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'''Kalpa''' (Skt.; Tib. [[བསྐལ་པ་]], [[Wyl.]]'' bskal pa'') — an aeon, a vast period of time related to the different phases of a great universe (or [[trichiliocosm]]), according to [[Abhidharma]] literature.  
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'''Kalpa''' (Skt.; Tib. [[བསྐལ་པ་]], [[Wyl.]]'' bskal pa'') — an aeon, a vast period of time related to the different phases of a great universe (or [[trichiliocosm]]), according to [[Abhidharma]] literature. There are many different types of kalpas corresponding to different lengths of time such as [[great kalpa]]s, [[intermediary kalpa]]s, [[small kalpa]]s, [[incalculable kalpa]]s, [[kalpa of formation]], [[kalpa of duration]], etc.  
  
A '''great kalpa''' (Skt. ''mahākalpa''; Tib. བསྐལ་ཆེན་, Wyl. ''bskal chen'') is the period of time during which the universe passes through the four periods (or '''medium kalpas''') of
 
#formation (Tib. ཆགས་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. ''chags pa'i bskal pa''),
 
#duration (Tib. གནས་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. ''gnas pa'i bskal pa''),
 
#destruction (Tib. འཇིག་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. '' 'jig pa'i bskal pa'') and
 
#voidness (Tib. སྟོང་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. ''stong pa'i bskal pa'').
 
 
Each of these four periods is made up of twenty '''[[intermediate kalpa]]s''', which are also sometimes subdivided into periods of increase and decrease (of the [[merit]] and life-span of beings living during that period).
 
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==

Revision as of 07:30, 18 March 2016

Kalpa (Skt.; Tib. བསྐལ་པ་, Wyl. bskal pa) — an aeon, a vast period of time related to the different phases of a great universe (or trichiliocosm), according to Abhidharma literature. There are many different types of kalpas corresponding to different lengths of time such as great kalpas, intermediary kalpas, small kalpas, incalculable kalpas, kalpa of formation, kalpa of duration, etc.


Further Reading