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The Practice Of Kalachakra
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2001
This is the best-written book on Kalachakra Tantra. It contains translations of extensive and short sadhanas, commentaries and other texts related to practice. There is exlelent explanation of origins, lineages and what is the most important - methods and methodology of Kalachakra Tantra. If you have initiation into this Tantra and you are going to practice -that is exactly what you need!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 15, 2004
For those who are preparing to take, or have taken, the Kalachakra initiation, this is a very valuable book and resource. Glenn Mullin, one of the world's leading Tibetologists, who specializes in the works of the Dalai Lamas, here provides an important contribution by translating very important texts on Kalachakra from the Tibetan tradition.
We find here texts ranging from the history of Tibetan Buddhism: the First Panchen Lama, the Fifth Dalai Lama, the present XIV Dalai Lama, etc., all writing on Kalachakra. Thus what we have is a compilation of important works throughout Buddhist history on this tantra -- all for the benefit of practitioners -- rendered in good English.
Mr. Mullin also provides an important introduction (the first half of the book), in which he explains the four classes of tantra, the Shambhala connection, the history of Kalachakra, etc. This section is very useful.
I would suggest supplementing this book with others -- the book on Kalachakra by HH the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins is excellent. Mr Mullin also recommends his own "The Six Yogas of Naropa" for those preparing for or recently having taken Highest Yoga Tantra initiations.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2002
This excellent collection of practices and commentaries on the Kalachakra tantra is, even more than 10 years after publication, still unique. Many of these texts had already appeared in various other of Mullin's works, but now collected in this excellent selection. The translations are preceded by a thorough introduction to the Kalachakra tantra and the Tibetan tradition it was preserved in. The translation style of Mullin is exceptionally clear and straightforward for these complicated texts. This collection is of great value to practitioners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
I purchased this book, and others, after my first Kalachakra Initiation. I find it extremely helpful and keep going back to it. It is constantly with me in my Kindle and continues to help my practice and understanding of the Kalachakra.
This one along with Alex Berzin's books, HH "Kalachakra Tantra..., and Vesna Wallace books) are the cornerstone of my Kalachakra Practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
This is a magnificent book! Glenn Mullin clearly traces the Kalachakra history and essence contextualizing it into precious quotes, poems and insights written by differents Dalai Lamas and masters. Furthermore, Mullin comments the stages of generation and completion of Kalachakra tantric path and presents brief sadhanas composed by the precious lamas. A great work!
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
The book is divided into two section the first being devoted to comment and introduction to the area of Tantric thought and practice and the second to historic documentation of kalachkra in the form of exerts. The grounds for claiming that the practices adhere to teachings in the sutras do not appear to be clear. This is a very difficult book to review because the author takes no position on the matter of historical validity or on the validity of the practices involved.

Readers will understand the quandary in relation to the following. The participant (male) focuses in meditation on the concept of emptiness and pulls back into consciousness if near attainment relying on the external conditions of a "Karmamudra" (the tantric method of sexual transmutation accomplished through the sexual union of man and woman while restraining desire and the orgasm). The restrained creative energy is transformed into bodhichitta: the energy of the awakening wisdom mind. Similarly: Karmamudra - the practice performed with a maiden possessing the physical attributes of a woman with whom one has a strong karmic link. The maiden herself has the full experience by means of her skillful embrace without the powers of meditation. Enough said, there appears to be a one-sided relationship here that is supposed to result in attainment of the supreme enlightenment. Could this possibly be true one wonders when one party is the servant of the other in the attainment thereof?

The fact of the practice is quite obvious but the effect thereof, although surely "rattling the rafters" cannot project anyone into the profound except only if both partners are totally one with the activity in the first instance. Otherwise, "You can't get there from here Toto". And when, in this diverse world of name and form, might it be possible for both partners to be equally developed spiritually? Again Toto, never, practically never since one will always depend on the other to a greater or lesser extent. If the stronger attains some form of quasi-enlightenment at the expense of the other? What then Toto? Why the weaker will drag the stronger back into the world of name and form that is what Toto. And why? Because it is always ever a matter of balance that is why dear Toto.
Author of The Journey To Enlightenment
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