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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Centering our energy...

In Tantric Buddhism

there are several ways to center

our energy of course;

for through

the centering of energy

we could experience

the centering of mind.

There are many subdivisions

of Buddhist Tantra.

In father Tantra

we first center our energy

at the heart

as we have seen

in Naropa’s SECOND yoga

of “Clear Light”

and in his FIFTH yoga

of the “Three Bringings.”

In mother tantra

one first centers their energy

in the lower abdomen

as we see in Naropa’s FIRST yoga

of “Inner Heat.”

However in most

tantric, guided meditation texts,

(or Sadhana’s if you prefer Sanskrit)

energy is first centered

at the crown of the head

either by visualizing

the presence of a Buddha there

or the presence of one’s teacher there

or the presence of a syllable there;

or as a by product or by practicing

Naropa’s FIRST yoga of “Inner Heat”

or his FOURTH yoga

of “transference of consciousness,”

which is favored by many Dzogchen Yogis,

including the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Although these centering techniques

are NOT panaceas for all life’s problems

they are remarkably efficient ways

to prepare for contemplative practice;

thus creating

the metaphoric even playing field

when we meditate

so that we will not begin

as it were

behind the eight ball.

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