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Kālacakra

Vesna Wallace

in Buddhism

ISBN: 9780195393521
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195393521-0083
Kālacakra

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The Kālacakra (wheel of time) is one of the latest Buddhist tantric traditions that appeared in North India in the early 11th century. Its early history in India is unclear, and Tibetan sources on its history differ. The tradition was imported in the 11th century to Tibet, where it became one of the major tantric systems, influencing not only Tibetan Buddhist doctrinal views and practices but also Tibetan astronomy and medicine. It was introduced to the Mongolian court during the Yuan dynasty, and translations of the Kālacakratantra and its commentaries into Mongolian began in the 17th century. The popularity of the Kālacakra tradition in Europe and America commenced in the latter part of the 20th century, and initiations into this tantric system continue to this day in the West and in Asia.

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Subjects: Buddhism ; Tibetan Buddhism ; Zen Buddhism

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