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Vimalaprabha (Sanskrit) means 'Stainless Light Commentary', or 'Dri-med ‘od' (in Tibetan), it is a commentary to the Kalachakra tantra, more specifically, the Laghutantra or Abridged Kalachakra Tantra from Shambhala King Manjushri-Yashas. The Vimalaprabha was written by Shambhala King Pundarika.

The earliest definition of the term "hatha yoga" is found in this text, which defines it in relation to the center channel, bindu etc.[1]

This Vimalaprabha commentary, together with the Laghutantra form the basis of the Kalachakra practice as it is currently known and practiced in Tibetan Buddhism, as part of the Vajrayana practices.


  1. ^ James Mallinson, "Sāktism and Hathayoga," 6 March 2012. <URL> [accessed 10 June 2012] pgs. 2

Further reading[edit]

  • Kilty, G. Ornament of Stainless Light, Wisdom 2004, ISBN 0-86171-452-0
  • Berzin, A. Taking the Kalachakra Initiation, Snowlion 1997, ISBN 1-55939-084-0 (available in German, French, Italian, Russian)
  • Wallace, V.A. The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual Oxford University Press, 2001