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antarakalpa (T. bar bskal, བར་བསྐལ་), or intermediate eon, is an intermediary period of time between the beginning and end of a "great eon" (mahākalpa).

In the Sanskrit tradition, antarakalpa can refer to:

  • one of the four main divisions of a mahākalpa (the eons of formation, duration, destruction, and voidness)[1]
  • the twenty periods of time that compose each of these four main divisions[2]

See also: kalpa


  1. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. badhrakalpa.
  2. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. kalpa.


Further reading

  • Jigme Lingpa (2001), Treasury of Precious Qualities, translated by Padmakara Translation Group, Shambhala 
  • Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston: Shambhala, Revised edition, 1998), pages 25-26.