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  Lung-gom-pa Runners of Tibet http://www.lehigh.edu/~dmd1/holly.htmlThe Marathon monks of Japan are quite similar to the Lung-gom-pa runners of old Tiet. There ha!e een many re ords kept of these ama#ing running monks who appear to fly when they run. $ ross grassy plains% they seem to float apparently in a tran e. They are said to tra!el nonstop for forty-eight hours or more and an o!er more than &'' miles a day. Many are said to e faster than horses and at times they were used to on!ey messages a ross a ountry.(n order to qualify as a lung-gom-pa runner% the trainee must first learn to master seated meditation. They had lots of emphasis on reath ontrol and !isuali#ation te hniques. They had to e ale to imagine their own odies as eing light as a feather.)ther te hniques they had to master required them to wat h a single star in the sky intently for days% ne!er allowing themsel!es to e distra ted. *hen they ha!e attained this aility of mo!ing meditation% they are ale to fly like the wind.The term +lung-gom, is used for the kind of training that de!elops un ommon nimleness and gi!es them the aility to make etraordinarily long tramps with ama#ing rapidity. They run at a rapid pa e without e!er ha!ing to stop for days. They do not run short% qui k ra es ut ha!e the aility to go far distan es in a qui k amount of time.+The *ay of the *hite louds, y Lama $nagarika o!inda eplains that the word Lung%  pronoun ed rlun% signifies the state of air as well as !ital energy or psy hi for e. om means meditation% ontemplation% on entration of mind and soul upon a ertain su0e t. (t has to do with the emptying of ones mind of all su0e t-o0e t relationships. This means that a lung-gom- pa runner is not a man who has the aility to fly through air% ut one who an ontrol his energy% re- hannel and on entrate it in a new dire tion. These lung-gom-pa runners follow the an ient  pra ti e of pranayama. They follow the idea of ompletely anonymity and therefore no one is allowed to talk to them or see any part of their odies.True lung-gom-pa runners are !ery rare for it is !ery diffi ult to really master their skills. (n the  ook% +Magi and Mystery in Tiet, the author% $leandra 2a!id34eel% mentions how she en ountered her first lung-gom-pa runner in 4orthern Tiet. This is a wild% grassy region where afew tries li!e in tents. There are few people in this area% and when they spotted the lung-gom-  pa runner% he was alone in a plain and was the first person they had spotted in more than ten days  of tra!eling. Thinking the man to e lost and wandering on the plain% they were going to go retrie!e him and take him with them. $s they grew loser they reali#ed he was tra!eling at a remarkaly swift speed and was one of the so- alled lung-gom-pa runners. 2a!id34eel was told not to speak to the runner e ause they were not allowed to reak their meditation while running.The od that li!es within him would then es ape and the runner would die. Just witnessing this was enough to ama#e her though.+5y that time he had nearly rea hed us6 ( ould learly see his perfe tly alm impassi!e fa e and wide-open eyes with their ga#e fied on some in!isile far distant o0e t situated somewhere high up in spa e. The man did not run. 7e seemed to lift himself from the ground% pro eeding y leaps. (t look as if he had een endowed with the elasti ity of a all and reounded ea h time his feet tou hed the ground.,The lung-gom-pa runner an also e alled a Maheketang. The word +mahe, is from the fearless  uffalo% whi h they had een know to ride. To aspire to e a part of Maheketang% there is a lot of training. This in ludes reathing eer ises that are pra ti ed during a se lusion period in omplete darkness% whi h lasts three years and three months.The student must sit ross-legged on a large ushion. 7e inhales and allows his ody to fill with air. Then holding his reath% he 0umps up with legs still rossed using no hands to support him. 7e repeats this always remaining in the same position. This method enales them to e ome etremely light% almost weightless. +The lung-gom method does not aim at training the dis iple  y strengthening his mus les% ut y de!eloping in him psy hi states that make these etraordinary mar hes possile.,)nly after years of drilling oneself with different types of reathing eer ises are they permitted to attempt the a tual ra ing performan e itself. *hen he finally rea hes this point in time% he must ompletely on entrate on the walk% the in and out reathing rhythm% always looking ahead%ne!er speaking. 7e an not e distra ted y anything and must keep his eyes fied on a single o0e t.The est onditions for their runs are flat plains% desert spa es% and e!ening twilight. 8!en after walking for miles or days% when the e!ening has een rea hed% the tiredness of the run susides and the lung-gom-pa runner and ontinue on for miles more. 2uring their runs% they are ontinually told to keep their eyes fied on a parti ular star. 9ome float through the air so mu h% that they wear hea!y hains around their odies so that he is not in danger of floating in the air.$fter ha!ing performed all these feats% the lung-gom-pa usually finds a quiet pla e to retreat to where they spend the rest of their li!es tea hing% meditating% and pursuing !arious religious duties. Those who ome to him% he will heal or less and onsole those who are upset.+The en of ;unning, is a ook written y <red ;ohe whi h states% +*hate!er you do with your running% you only heat yourself y pushing% pressing% ompeting. There are no standards and no possile !i tories e ept the 0oy you are li!ing while dan ing your run., This statement is a  perfe t way to des rie the lung- gom-pa runners of Tiet and the Marathon Monks of Mount 7iei. They do not run to simply e qui k or to win. They are in a way dan ing when they run. They are to totally fo us on running and let the running take them away. Their tran e-like mo!ements show that they are ompletely fo using and are at pea e. ;ohe goes on to say that +our spirit is not separate from our ody anymore than the water is separate from the stream. Thewater is the stream., This has to do with the fa t that running is dan ing. Their spirit is with the runners when they are mo!ing.  $t the end of running% the marathon monk has +e ome one with the mountain% flying along a  path that is free of ostru tion. The 0oy of pra ti e has een dis o!ered and all things are made new ea h day. The stars and sky% the stones% the plants% and the trees% ha!e e ome the monks trusted ompanions6 he an predi t the weeks weather y the shape of the louds% the dire tion of the wind% and the smell of the air6 he knows the ea t times ea h spe ies of ird and inse t  egin to sing6 and he takes spe ial delight in that magi moment of the day when the moon sets and the sun rises% poised in the enter of reation., To eperien e this and ha!e these feelings would e the most remarkale thing% uneatale y anything. ( would lo!e to see as these monks are ale to see and li!e. They worked so in redily hard those 1''' days to get to this point. <or them% the work is not e!en o!er yet. <or them the +real pra ti e soon egins.,These ama#ing runners ha!e for years een impressing others with their skills. The fa t that they an a omplish all this simply to re ei!e enlightenment is su h a ni e thought. =ltra Marathon ;unners are pro!ided with drinks% foods and other things that help them to run and keep their energy up. The marathon monks ha!e only a few small meals a day onsisting of some ri e% soupand other !egetarian foods.They ha!e pro!en that when we are running and think we an go no farther% this 0ust is not quite true. Just to rememer these runners should help us qui ken our pa e. They ha!e gone to etraordinary limits in their runs and maye someday the rest of the world will e ale to ome a ross the wonderful talents of these people. These +spiritual athletes, intrigue me and ( look forward to finding out new% interesting information aout their li!es. Tibet: Mystic Trivia http://www.iras.u algary. a/~!olk/syl!ia/Ti.htmLung-gom-pa: legendary lamas who y means of psy hi training ould rush nonstop a ross !astdistan es of rugged lands ape% running without end. 2es ription of meeting a lung-gom-pa >y the <ren h mysti -s holar $leandra 2a!id-4eel who% disguised as a eggar woman% gained rareinsight into ommon Tietan life? in a wilderness where% for ten days% no fellow human eing had een sighted: +5y that time he had nearly rea hed up6 ( ould learly see his perfe tly alm impassi!e fa e and wide-open eyes with their ga#e fied on some in!isile far-distant o0e t situated somewhere high up in spa e. The man did not run. 7e seemed to lift himself from the ground% pro eeding y leaps. (t looked as if he had een endowed with the elasti ity of a all andreounded ea h time his feet tou hed the ground. 7is steps had the regularity of a pendulum. 7e wore the usual monasti roe and toga% oth rather ragged. 7is left hand gripped a fold of the toga and was half hidden under the loth. The right held a phura >magi dagger?. 7is right arm mo!ed slightly at ea h step as if leaning on a sti k% 0ust as though the phura% whose pointed etremity was far ao!e the ground% had tou hed it and were a tually a support. My ser!ants dismounted and owed their heads to the ground as the lama passed efore us% ut he went his way apparently unaware of our presen e.,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milarepa$ ording to the ook  Magic and Mystery in Tibet   y <ren h eplorer $leandra 2a!id-4@el% Milarepa oasted of ha!ing + rossed in a few days% a distan e whi h% efore his training Ain Bla k magi C% had taken him more than a month. 7e as ries his gift to the le!er ontrol of Binternal air., $leandara omments +that at the house of the lama who taught him la k magi there li!ed a trapa AmonkC who was fleeter than a horse, using the same skill. A1C  This esoteri skill% whi h is known as  Lung-gom-pa  >+*ind Meditation,% lung   D +wind% A&C    gom- pa  D +meditation, AEC ? in Tiet% allows a pra titioner to run at an etraordinary rate of speed for days without stopping. This te hnique ould e ompared to that pra ti ed y the  Kaihigyo  Monks  of Mt. 7iei in Fyoto% Japan. AGC http://www.llewellyn. om/ookstore/arti le.phpHidDEI1 Treasures of Tibetan Occultism  4ew *orlds (sse: 4*'&E 5y: J.7. 5rennan(magine what it would e like to dis uss magi with $leister rowleyto talk philosophy with Klatoto re ei!e spiritual instru tion from the 2alai Lamato le!itate at willto !isit any ountry on earth% or lea!e the planet altogetherto take on any form you wished% learn any se ret you desired% dis o!er strange new worlds and sensual delights.(t sounds like wildest fantasy% yet these powers-and many more-are promised y an astonishing olle tion of te hniques de!eloped in the 7imalayan fastness of Tiet efore the hinese in!asion of ) toer% 1'. Tietan mysti s and magi ians alled su h pro edures the +Kra ti e of the 4ight%, a form of yoga designed to take ontrol of your sleeping dreams and use them as gateways to other dimensions of reality where literally anything e omes possile-in luding the highest known forms of spiritual de!elopment. Practice of the Night $ yoga holding out su h enefits requires time to learn and dis ipline to pra ti e% ut surprisingly% it is open to !irtually anyone prepared to make the ne essary effortand there are e!en omputeri#ed de!i es a!ailale in the =nited 9tates to ease the way. $lthough largely unknown to o ultists of the industriali#ed *est% the Kra ti e of the 4ight is an etraordinarily useful omplement to the do trines of astral magi and any work of *i a in!ol!ing the use of !isuali#ation.( learned of the Kra ti e of the 4ight while resear hing my new ook% Occult Tibet  % for Llewellyn. (t was 0ust one among many olle tions of te hniques that make traditional Tiet a !irtual goldmine of information for the *estern esoteri pra titioner.Tietan o ultism as a whole has two main roots-the sulime spiritual insights of Tietan 5uddhism and the an ient tea hings of 5Nn shamanism% the asrcinal religion of the ountry. Together with pro edures imported from neighoring (ndia and hina% they omine to form an 8soteri Tradition of unparalleled power and authority. Tibetan Marvels $s ( in!estigated some of the most an ient pra ti al tets of this tradition% ( was astonished y the results a hie!ed and delighted at the way Tietan methods might e asored into *estern magi al pra ti e. $longside the laims of the tets themsel!es% 8uropean tra!elers rought a k firsthand reports of mar!els su h asO The tran e runners apale of arrying messages !ast distan es without food or rest. These lung-gom-pa % as they were known in Tiet% managed prodigious feats not through athleti training% ut from mental dis iplines that apparently influen ed the weight of their odies and led% in the ad!an ed stages% to le!itation.O Thought forms !isuali#ed so strongly that they ould a tually e seen y others and sometimes took on a physi al reality of their own. $ unique use of thought-form te hnology was aimed at tea hing students the fundamental nature of reality through a pro ess analogous to the spirit e!o ations of *estern magi .O $ near-forgotten s ien e of soni s so potent it was reputed to ha!e on e een used to uild a

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