Tummo, meaning inner fire is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice that allows the practitioner to enter into a deep state of meditation. Please note that although Tummo and the Wim Hof Method are both inner fire meditations, they are different practices. When I first started looking into Tummo meditation in 2011, I read about the experiments people had conducted with this meditation technique, and how practitioners were able to control their body temperature and go into deep states of meditation. Tummo meditation entered mainstream western culture in the form of these experiments, which resulted in a lot of people, including myself, wanting to practise. Originally, this article was about sharing information that already existed in the public domain, about a subject that deeply interests me — meditation. I hate to make broad generalisations, but many of us in the West have been brought up to question things. This video gives you an overview of the science behind Tummo and also introduces you to Dr Herbert Benson’s work with Tummo. Here are a few Tummo experiments I found interesting that have been conducted over the last few decades.
Whilst looking into Tummo, I came across a blog called The Tummo Experiment which involved a group of people who were new to Tummo but interested to experience firsthand what it had to offer. Interesting stuff – bringing a powerful visualization exercise of heat into our meditations. Although this is specifically about raising the body temperature, when one meditates and therefore gains greater purity of the energy system, the body temperature rises during meditation. I started to learn 2 years ago and the difficult part for me is life in California is too stressful to be able to keep nervous system calm and balance.
In many eastern philosophies and certainly in Yoga, people talk of two main energy channels (nadis) running down the left and right sides of your body either side of the main central channel, sushumna.
When I did it, my mind arrived at a state very similar to meditating on emptiness (a sutra method), except with much greater penetration, depth, and staying power.
Hi Cbui, you’re absolutely right and in some respects, now meditation and mindfulness practices are popular in the west, the spiritual aspect has been lost to some degree. Hi Clare, yes, awareness meditation is being advertised for its health and productivity boosting benefits when in fact it has the ability to do so much more. It seems that as the world becomes more materialistic, we don’t know any better than to focus on these things. I am probably not on the right site to say these things and apologize since I am probably being rude to the host without understanding your context.
I created an alternate meditation branching from Tummo and Reiki, where you use the Reiki to isolate the heat from the Tummo into a specific spot that is in pain, and use the fire from the Tummo to sort of push the pain and damage out of my body through my hands and feet, and into my surroundings.
That’s incredibly inspiring and good to know that Reiki and Tummo helped you to recover.
Did you instinctively know what would would work for you or did other people suggest meditation techniques? It was mainly instinct, but also I’ve always been fairly attuned to my surroundings, and that is helpful with the concept of Reiki, where you sort of channel energy from surrounding sources, or from yourself to something else. A valuable resource for Kum Nye enthusiasts, yoga practitioners and students of meditation alike, Kum Nye Dancing presents seventy-five new Kum Nye postures and movements, woven into series of dances. Kum Nye is the art of making friends with all expressions of experience; learning through its practices to work gently and precisely with the body, awareness merges with experience, illuminating hidden resources of energy latent within body and mind. Unlike the first Kum Nye books where the postures are intended to be done slowly and introspectively, the practices in this book point outwards. The postures in Kum Nye Dancing are based on recollections from Tarthang Tulku's temple practices, used to prepare for the ritual movement known as lama dancing. Tarthang Tulku, a highly accomplished Tibetan lama, is one of the few living teachers to have received a thorough traditional training in Tibet from some of the greatest masters of the 20th century before entering India as a refugee in 1959.
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Held from January 30 to February 12th, 2012 in the lush redwoods of northern California just 90 miles north of San Francisco, the Longchenpa Retreat offers an immersive, one of a kind exploration of human potential from the perspective of Tibetan Buddhist Master, Longchenpa.
The retreat program, lead by Arnaud Maitland, will offer an intensive study of Longchenpa’s text Kindly Bent to Ease Us culminating in a four day ceremony of chanting. The Longchenpa Ceremony, practiced during this time by Nyingma Buddhist practitioners around the world, commemorates the Parinirvana of Longchenpa. Ratna Ling Retreat Center is a place of tremendous beauty with a palpable sense of peace and calm making it an ideal location for spiritual study and practice.
For those with an interest in Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, the Longchenpa retreat offers the integration of textual study and discussion with selected meditation practices providing an excellent balance between intellectual rigor and practice experience.
In this guide to how to use Tibetan Singing Bowls you’ll learn how to produce wonderful sounds that you can then meditate on.
Once you know how to use tibetan singing bowls you will have a beautiful way to meditate on sounds.
Tibetan Singing Bowls are actually a type of standing bell, but instead of being inverted they are held in the hand.
Nowadays people the world over are learning how to use Tibetan singing bowls, but traditionally were only used in Asia, where they were created.
In Buddhist tradition the singing bowl is used as an auditory marker, denoting the beginning and ending of a period of meditation, and is often combined with the use of a percussion instrument called the “wooden fish,” which is struck when a specific phrase is chanted. When meditating on a Tibetan singing bowl, the brain waves begin to synchronise with the frequency of the bowl, while unique tones produce a deep meditative state.


If you’re unfamiliar with Tummo, think Wim Hof (the iceman) who is able to control his body temperature using meditation, physical exercises and cold therapy. However, at present, there seems to be mixed views about how to practise, whether complete beginners should be practising at all, and whether or not it’s OK to reveal the techniques online or in a book. For this reason, I’m going to wait until I can find a teacher who can teach me firsthand. In 1982 Benson and colleagues studied the physiological effects of practising Tummo by conducting an experiment with three Indo-Tibetan Yogis in India (Himalayas).
Find out more about this 2012 Tummo experiment that took place in Normandy, France with Tibetan Monks. Dr Peter Malinowski wrote an article on the science behind Tummo back in 2103 called Advanced Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice raises body temperature. The blog is their fascinating journey of what happened, what they discovered and their own thoughts on Tummo. I noticed meditation doesn’t work when I am tired but when I am rested I can feel the energy flow internally but when I check with thermometer I do not see any change. I know that in Reiki Tummo, to become a practitioner, your crown chakra has to be opened by a master.
When you meditate and practise pranayama breathing exercises, you become more balanced and ida and pingala are said to merge. The point of Tummo has nothing to do with body temperature or the ability to practice in the snow. Tummo is suppose to help your mind arrive at a blissful non-dual state which merges perceptions of object and subject together.
From my end, comparing spiritual benefits to health (or personal performance) benefits is like comparing diamonds to pebbles.
In regards to Wim Hof – I would argue that he probably is a kinder more compassionate human being as a result of his method.
I was hit by a car, and was very much injured, and my doctor didn’t think I would survive.
Yes, I still practice, and it’s helped me a lot, though I definitely still have much to learn.
I guess what I do isn’t even Reiki or Tummo, because I discovered what I do entirely by myself.
Before the accident, I didn’t have the patience for meditation, but after spending a lot of time in a hospital, unable to do anything but wait for something interesting to happen, I was able to just sit down and relax, even in uncomfortable circumstances. Dynamic and dramatic, these emphasize the transformative power of yoga, helping to make real and meaningful changes in energy levels, patience and tolerance and physical and mental flexibility.
As deep tensions dissolve, body and mind communicate clearly, gaining access to untapped dimensions of knowledge inherent in fuller dimensions of experience. Designed to energize the body and wake up consciousness, the postures give form to the openness and aliveness associated with awakened mind. The basic forms were developed in 2008 to help students remain relaxed and flexible for long periods of challenging physical work outside. Since 1969, he has lived and worked in California, where he has authored thirty books, including Kum Nye Relaxation and Joy of Being, a more advanced presentation of the aesthetic principles underlying Kum Nye. These include the Tibetan Aid Project, Dharma Press and Dharma Publishing, and the newly established Nyingma Institute of Sarnath, India. We have a wonderful bookstore in Berkeley and we do events and lectures, book launchings, and promote a Calendar of Retreats throughout the year.
Acknowledged by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism as one of Tibet’s greatest masters, he wrote works that cover every aspect of the Buddhist path. Maitland, JD, MA in Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy, and a senior student of Tarthang Tulku for over 30 years, connects us to the breadth of Longchenpa's tradition in a direct and authentic style that brings the teachings to life, making them accessible and relevant in our daily lives. During the ceremony, retreat guests join the Ratna Ling community in the heart of devotion to chant for 4 days. Unlike other retreats, this one offers teaching and practice from sun up to sun down, making for very full and rewarding days.
Reading Kindly Bent to Ease Us gives a taste of the beauty that Longchenpa makes available. Using one for as little as an hour will provide spiritual healing, balancing the chakras and helping to cure illness. The rim of the singing bowl vibrates to produce a whistling sound comprised of two frequencies, a first harmonic and then overtones. Subsequently, Buddhist practices have spread worldwide and there are now many manufacturers of Tibetan singing bowls around the world. Japanese and Vietnames tradition also use the singing bowl to mark the beginniTechyniqung and ending of periods of walking or seated meditation.
The specific sound that the singing bowl generates is conducive to spiritual healing and for chakra balancing. Side effects to Tummo may include being able to make significant changes to body temperature, but this is not supposed to be the sole purpose of Tummo. The material here is simply a collection of curated information that already exists in the public domain. I can intellectualise all I like, but like with all meditation, I believe you have to experience it properly first before you can understand it. However, I feel it’s equally important to invite people to think about why they want to practise Tummo in the first place, is it safe to practise without a teacher and if not why?
They found that the Yogis were able to increase the temperature in their fingers and toes by a massive 8.3 degrees.
As for the healing aspect, that really fascinates me too although I’d like to be able to write about the specifics.
Whether this is true or not, I have no idea and can’t say I felt much difference when my crown chakra was supposedly opened.


Russill Paul is probably one of the most powerful musicians I’ve come across when it comes to chakras.
The point is to actually help to attain enlightenment by manipulating the subtle body and energies. It may have once been a side effect, but I think today it’s very relevant and important.
I used Tummo and Reiki to confine the pain and injuries to my left arm, and the doctor said that he was surprised that I was even alive. I will monitor this discussion as much as is sensible, and find new techniques to meld into my own. Kum Nye postures bring talents to fruition and support the unfolding of a positive and joyful way of life. Exercising the body in this way, expresses the expansive abundance of life, opening our minds to the beauty available in every moment of experience and beginning to contact surprising alternatives to ordinary ways of being. In mid-2009 they were refined for volunteers who were taking on a massive book production project and proved effective in drawing on deeper reserves of energy and enthusiasm.
Offering various courses and workshops in the Bay Area on meditation techniques as well as various meditation instructional audio CDs for those unable to attend our workshops in person. His writings, in clear and luminous prose, have the power to awaken our own innermost knowing and inspire us to act on the knowledge we already have.
The ceremony is an incredible opportunity to genuinely explore sustained practice and understand the teachings of the retreat in a new light, while sharing a unique experience with a group of dedicated people from all over the world. As described in a recent review, “Ratna Ling's beauty is not skin deep--it is not just the five star resort accommodations, the amazing vegetarian food, the sweeping views or the swaying redwoods that made us instantly connected to this place, but the spirit, the beating heart, the wisdom that we felt the moment we arrived. His style of writing is profound and striking and his insights into philosophy, psychology, and practice help us gain direct access to the enlightened realm. I’m going to start working on another Tummo post, specifically about Tummo and healing, so stay in touch and let me know if you come across any interesting research or articles. But what I have found is that when you meditate or practise meditation exercises around people who have been meditating for years, the meditation feels deeper. Upon my crown chakra being opened, I was intuitively led to info on Kundalini, through the music I had been listening to. I wrote a short post on him about a year ago where you can find a link to his music, plus a chakra chart. Lately, during tummo I started seeing energy in form of two waves coming from left and right, and they are crushing in to each other and creating something like an opening, circle, door or smth…Clare, what do you think? As for using crystals, I can’t say I meditate with crystals, so I would experiment and see how you find it. Milarepa, the great Tibetan yogi, practiced Tummo to set his mind up into the right state before going into Mahamudra, the highest practice in the Tibetan Kagyu school.
I had 21 broken ribs and 23 broken bones, as well as a severe head injury, and now I have 8 cross country top 10 ribbons, and received 6th place in the middle school state track meet for the 100 meter dash. If I am successful in finding new techniques to combine with what I already do, then I will share them here.
My apologies for not answering more quickly, I’ve been very busy studying for finals testing next week. Our passion is to share our love throughout the Bay Area for Buddhist Books and Culture and to educate people on topics relating to Tibetan Buddhism and meditation and visualization techniques. In an intimate and inspiring atmosphere, this unique retreat program provides a space to reflect on the opportunity and mystery of our human embodiment.
So once you have learnt how to use Tibetan singing bowls you can use them not just for the beautiful sound but also for natural healing. Also, if you’re interested in Tummo, you might also be interested in the Wim Hof technique (which I do plan to write about in the future).
The last song on the cd was about the Third Eye and I had wanted to check the titles of the songs, in order. Please give us a call at (510) 200-0981 to learn more about our very unique products and services that benefit the Tibetan culture. Overall, the retreat fosters new perspectives on everyday life as well as practical ways of working with personal and professional challenges.
More than a brief escape from the rat race, the Longchenpa retreat is a starting point for the cultivation of meaningful change in your life and a truly memorable experience. Lo & behold, as I was feeling this blissful state of mind, I discovered the answer as to why. I am up to the point where I can make myself to sweat doing visualization and different pranayama since I can do vase.
Over time, however, that same person might then decide to go deeper and explore the practice in more depth. For me, I’ve never experienced it since (or any real peace of mind due to stress and health issues). I listened to it entirely from start to finish, as I drew my feelings and emotions on a sketch pad.
I am now practicing Kundalini by clearing chakras with meditative chakra sleep music on Youtube and researching Yoga poses, stones that I might have on hand, and an open heart and mind, with each chakra meditation sleep track. I expect it’s goinggoing to take time to clear the blockages and hope to experience the Prana energy to its fullest potential.



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