The definitive and original guide to the practice of Yantra Yoga, including a translation of the eighth-century Tibetan text and Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's commentary explaining each of the 108 movements and pranayamas that make up this powerful and effective practice. Each movement is illustrated with clear line drawings.
author: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
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Yantra Yoga, the Buddhist parallel to the Hatha Yoga of the Hindu tradition, is a system of practice entailing bodily movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. Originally transmitted by the mahasiddhas of India and Oddiyana, its practice is nowadays found in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism in relation to the Anuttaratantras, more generally known under the Tibetan term trulkhor, whose Sanskrit equivalent is yantra. The Union of the Sun and Moon Yantra (Phrul 'khor nyi zla kha sbyor), orally transmitted in Tibet in the eighth century by the great master Padmasambhava to the Tibetan translator and Dzogchen master Vairochana, can be considered the most ancient of all the systems of Yantra, and its peculiarity is that it contains also numerous positions not found in the classic Yoga tradition.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, one of the great masters of Dzogchen and Yantra Yoga, started transmitting this profound practice in the seventies and at that time wrote this commentary based on the oral explanations of several Tibetan yogins and siddhas of the twentieth century. All Western practitioners will benefit from the extraordinary instructions contained in this volume.
Foreword 1 Preface 3 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Yantra Yoga 9 THE UNION OF THE SUN AND MOON YANTRA by Vairocana 17 A STAINLESS MIRROR OF JEWELS, Commentary to The Union of the Sun and Moon Yantra by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu 35 PART ONE: The Preliminaries 41 THE YANTRA EQUIPMENT 43 EXHALING THE STALE AIR 43 THE PHYSICAL TRAINING 45 TSIGJONG: Loosening the Joints 45 LUNGSANG: Purifying the Prana 61 TSADUL: Controlling the Channels 78 THE PRANAYAMA 78 THE YANTRAS 79 PART TWO: The Fundamental Series of Pr7$7y7mas and Yantras 91 THE FIVE SERIES OF PR%(%Y%MAS 94 FIRST SERIES: The Four Characteristic Conditions 95 THE PRANAYAMA 95 THE YANTRAS 97 SECOND SERIES: The Four Profound Applications 139 THE PRANAYAMA 139 THE YANTRAS 148 THIRD SERIES: The Secret Breathing for Directing the Pr7$a into the Central Channel 189 THE PRANAYAMA 189 THE YANTRAS 194 FOURTH SERIES: The Smooth Breathing with Seven Limbs 235 THE PRANAYAMA 235 THE YANTRAS 240 FIFTH SERIES: The Rough Breathing with Six Applications 281 THE PRANAYAMA 281 THE YANTRAS 285 SUMMARY OF THE INITIAL AND FINAL PHASES OF THE YANTRAS OF THE FIVE SERIES 327 THE ALL-INCLUSIVE METHOD OF THE SEVEN LOTUS POSES 331 SUMMARY OF THE INITIAL AND FINAL PHASES OF THE YANTRAS OF THE SEVEN LOTUS POSES 348 THE SIGNS AND RESULTANT QUALITIES OF THE PRACTICE 351 1. The Resultant Qualities of the Three Secret Aspects 351 2. The Three Ripenings 352 3. The Obtainment of the Three Powers 353 PART THREE: The Concluding Sections 355 1. Overcoming Hindrances: The Vajra Wave 357 2. Final Advice 365 3. Conclusion 365 Dedication of Merit 365 Appendix One: The Functions of the Five Pr0nas 369 Appendix Two: On the Cakras 370 Appendix Three: The Yantras Related to Various Aspects of Buddhist Practice 372 Appendix Four: Preliminary Loosening Exercises 374 Appendix Five: List of the Benefits of the Yantras 376 Index of Tibetan and Sanskrit Names and Terms 402
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