Although thought to have once been a carefully guarded secret of the Shambhala Kingdom, the Kalachakra Tantra is now widely known. The Dalai Lama himself has given thirty-three separate initiations into this practice all over the world, including in Tibet, India, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
In an essay on his website, His Holiness writes, “the Kalachakra initiations empower the disciple to practice the yoga of the Kalachakra tantra, and, ultimately, to achieve the state of Shri Kalachakra.” As with other mandala practices, the goal here is for the initiate to “enter” into the mandala and identify with the deity represented therein.
The floors of the palace depicted in the Kalachakra Mandala, from the ground up, represent:
Arrayed around the palace are four elemental rings and two outer rings. From the inside out they are:
Taken together, all of these elements compose a microcosm of the universe, ruled by time personified.