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A dark kalpa (Tib. བསྐལ་པ་ངན་པ, Wyl. bskal pa ngan pa) is a kalpa during which no perfect Buddha appears to teach sentient beings. A kalpa during which a buddha does appear is called a 'bright kalpa'.
- An evil aeon (Rangjung Yeshe)
- A dark age (Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche)