Two Arm Kalacharka

Two Arm Kalachakra 'Yub - Yung'. Usually when you see Kalachakra he has a great many number of arms, holding many different implements in them. This thangka reflects the teaching of Changchub Dorje, (1826- 1961/78), a Tibetan lama who was one of the teachers of Chogyal Namkai Norbu Rinpoche.

In the center of the thangka there is Kalachakra (Yub-yung), which means in union, surrounded by a halo of flames.
To the top left is Namkai Norbu RInpoche, sitting in a cloud throne, with Dzamling Gar sitting on a mountain in the background.
To the top right is Guru Garab Dorje sitting in a thigle in the sky and in the middle of them both is Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri, who are a symbol for minds true nature.

Kalachakra literally translates to 'wheel of time', so at the bottom of the thangka there is a depiction of a Tibetan mother giving birth to a child outside of her house with a close friend. On the other side there is a depiction of what's called a charnel ground. These are places likened to grave yards, in old Tibet it was considered a good thing to commit a body back to the earth for the animals. So in the thangka you can see what's called an sky burial. This was typically when a body was left in a high place as food for vultures and wolves.

Painting completed 2015
Painted by Damien Pascoe
Acrylic on canvas, 48cm x 71.5cm, Private commission
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