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Trul khor

Tsa lung Trul khor (Sanskrit: vayv-adhisra magical movement instrument, channels and inner breath
currents), known in short as Trul khor magical instrument or magic circle (adhisra[1] ) is a Vajrayana
discipline which includes pranayama and body postures
(asanas). From the perspective of Dzogchen, the mind
is merely vyu breath in the body. Thus working with
vyu and the body is paramount, while meditation on the
other hand is considered contrived and conceptual.
Namkhai Norbu, a prominent proponent of trul khor,
prefers to use the Sanskrit equivalent term, Yantra Yoga,
when writing in English. Trul khor derives from the
instructions of the Indian mahasiddhas who founded
Trul khor traditionally consists of 108 movements, including bodily movements (or dynamic asanas), incantations (or mantras), pranayama and visualizations. The
ow or vinysa of movements are likened to prayer beads.
Trul khor asanas are depicted on the walls of the Dalai
Lama's summer temple of Lukhang.


Main article: Lung (Tibetan Buddhism)

rlung (Wylie) is equivalent to the Sanskrit vyu.

English discourse

Namkhai Norbu opened the English discourse on Trul

Khor with his treatise on Yantra Yoga,[2] essentially a
commentary on a practical yoga manual by Vairotsana.
Namkhai Norbu tilled the ground for the dissemination
of Yantra Yoga through his practical teaching and esoteric transmission of this discipline within the International Dzogchen Community which he founded post 1975
from its seat in Italy, Merigar.

3 Primary texts

Chaoul (2006) has opened the discourse of Bon traditions

of Trul Khor into Western scholarship in English with
his thesis from Rice University.[3] In his work, Chaoul
makes reference to a commentary by the famed Bonpo
Dzogchen master, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen.

Tibetan: ,
Wylie: 'phrul 'khor nyi zla kha sbyor gyi dgongs 'grel
dri med nor bu'i me long

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's text Awakening the Sacred

Body presents some of the basic practices of trul khor
according to the Tibetan Bon tradition.[4]

Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen: byang zab nam mkha' mdzod chen las snyan rgyud rtsa rlung 'phrul 'khor

See also
Desi Sangye Gyatso
Six yogas of Naropa


[1] Wallace, Karma Chagm ; with commentary by Gyatrul

Rinpoche ; translated by B. Alan (1998). A spacious path
to freedom : practical instructions on the union of Mahmudr and Atiyoga. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. p. 69. ISBN 1559390719.
[2] Andrico, Fabio (2013). Tibetan yoga of movement : the
art and practice of yantra yoga. Berkeley, California:
North Atlantic Books. ISBN 9781583945568. |rst1=
missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
[3] Chaoul, Alejandro (2006). Magical movements ('phrul
'khor): ancient yogic practices in the Bon religion and contemporary medical perspectives. Rice University. p. 52.
Retrieved 7 March 2011.
[4] Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche 2011.

Chaoul-Reich, Alejandro. Spinning the Magical
Wheel in Snow Lion Magazine. Snow Lion Publications. Retrieved 1 December 2006.
Chaoul-Reich, Alejandro. Tibetan Yoga from the
Bon Tradition in Snow Lion Magazine. Snow Lion
Lipson, Elaine. Into the Mystic in Yoga Journal.
Norbu, Chgyal Namkhai (2000). Revision: Laura
Evangelisti. Translation: Des Barry, Nina Robinson, Liz Granger, Carol Chaney. Yantra Yoga Manual. Italy, Shang Shung Edizioni. (This booklet
is published for those who have received the transmission of these practices from Chgyal Namkhai
Norbu Rinpoche.)
Trulkhor: The Magical Movement of Tibet by M.
Alejandro Chaoul
Yogic practices in the Bon tradition by M Alejandro
Ancient drawing from the Blue Beryl by Sangye
Gyamtso (1653-1705)


Lipman, Kennard (1987).'The Dynamic Yoga of

Tibet: combining asanas, breathing exercises, and
owing movements, Yantra Yoga aims to return us
to our natural state.' Cited in: Yoga Journal, May
1987, No. 74. Active Interest Media. ISSN 01910965. Source: (accessed: Friday April 9, 2010) p.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (2011). Awakening the
Sacred Body. Hay House. ISBN 1-4019-2871-4.

7 Further reading
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Trans. by Adriano
Clemente. Yantra Yoga Snow Lion Publications.
Chang, Garma C. C.: Teachings of Tibetan Yoga/an
Introduction to the Spiritual, Mental, and Physical
Exercises of the Tibetan Religion, Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp, Published: 1 October 1993, ISBN

8 External links
Ligmincha introduction
Chaoul, M. Alejandro (2003). Yogic practices (rtsarlung phr ul khor) in the Bon tradition and possible applications as a CIM (complementary and integrative medicine) therapy. Presented at the Tenth
Seminar in 2003 for the International Association
for Tibetan Studies.
Literature from the Tibetan Tradition Relevant to
Six Yogas of Naropa Practitioners - An Annotated
Bibliography and Selected Excerpts
Yantra Yoga The website dedicated to Yantra Yoga.

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