Kalachakra (tib. dus kyi ‘khor lo yab yum), meaning cycles of time, has many levels of symbolism, as all tantra practices do. The symbolism reveals itself in the world picture Kalachakra presents in the form of a mandala palace and 722 Buddha-figures dwelling within and around it.
Traditional texts explain the symbolism in terms of realizations of various aspects of the Kalachakra path to enlightenment.
This thangka was painted according to terma (hidden teaching), transmission and oral instructions of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.
2004-2005, 42.5 x 33 cm
canvas, mineral pigments, gold, brocade, silk
Property of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu