Kālacakra

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Sanskrit Noun

Kālacakra

Wheel of Time
कालचक्र
དུས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ།
時輪

Basic Meaning

Can refer to either the Kālacakra Tantra and its derivative texts or the systematic tantric tradition based on these texts, as well as the deity Kālacakra upon which the associated practices are centered.

Has the Sense of

A highly influential and important Tantric corpus throughout Tibetan Buddhism, especially for the Sakya, Geluk and Jonang traditions.

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Term Variations
Key Term Kālacakra
Topic Variation Kālacakra
Tibetan དུས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ།  ( dukyi khorlo)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration dus kyi 'khor lo  ( dukyi khorlo)
Devanagari Sanskrit कालचक्र
Chinese 時輪
Chinese Pinyin shí lún
Buddha-nature Site Standard English Wheel of Time
Ives Waldo's English Term Translating from the Tshig mdzod chen mo: anuttara tantra or its yidam whose ground path and fruition presentation have outer, inner, and other (dus sbyor) connections therefore called the wheel of time.
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Can refer to either the Kālacakra Tantra and its derivative texts or the systematic tantric tradition based on these texts, as well as the deity Kālacakra upon which the associated practices are centered.
Has the Sense of A highly influential and important Tantric corpus throughout Tibetan Buddhism, especially for the Sakya, Geluk and Jonang traditions.
Did you know? The Kālacakra Tantra was the last of the major Tantric works to appear in India, though it is deeply connected with mythical land of Shambhala.
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary 'Wheel of Time.' A tantra and a Vajrayana system taught by Buddha Shakyamuni himself, showing the interrelationship between the phenomenal world, the physical body and the mind
TshigmdzodChenmo 1) bla med rgyud sde zhig ste gzhi lam 'bras bu'i rnam gzhag thams cad phyi nang gzhan gsum gyi dus sbyor dang 'brel bas dus kyi 'khor lo zhes bya'o/ ... 2) gnyis med rgyud kyi yi dam zhig ... ming gi rnam grangs la khams gsum 'khor los sgyur ba dang/ gnyis su med/ tha ma med/ thabs shes bdag nyid/ thog ma'i mgon po/ dang po'i sangs rgyas/ rdo rje sems dpa'/ sdom pa la 'dus pa/ rnam kun mchog ldan/ rnal 'byor rnam pa/ 'pho med/ byang chub sems/ zhi ba/ rigs kun khyab bdag rigs med pa/ shes dang shes bya'i bdag nyid mchog e waM yi ge bcas so/