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Jan. 3rd, 2011 | 04:01 am
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

I have a couple of questions relating to prana/chi....

In your opinion, do you see chakra work as part of Buddhism? It isn't often talked about in direct relation to it but prana/chi is a basic part of our existence and in meditation whether consciously or unconsciously, we're always working with it and stimulating it. Have you ever or do you regularly work on your chakras? What place, if any, do you think this has in Buddhism? Do you think it should be focused on more? How do you think balancing chakras can help with spiritual enlightenment and developing compassion for others?

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a.strange.day

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from: a_strange_day_
date: Jan. 3rd, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Working with chakras is a part of the advanced practices of Tantric Buddhism. These practices are incredibly profound, but require establishing a firm spiritual foundation through the practice of ngondro and receiving guidance and instruction a qualified teacher who has already accomplished these practices. Trying to work with the subtle body without having both of these can be very spiritually damaging, so jumping into that sort of thing prematurely is a bad idea.

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Melissa

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from: stardustnprison
date: Jan. 4th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I never hear people talk on this subject and nowadays, with the surge in all things New Age, there are a great deal of books that encourage chakra work and act like a teacher is irrelevant. It can all be kind of confusing

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a.strange.day

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date: Jan. 5th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I think a lot of the stuff that is out there on chakras is based upon the Hindu Tantras which, according to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, put working with the subtle body very early in their system of practice. So it's easy to get confused because there is so much out there, and often the particular tradition from which the information is coming from is not emphasized or stated.

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Melissa

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from: stardustnprison
date: Jan. 6th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
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You'd be a great teacher is you aren't one already. U know a lot about all this. Mental note: check out Hindu Tantra ;)

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dr_koolaimzz

Ditto from a_strange_day

from: dakini_bones
date: Jan. 4th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
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Melissa

Re: Ditto from a_strange_day

from: stardustnprison
date: Jan. 4th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Have you done any work on chakras yet with a teacher? What was your experience with it?

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