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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Concerning Tummo Syndrome (拙火症候群)
practice of tummo is certainly not about ‘drying wet blankets’ that is what I
can assure you. If anyone tells a Rinpoche about wanting to use tummo to dry
wet blankets; I can assure you that the Rinpoche will certainly recommend this
person to buy an electric dryer.
when my brother in dharma told Rinpoche that he finally understood vase
breathing is actually holding breath under the belly. The Rinpoche just burst
into laughter and said to him: “Do you think you can achieve enlightenment by
holding your breath under your belly?”
The key to
the above jokes is that tummo when being practiced incorrectly, will cause
physical problems: fever, headache, heat and redness in ear and face, fast
heart rate, inability to concentrate, feeling giddy or dizzy.
many reasons for one to experience tummo syndrome. Perhaps one has over
concentrated in visualizing the chakras and nadis; or perhaps this person didn’t
do the warming up exercise. It is also likely that a beginner is practicing tummo
during summer months and during noon.
the case may be, no one will tell you about tummo syndrome.
So, how to
go about when one is suffering from tummo syndrome?
plenty of water.
out for a walk in the garden.
yoga exercises; Tibetan yoga in particular.
grounding exercise by rubbing against trees.
extremely easy to misdiagnose tummo syndrome as fever or other sicknesses and hence
mistreated with the wrong medicine. So caution must be exercised to identify if
the person is really suffering from tummo syndrome, a real disease, and the
work of black magic or if it is indeed a case of spirit possession!