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The one and only reason that Trump is leading at this time, is due to the fact that the GOP field is so large, and they're cannibalizing each other. As they drop out their supporters will gravitate to anyone but Trump, I hope. If not, it could be Canada for me.
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We should feel fed up with the violence and killing going on around us. If a human being is killed by an animal, it’s sad, but if a human being is killed by another human being it’s unthinkable. We have to make a special effort to think of each other as fellow human beings, as our brothers and sisters.
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"As social beings, we are all influenced by our immediate environment to various degrees. Do you know how much fear and anxiety you might have absorbed from others and now keep in your psyche on a daily basis? You might not even be aware of it but end up internalizing it over time. Day after day and year after year, gradually you came to believe that they were your own fears. Just like you cannot take responsibility for someone else’s actions, you cannot do much about those imposed fears other than lovingly release them." ~Yiye Zhang
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Kalachakra Mandala

The body of written wisdom reflecting upon mandalas and Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas in general, and the profound Kalachakra Mandala in particular, is substantial.  What is a mandala, and what is the Kalachakra mandala?  One wonderful introduction to the subject might be the book, The Wheel of Time: Sand Mandala, Visual Scripture of Tibetan Buddhism, by Barry Bryant (1940 - 1997), written in cooperation with Namgyal Monastery. (Snow Lion Publications)  Ven. Losang's own well-worn copy can be seen in some of the photographs in our Kalachakra photo galleries.  (And indeed, images of Losang himself, as well as his work, can similarly be seen in some of photographs in the book.)  The following excerpts are reprinted from this highly informative, colorful, and very readable work.

The Mandala

The Tibetan word for mandala is kyilkor, which means "center and surrounding environment."  The mandala of a tantric deity [in this case, the Buddhist deity, Kalachakra] includes the deity and his palace, which is also a representation of the mind of the deity.  Based on symbols familiar to the people of India during the Buddha's lifetime, each mandala is a pictorial manifestation of a tantra.  It may be "read" and studied as a text, memorized for visualization during meditation, and interpreted.


The most commonly known mandalas are depicted in two-dimensional form, showing a floor plan - like a blueprint - of the three dimensional palace of the deity, including the architectural design and the many decorative details.  Every component is a symbol representing an aspect of the teaching.  

The purpose of a mandala is to acquaint the student with the tantra and the deity and to allow the student to "enter into the mandala"; that is, to enter into the state of being in which the deity dwells.


The Kalachakra Tantra


Kalachakra (in Tibetan Du kyi khorlo) is a Sanskrit word that can be translated literally as "wheel of time."  Kala, or "time," is not linear time but the flow of all events, past, present, and future.  This is similar to our concept of space, which does not imply a particular direction or limitation.  The Kalachakra deity represents omniscience, for he is one with all time and therefore knows all.  Chakra, meaning "wheel," refers not only to the cycle of time but also to the way in which the enlightened experience of great bliss radiates like the sun from the self to all sentient beings.  The wheel, with no beginning and no end, is also the universal symbol of Buddhism, representing the teachings of the Buddha. ...


The Kalachakra Sand Mandala is a visual representation of the entire Kalachakra Tantra.  It is also a two-dimensional representation of the five-story palace of the Kalachakra deity, in which a total of 722 deities reside, with Kalachakra and his consort Vishvamata united in an embrace of perpetual bliss at the very center.


A Teaching for Our Time


On of the important features of the Kalachakra Tantra is that it is given for a community.  The Buddha offered it for an entire country, the mythical kingdom of Shambala, so historically the initiation has been given to large groups.  The Dalai Lama has remarked that in earlier times communities were separated by valleys, rivers, mountains or oceans, whereas today, with instant communication and transportation, our community includes the entire planet.  This is another reason why he feels Kalachakra is a teaching for our time.

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