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WHAT IS LUNG?............................................................................................................................................ 3 HOW AND WHY DO WE GET LUNG? ........................................................................................................... 5 LUNG PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT .................................................................................................... 7 PLEASE DON’T BE AFRAID OF LUNG! .......................................................................................................... 9 EXERCISE ..................................................................................................................................................... 11 DIET ............................................................................................................................................................. 13 CHANT AND SING ....................................................................................................................................... 14 MORE ABOUT BREATH PRACTICE ............................................................................................................. 14 ATTITUDE .................................................................................................................................................... 16 MANAGING PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS .................................................................................................. 17 “CUSHION RAGE” ....................................................................................................................................... 18 KEEPING SILENCE ....................................................................................................................................... 19 SLOWING DOWN ........................................................................................................................................ 20 LUNG CURES ............................................................................................................................................... 21 CURING CHRONIC LUNG OR PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER )..................................................... 25 AND FINALLY…… ......................................................................................................................................... 26 TEN INNERMOST JEWELS OF THE KADAMPA GESHES ............................................................................. 28 REFERENCES ............................................................................................................................................... 29
Lung Meditator’s retreat dis-ease: LUNG
The most important aspect of retreat is to keep your mind happy – Geshe Lhundup Sopa “One’s practice should be free of looking for results. Even if one spends one’s entire life doing practice and has not a single experience, no results at all, that should still be a cause for great joy to have spent one’s life like that.” –Geshe Sopa When I first met Lama Yeshe, I already had a daily watching-my-breath meditation and chi gong routine. I had some of the best mahamudra meditations I’ve ever had at that first course. Mostly, this was Lama Yeshe’s blessing. However, I noticed that as I dropped the breath and chi gong practice and focused only on Vajrayana practice, my meditations became less and less spacious and relaxed. When I added the factor of accomplishing so many mantra recitations in a certain amount of time, the meditation practice became a project to complete. I started DOING something and this brought up all my thinking work habits I had learned in school. In the fourth grade I had a teacher who threatened every child with a beating if they didn’t do their homework and regularly beat kids every day in front of the classroom. I was never “paddled” but I certainly developed very tense work habits. I see now that whenever I have to do anything that is writing or thinking under pressure or thinking with the idea of producing results, I have to consciously relax the anxiety patterns that I developed as a child and was not aware of until a few years ago. With this interesting karma, when all the visualizations and mantras entered my meditation practice, it didn’t take long for me to develop a good case of lung. Now, after years of meditating in Lama Tsong Khapa’s lineage of practice, I am learning to relax. For me meditating is like a music, dance and acting. When we pay attention to the great masters we can see they are totally relaxed and the art just pours out effortlessly from their inner creative treasure trove. We can do that, too, on our cushion. Like me, you may not realize it, but you may be tense in your muscles and mind most of the time. For me, all the years that I had to get up and be at school or work by 8 a.m. was a mildly traumatic experience every morning–and I pretty much stayed in that overadrenalized state all day long. It feels good to be high on a mild stress rush all day; however, when we take that mind into the realm of meditation retreat, we get lung! Meditation is more about being and less about doing. We are seeking to transform the way we be, while we do. What I have to offer here is just a bit of my experience... I hope it can be of some benefit to other eager meditators.
WHAT IS LUNG?
Lung, is the Tibetan word for wind and is pronounced “loong”. In the context of meditation, lung could be translated as meditator’s disease or over-stressed nervous system. There are many different types of lung. I am not a Tibetan doctor so I can’t share textbook knowledge of lung, but I can share what I have learned in the last 25 years, 12 of which were in retreat. Lung happens to most every meditator, even very experienced meditators. It is similar to an athlete who strains a muscle and then has to rest for a while to let that muscle heal. Even professional athletes and dancers strain muscles sometimes. We meditators strain our nervous systems. Unless the lung is very severe, it is nothing to be afraid of or worry about, it is just a trade hazard that we can learn to work with and endure. Lung is one of the hardships of practice. Lung is our teacher because it is the feedback we receive when we are not meditating properly–or living a balanced lifestyle. Generally, meditators’ lung is congested chi in and around the heart chakra, we feel a pain in the chest or have heart palpitations. We can also experience “head lung”, which feels like a strained or tired brain; when we just cannot think or visualize any more without discomfort–the effort is almost painful. We all learn about lung when we attend our first Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist group meditation retreat. Either we get it, or we hear about it from our friends who get it. The mind rides on the winds and when the winds run unsmoothly, we feel stress. When many people begin a retreat on a Tibetan Mantra Yoga Sadhana practice that involves visualizing complicated forms, reciting liturgy and reciting mantras, they discover after a week or a month that their minds actually become more agitated than they were before. They may experience pain in the chest or back pain, headaches; they may cry easily and anger easily, too. They may feel anxious, have panic attacks, or insomnia. Some people get depressed. Some people have delusional paranoia, or hear things, or feel strange sensations in their bodies. Others get indigestion, constipation or diarrhea. Lung is often experienced as negative attitude towards the practice (your mind and body want to stop!) so you get doubts about the practice, doubts about your Lama. You may find yourself with extreme negative thoughts. Lung can get so bad if it is not remedied and if the person continues the pattern that causes it, a person can become severely mentally disturbed. But that is rare. Mostly it’s a good case of negative mind or a nagging obsession that won’t go away. Sometimes lung manifests as aversion to meditating. You just don’t want to go back and sit on that cushion! For women, lung is not so unfamiliar because it can be similar to PMS–actually, PMS is just another type of lung, liver lung. Anyone under mental pressure and strain experiences lung. Meeting deadlines at work, family stress and studying for final exams brings on lung. Everyone has their own style of lung. It’s a good idea to learn your personal pattern so you can know when to relax in your retreat. When you start to feel negative or can’t sleep one night or have indigestion, or uncontrollably growl at someone, then, you know it is time to rest, to back off on the intensity of your practice. Often there are signs that indicate lung is on the verge of breaking out into major symptoms. For me, I almost always have an anxiety dream based on the theme of the night before a final exam at university when I haven’t studied at all and I’m frantic. That tells me, “Time to slow down, Nyingje-la! “ When I used to start designing fashions in my meditation sessions while reciting a mantra, I knew it was time for a good long break and a walk.
When we talk about lung. This same source of most of our health problems is also what causes us to have a difficult time in meditation retreats. . With rest and Tibetan medicine (if we can get it!). The ballet dancers get out on the ice and try to dance and they all end up with sprained ankles and broken bones. some really bad. If we want to be successful at these practices we have to find our “skating legs”. In other words. thus. take herbs. acupuncture. Watching our breath and learning about our wind-mind before we add all the visualizations and mantras is like skating round and round the rink for hours and hours before we even try to turn around on the skates. We have these greatly activated minds. Chronic lung can be treated with herbs. Geshe Rabten thought all westerners have tsok lung (chronic heart lung). It is so ubiquitous we think it is normal. even among children. They taught us advanced practices and soon saw us all get lung! I think this is rather like a figure skating master who discovers a group of ballet dancers and thinks they will make great figure skaters. Many of us have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in varying degrees…some mild. what Tibetans called Tsok Lung. However. harm the body and mind in long term and are not necessary if a person is willing to change their eating habits. They could take pharmaceuticals for a short time. is what in this culture we would label varying degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. or frustration in relationships. we all have chronic low grade anxiety or tsok lung. I wonder what happens when a ten year veteran of daily Zen or Kagyu shamata or Theravadan practice enters Vajrayana practice…my sense is there would be less lung. Gen Lamrimpa said to us. I would check with a Lama before taking any pharmaceutical chemicals. Chronic lung. that he thought westerners could never learn to meditate because our minds are too fast because we grew up with machines and computers. we must distinguish between acute lung and chronic lung. This essay is concerned with acute lung that arises in meditation retreats. we have to learn to feel the winds. they are dispensed way too easily and frequently. but they developed without any visceral awareness of the winds that carry those mind bytes. Our attempts at secret mantra practice are like the ballet dancer trying to figure skate who hasn’t first learned to skate around the rink before attempting a pirouette. Our lifestyle gives us lung.When some of our wonderful Tibetan Masters first encountered people from modern industrialized societies. diet. go to an acupuncturist and/or a skillful psychotherapist–preferably a practicing Buddhist. I don’t know any western gelugpa practitioner who hasn’t had lung and some of them will not attempt a long mantra retreat because of this lung experience. We do this by simple breath meditation and any type of hatha yoga or chi gong. Acute lung comes from concentrating too hard on the mandala or reciting mantras too fast or working too hard in service at our jobs. with the help of these supportive therapies and then slowly wean themselves off the pharmaceuticals. Tibetan Medicine and talking therapies. From what I have read and heard. after he spent a year leading a calm abiding retreat for westerners. when symptoms are so intense people may need immediate relief. they were impressed with our level of education and intellectual acuity. it goes away when we finish the retreat or stop doing what was causing our mental stress. I would try these options before going to pharmaceuticals because these chemicals may only compound the imbalance in the long run. There is an epidemic of depression and anxiety in America that is growing rapidly. they assumed we would make great practitioners.
Lung tells you when you made a mistake. from the view point of process. a little excitement or anticipation. Jetsun Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche told us that faith and intention are the main ingredients of tantric practice. and phlegm imbalance is related to ignorance. But meditating is much more difficult because you cannot see or hear what you are doing. I have often thought that meditating is like any other art form. then gently remember how it looks. so it is difficult to know when you are making a mistake. it may not be so clear how unskillful meditation that leads to lung is related to attachment. and then check up while you meditate. you can feel a slight tightening in your chest. It’s rather like a blind man painting with his feelings. This is so important. lung (wind) imbalance is related to attachment. and then think of something you want to do. Visualization is perhaps a mistranslation. Close your eyes now and feel that you are in your room. We get too serious and try very hard to see all the details of the mandala and say 1000’s of mantras a day. however your particular nervous system remembers… In Tibetan Medicine. or wanting to finish up. If you are in a neutral state of mind. . We get lung from trying to keep the thoughts at bay instead of understanding that it’s okay for thoughts to come and go– we just don’t grasp on to them. or not wanting to finish. instead of relaxing and letting it happen naturally. bile imbalance is related to anger/aversion. We get lung from forcing a visualization to be clear. Lama told us to close our eyes and visualize the person next to us. We get lung from saying the mantra too fast and for too long. You don’t have to reach out and touch that person. What we are looking for is to stabilize on the mind (and its voidness) that lies below the thoughts. This is very hard to learn because we don’t often know when we are forcing our mind–until we get lung! We are habituated to having a slightly grasping or excited mind when we do things. thinking more is better—and expect immediate results! This gives us lung. that grasps. If you think of attachment as the mind that wants. It comes in the form of wanting more clarity than you have.HOW AND WHY DO WE GET LUNG? In 1991 in Dharamsala. This can cause lung also. Not understanding this is a major factor in the production or lung in retreat. We get lung because we are trying to DO something. Visualizing is remembering. We get lung from forcing our minds to stay on the meditation object when it is tired. Most of us think this is happiness. It is a felt-sense as much as a visual sense. Lung comes from forcing our mind beyond its capacity to stay relaxed while meditating. trying to attain something. you can see how a subtle version of grasping and clinging can abide with you as you focus on your meditation object. THE KEY TO GOOD MEDITATION IS A RELAXED MIND. that clings. Probably people don’t get lung who meditate for stress reduction purposes only and aren’t interested in attaining Enlightenment. …No accepting and no rejecting… Thoughts are the waves on the ocean of mind…focus on the ocean. it is actually our teacher. but this does not work for us when we want to meditate. Lama Yeshe told us a similar advice at The Six Yogas course at Vajrapani Institute. That is how you visualize. We just have to set our intention and then have faith that the practice is happening. Close your eyes and feel you are in the mandala. but. Forcing the mind to concentrate only harms our development in the long run. At first. actually it is a state of grasping. Maybe viceralize-visualize is closer. because this is often where we find the energy to do what we want to do. not the thoughts. you just know she is there.
As a result. The really troublesome outcome of this process is how un-allowed-to-be-known aspects of our psyche provoke and motivate many of our behaviors in our daily lives–and we can’t see it! So this unconscious part of self. happiness. inner leisure is having a mind that is relaxed and free of obsessive non-stop thinking. every day… Ever notice how playful Tibetan Lamas are? Most of us really have to cultivate allowing ourselves to let go and enjoy. (—and in all aspects of our lives!) Tibetan Masters describe the process of meditation as being similar to training a wild horse. it’s about waking up to the desire to train our minds to ride easy with any type of emotional grasping–and this only happens when can accept and love every aspect of our self-experience. when make a conscious effort to not judge. (Remember the movie. tired. Once we are comfortable with our selves. (2) Christian Culture tells us we are born in sin.. Many of us come from a culture where three factors interfere with our evolution towards enlightenment: (1) We are socialized by patriarchal tyranny that trains behaviors through negative feedback… “you are inherently bad if you don’t act the way I tell you to!”… with a threat of violence or rejection as the controlling discipline. Outer leisure is having the time to meditate.“This is the key to meditation without lung. Chagdud Tulku talks about two types of leisure: outer leisure and inner leisure. joy. we use this same “beat or chastise into submission “approach to training our minds and the mind just does not respond. therefore. When we cultivate a patient and loving . to sit with our thoughts emotions and let them rise uncensored and just watch. can contribute to making lung when we go on an extended retreat. If you tether a horse to a short rope and try to beat it into submission. So. you can ride that horse in a short while. We have to let ourselves feel bliss. We have to learn to relax our minds and treat ourselves very gently. Our unallowed impulses to express many of our authentic feelings and emotions are relegated to our unconscious. without realizing it. Lung is the result of no inner leisure. the key is to love ourselves and lighten up! Renunciation is not about denying ourselves pleasure. So. “Horse Whisperer”?) Most of us were trained by our parents and/or by our teachers with this first method. Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche told us over and over again. then compassion for others can grow. ride the wave and let it go.Another big cause of lung is this: “I’m not good enough! I have to work harder!” We are so serious about our practice! Yes. you will have a very difficult time taming that horse. cranky and agitated. we are uncomfortable with just being ourselves…(3)Puritanical laws that tell us that enjoying life–especially our bodies– makes us even more bad. we just get really bad lung! Try practicing the non-differentiation of samsara and nirvana and experience the bliss while our consciousness of suffering grows.r–e–l–a–x —. ”. Meditation comes when we give ourselves that huge corral so all the shadow feelings can emerge to consciousness. we learn to censor our needs in order to survive in our families and communities. born bad and.—. getting out of samsara and opening ourselves up more and more to experiencing the real suffering in the world with our compassion makes it all seem so grave and serious… but without joy and bliss and relaxation. It gets uptight. Even the sense that we are bad goes into the what Carl Jung labeled our shadow–and thus evolve the low-self esteem that permeates our lives. But if you give it a large corral to run in and if you approach the wild animal with kindness and love. our shadow. We think this is normal and that is how we generally relate to ourselves.
Just allow yourself to breathe and relax for 5-15 minutes before you start any mental activity in your meditation session. retreat lung can still come as a tennis player can strain an elbow. It is true that we have a perfect human rebirth and must take advantage of every second. no pushing effort. Read the stories of Mahasiddhas.. In America. loving. it only becomes easy with a lot of practice…right effort: gentle. particularly when we remember that we are doing this for others. it’s very hard to dissipate without stopping the meditation altogether and resting the mind for a few days by engaging in fun and play. painting. The more you practice. The more you meditate. when we sit with the energy and let it come up and out. Like any other form of discipline. The most important aspect of retreat is to keep ourselves inspired. let it be…”–Paul McCartney LEARN HOW TO RELAX. dear. LUNG PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT “Relax…. inside that will let every pain that ever happened and is happening just be. If you focus on relaxation. but we have to be some balance to our activity. reading…do it. so you can see or hear the mistakes like an artist or a musician would. the more you are able to perceive the texture of your mind. It is also really helpful to figure out what your particular karmic propensities and natural skills are… a good astrologer is a big help– so we aren’t forcing a square key into a round hole.. Even if we are psychologically whole. We need to remember that one of the four powers of Joyous Effort in Shantideva’s teachings on the Six Perfections is the power of rest. Whatever comes up. Remember all the topics of the lam rim and apply them to the thoughts that come up in retreat. Be yourself! There are some great books and great therapists out there these days. making music.. then we can begin to stabilize our spacious awareness of the mind. For me.watcher –the unconditional loving parent. grow yourself. naturally fewer thoughts come up. death and impermanence. love yourself. the two bodhicittas and guru devotion are the keys to making retreat highly meaningful. read your favorite books and meditate on bodhicitta with true inspiration. Rest is just as important as activity in manifesting any sort of production–like winter before spring. If resting is going for walks. your body or your mind—more is not better and might is not right. Some people feel guilty about resting…let that one go. Don’t push yourself. the sooner you catch the habits that lead to lung and therefore it becomes less and less of a problem. By the time you realize you have lung. resting is a sign of weakness. just wait it out. after days of forcing concentration or reciting mantras too fast without being aware of it. no expectation. find the aspect of the lam rim that works to transform the situation… and if the mind is still dark. sleeping.” –Lama Yeshe “Let it be…let it be… whisper words of wisdom. . It comes very slowly. it will change. relaxed. That has to be foremost in the mind. It just takes time on the cushion. Make relaxation just as an important aspect of your awareness as what is going on in the mind. cooking. Lung seems to be just part of learning how to do Vajrayana practice.
just sit and breathe into the mental tension until your mind is relaxed. my heart feels like it is in love and a warm feeling flows through my body and my mind is as relaxed and happy as a clear blue sky. Relax: lie down or sit in a comfortable chair or do chi gong for a few minutes after your session ends. One more mala round is not better!.) . I wonder if they get less lung because of this policy. If we work on this aspect on ourselves on our cushion. but forcing it to go away only makes it come up stronger somewhere else. I guess it is still the policy in the Dharmadhatu Centers. you can visualize your hollow body filled with five colored lights radiating out all the lung and blessing all the sentient beings and the environment. Any time I am unhappy. Ask yourself what is going on. or your shadow. I think if we do enough of this practice before and after a mantra recitation session… we won’t get lung! The Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche required his students to sit in shamatha meditation on the breath for many hours before they could begin Vajrayana practice. we usually go too long and have no energy left to meditate on divine pride and clear appearance for the dissolution process. The last empowerment Lama Yeshe gave at Vajrapani Institute was the Vajrasattva Initiation in the summer of 1983. But if I cultivate a felt-sense of love for others and apply it to myself. relaxing your gaze by looking up at the sky or staring out at a long distance view and gently recognize emptiness. rather than push it into silence or submission. when I remember bodhicitta. If it is the voice of your self-cherishing mind. the cause is self-cherishing. So we sat for some time in silence with Lama… maybe 30 min. demands. And just sit with those feelings and feel love for that voice inside that needs to be heard. Ask what she wants. the Dalai Lama. In our interest of completing a mantra count. just relaxing into the three circles of emptiness of bodhicitta dedication or relax at the dissolution time. This time. This really lets the lung out. have a comfortable safe inner refuge so he or she can tell you what is going on deep inside. but Lama. It seems we can only learn to recognize self-cherishing if we pay attention. Lama asked us to just sit there with him and meditate on non-conceptual Bodhicitta. Also. just sit with that and breathe into it. self-cherishing melts. I remember not too much was happening for me. I suspect so because they learn to use the tools of a meditator (mindfulness or remembrance of the object and the awareness that brings the mind back when it strays) on a very simple object before embarking on complex visualizations and mantra recitation. Spend a little time everyday. the introduction for such an event is a 30-60 motivational talk. Let that little child inside you. Learn to relax in all your actions. Lama Yeshe told us once that when we are tired after a day’s work. at the end. relax on the couch and meditate on bodhicitta. needs. Even though you want to get up.H. This is a good way to get lung. if possible. Meditation is play. it gives us much less grief when we are relating to the rest of our life. It is so sneaky. for sure. (This is advice from H. Generally.If you sit down and your mind feels agitated. try listening to her needs and work out some way to make her feel needed and consoled rather than silenced. planted a seed. This is why I sit for some time relaxing with my breath and adjusting the posture before beginning a sadhana. instead of taking caffeine and forcing yourself to say all those daily commitments. not work. End your session before you are tired and then sit at least five minutes in spacious meditation. Now. and see if you can do what she needs to be happy.
“Set your re-set button” once a week. it means you must listen to your body and grow your own wisdom.” Yes.The key to contentment is breathing with bodhicitta all the time. but until we have developed enough inner bliss. empty mind. This doesn’t mean you can be lazy. joyful. the recitations are tools to facilitate that. If we cultivate guru devotion. Maybe great yogis don’t need to do this. Retreat is about experiencing your blissful. “I’ve come to realize that lung is just part of the territory. the answer was. detach yourself from grasping on to experiences by a deep understanding of karma and let go of all notions of blame and shame. and that we know best what is going on inside of us. we have to create it somehow or else we just can get depressed in a long retreat…. or crafting a beautiful object… cook a nice meal. thinking. When I asked why. Sometimes the guru puts us in situations that bring up lung. “The benefits next life of enduring those hardships this life will be UNBELIEVABLE!” Ven. that we will come out the other side as whole people. PLEASE DON’T BE AFRAID OF LUNG! There was a group of people who spent three years doing a deity retreat. so there’s no need to get caught up in being super strict if doing that prohibits or inhibits your inner experience. The sessions.e. we can know that what we experience is purification.” My experience tells me that the benefits of reciting millions of mantras far outweighs the downside of experiencing a little lung. Even old venerable geshes get lung sometimes. clear and motivated. In an extended deity mantra retreat. take a shower or a bath. spacious. familiarizing yourself with the lam rim. listen to our bodies. take care of our bodies and minds.Don’t force your visualization. to grow our own wisdom. Lama Yeshe told us over and over again. “Follow your bliss” as Joseph Campbell used to say. it is there enough to keep my enthusiasm going! Retreat is not about how many sessions you do a day or how many mantras you do a day. open. paint a picture… Lama Yeshe loved to garden and found such joy in flowers.. if not once a day…i. Retreat is about changing your habits of being. that is right. or singing a song. Find some little activity that brings joy to your heart. Find some little activity that brings joy to your heart. but did not do the great mantra retreat. Contentment is the key to a good retreat…cultivate contentment and a happy mind…meditate on the Innermost Jewels of the Kadampa Geshes everyday….. feeding the birds or the squirrels. it seems to come and go in a very long retreat… usually depending on if I am trying too hard or not! But generally. “We were afraid of getting lung. or crafting a beautiful object… cook a nice meal. feeding the birds or the squirrels. only one full session of the complete sadhana is required to keep the retreat going. who has been meditating at Land of Calm Abiding for ten years now told me. but some of us are also fortunate enough to feel the bliss from the meditation right from the beginning. doing. Losang Yeshe. For me. Be satisfied with what comes. or even a great lung… Lama Zopa Rinpoche commented to a friend of mine who was so concerned over the incredible hardships I have endured in retreat. or singing a song. We can also make offerings and requests to . and cutting mundane conception. the mantras. recreate until you feel grounded. we can learn to manage the lung and see it as our greatest teacher. It is just part of our learning process.
attitude shifts. no coffee. or doing so many mantras a day. This will happen when we learn to manage the tsok lung. avoiding pain. seeking fame. accumulating merit. it will pass when you leave. and there is a lot less . diet. The mantra commitment and the lung actually teach us to abandon the eight worldly dharmas. saying a prescribed amount of mantras everyday. and next day the lung is gone. A good lung prevention policy is to pay attention to your mind in the break times. no commuting. no white sugar. guru devotion and love. you have to be careful. Slack off in your sessions. All these factors give us a very different base on which to practice. Everyone is different in this respect but most of us are totally out of touch with our bodies’ needs and subtle energies. We have to really think about how the practice we do comes out of a culture that is nothing like our own. If it is tired. breathing. Energy sensitivity allows you to develop and maintain the open heart of bodhicitta and the awareness of wisdom at all times. Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche told us once in Dharamsala in 1982 that the best way to do retreat is to abandon the eight worldly concerns: seeking pleasure. when you are doing a long retreat. our subterranean low grade anxiety that easily flips into depression. Maybe now we need to take four weeks instead of three for these traditional 100. If we relax and listen in our meditation. it ruins your retreat and gives you lung. maybe that was the tradition in the monasteries. However. Group secret mantra retreats in the FPMT usually emphasize completing a certain number of recitations within a limited time frame. If you get caught up in the outer aspects of retreat. Sometimes the guru can come to us in a dream. This allows you to get close to the deity. They did not keep strict track of time schedules. You know how we joke about Tibetans being on “Tibetan time”? There is a great deal of wisdom here…when we follow the energy of the day. after all. We can learn how to tune into our body and work within the restraints that our nervous systems present to us. avoiding loss. then lung is not such a problem. I’m not sure why we do it this way. no telephones. seeking praise and avoiding blame. this may preclude that experience. too. no computers. no chainsaws…. (although this is ideal for a short retreat as well!). can’t remember to do the break time awareness. Their lifestyle was very slow and relaxed. The emphasis and the goal is to generate a relaxed mind that is sensitive to your energy state. Tibetans had no machines. we go on Tibetan time. we can make it through. I have had to work against this tendency in every retreat I have ever done. which. then you are setting up for lung.. the answers come. And believe me. Lung isn’t such a grave issue for a month-long retreat. seeking gain. no freeways. They had no junk food. I don’t think most Tibetan people were so imbalanced. but I know some people attend one of these retreats and have such a tough time it takes a year to recover or they never want to try again. no TV. avoiding infamy. is the goal.little stress.the guru to guide us through this experience. I believe we can and we must learn how to adapt these practices to work for us. that is a worldly dharma. When you get all caught up in finishing by a certain date. We can do this with exercise. If we can cultivate great faith in the guru.000 mantra retreats because there is great benefit in completing a nearing retreat of the 100. not relaxed. purification. such as keeping your tight schedule..000 so you can do self-initiation everyday and this is probably worth a little lung in order to do that.
In Gloria Aronson’s book called Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing. For busy people. tap both at the same time —the outer corner of the eyes —just below your eyes. two finger widths below —four inches under the armpit . wait 10-15 minutes. I know there are extensive hatha yoga type exercises in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools. It takes about five minutes. but we can just learn the yoga techniques. The eight taps is an excellent way to start a session and prevent lung. the debate court satisfied the need to move the winds through the body’s channels. I highly recommend this practice. you get a lot of action on your winds in just a small amount of time.–especially doing the 35 Buddhas Confession Practice before every session!– chi gong and yoga practice are GREAT preventative measures. Some sort of chi gong or yoga session has to be included in the daily routine. The philosophical base is a bit different from Buddhism.potential for lung to arise. They are excellent and what we need to become proficient meditators. If we get lung. maybe for Gelugpas. not just for their lung prevention. and trains the breath to maintain relaxation while doing any activity that is crucial to meditating without lung. the rest lets the chi circulate and heal before you move on to the next item on your agenda. You simply tap eight places on your body for 30-60 seconds. opens the channels. Always rest a little while after you exercise and don’t eat right away. these are excellent because you get the benefit of an hour long yoga session in 10-15 minutes. on the top of your cheek bones —One point just under the nose —One point just under the lower lip —just under the collarbone. we can at least feel happy because we are getting lung in our service for all sentient beings. The eight places are: —the inner point on your eyebrows. Start out small. but not so when we are on solo retreat… Our teachings tell us to do everything for others. Yogananda’s hatha yoga technique offers the foundation for a strong physical body. It clears away the emotional winds that make it difficult to concentrate that forces us to squeeze and get lung. she offers a little acupressure treatment you can do on yourself that is very effective in grounding out emotional upheaval.. Any form of physical exercise to relax the mind. For me personally. All exercise routines can be overdone and then you don’t feel like exercising the next day. We can take on all their lungs and give them bliss! EXERCISE Daily prostrations. Of course in group retreats we must keep to the strict schedule. with 15 minutes and add just a little every few days. The “Five Tibetans” are excellent. body and winds(spirit) will probably work just fine.
I thought to include it. then put the ring finger on that toe and hold for five minutes. It takes two people. It is very helpful to breathe into your secret chakra. you transfer the thumbs to the next outside (smaller) toe. At first you may only visualize it. lived at Chenrezig Institute in 1980. When you can do that. If can you sit in the vajra posture. exhale at the heart. Use chi gong. yoga. move to the little toe and used the little finger and thumb to hold that toe. also called the dan tien. This keeps the energy down. that is the best. Please note that not everyone has the anatomy suitable to sit in the vajra posture. Sometimes you feel jolts going through the bodies. then just keep your spine straight with your head slightly bent forward to open up the area where the head connects to the spine… and check that the jaw is relaxed!!! . Then. pray for help. tap your hand edges together like karate chops. If you cannot relax and breathe into your lower abdomen while you sit. This balances the energy in both people. The main focus for both people is to relax. so doesn’t work for solo retreat. but if you try vase breathing before you can naturally breathe into the lower abdomen and have it expand. then bring it into your sitting posture. leaving the finger on that toe. The other person sits at that person’s feet. I have never heard of it anywhere else. Then. He heard that there are hospitals in Brazil that only use this technique for curing disease. You can practice this lying down first. The giver can do hara breathing (breathing into the lower abdomen) while giving the massage. It straightens out the winds so the mind is less distracted. It is very simple and very effective to balance the energy in two people. move to the second toe and use the index finger to hold that toe. this definitely helps to prevent lung. or hara. so if that is your case. You can practice the inhale at the base of the spine. If you can sit in the vajra posture. Geshe Sopa told me to at least start out that way even if you can’t sit the whole session in vajra posture. facing the first person’s feet. the area of the perineum while you meditate. whatever works to open up your lower chakras. you will probably just get more lung! Brazilian Toe Massage: When my husband. he grabs the whole middle toe of the receiver. he learned a healing technique called the Brazilian Toe Massage. It is good policy to begin your practice by spending some time to adjust your sitting posture while you relax your mind by watching your breath or however you can relax your mind. Please try it. but with time it will go there. move to the big toe and use the index and middle finger to hold that toe. the five taps. Each toe is held for five minutes. Take time to learn to breathe into your navel chakra. It is so simple. the area below your navel. that is okay.—the outer edge of your hands. He holds this for five minutes. One person lies down on their back. then you can try some vase breathing. and not flying around giving you distractions and lung from trying to stop the distractions. With the middle finger and thumb of the giver’s hands. feel energy going right to the base of your spine. Next. also for opening up the lower chakras so you can breathe chi into your navel chakra. but it is not necessary. Roger Munro. The mind seems to relax into peace and clarity simply from sitting in that posture. then you probably already have some sort of lung. The receiver breathes naturally and relaxes. With the same transition. you’ll be amazed at how helpful it is.
Especially if you are a vegetarian. You can never find your real energy level or sensitize to it if you are charged up on caffeine and sugar. put a handful of the herbs in the jar. spleen deficiency and kidney deficiency. Chi Gong will help immensely with this. you must get those good fats and plenty of protein in your body. pour boiling water over it. ask what foods to eat and what herbs to take to strengthen those weaknesses and reduce the excesses. Lama Yeshe told us to take multivitamins and minerals because the food isn’t nutritious enough these days… and for sure stay away from genetically modified food… who knows what they will do to us. AND EAT ORGANIC! Drink lots of pure water everyday. Eating saturated fats like butter. made a point of telling us that he takes no caffeine and sleeps as much as he needs to. Black beans. all beans.000 mcg. I would go to a practitioner of Chinese or Tibetan medicine. pork and chicken nourish the liver. Yams and orange vegetables and beef nourish the spleen/stomach energy. Our organs are tired and over-worked. just don’t eat too much. or anytime actually. If you live on snacks and don’t take time to make a proper meal every day. Chinese medical science observes that most people in the industrialized world have what they call liver congestion. that is soothing for the nervous system. so it is important to nurture these organs. eating too many calories makes you fat. an accomplished yogi who lived in the mountains above Dharamsala. Before starting a long retreat. Fat does not make you fat. Also B12 anemia is a common ailment these days. FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU! especially for your nervous system. For good energy without caffeine. if you don’t eat enough protein. oatstraw. before your sessions. . you can experiment with doses varying from 500 mcg to 5. find out what organs need help. If you are too acid. Get a quart mason jar. the acid/alkaline ratio in your body fluids. Taking 500 mg of Vit C three or four times a day helps a lot in retreat as well. cover it with a sweater or blanket over night and drink it throughout the day. this will steer you towards lung. but not too many and stay away from margarines and all processed foods with lots of chemicals in them. Get off caffeine. this is a certain recipe for lung. We also need to eat the Omega 3 essential fatty acids everyday that is found in flax seed oil and fish oils. Good whole grains are very good to eat every day. black sesame seeds and fish nourish the kidneys. this deepens the concentration without straining. Gen Lamrimpa. and eat unrefined flours and lots of sugar. relaxed energy. It has to be the kind that dissolves under the tongue. This means a well-balance diet that is slightly yang and with plenty of protein. Note that it comes in micrograms.DIET Eat a diet that promotes grounded. If you take one to three drops of Gota Kola tincture two or three times a day. chamomile. You can buy them in bulk. the mind tends to be tight. Get a good water filter! Learn how to balance the pH. try taking sublingual B12. not milligrams. Green vegetables. you can make an herbal infusion of the nettle. For sure. have your pulses taken. Some seeds and nuts are good. If you are tired a lot. coconut oil and ghee are also very good for preventing lung. also the heart. Just this alone gives us lung.
too. or keep the thoughts at bay. surface naturally. I have often thought that this lack of chanting is one of the reasons we get lung. Experiment and find what works for you. Breathe out. out of touch with any feeling. As soon as we start doing.CHANT AND SING In our FPMT retreats. slowly your lung will go away when you relax and don’t judge yourself. how you relate to your wandering mind and how you feel about yourself while you meditate. hold four counts) for a few minutes before you start. hopes and fears. Pay close attention to how you talk to yourself. Chanting is not quite the same as singing. other than breathing. “I am calm”. Then. Let them come up and let them go with unconditional love for yourself. we engage the mind so there isn’t much chance of seeing the patterns that cause the lung. gently return attention to the breathing. slowly those attitudes and the emotional traumas that created those attitudes surface to awareness. When I became aware of the feeling it was rather cold and judgmental. One day we will be able to chant our sadhanas in our own language. and words of a sadhana. the way I did everything else. or the nine-round breathing if you know that one. The Tibetans do that. gentle and kind? We can be kind and precise about our actions simultaneously. you may want to try square breathing (in four counts. For years. Breathe in. It’s a good method to keep people concentrated. before we add the thoughts. our basic tool and medium. As they surface to awareness we can let them go by meditating on emptiness or compassion and get closer and closer to simply being without all this added baggage. and simply breathe with awareness. we can get to know our way of being. we engage all those a priori attitudes about ourselves that govern our doing that we are unaware of — the military general takes control–. Chanting sounds come from down in your chest. Breathe out. The idea is to relax and notice when the mind is no longer focused on the breath. You have to open your throat and your heart to get a good chant going. “I am present”. out four counts. So if we stop doing. we just sit and read. As soon as we engage the mind in activity. hold four counts. then. In the Anglican liturgies I participated in as a child. or do the five minute taps. Because we are not doing anything. but somehow. And we don’t even read out loud when we are at home. We can dispense with the words and just feel those ideas as you breathe…and smile!… We don’t try to hold the mind on the breath. the thoughts of the past or future. It’s not: “you idiot!” but rather. visions. Breathe in. This can cause lung if we do practice this way 8 hours a day. MORE ABOUT BREATH PRACTICE Because this is so important. Chanting keeps the heart energy open. I will say a bit more about breathing. When we meditate with a relaxed mind. I like Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple breathing technique that is taught in the book Being Peace. Are you harsh and judgmental or are you accepting. OR. smile. I didn’t even notice how I replaced my mind on the object. This is very important. we have the opportunity to get to know the mind. alert and focused. . when we westerners started doing Tibetan practices. we alternated singing and standing and sitting and praying and listening. “my dear kind little friend”. “All is wonderful”. we just read our sadhanas. Tibetan and other English-speaking Tibetan and Zen communities chant their liturgies. I just did it.
dwell more and more in that space. then slowly that is all that is left: love and space. love and space will become bliss and void. although at times that is helpful. slowly the experiences. I realized later in a long retreat that that was what I was doing with my mind. accept and release” for healing energy blocks. This all takes time. it may release in a chi gong or a meditation session. Discursive thoughts begin to become insignificant. that is totally okay and normal. Make your mind go out bigger and bigger to become all of space. Then your thoughts are no longer the central aspect in your mind. they no longer grab your attention. . If we mix the feeling of refuge and bodhicitta while taking the time to watch the breath until the thoughts cease before you begin your sadhana and if we sustain that throughout the sadhana. Pema Chodron explains it very well. When we learn to just recognize thought as energy. Touch those thoughts (don’t push them away). this works better than simple applying sutrayana-style antidotes over and over again. For me. If the mind is too agitated to slow down after 10-15 minutes of watching the breath. If we let them go with the feeling of love for ourselves and if we cultivate the feeling of spaciousness in our mind as we relax. no more neurotic thoughts. too. Add some light if you can. usually. The second technique. the bliss comes and we get no lung. then. I don’t think there is any other way. accept them and let them go. They just become little blip in the big space so they no longer have a strong charge. “touch. and breathe it wider and wider. it has no more charge. catch the glimpse. Taking refuge and generating bodhicitta is not just words to say. if we can do our sadhanas in that frame of mind.I feel like the best meditations come when it feels as if the perception of my experience is like a roll of movie film. When the movie camera is rolling the film so slowly that I can actually glimpse the space between the frames. If I become aware of the energy pattern. there is where deep meditation comes. and just sit with the underlying energy and feel it in our body. relax. Then. The first is to expand the boundaries of your sense of self. where it is in the body. If we continue to drop the words and our emotional involvement with the drama. often the emotional traumas. our concentration will begin to develop and then we can actualize generation and completion stage practice. it is asking us to pay a little attention to this pattern. You have to slow down. then. but I cannot emphasize enough take the time to learn to feel love in your heart before you begin a sadhana. He taught the process he called. because we have made the merit right there for that Dharmakaya meditation with all the practice of accumulation and purification that comes before the dissolution. Ven. She teaches to cut the story line and just sit with the energy. As they surface to awareness we can let them go and get closer and closer to simply being without all this added baggage. I learned first from Stuart Heller before I had met any Tibetan Lamas. thinking this and that about the issue. the mind will calm down by the time you get to the Dharmakaya meditation. I find that very helpful because sometimes I see it’s the same neurotic energy pattern coming again and again on which I put different story lines. When we see that different story lines arise from the same energy pattern coming up again and again. then. and breathe into that space. that created those energies that create the attitudes and story lines surface to awareness. There are two additional techniques you can add to the watching the breath that help to dissolve the discursive thought. Just get started anyway.
just let go. Contentment and acceptance with whatever is going on. add the mantra recitation to that. Hold the spaciousness of your mind. I just let go and realize that once again I concentrated too long or too hard. Just believe it is all there. ATTITUDE We can do chi gong and eat right for years. If you are working on a visualization or concentrating on a mantra or the nature of mind. Don’t just zero in on the visualization. If that doesn’t work. but if I force the mind. Just focus on staying relaxed and centered. Stop the session before you are tired. I may start the mantra recitation but I don’t care about what my mind is doing for five minutes or so. If we attend to our mindfulness with affection and love for ourselves. faster. When you find a relaxed-body-breathing pattern. even while reciting a mantra. This takes a good degree of awareness. Quite often. Remember the main ingredient is faith and intention. which is why we beginners get lung.and the underlying sense of low self esteem and shame that drives the bigger. If you focus on accomplishing and doing. we begin to change the source of our lung. do the five minute tap. I can concentrate again the next day. Then you won’t get lung. Just focus on relaxing. It’s a bit like driving a car along downtown streets while talking to a friend and paying attention to the children in the back seat. bigger. go for a walk. the next day. you may experience very little spaciousness or concentration. the concentration only gets worse and the lung deepens. the day after I’ve had a really concentrated relaxed day. I also find it helpful to rest a bit after I have finished meditating on a long sadhana up to the section of mantra recitation. it will just send you backwards. Put about 1/4 of your mind on the object. keep your mind relaxed. Don’t worry about what else is going on in your life. better mentality…we will always have lung. always be ill. we do our best to keep the mind relaxed. If your mind is racing. but if we don’t shift the attitudes that give us dis-ease. Don’t sit there and try and force your mind to be still. particularly the mind that wants to do more. I just let the wild horse run around and rest for awhile before I gently focus the mantra recitation visualization. This will only make your . but it just doesn’t pay off in this activity. Let the mind go completely for five or ten minutes. relaxing more than you think you need to are key elements to successful meditation practice–and a happy life! As you go through the visualizations and mantra practice. 1/4 on relaxing your body and mind. Stay in your body. either.Experiment and find out method works for you. This is lung. stop your session. Your breath awareness will do that for you. and then come back. If I just relax that day and let my mind go a bit wild in the session. eat some grounding food and write out all those thoughts in your journal or sing your favorite song as loud as you want. This will give you the right effort. In the beginning. Mostly why we get lung is because we try too hard. Don’t put all your mind on the object of meditation. aware of your energy. 1/4 on awareness– attention to what your mind is doing with the object. If you can’t relax and you can’t concentrate. This is tricky but really essential! We need to give our minds a lot of space. We learn that trying hard or working hard gives us rewards in worldly pursuits. and 1/4 on maintaining a sense of loving kindness towards yourself. better…. Don’t worry about the results of your meditation practice. my mind is agitated and full of thoughts.
They are intended to be meditated upon. I keep these on the front page of my sadhana to remind me to remember them. remember emptiness and bodhicitta. we catch our uncontrolled emotional outrage response addictions and dissolve them into space and transform them into love. Rushing through a sadhana will guarantee a case of lung. I know I’m in the right “head-space. It’s also not going to give us much inner satisfaction and so there will be less motivation to turn away from looking for happiness in outer. impermanent. not merely recited. and therefore. And about those sadhanas…. It’s also good to have an activity to do in retreat that you find relaxing–some form of creative release that is fun and no work. When I find myself laughing at myself a lot in retreat. Reciting a sadhana without meditating on it may create imprints for future lives. We all have to find our own style. worldly pleasures that are in reality only the suffering of change. Stop at the obvious places and practice stabilizing meditation on what you just recited from memory or read. soft and strong–gentle but precise—–from Advice from a Spiritual Friend. but is much transformation going on? Is it going to go very deep and give us any realizations this life–which are the real imprints we are wishing for.if you memorize them you will have much deeper meditations and can do them anywhere– especially at the death time-when you will most need it. take time to rest. Like a child playing in a sand box making elaborate scenes out of sand–totally absorbed and totally enjoying. It is only when we recognize our situation. Relax.” Saraha. Wisdom Pub. Do you remember what it’s like to play? That is the way we meditate best. we experience less relationship lung. In the . and then start again. accept it and embrace it with love. As we develop more skill in guarding the mind with awareness. MANAGING PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS How we relate to people can be a great source of lung. the great Indian Mahasiddha blessed us with the best six similes for good meditation ever: The sun with no clouds in front of it–a brilliant sun The flight of the garuda bird–no forcing An ocean without waves–totally relaxed mind Child looking at temple murals–no squeezing the visualization Bird leaving no trail as it flies– let the thoughts come and go Best cotton thread. Roger Munro taught me the fine art of a one-person party! Have one every day! Enlightenment is serious business but we can’t be too serious about it.lung worse. remember the space all around you. As you go through your sadhana. are we ever able to move through it.
or reciting mantra commitments with no concentration. in the big picture.meantime. One thing I have noticed from working with the Eight Verses for Training the Mind and lojong in general is this: It is important to offer the victory to others. and/or they are made of toxic plywood. stale. we just have to do the best we can to practice what we learn from the thought transformation teachings. agitation. The goal is harmony. please. is your relationship to that person or how important is a good relationship with that person to accomplishing a higher goal. arrange a meeting in a neutral environment and discuss your issues with “I statements” and avoid the “you did this and this and this”…rather. You have to make sure your ego is not invested in the outcome. totally wonderful! Daily breathing meditation is also essential if we want to develop the awareness of the mental process that can “put the on breaks” before we uncontrollably lash out at someone or lie or whatever we do that is harmful. but that doesn’t mean that we let destructive relationship patterns continue or we don’t let our needs be known. Relationships can get very dry. Some people aren’t ready to talk about their shadow issues or maybe it is simply not appropriate to do so. It takes our mind-training texts just that one step further into the nuts and bolts of how to be skillful when communicating with ourselves and others. not winning your view. This is caused by the mental tension combined with the inhalation of the exhaust fumes on the highway. If we are busy and think of our dharma practice as reading a bunch of sadhanas everyday. “I feel like this when such and such happens…” Maybe you need a neutral mediator. which is very good. are we becoming more skillfully virtuous? “CUSHION RAGE” I don’t know about the rest of the world. Later. but here in California. emphatically yes. . full of resentment and die out if we continue to offer the victory and never address a situation that is not good for anyone involved. Many of our meditation gompas fill up with exhaust fumes from cooking gas stoves while we meditate. It depends on the person and how much you care about them or how important. This is what transforms thought training into co-dependence and I don’t think that was Geshe Langri Tharpa’s intention. yes. not just swallow poison—ours and theirs—. this does very little to develop our “mindfulness muscle” as Jon Landaw calls our awareness faculty. yes. we are quite familiar with a phenomena called “road rage”: the irritability. In the emotional moment. No power trips. We get a similar experience in meditation if we are meditating in a toxic building. offer the victory. if you can. We have to communicate. Sometimes the best action is to offer the victory. I highly recommend the study of Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication training. analyze the situation and decide if it is beneficial to let it go. but are we developing our minds. You can only help someone if you are well yourself. There are workshops given worldwide now and I recommend them to everyone. or is it important to talk about the issue with your co-worker or sex partner or friend or child or parent. impatience we feel in traffic jams. be kind to ourselves when we make mistakes and apologize to others when we make mistakes. I am a total avid fan of Marshall Rosenburg’s system called Non-Violent Communication. This is the speech aspect of our Mahayana thought trainings. So. We may keep our commitments.
then we can get lung if we don’t talk. I think it had to do more with the poisons I was breathing every day on and off from 5 a. If you do have to leave a strict retreat for some reason. then do something that is appropriate. One factor I realized years later. When my husband. Keeping silence can be another worldly dharma: ”I kept silence for four months…” can just be another ego trip and have nothing to do with transforming the mind. So. irritability. an old Boy Scout Camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. They may not come at all in a toxic room. you may just feel agitated or dull. Our hormones’ balance is altered. (See references). My mind was agitated the whole time. not as hard and fast rules. depression. My second course was the next year at Vajrapani Institute where they had just built a gompa out of plywood and covered the plywood flooring with a cheap carpet -the worst sources of formaldehyde poisoning in indoor environments. I recognize that I am more sensitive than most people to this toxicity. Being stubborn can help us stay in retreat. We westerners tend to take everything way too seriously and this doesn’t help us get enlightened at all. if we just want to be happy and not harm others. to me. Lama Yeshe told us to blow . but it can also give us lung if stubborn also means inflexible. go. If we talk every day. But. If you have to go out to the doctor or the dentist. The lung was outrageous! VOC’s aren’t the only cause for lung. In men and women this produces symptoms like insomnia. Most people just think they have lung! I did. it is in our interests to keep the toxic chemicals out of the house–and out of the food and anything we put on our body. to midnight. I was told it was lung. but they are a “surefire” contributing condition.m. There were no toxic chemicals out gassing in that building. If you meditate in a room that is not out-gassing toxic materials your mind will be less agitated and/or sluggish so your clarity and relaxation will come with much less effort. It was built before 1930. then. We have rules in retreats as guidelines. was that the course was taught at Grizzly Lodge. it is difficult to get into deep meditation because the mind is more gross. KEEPING SILENCE There is nothing inherently holy about keeping silence. fatigue. Roger and I did our first four year retreat. That. Ask the old folks at Vajrapani Institute about their first Vajrayogini Retreat they did in 1981 in their brand new “painted gompa” that was filled with out gassing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). If your parents are dying. only a hindrance. made entirely of solid wood. Talking can be a way to benefit others. Take care of your body. But to talk is necessary only in a very grave circumstance. Breathing toxic fumes alters the endocrine response system. is very sound advice (of course!). but I see it to varying degrees in most everyone. diabetes…The EPA established in the 1980’s that the air inside a normal building in the USA is more toxic than standing in the streets of downtown Manhattan at rush hour. it is only a tool to help us in our meditation practice. I had a very rough go of it. Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche advised us to generally keep silence. if we are looking to fine-tune our nervous systems to meditate on subtle minds. if we don’t talk when there is something we need to say or if the circumstance requires talking. probably Ponderosa Pine or Douglas Fir. I already mentioned about the fantastic experience I had at my first course with Lama Yeshe.painted in toxic varnishes and carpeted with synthetic carpets. There is nothing we can do about this type of lung except to make sure our personal meditation space is non-toxic. but to talk when it is necessary.
especially in retreat! I may do the dream recall as soon as I wake up. but for beginners. your nervous system needs time and space. it seems to be very fertile ground for healing and receiving messages from the inner and outer guru and from people in need. lying down on a bed that is not on the floor. a lot of emotional stuff comes out and psychic change occurs in our being. place my hands over the area below my navel and breathe into that area. we are in recovery from the disease known as samsara! Often in retreat. The best thing to do is like Lama Yeshe said in his last teaching on Bodhicitta: “When we finish work we are tired and don’t have much energy left. lie down comfortably and meditate on bodhicitta. fill up with chi. I forget the dreams and they are powerful guides. it is extremely beneficial to lie in bed before I get up for 10-15 minutes. this can just make our bodies hurt and our meditations very sleepy. dedicate your day to helping others and rejoice. This is a great way to start the day off with lung! Jamgon Kontrul the Great taught that in retreat we must behave like we are recovering from a long chronic illness. feel love in my heart for all beings. How can we make evolutionary changes towards enlightenment in our fast-paced lives? If you can. arise as the deity and rejoice and motivate my day. This is a certain recipe for lung. we tend to squeeze a certain amount of recitation into a certain amount of time. rest. SLOWING DOWN We tend to live our lives at a very fast pace so when we get up in the morning to do our daily practice or before we go to sleep. generate bodhicitta. Accomplished meditators can sleep and meditate in one place sitting up. If I have to leave. I have been told by lamas and abbots to sleep in a separate place from where I meditate. not about obeying rules with the fear that you will go to hell if you break them! Karmic results come from the motivation more than the actual action. It is much better to have a quiet. and to sleep well. blissful cup of coffee. I offer a torma to the protector deity at the gateway of my boundary and make another offering when I return to strict retreat. after a few months I noticed I had developed a bad habit when I attended Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche.out the boundary as we go out and bring it back in behind us as we come back in. So. Some traditions meditate and sleep in a meditation box. . when you come home from work. Retreat is about cultivating wisdom and compassion. I remember my guru. So. I left not a second to let the dreams surface or to let myself cultivate a sense of bliss and void before arising as the deity. For me. relax my mind. You can also do a gek torma when you get back. this takes a lot of energy and we can be very tired. It’s much better than rushing in speedily. In actual fact. take 5-15 minutes when you wake up in the morning to relax and feel bodhicitta. I also review my dreams at this time. remember death and impermanence. If I just jump up or just plunge into recitation. I would jump right into my morning prayers the minute I woke up. before I do anything else…It’s good to cultivate that state between sleeping and waking. You can’t be rushing through traffic one minute and sitting quietly meditating the next. When I began my second great retreat. watch my breath. throwing down a coffee and dropping onto your meditation cushion to try to meditate.
we practice easily and be patient. like you just have to get this sadhana over and done with as fast as possible. sympathetically. the energy will relax…especially if you do prostrations before you sit. but. BE SILLY! As with all “problems”. If you are in a constant state of refuge and guru devotion. if you just sit with that feeling. “You can’t force a flower to grow. ‘I should be meditating. The trick to a good retreat is to stay relaxed and happy. Like Gen Lamrimpa said. you can feel pace and rhythm of practice. It was a deep cut that needed four stitches. Our Jetsun Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche’s book. let your instincts take over. Treat yourself. so there is no need for me to do that…. not as an obstacle. sitting in meditation and simply breathing into a hollow body is good to clear out lung. you’ll be amazed at how your lung goes away. we can function and carry on and get over it. do the practice without pushing and let the transformation come…there is nothing to be done…just a lot of practice to do. This is the best teaching on healing and avoiding lung.’ You destroy yourself like this. If you have specific commitments to do.And don’t pressure yourself either. that too is very bad. HAVE FUN! LAUGH A LOT RELAX. the spirits. you can read them while you rest when you are too tired to really meditate. it is something organic. the plants. there is a feeling to it. you give the seed water and fertilizer and watch it grow…” So with our minds. not rocks and concrete. so don’t push. your mind. Don’t punish yourself when you are too tired to meditate. Do something for other people that makes them happy. if we remember compassion for ourselves. before you begin and penetrate that impatience with your breath and the hollow body. the planet…Anything that opens the heart cures lung. I thought: my mind can change only as fast as its nature will allow it to–it’s organic. you will become gentle with others. I finally understood what Lama meant when he always referred to the process of transformation as organic when I cut my finger in retreat.As for the energetic side of it. all by itself. and see the lung as merely an experience to work with and learn from. As I watched my finger slowly heal. We are dealing with the mind. with loving kindness. Transforming Problems gives us the tools we need and explains all of this. do something for the animals. I can only give it the conditions it needs and it will heal organically. When you get to the place where you can feel the deity in your being. the empty nature of self and the lung. If there’s no people around. Be wise. ” This is the remedy. LUNG CURES REST AND PLAY. I can’t force my mind to heal any more than I can force my finger to heal. I am bad. just let that guide you. If you are gentle with yourself. The feeling may be one of great impatience. This may be all that you need to do! .
what toxic substances you inhaled. Geshe Denpa Dargye. according to Tibetan Medicine. still you may just forget. It really helps people with chronic disease. what do we do? The main cure for lung. the cure for lung is to get really loose and relaxed and joyful and “let it all hang out”. not everyday. occasionally. nothing else. Many Tibetan Lamas remind us that more sentient beings are killed in the production of one lettuce than are killed in meat production. You can probably order it from the Medical Center in Dharamsala. In other words. if it is used as medicine. For me. alcohol and having sex. Chinese acupuncture and herbs can really help also. Consequently. in can be very helpful medicine. it is a great one…take your favorite dancing music to your retreat with you! Marijuana helps to relieve lung. I know this is a bone of contention with vegetarians. what you dreamed about. that is preferable. There is much less danger in using marijuana to relax than alcohol because it doesn’t make one angry or violent and is much less destructive to the liver and kidneys. Tibetan Medicine has a great herb for lung. Beef and lamb are the surest. the glorious geshe at Osel Ling. we can see that lung is everywhere! The more stress. each session is new and unique and even though you may be right into your awareness field and sensing your body. if we pray for the . drinking alcohol and having sex in our culture. Uptight people who suffer from “Serious Buddhist Syndrome” are very likely to have or to get lung. Most acute lung cases can be cured without doctors and medicine. just not as fast or as easily. but it is better to go to a Tibetan Doctor for a total diagnosis. direct cure for lung. I think if the Tibetans had rock n’ roll bands and dance halls. Like alcohol. but still you may get it. hike to a long distance view. Rest more. actually they have a few. but not as bad and it goes away rather quickly. but the one I am most familiar with is called Black Agar or sometimes Agar 35. enjoy more. The fat heals the nervous system. If the Tibetans could market this worldwide. get involved in the bliss or the visualization or the emptiness and just hold it one or two minutes too long…or something comes up and you start to work harder…anything can bring on lung. is taking meat. sing more. going dancing would be one of the cures they recommend.You can do all the prescribed actions to prevent lung. your hormones. In small amounts. it will back it off. This is because working with these subtle energies requires very sensitive adjustments in your concentration intensity and duration which varies every day as all the outer and inner influences on your winds fluctuate…the weather. but I support the legalization of marijuana and the use of medical marijuana. your diet. used to ask for beef fat when he had lung. I think they could make enough money to buy back Tibet from the Chinese! It is a wonderful herb because it relaxes your mind and body and makes you blissful without the unpleasant side effects that come from drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana. If there are no Tibetan Doctors around. if you can do without it. when lung is very acute. They also tell us that by eating meat. Of course. the more lung. who you talked to. astrology. It is a very black round ball of herb. You just get the relaxed blissful feeling. what you thought about. Judging from the increasing proliferance of eating meat. We have to take our karma seriously but we have to take it with a great deal of humour and fun and lightheartedness as well. So then. all influence your capacity to concentrate in your sessions. etc…Eat strong foods.
this is more beneficial because they animal has already been slaughtered. which will cause you to strain and develop lung. we use up our B vitamins when we meditate. in actuality. not only make you agitated but they weaken your spleen which will make concentration difficult. they are good for promoting concentration. kale. can give you an agitated mind. Prickly ash tincture is good for the nervous system. then support your spleen by cutting out sweets and eating yams. then support the kidneys and adrenal glands. sweet potatoes. this is better for lung because you get the heart opening effect of the chocolate without the overkill buzz of sugar. Max Redlich told me once that toast with butter. Taking a supplement of the B vitamin. you can put the other ingredients on rice cakes or on oats you toast in a dry.You can get chocolate that is made with grain malt or dried cane juice instead of refined sugar. If your lung manifests as exhaustion. has greatly helped my nervous system to stabilize. tahini and all the greens of the cabbage family (collards. Butter and ghee are pretty good. the mind is much more nervous and agitated. it is very hard on the liver and that. When your adrenals are stressed. Spinach. we are helping that being by eating its flesh. If you can’t eat toast. the winds run rough. as well as black sesame seeds and black beans. If your lung manifests as obsessive thinking and the wild elephant mind. Sweets. When that is . Ven. You need magnesium and Vit. Cut back on fats. sometimes a little chocolate combined with a good hike is a great lung cure! Everything in moderation…. inositol. Some people say sunbathing with coconut oil on the skin helps lung. so if you are depressed or anxious you might want to try that also. chard and beet greens actually decrease the calcium absorption because they are high in oxalic acid so they aren’t so good to eat. supporting the adrenal glands and your kidney chi is really good for all meditators. Also. It’s just up to the individual. butter and corn. Licorice root helps the adrenals. If you are restless at night. you have lung. broccoli) are high in calcium. but I have seen vegetarians who eat predominately white pasta. Even though chocolate contains caffeine and sugar. It still tastes good. anger and irritability. take a calcium/magnesium supplement before going to sleep or try the amino acid 5-HTP at bedtime. particularly when the digestion is affected by overwork or anxiety. dairy and sugar and have such bad lung…but maybe in the long run there is some benefit to this… If you are a die-hard vegetarian. D to metabolize calcium. But. maybe this has something to do with Vit. eat greens and take dandelion root tincture if you tend to run hot and milk thistle if you tend to be cold. then support the liver with diet. and winter squash. the ratio of Ca to Mg is 2 to 1. especially white sugar.animal. Dairy products. All the B vitamins are necessary for good nervous system function. Adequate calcium in the diet is also necessary for a calm nervous system. too. take care in eating peanut butter. 5-HTP is what the body uses to make seratonin. Because yams and winter squash nourish the spleen. oil-less frying pan or in the oven. too. you may want to know that the fat in peanut is similar to the fat in beef that gives lung relief. D and calcium absorption. Withania tincture is excellent for that. If you take a supplement. If your lung manifests as impatience. Vitamin C helps. The life force wind is centered in the kidney/adrenals. too. honey and nutmeg is a good lung cure. If we didn’t ask for that.
and . in two weeks you cut out Saturday and Sundays hormones…like that until you no longer take any of them. Sometimes lung comes in the form of a really sore back. Glory of the Snow for tight throat chakra. I use a pendulum dowser to ask which ones to take. They can be extremely powerful healers.weak. After some time. especially exercising the arms and chest to clear out the heart and pericardium meridians. oatstraw. Passion flower tincture relaxes muscle tension that comes from mental stress. but everyone is unique… you have to experiment and see what works for you. too. Take the flower remedies and they just go away by themselves. Valerian root herbal tincture can help (this is herbal valium). chamomile tea. Harebell for blocks in the head area. They work very subtly to remove those emotional habits that we work so hard to transform. Not only does it fortify and clarify the winds. about 2 liters. our whole wind system runs rough. This is probably one reason why Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche advises to begin every meditation session with Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Buddhas. and add it to your bath water. In the shower or bath. it purifies the karma to get lung! Regular chi gong practice is the best prevention. you can wean yourself off the hormones gradually. Kali Phosphoricum or Biochemic Phosphates (Schussler Cell Salts) for mental strain work well for me. put in 8-15 drops and soak for 25 minutes. If you do take hormones. Make a really strong chamomile tea. This is really good for lung. You will sleep so well!!! Daily hard aerobic exercise cures lung. Drink the nettle. See the references section for the books. our brains can’t concentrate well. But sometimes we need to take these natural hormone replacements just to help the body have the energy to heal itself. get your back warm. (dinner for breakfast) and rest as much as the body needs. There are many more for concentration so check them all out. Get your back hot in the shower or in the tub and then rub your upper back and chest with one of those long handled Chinese bamboo back scratchers. A bath is very helpful. Clean the tub before hand. 6 months to a year. Retreat time is wonderful to experiment with flower essences–but you need at least three-four weeks to see the change. You may want to try the actual adrenal gland supplements in the health food store. I have found that the Desert Alchemy essence Fairy Duster settles a restless mind. such as Calmsforte. When we have low adrenal function. Calendula for leaking pelvic energy and Trillium for controlling the bliss…white for feminine energy and maroon for male. it is really important to eat a good meal in the morning. I have found that flower essences are really helpful for meditators. One week you cut out Sunday’s hormones. although I’m told it’s not good to take this over long periods of time. and then read what the books say about it and make my decision based on the pendulum’s results and what the book says. Homeopathic remedies can help also. Black Cohosh for dark energy in the pelvic area. Take a bath with lavender or chamomile. so we strain and get lung. it will help cure it. especially when the lung manifests in tight neck and shoulder muscles. but if you already have lung. Julia Graves has discovered that Asparagus flower essence helps to clear energy blocks in the central channel and Weeping Cherry helps to relax muscles along the spine. take supportive herbs and food simultaneously. Flower remedies in the bath are a very good way to take them as well. then rub behind your heart.
We just have to let go. The actual memory may not have to surface. Coral Bean. then we have PTSD. Then meditate on emptiness. too. we have lung all the time. has to be touched and released. where it’s all okay to have been abused or have been the abuser…Abusers are just as traumatized. an energetic response or a memory or both. but simply an ongoing stress that lasted throughout childhood.) Apply pressure or moxa to acupuncture point P6. Thich Nhat Hanh does great healing work with Viet Nam Vets just by talking about the trauma. let go. has to come out or shift. sexual or emotional abuse. Find some way that is within your retreat boundary to HAVE FUN. That always gets it out. but it takes consistent devoted therapy. but. or some heavy violence. some take many months. Stramonium. located about one inch above your wrist in the middle of the palm side on your arm. either self-therapy in retreat or with a group or with a professional. sing them and chant them. Rub your chest. Some remedies work in a month. The homeopathic remedy. (although in many cases it will). Some of the flower essences can be extremely effective such as the Desert Alchemy. If we pray for help. When working with flower essences. Can PTSD be cured so we don’t have to rely on anti-depressants? Some people can. Have a oneperson party every day. something. if you can. guidance will come. It may even be the tonsillectomy you had when you were seven. . dowse the remedies with a pendulum to figure out which ones will work for you because it is totally individual. You can also apply deep pressure for 1-2 minutes a day on sore points on your palms. A newer therapy called BodyTalkSystems that works with the energetic memory of the system can help quicker than acupuncture or talk therapy. (A MA ROLLER is a piece of turned wood about the size of a rolling pin that has ridges in it that massage the muscles on either side of your spine as you lay down on it. letting it out in a healing environment.whole back quite vigorously until the skin turns bright red. or we experience a war. but the physiological imprint. Peter Levine has developed a bodywork psychotherapy that is effective for curing PTSD. The reason I say almost is I am sure there are cases of PTSD cured by faith-healing and prayer. but even then. Lie on a MA ROLLER regularly and this type of lung is less likely to occur. If there is intense and/ or on-going physical. “Normal childhood” traumas grow up into neuroses. Have fun with your prayers. the traumatic energy. the trauma may not be a specific event. This gets the lung out. or a natural disaster. I sing for a half an hour or so when I have lung. This is why many people take anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs these days. and. Lung is congested chi in the heart chakra area. Take time to gaze into long distance views and just space out. let go… CURING CHRONIC LUNG OR PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) When we live in fear and anxiety for long periods of time. especially as children. For many of us. is also good for some people It’s all up to karma. You’ll find the sore spot. I’m almost certain the original trauma must be revisited and new reactions have to come in relation to those traumas. you need to study the remedies.
we discover a state of being that is conducive to maintaining awareness all day long. even if you think you don’t have PTSD. you have to want to do the work. If we remember that our primary practice is to purify negativity. is a book I recommend to everyone. When you read the book you see how many people you know have these symptoms. when to meditate and for how long. Trauma and Recovery. AND FINALLY…… In long retreats. we learn to pay attention to what takes us out of that state of being. when to rest or sleep. Judith Herman’s book. As the person is talking.) More importantly. Meditate on compassion so you can identify with the samsaric suffering of the perpetrator and understand they are also trapped in their karma. open. I heard of another therapy that is working very well to cure PTSD. This is the same state that will nurture the immune system. (or crying) the therapist gently taps on the person’s palms. She cites that the one out of ten men who don’t come out of war combat with PTSD are the ones whose main thought during the battle was to save his comrades’ lives. including you. anything is possible. We learn to manage all our activity to maintain and grow that awareness. You can work with it and heal it if you put your intention and faith in that direction. joyfully. there is no reason to despair or think you can’t meditate. no can give you a pill to make it go away. This is the goal. It is very helpful to meditate on karma and realize you created the cause somewhere so you can begin to forgive the perpetrator. This is a bit of proof from the scientific world of the great power of cherishing others more than the self.If you wish to heal your trauma karma. due to the blessings of the Guru-deity. step by step. She also documents that the people who cure themselves of PTSD do it by helping others who have suffered the same trauma. attentive and blissful. And it is very important to do purification practices to purify the more subtle cause of your PTSD. slowly. accumulate positive karmic potentials. It’s like the adept river guide who steers the boat . I think it must take a skilful therapist because you have to know how long to tap on the palms to erase the memory. please only go into retreat under the advise and care of a qualified teacher. and to make requests to the Guru-Deity to guide you towards healing. However. when to exercise. make offerings and requests to the Guru-deity. A therapist takes the person back to the original trauma…and this can sometimes take some digging when denial has been used to shield the memory. (I have learned to use a pendulum to ask questions to my inner guru and this works for me. This distracts the brain and re-wires the memory so the traumatic effect on the nervous system is eliminated. alternating right and left palm every few seconds for 3 to 10 or 15 minutes depending on what is coming out of the patient. we can get to the space where we can really be of benefit to other beings. to do accumulating virtue practices to create the cause to find the right healer and the right medicine. there are stories of remarkable recoveries… and it is so easy. It really helps to understand your personal mandala and the state of our planet and why wars must be stopped. It is relaxed. But. We just have to imagine ourselves as the deity and point our feet in that direction. not his own. We can use that inner awareness as your guide to determine what to eat. The therapist encourages the person to talk about the trauma and really feel it again. What I have given here is just what we have done…you will find other things as well. mindfully. If you have this type of Tsok Lung.
with the deep wish to bring them the greatest happiness and joy. to remember divine pride. we can overcome any obstacle. lung is natural. Rinpoche said. through Ven. isn’t it? Constantly reflect on the kindness of the sentient beings who are the cause for our enlightenment. This state allows us to remember to motivate and dedicate all our activities with bodhicitta motivation. but there will always be ups and downs and occasions to suffer until all the causes for suffering are extinguished in our mindstreams. May all wonderful conditions flourish and may enlightened leaders prevail. aka Ven. doing ton-len however we can. If we keep the sentient beings. not just the 8 or 9 hours you spend on your cushion. in the center of our hearts. MAY ALL BE AUSPICIOUS! . Joy has to be cultivated for most of us. Don’t talk too much especially! I offer sincere regrets if I have misrepresented anyone’s ideas of if I have given any misinformation or made any big mistakes. So take it easy…We CAN do it! Years ago. Completed on the 28th moon day of the fourth month in the Iron Snake Year. relax and take it easy. Our lam rim practice gives us the rocket fuel we need to traverse the path to enlightenment. every one of them. famines. May all beings experience the precious Bodhicitta and may they have temporal and ultimate happiness in all their lifetimes. If we come out too fast. Retreat is about the 24 hour experience. our dearest friends. to remember the illusory nature of what we experience via our six sense organs. let’s be light and humorous about our predicament. I told Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche that I couldn’t practice lojong. Tsen-la’s kindness. In this case. even if we did not get lung in the retreat. to remember the subject/object emptiness. animal and planetary exploitation stop right now. Edited in July. come up when we are tired. it comes with the body. June 19. is our best friend and best protection.down the river effortlessly because she uses her intuition. we could get it in the re-entry phase. 2001. knowledge. we can reap the most benefit from retreat because we are constantly creating the cause for enlightenment. So. Constantly reflect on their unavoidable suffering. 2006. we use our intuition. Cherishing others. Then. be very gentle with yourself. natural and manmade disasters and human. Paula Chichester. our greatest obstacle. “How many years have you been in samsara?…and how many years have you been practicing lojong?” We need a lot of patience. May all wars. So. knowledge and experience to stay in the river’s central current. Discouragement and doubt. We just have to remember that our nature is to suffer. Lhundup Nyingje May this little writing be of some benefit to all beings. work steadily with faith and aspiration– as karma permits– discover ways to feel joy in every day. disease. and experience to stay in the center of our being. How we come out of retreat is very important also.
good or bad. the direct and indirect Gurus. Therefore. I should entrust the depths of the death to the cave. who felt great sorrow. the kind Gurus. and so forth–. and.TEN INNERMOST JEWELS OF THE KADAMPA GESHES These are the innermost jewels of the Kadampas. I should entrust the depths of the Dharma to the beggar. (By proceeding with the vajra mind that does not change from renouncing this life.) . (I should equalize Dharma and my life and not transgress the commitment to renouncing this life I live in. (I should be out of line with worldly human beings who are attached to this life. the ship of negative karma disintegrates and one will reach the very blissful ground of remedy. who practiced in solitary places and who achieved enlightenment in one life. Except for the needs for survival–the three robes. one will attain the happiness of this life and the happiness of all future lives. house. old age and death. having lived the austere life of an ascetic. I practice Dharma without being captured by the beloved ones. by the way. I should entrust the depths of the beggar to death. food. one will achieve liberation and enlightenment quickly and without hardhships. there will be the suffering of separation from them. Furthermore. field. The transcendent wisdom vajra should accompany me. too) will not benefit me. (cats and dogs. Whatever people say about me. Reflect on the nature of the uncertainty of death like this. Reflect on the nature of the uncertainty of death just like the life stories of the previous holy beings who reflected on impermanence and death. wealth. who gave up this life. I won’t keep gold or jewels or anything extra. I should proceed will with the uncaptured vajra. on the banks of the great river Naranza. I should entrust the depths of my attitudes to the Dharma. the unequaled son of Tsetsang (Prince Siddhartha) felt great sadness and then abandoned his reign of the kingdom. I request the possessor of the mighty one. friends. if one has these ten innermost jewels. as did the holy beings who came before me. By seeing sickness. At the end of six years. By reflecting in this way. I won’t change my mind when I go out into the world with renunciation for this life. At that time.) I should attempt to be out of line with the human beings. Why shouldn’t I give up the activities of this life? Home. not even one piece. By merely keeping them in the heart. begging bowl. family.) I should definitely leave behind the vajra without shyness. wealth—all of these do not allow pure Dharma practice to arise. please bless me to give up this life. for myself. relatives. ( This means: Leave behind worldly concern. he became fully enlightened. I should give up seeking the means of this life. the fortress of delusion collapses.
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