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Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Mr. G » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:57 pm

Can someone reccommend a good book showing the channels in the body? I have some material from retreats and teachings I've gone to over the years, but I'm looking for something a bit more detailed with front and side views.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Josef » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:43 pm

mr. gordo wrote:Can someone reccommend a good book showing the channels in the body? I have some material from retreats and teachings I've gone to over the years, but I'm looking for something a bit more detailed with front and side views.

They might not always be the same. You might want to look for something specific to the practices you are focusing on.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby dzoki » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:57 pm

Hi Gordo,

there will soon be a book on this topic published by Shang Shung publications. It is a translation of the text by Gyalwa Yangongpa called Rdo rje lus kyi sbas bshad which was done by Elio Gaurisco. This text is supposed to be a complete description of all the 72000 channels, but I have no clue whether there will be illustrations of all of this. It should be out this year, but who knows?
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Malcolm » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:16 pm

dzoki wrote:Hi Gordo,

there will soon be a book on this topic published by Shang Shung publications. It is a translation of the text by Gyalwa Yangongpa called Rdo rje lus kyi sbas bshad which was done by Elio Gaurisco. This text is supposed to be a complete description of all the 72000 channels, but I have no clue whether there will be illustrations of all of this. It should be out this year, but who knows?



This is an interesting book. It does not describe 72,000 channels in detail however.

People should however know that it is Sarma tradition. There is also the Third Karmapa's book, zang mon nang don i.e profound inner topics.

People should understand that the presentation in Nyingma is different in important ways.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Mr. G » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:40 pm

Thanks Nangwa, dzoki and Namdrol.

Perhaps I should have been more specific when I said "detailed". I'm not looking for diagrams of all 72,000 channels. I'm more concerned with the 3 major ones. Specifically how they link to the crown of the head, between the eyes and below the naval. Also I think I've been misunderstanding how (and if) they connect to the urethra and anus. This misunderstanding is a bit disturbing to me as I'm concerned about the status of my practice now. That's why a side view is important for me since the front view diagrams I have aren't that clear. This is in reference to Sarma tradition too. PM's would be much appreciated.

There is also the Third Karmapa's book, zang mon nang don i.e profound inner topics.


I don't suppose this is in English Namdrol?
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Malcolm » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:49 pm

mr. gordo wrote:Thanks Nangwa, dzoki and Namdrol.

Perhaps I should have been more specific when I said "detailed". I'm not looking for diagrams of all 72,000 channels. I'm more concerned with the 3 major ones. Specifically how they link to the crown of the head, between the eyes and below the naval. Also I think I've been misunderstanding how (and if) they connect to the urethra and anus. This misunderstanding is a bit disturbing to me as I'm concerned about the status of my practice now. That's why a side view is important for me since the front view diagrams I have aren't that clear. This is in reference to Sarma tradition too. PM's would be much appreciated.

There is also the Third Karmapa's book, zang mon nang don i.e profound inner topics.


I don't suppose this is in English Namdrol?



Yes, Zabmo Nangdon has been translated by E. Callahan.

According the Kalacakra, three channels in question govern feces elimination (avadhūtī); ejaculation/menstruation (rasanā) and urination (lalanā).
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby conebeckham » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:50 pm

Portions of the Zabmo Nangdon have been translated into English.....Snow Lion's Luminous Heart contains, to the best of my knowledge, the only bits so far translated, and they don't relate to the subtle body, if I recall.

http://www.amazon.com/Luminous-Heart-Consciousness-Nitartha-Institute/dp/1559393181/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301435231&sr=8-1#_

Even in the Sarma systems, the arrangement and descriptions of the channels can differ. It's really quite specific to the practice you have been given. Kalachakra is almost completely different from, say, Vajrayogini/Vajravarahi.....
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby conebeckham » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:51 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Yes, Zabmo Nangdon has been translated by E. Callahan.


Really? What's the English title, if you know?
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Malcolm » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:04 pm

conebeckham wrote:Namdrol wrote:
Yes, Zabmo Nangdon has been translated by E. Callahan.


Really? What's the English title, if you know?



http://www.nitarthainstitute.org/public ... rtha.shtml at the bottom.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby conebeckham » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:06 pm

Many thanks, Namdrol!
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Mr. G » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:17 pm



Yes, thanks so much for this! I hope the diagrams clarify what I'm looking for.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Pero » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:34 pm



Is this useful for all Vajrayana students? Are there any restrictions on its purchase?
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Malcolm » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:49 am

Pero wrote:


Is this useful for all Vajrayana students? Are there any restrictions on its purchase?



Yes and yes.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Pero » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:12 am

Namdrol wrote:
Pero wrote:


Is this useful for all Vajrayana students? Are there any restrictions on its purchase?


Yes and yes.


And what are they? Ngondro?
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Malcolm » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:32 pm

Pero wrote:
And what are they? Ngondro?



I think you have to write them and ask.
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Re: Book showing Channels in the Body

Postby Pero » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:28 am

Completed ngondro it is. Bummer.
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