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Moving Being: Illustrated Handbook of sKu-mNye Yogic Exercises Spiral-bound – July 14, 2009
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There are several traditions and practices of Longde. This one is a very physical but easy yoga. It is dynamic, very similar for the body to warmings of hata yoga. It is very different from other Longde traditions where you stay in specific asanas (static postures) with specific gazing.
But the exercices of this book are true dzogchen preliminaries because there is a specific gazing and because the exercices produce a mind disorientation which suppresses the ordinary dual consciousness of Sems the ordinary mind. So what remains? The Natural state of dzogchen: the non dual awareness.
There are 111 Longde exercices in this tradition, unfortunatly, following the obscurantist tradition of secrecy in dzogchen, the author only presents the 35 firsts. That is why I give only 4 stars. It is better than the usual nothing! It is mainly preliminaries and not the main exercices. But it has the merit to be dzogchen preliminaries and not tantric preliminaries as usual. Even if it is presented as Kum Nye: a kind of tibetan yoga. Personaly I would call it Trulkor . It is very different than Tarthang Tulku Kum Nye which is more a relaxation in asanas. It is also very different than Namkai Norbu Yantra yoga which is more painfull for non atletic people. Yantra yoga is similar to hata yoga asanas, including taking the posture and exiting, but with breath retention which prohibits that for people without very good physical capability and sufficient youth to avoid cardio vascular problems.
If you are like me, both a buddhist meditation small practitioner and a hatha yoga small practitioner, dreaming to merge your two practices, it is the book you have waited for a long time! If you are not a practitionner of both, but just curious as most people who read about dzogchen, you will be disapointed, the exercices are childlish if just read but not practiced. And the drawings are not very visible nor esthetic. Its a pity that the drawings are not made by Kandro Dechen whose drawings are usualy so beautifull and inspiring. If she could redraw it and add more exercices she would make the Dharma progress much more than tibetan lamas who endlessly speak conceptualy of the non conceptual path of dzogchen.