Tsa Lung Trul Khor is a practice that works intensively with our subtle body. “Tsa” is the Tibetan word for “channel,” and “lung” is the word for “wind” (called qi, prana or chi in other spiritual traditions).
These exercises are used in the Tibetan Bon tradition and the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug). Tsa lung exercises are also employed in Kye-rim (visualization practice) and are a preparation practice for Tummo. Historically practiced and taught only in remote Himalayan monasteries and caves, these magical healing movements are now being taught to serious western students.
In the Tibetan spiritual traditions, energy, body, and mind are known as the 3 doors to enlightenment. The term “subtle body” is a close translation of a term found in Sanskrit sources, ”sukshma-sharira”, rendered in Tibetan as ”traway-lu”.
The health of our subtle body has a direct and absolutely determinative effect on our mental, emotional and physical health. Thus, any practice that improves the state of the subtle body will definitely be experienced in a positive way in other aspects of our lives as well.
The subtle body has elements of the physical, such as colors, form, and structure. But it has elements of the mental as well, like emotions and thought. The subtle body can be reconditioned with training, focus, and intent, and even permanently altered to support a more enlightened state of being.
Hence, this subtle interface between mind and body becomes an important component of liberation. ”If the subtle body is mastered, the mind can be freed. For that reason, in Buddhist tantric practice, the subtle body takes on a role of supreme importance.” – Yangonpa Gyaltsen Pal
How Tsa Lung Trul Khor works
By bringing together the focus of the breath, mind, and physical movements, in each tsa lung exercise you inhale and open specific energetic centers in the body. Then you reinhale and hold the breath and focus while performing a specific movement designed to clear the obstacles that obscure and disturb you from recognizing the pure and open space of being. This pure and open space is the source of all positive qualities.
Blockages of the psychic paths are not only caused by psychological problems. Other strong factors like unwholesome food (and animal products), behavior and other external factors can cause them. Wrong behavior and diet are actually an important physical cause of the negative or positive energies. In short, all energetic, mental, and physical disorders manifested from the mind, wind and micro-bacterial aggravation are agents to produce channel blockages that finally manifest through physical symptoms.
Tsa Lung meditation practice benefits:
#1 These exercises will awaken your subtle energy body, opening and clearing your five sacred energy centers (chakras) and channels (nadis). The five sacred chakras are: crown, throat, heart, navel and secret chakra.
#2 Tsa Lung improves your ability to connect and rest in a naturally joyful state by alleviating any emotional blocks, physical distractions, mental or energetic disturbances, or other hindrances to your spiritual practice.
#3 The proper flow of energy (prana) through the body channels brings the cause of a good health and prolongs life. Moreover, it helps to avoid the toxin accumulation in the nadis, which blocks the nadis and important functions of the physical body.
#4 These exercises help to clear the energetic dissonance that blocks clear open awareness, supporting profound meditative awareness on or off the meditation cushion, while helping to reduce agitation, drowsiness, and dullness.
#5 They will help to enhance your mental well-being, physical fitness, and spiritual growth, and allow the natural human qualities of compassion, love, joy and equanimity to arise.
The five Tsa Lung exercises are described in detail by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, in the video below.