The premiere volume of Thupten Jinpa’s thirty-two-volume Library of Tibetan Classics
series, inaugurated to coincide with the Dalai Lama’s conferral of the initiation rite of Kālacakra
in Toronto in April 2004.
The Kālacakra, or “wheel of time,” tantra likely entered Indian Mahayana Buddhism around the tenth century. In expounding the root tantra, the Indian master Puṇḍarīka, one of the legendary Kalkī 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 Kālacakra
literature is a detailed correlation between the human body and the external universe. In working out this complex correspondence, the Kālacakra
texts present an amazingly detailed theory of cosmology and astronomy, especially about the movements of the various celestial bodies. The Kālacakra 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 Kālacakra
initiation rites, and the tantric stages of generation and completion, all in a highly readable English translation. (Source: Wisdom Publications
Kilty, Gavin, trans. Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kālacakra Tantra. By Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (mkhas grub nor bzang rgya mtsho). Library of Tibetan Classics 14. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2004.
Kilty, Gavin, trans. Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kālacakra Tantra. By Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (mkhas grub nor bzang rgya mtsho). Library of Tibetan Classics 14. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2004.;Ornament of Stainless Light;Geluk;Vimalaprabhā;Kālacakra;Norzang Gyatso;ནོར་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ་;nor bzang rgya mtsho;mkhas grub nor bzang rgya mtsho;མཁས་གྲུབ་ནོར་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ་; Gavin Kilty;Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kālacakra Tantra;mkhas grub nor bzang rgya mtsho