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Ornament of Stainless Light: an exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra

Ornament of Stainless Light: an exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra
Khedrup Norsang Gyatso
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The premiere volume o f Thupten Jinpa's thirty-volume LIBRARY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS , to be inaugurated to coincide with the Dalai Lama's conferral of the initiation rite of Kalachakra in Toronto in April 2004.

The Kalachakra (literally, "Wheel of Time") tantra, a core practice of Tibetan Buddhism , is a method for transforming the universe by working with the body and mind. This first volume of the LIBRA RY OF TIBETAN CLASSICS Series was hand-picked by the Dalai Lama - who recognized it as the finest possible explication of this practice - and overseen by Thupten Jinpa, whose work has been indispensable to Tibetan Buddhism, both in the West and on the whole.


"The first published work of the new Library of Tibetan Classics series, initiated and coordinated by renowned translator Geshe Thupten Jinpa, is Ornament of Stainless Light by Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (d. 1513), a commentary on the Kalachakra root text, the Vimalaprabha. His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself selected this text for inclusion in the Library of Tibetan Classics series. Gavin Kilty's translation is scholarly and practical, his lucid introduction demonstrating his excellent grasp of the subject matter. Whether you are a Kalachakra practitioner, a student of Tibetan Buddhism, or interested in science from a new angle, this book is worthy of study."
— Mandala: A Tibetan Buddhist Journal

"When the Dalai Lama performed the Kalachakra initation for a crowd of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden in 1991, a page was turned in the history of tantra. It was perhaps because of the popularity of this event and the success of others like it that when he was asked to select a text for the inaugural volume of an important new series, the Dalai Lama chose a commentary on the Kalachakra tantra. According to series editor Thupten Jinpa, The Library of Tibetan Classics will total thirty volumes and offer a representative sampling of Tibet's vast literary legacy, from Buddhist philosophy to medical and historical works. The inaugural volume, ORNAMENT OF STAINLESS LIGHT: AN EXPOSITION OF THE KALACHAKRA TANTRA, is an important resource for anyone who has attended or will attend one of the many public performances of the Kalachakra initiation around the world."
—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly