Mahākalpa

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Mahākalpa (T. bskal chen), or great kalpa, is the period of time during which a universe passes through the four phases:

  1. formation (Tib. ཆགས་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. chags pa'i bskal pa),
  2. duration (Tib. གནས་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. gnas pa'i bskal pa),
  3. destruction (Tib. འཇིག་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. 'jig pa'i bskal pa) and
  4. voidness (Tib. སྟོང་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. stong pa'i bskal pa).

Generally, a great kalpa is composed of eighty intermediary kalpas, twenty for each of these four periods.[1]

See also

References

  1. For more details see Kangyur Rinpoche, Treasury of Precious Qualities (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2001), 'Appendix I'.
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