What is Lu Jong?
Sep 19, 2015
What is Lu Jong?
Lu Jong (lu = body and jong = transformation/training) is a precious Tibetan practice passed down through oral teachings for over 8000 years. Consider it as meditation in movement, not only as a practice towards attaining enlightenment but also to benefit overall health & well-being.
Physical benefit through practicing Lu Jong include becoming more resistant to disease with improvements in overall strength, immunity, endurance, and sense clarity with heightened body awareness. This further influences longevity and youthfulness with the increase of inner warmth that is generated, helping metabolic functioning and cellular processes of heat and energy transfers in the body.
Mentally, Lu Jong deepens the inner balance and calm of the mind through increased focus, resulting in quieting distracting thoughts, releasing negative emotions, and cultivating joy and compassion. We come to respect the power of our minds and learn how to control the circumstancing of our experiences, by recognizing problems created through attachments, fear, and expectations; and choosing to generate compassion and love for all being as a way to clear obstructions.
Lu Jong benefits energetic health by opening up chakras bringing mental clarity and calmness, balancing emotions to overcome illusions, and generating greater energy and happiness. The movements open and close channels in our body at special points to release blockages and encourage wind to travel harmoniously, thus creating a balanced union of mind and body.
Lu Jong comes from the Tantrayana (or Vajrayana is the secret teaching of Buddhist mysticism) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the belief that the body is the vehicle for development & transformation, through which the whole self (body, speech, & mind) returns to purity leading to the path to enlightenment thereby experiencing absolute happiness. In the absence of medical care in secluded areas in the mountains of Tibet, many of these movements were developed out of necessity by the monks to keep healthy while in meditation retreats. The Five Elements Lu Jong came from the Bön (dharma, ultimate reality) tradition, an older indigenous faith of Tibet, of Zhang Zhung. The other exercises originated from Naropa and Dzogchen Bön.
Historically, Lu Jong has been passed down orally from master to selected monks because they were part of special teachings. However, since it is believed that medicine cannot be rightfully kept from the people, certain movements directly connected to medicine were shared with the public. Secret teachings were considered to be dangerous if it could be misunderstood, misused, or harmful in anyway such as the wrong view, thinking, or timing. With the right conditions, nothing needs to be secret. Therefore, these practices were done only privately amongst those that understand their meaning for the betterment of all.
A deep knowledge of interconnectedness of nature, the mind, and body shaped Lu Jong such as the influence of nature’s cycles on our health and how the wind flow through our channels and the benefits of applying animals’ innate knowledge of being in tune with the rhythms of nature.
The fundamental cause of disease starts at the mental level, making ignorance the main obstacle to health & happiness. We use breathing as a bridge between body & mind; for breath is our vital energy. We use the mind to direct energy within our bodies, release internal blockages and facilitate the healing process. The Lu Jong experience unlocks a path toward true realization, a process of increasing awareness, sensitivity, and openness.
About Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche
Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche is a high precious Buddhist master also recognized as the speech of the 8th incarnation of Tulku Nyentse. His teachings are based on ancient Tantric knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, astrology, and many popular healing techniques. Tulku Lobsang received Gelug teachings, studied Bön, Jonang Kalachakra secret traditions, Mahamudra traditions, and received general teachings in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, therefore, he is considered a Rime. Tulku Lobsang received and collected the Lu Jong exercises from various lineages, modifying them to suit people of all ages & abilities.
Tsu-Ching Yu is a multi-talented performer, lover, dreamer, and student of life. Her mission is to live life to the fullest and each day through the lenses of love, compassion, and understanding. She believes in creating miracles and it all starts with each and every one of us.