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Trul khor

Tsa lung Trul khor (Sanskrit: vayv-adhisāra “mag- ical movement instrument, channels and inner breath currents”), known in short as Trul khor “magical in- strument” or “magic circle” (adhisāra [1] ) is a Vajrayana discipline which includes pranayama and body postures (asanas). From the perspective of Dzogchen, the mind is merely vāyu “breath” in the body. Thus working with vāyu and the body is paramount, while meditation on the other hand is considered contrived and conceptual.

Namkhai Norbu, a prominent proponent of trul khor, prefers to use the Sanskrit equivalent term, Yantra Yoga, when writing in English. Trul khor derives from the instructions of the Indian mahasiddhas who founded Vajrayana.

Trul khor traditionally consists of 108 movements, in- cluding bodily movements (or dynamic asanas), incan- tations (or mantras), pranayama and visualizations. The flow or vinyāsa of movements are likened to prayer beads. Trul khor asanas are depicted on the walls of the Dalai Lama's summer temple of Lukhang.

1 Lung

Main article: Lung (Tibetan Buddhism)

rlung (Wylie) is equivalent to the Sanskrit vāyu.

2 English discourse

Namkhai Norbu opened the English discourse on Trul Khor with his treatise on Yantra Yoga, [2] essentially a commentary on a practical yoga manual by Vairotsana. Namkhai Norbu tilled the ground for the dissemination of Yantra Yoga through his practical teaching and eso- teric transmission of this discipline within the Interna- tional Dzogchen Community which he founded post 1975 from its seat in Italy, Merigar.

Chaoul (2006) has opened the discourse of Bon traditions of Trul Khor into Western scholarship in English with his thesis from Rice University. [3] In his work, Chaoul makes reference to a commentary by the famed Bonpo Dzogchen master, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's text Awakening the Sacred Body presents some of the basic practices of trul khor according to the Tibetan Bon tradition. [4]


trul khor according to the Tibetan Bon tradition. [ 4 ] 1 3 Primary texts •

3 Primary texts

Tibetan: འཕྲུལ་འཁོར་ཉི་་ཁ་ོར་ི་དགོངས་འགྲེལ་ི་མེད་ནོར་བུའི་མེ་ལོང, Wylie: 'phrul 'khor nyi zla kha sbyor gyi dgongs 'grel dri med nor bu'i me long

Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen: byang zab nam mkha' md- zod chen las snyan rgyud rtsa rlung 'phrul 'khor



4 See also

5 Notes

[1] Wallace, Karma Chagmé ; with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche ; translated by B. Alan (1998). A spacious path to freedom : practical instructions on the union of Mahā- mudrā and Atiyoga. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publica- tions. p. 69. ISBN 1559390719.

[2] Andrico, Fabio (2013). Tibetan yoga of movement : the art and practice of yantra yoga. Berkeley, California:

North Atlantic Books. ISBN 9781583945568. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

[3] Chaoul, Alejandro (2006). Magical movements ('phrul 'khor): ancient yogic practices in the Bon religion and con- temporary medical perspectives. Rice University. p. 52. Retrieved 7 March 2011.

6 References

Chaoul-Reich, Alejandro. Spinning the Magical Wheel in Snow Lion Magazine. Snow Lion Publi- cations. Retrieved 1 December 2006.

Chaoul-Reich, Alejandro. Tibetan Yoga from the Bon Tradition in Snow Lion Magazine. Snow Lion Publications.

Lipson, Elaine. Into the Mystic in Yoga Journal.

Norbu, Chögyal Namkhai (2000). Revision: Laura Evangelisti. Translation: Des Barry, Nina Robin- son, Liz Granger, Carol Chaney. Yantra Yoga Man- ual. Italy, Shang Shung Edizioni. (This booklet is published for those who have received the trans- mission of these practices from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.)

Lipman, Kennard (1987).'The Dynamic Yoga of Tibet: combining asanas, breathing exercises, and flowing movements, Yantra Yoga aims to return us to our “natural state”.' Cited in: Yoga Journal, May 1987, No. 74. Active Interest Media. ISSN 0191- 0965. Source: (accessed: Friday April 9, 2010) p.


Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (2011). Awakening the Sacred Body. Hay House. ISBN 1-4019-2871-4.

7 Further reading

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Trans. by Adriano Clemente. Yantra Yoga Snow Lion Publications.

Chang, Garma C. C.: Teachings of Tibetan Yoga/an Introduction to the Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Exercises of the Tibetan Religion, Publisher: Kens- ington Pub Corp, Published: 1 October 1993, ISBN

8 External links

Ligmincha introduction

Chaoul, M. Alejandro (2003). Yogic practices (rt- sarlung ’phr ul ’khor) in the Bon tradition and pos- sible applications as a CIM (complementary and in- tegrative medicine) therapy. Presented at the Tenth Seminar in 2003 for the International Association for Tibetan Studies.

Yantra Yoga The website dedicated to Yantra Yoga.


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