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2.0 out of 5 stars a book that cannot stand on its own, March 16, 2006
This review is from: The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa (Paperback)
I do not like it when the book you are reading tells you "I will not go into this because I have explained it elsewhere." It seems impossible to get a good understanding of tummo (the inner fire) without reading Lama Yeshe's other books. The reader is redirected to other places to learn about the most essential information like specific mantras to complete the practices mentioned. We have lots of philosophical "good stuff" in this book, but when it comes to practice, oops! you need a flesh and blood guru, or better, another book by the same publications.
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2008 8:43:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2008 8:45:03 AM PDT
Perhaps there is a reason why it stops short of just handing the practice of tummo to the reader? Tummo is a very advanced practice that is usually reserved for those practicing the completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra. You can't just jump into it. You need a firm base of Buddhist learning and practice before you move on to tummo. In Tibetan Buddhism, which is the tradition that this practice comes from, one does, in fact, need a "flesh and blood guru" to progress on the path. The whole of the Buddha's teachings come to you through your guru, including the practice of tummo and other advanced practices. I recommend that if you're interested in practicing inner fire that you find a Tibetan Buddhist teacher that you connect with, check him out and make sure he is a legitimate teacher, begin taking teachings from him, receive empowerment of a deity (I recommend Heruka Chakrasamvara if you want to practice tummo), and spend time practicing the deity. After that you just MIGHT be ready for tummo.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 4:38:32 PM PDT
Pythagorus says:
You say you need a flesh and blood guru? Well, that's just the way it is. Did you expect to do this on your own? If so, you don't understand the nature of tantric transmission.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 1:37:48 PM PST
D. makes a very legitimate criticism. Nonetheless, here is the skinny on this. You will not find a complete recipe for these practices in any book. There are always pieces left out. There is a reason for this. That is that these practices involve activating what in Sanskrit is called kundalini energy. If these energies are released too forcefully or incorrectly it may not have a good outcome. There are several books on kundalini awakening and much on the web. People have gone crazy with unguided awakening. So what happens is highly variable largely depending on the existing conditionings of your mind and past karma good or bad. Additionally, the goal of these experiences is to make you a more compassionate person but these experiences are like a knife. They are neutral and can be used for murder or life saving surgery. The goal is to cultivate the latter. You can read all of Lama Yeshe's books as still you will not be able to put this practice together without a teacher except for a few very rare individuals. If you want to learn these practices, work on finding a teacher and do not jump on the band wagon of the first teacher you see. Make sure of their ethics and qualifications. The Dalai Lama says watch them for up to 10 years.
This is not the McDonald's way to enlightenment, it takes time work and often there are many, many obstacles. For those who have given you sarcastic comments, there is not place for that here. You are showing both your ignorance and arrogance, neither of which has a place in spiritual attainment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2013 6:30:32 PM PST
jacketi says:
Great review of the book, great reply to the criticism but mostly thank you for explaining that this book is not for me, and why. With gratitude.
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