What is Tummo Inner Fire?
Tummo is a profound practice with a deep, rich context.
Tummo is not about being warm in a cold environment. In fact, it really has nothing to do with the cold. Rather, it is about creating a soft inner warmth that is indicative of having created a certain condition in the body.
While Tummo does include exercises and breathing practices, the real Tummo practitioner can generate this warmth with the power of the mind and deep focus. Breathwork is a friend of Tummo and exercises are the accelerator of Tummo, but they are not Tummo in and of themselves.
My teacher, Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche is a master of Tummo. It is his specialty. I highly recommend attending a Tummo retreat with him if you have the opportunity. You will be sure to receive the rich context and purpose of the practice and traditional practices as they have been done in Tibet for centuries. It is very special to receive this lineage because these practices are usually only taught to a select few individuals directly from their master.
Today, with the permission of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tulku Lobsang offers Tummo openly. He does so in a skillful, wise and careful way. He always offers a complete practice, including the preparations. And he makes sure that students understand the true, deep purpose of this precious tradition.
What is the purpose? We generate our natural inner fire located beneath the navel and spread it in a very controlled, specific way throughout the body to open the subtlest of blocks.
This inner fire has profound benefits. It enables us to generate more essence, balancing our hormones, warming our blood, spreading energy throughout. This sun energy rises and melts the frozen water of bliss located in the head. When we experience this bliss, we immediately go beyond thought, beyond duality, and realize the union of wisdom and emptiness.
With this practice, not only does one highly refine their subtle body (and therefore physical health), but it is a path to enlightenment itself. Deep, deep.
I'll go into more detail on this subject in future posts.
I do not teach Tummo. Only Tulku Lobsang himself offers this direct transmission. However, I teach Tsa Lung, which is a very close friend of Tummo. By practicing Tsa Lung first, one can progress much quicker with Tummo.
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