolize the five aspects of the primordial wisdom and the five Dhyani Buddhas.After the space ring there are four inner rings representing the four main elements: air, fire, water, and earth.The central part of the mandala had 3 distinct inner layers called body, speech and mind mandalas. The geometric structure is the projection of a majestic palace with four gates and five floors.Inside the Body Mandala are represented with syllables and symbols a total of 536 deities. Twelve animals are depicted inside the main gates and protecting the outer walls, representing the months of the year.

The Body Mandala surrounds the Speech Mandala that has the same geometry and inside of which are represented 36 offering goddesses and 80 Yoginis.The most inner part is called the mind Mandala that occupy the last three floors of the palace and homes 80 deities.The lotus flower at the center is the symbol of the Buddha mind. There are several design of thangka paintings of the Kalachakra mandala. In the most complex artworks two deities are depicted in the center of the mandala instead of the lotus flower. These important deities are Kalachakra and Vishvamata depicted in Yab-Yum: the divine Tantric union that symbolize the cyclic nature of time. This is why the Kalachakra Mandala is also called the “time wheel”.

To meditate on the mandala and recite the Kalachakra mantra bring peace of mind and benefits for all sentient beings. The powerful Kalachakra mantra is spelled: Om Ham Ksha Ma La Va Ra Ya Sva Ha.

  • Thangka comes framed in a traditional silk brocade border
  • Hand-painted in Tibet
  • 25x40