Trul Khor Retreat: November 2–5, 2017

TIBETAN BÖN YOGA, PART 1

with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich

Trul Khor

Beginners and experienced students alike are invited to join us November 2–5 for instruction in the ancient practice of Tibetan yoga, from the Bön A-tri Dzogchen tradition. This course can stand alone and also will be the first in a series of teachings to take place over the next three years.

Tibetan yoga can serve as a powerful support for all spiritual practitioners, not only those with an interest in physical yogas. In the Tibetan spiritual traditions, body, speech/breath and mind are known as the three doors to enlightenment.The contemplative physical movements of Tibetan yoga (trul khor) enable us to enter all three doors at once through a single practice, offering a powerful, skillful means for clearing the obstacles and obscurations to openness and clarity in meditation practice.

The distinctive movements of trul khor arose as the result of deep meditation practice by Tibetan yogic adepts.Traditionally practiced in remote Himalayan caves and monasteries, the trul khor movements are now being made accessible to serious Western students.They are a powerful tool for clearing, balancing and harmonizing the subtle aspects of one’s energetic dimension.

It is understood in the Tibetan traditions that when the channels of the subtle energy body are clear and the winds circulating through them (prana, vital breath) flow unimpeded, the natural state of the mind—spacious, aware, and with an unobstructed flow of energy—is revealed. This natural state of mind cannot be created or destroyed; it is universal, unborn and undefiled.The trul khor movements serve to clear the energetic dissonance that obscures this clear, open awareness.Trul khor can support meditative awareness on or off the meditation cushion, while helping to reduce drowsiness, agitation and dullness and improve physical health.

All students are warmly encouraged to learn these movements and benefit from practicing them.There is no prerequisite for attending this retreat. For those interested in deepening their practice of Tibetan yoga, this retreat will serve as the first in a series for training that will also include the Foundational Movement of Tibetan Yoga from Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung, also a Bön dzogchen tradition. An intermediate training program will be offered over the following two years, followed by an advanced training for two more years. All trainings will be held at Serenity Ridge.

In the past this training series began with the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyü trul khor. Now, we will start with the A-tri Dzogchen trul khor, as condensed by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. All are welcome to attend.


AleAlejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D., has been teaching these retreats for more than 15 years at the request of Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. A senior student of Rinpoche, he has studied trul khor with many masters of the Bön Buddhist tradition of Tibet. He is an assistant professor and director of education at the University of Texas (UT) MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and adjunct professor in UT’s Medical School. He teaches meditation to cancer patients and their supporters and is involved in research using tsa lung trul khor with cancer patients and their caregivers. Alejandro received his Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is a senior teacher of The 3 Doors.