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Khandro Déchen Tsédrüp Rolpa'i Yeshé is a Nyingma Lama who teaches in the Dzogchen lineage of Aro Lingma. Her clear, direct and detailed handbook of sKu-mNyé (kum nye) enables one to enter the dimension of energy revealed through Dzogchen longdé, the series of space. 35 elemental exercises cover 7 dynamic movements from each series of symbolic animals: lion, vulture, tiger, eagle, and garuda. Aro sKu-mNyé can be practised by almost anyone as the forms range from simple to challenging, from mild to strongly aerobic. The theoretical background to the exercises is explained in simple contemporary English, which is accessible to those with no experience of Vajrayana Buddhism, yet will be of value and interest to those who have practised intensively and studied the tradition in depth. The exercises are finely illustrated by Pauline Williams in a western life-drawing style that portrays real-life practitioners rather than perfect iconographic... More > bodies of yogis and yoginis.< Less
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Jan 5, 2011The illustrated handbook of Tibetan yogic exercises – moving being by Khandro Déchen – introduces readers to the principle and function of a vital set of exercises called sKu-mNyé. As both a formal Vajrayana student, spiritual friend of several Nyingma Lamas, and a practitioner of Qi Gong and Tai Qi, I find these practices situated at the crossroads of several of my life passions – where stillness of motion and the motion of stillness fuse into absolute experiences of the nature of mind. For Tai Qi and Qi Gong students like myself, implicit instruction in modern schools frequently lacks illuminating clarity in the Taoist fundamentals of the practices. Khandro Déchen beautifully and brilliantly establishes the foundations of Dzogchen Longdé from which this Tibetan yogic practice arises in a way that stands as its own treatise on the subject. The student may go forward with the implicit practice instructions within the rich context of a very lucid and clear... More > understanding of the principles from which the functions of the practice are made possible. Several components of sKu-mNyé are extraordinarily effective. Gazing and the practice of circling the gaze facilitate the emphasis on “focusing in space”. I have found that these “massages” of the optical sense field have a particularly amazing effect in combination with the other moving elements of the practice. Supine meditation posture (lying down immediately after each exercise, for up to three times as long as the exercise) is where the real magic of the practice is experienced. In the period immediately after practice, profound experiences (nyams and Zap-nyams) occur in the “meteorological” space around the body as these energies appear to move both towards and away from the “central channel” – the space of our being. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in Tantric Buddhism, enjoys Yoga, or practices any of the inner martial arts such as Qi Gong or Tai Qi. I feel my life as a student in several of these areas is vastly enriched by the beneficial teachings offered in this book. As I continue my preliminary study with only the book, I enthusiastically look forward to receiving transmission and instructions for these teachings from authorized teachers and adopting this as a principle yogic exercise practice in this lifetime. [Sergio DuBois is a senior practitioner of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and of meditation from the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. Beginning in the nineties, Sergio studied Tai Chi outer forms in the Taoist school of Master Moy Lin-shin, and studied Baduanjin ("Eight Pieces of Brockade") inner form Qigong in the school of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Shortly after the turn of the century, Sergio was introduced to buddhism through an auspicious spiritual friendship with Getsulma Ani Pema Chödrön, and became a formal student of Dzigar Kongtül Rinpoche, her teacher and a Lama of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage from the Nyingma tradition. Currently, as a senior systems architect with EMC², Sergio aspires to living as a Ngagpa (a non-monastic, house-holding lay practitioner of Vajrayana) bringing a rich life with his wife and sons to the path of realization and self-liberation for the widest and greatest benefit possible.]< Less
Mar 1, 2010Moving Being is a wonderfully illuminated handbook on sKu-mNyé, the physical exercises from the series of Dzogchen longdé. The subject is approached with the simplicity and breadth of living knowledge that offers a breathtaking clarity, and fullness, in explaining both history and use. The illustrations are pragmatic and also beautiful in how much of the exercise and movement is contained in the line drawings. The book has been written to be helpful in the most basic sense of getting these exercises down pat so that even a beginner can approach the majority of them on a first reading. I have found the book to be a tremendous aid in furthering my knowledge of sKu-mNyé exercises of which I had not previously encountered. And has enriched my appreciation of the expansive benefits that this series offers.
Oct 17, 2009A truly amazing book for everybody who is interested in meditation, physical exercise or both. Be warned: The exercises described in the book do open doors to new galaxies of experience. Thank you Khandro Déchen!
Oct 14, 2009"Moving Being by Khandro Déchen" This is an extraordinary book clearly describing and illustrating the practice of sKu-mNyé (Tibetan yoga). It is refreshing to see an exercise book illustrated with images of 'real' people engaging proficiently in the exercises. So often yoga books show only people with 'perfect' bodies practising at a level it seems impossible for most of us to achieve. An invaluable and inspiring handbook.
Sep 28, 2009"Moving Being" I found this book well-written and extremely clear. I have a better understanding of the structure of this system of exercise/practice having read this book. I like the fact that it is spiral bound as someone has obviously thought about how people would use it. I wish I'd had this book years ago as I think it is very helpful.
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- Aro Books worldwide (Standard Copyright License)
- Aro Books worldwide
- December 28, 2009
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- 0.94 lbs.
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