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The practice of Kalachakra
by Glenn H. Mullin  

Snowlion, 1991, 348pp, ISBN 0-937938-95-5
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bookcover Taking the Kalachakra InitiationPublisher Snowlion: This detailed study of the Kalachakra Tantra discusses the tantric path to enlightenment. Mullin outlines the four classes of tantra, compares the Kalachakra generation and completion stage yogas to mainstream tantras and details the unique Kalachakra methods for enlightenment in this lifetime. Translations of seven essential texts on the practice of Kalachakra, including a sadhana selected by the Dalai Lama round out this excellent book.

Wisdombooks UK: The emphasis here is on the yogic practices of the Kalachakra tantra. The Kalachakra spiritual legacy is a vital and central part of Tibetan Buddhism and this work contains a detailed and practical overview of this unique tantric path. Translations of seven essential texts are presented, including a sadhana especially selected by the Dalai Lama for this book. These texts are Prayer of the Kalachakra Path by the sixth Panchen Lama, Prerequisites of Recieving Tantric Initiation by the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalachakra Guru Yoga Method by Khangsar Dorje Chang, Best of Jewels: a Sadhana Focusing on Glorious Kalachakra by Buton Rinpoche, Aspiration to Fulfill the Stages of the Glorious Kalachakra Path by the first Panchen Lama, Notes on the Two Yogic Stages of Glorious Kalachakra by the first Dalai Lama, Summary of the Kalachakra tradition by the thirteenth Dalai Lama and Concerning the Kalachakra Initiation by the present Dalai Lama. Mullin also discusses the tantric path in general by drawing on the writings of great teachers of the path, including the difference between the sutras and tantras, the four classes of tantras, and the generation and completion stages.

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Review by Rudy Harderwijk:
Overall Rating:
This excellent collection of practices and commentaries on the Kalachakra tantra is, more than 10 years after publication, still unique. Several of these texts had already appeared in various other of Glenn's works, but now collected in this excellent selection. The translation style by Mullin is exceptionally clear and straightforward. It may be somewhat less special for scholars, but of great value to practitioners.

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