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Key Term Kālacakra
Hover Popup Choices Kālacakra; Kalachakra; Wheel of Time
In Tibetan Script དུས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ།
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration dus kyi 'khor lo
Devanagari Sanskrit Script कालचक्र
Tibetan Phonetic Rendering dukyi khorlo
Chinese Script 時輪
Chinese Pinyin shí lún
English Standard 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 Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Can refer to either the Kālacakra Tantra and its derivative texts or to 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 the mythical land of Shambhala.
Rangjung Yeshe's English Term '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
Tshig mdzod Chen mo 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/