Buddhism is one of the great wisdom streams pouring forth onto the earth.
The pantheon of Buddhas embody a potent call to wake up from our individual and collective dream and to, as Buddha said,
radiate boundless love towards the entire world ~ above, below, and across ~ unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.
antique prayer flag woodblock I create Kalachakra pieces with
The Kalachakra (Kala = time, chakra = cycles) is a highly advanced teaching in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. (Vajrayana, or ‘Diamond Vehicle’ refers both to the indestructible nature of awakened Mind and the skilful means of realizing it.)
While most of us experience time as something which leads us from birth, childhood and youth to maturity, old age and death, the Kalachakra tantric teachings point the way to the transformation of both the inner and outer nature of time.
To reach this depth of understanding is something only a few attain. But simply to be exposed to the teachings brings a powerful blessing.
To this end, the Dalai Lama has performed the initiation thirty-four times to huge gatherings, as he believes its harmonious power is vital in these dramatic but transformative times…capable, as he says, “of creating peace of spirit and therefore peace in the world.”
The Kalachakra seed syllable is an embodiment of this beneficent energy. It’s also known as the ‘Tenfold Powerful One’, as it contains imagery of sun, moon and flame as well as seven individual syllables.
All these elements have many layers of meaning and correspondence but, at its simplest, the auspicious symbol is renowned for dispelling negativity while radiating protection and attracting blessings of health, harmony, joy and abundance.
Therefore, a representation of Kalachakra is traditionally revered as a potent blessing on one’s home, where it’s often put by the threshold.
cast glass in wooden base
cast glass in box frame
cast glass in wooden base
core cast glass Avalokitesvara
Also known as Chenrezig, this Bodhisattva of Compassion is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. Avalokiteshvara is the earthly manifestation of the self born, eternal Buddha, Amitabha. He guards this world in the interval between the historical Sakyamuni Buddha, and the next Buddha of the Future Maitreya.
According to legend, Chenrezig made a a vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. After working diligently at this task for a very long time, he looked out and realised the immense number of miserable beings yet to be saved. Seeing this, he became despondent and his head split into thousands of pieces. Amitabha Buddha put the pieces back together as a body with very many arms and many heads, so that Chenrezig could work with myriad beings all at the same time.
His mantra is the best-known of Tibetan Buddhist mantras, beloved by millions:
Om Mani Padme Hum
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