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Trul khor

Trul khor
Tibetan name
Tibetan རྩ་རླུང་འཁྲུལ་འཁོར་
Literal meaning magical movement instrument, channels and inner breath currents

Tsa lung Trul khor (Sanskrit: vayv-adhisāra "magical movement instrument, channels and inner breath currents"), known in short as Trul khor "magical instrument" or "magic circle" (adhisāra[1]) is a Vajrayana discipline which includes pranayama and body postures (asanas). From the perspective of Dzogchen, the mind is merely vāyu "breath" in the body. Thus working with vāyu and the body is paramount, while meditation on the other hand is considered contrived and conceptual.

Namkhai Norbu, a prominent proponent of trul khor, prefers to use the Sanskrit equivalent term, Yantra Yoga, when writing in English. Trul khor derives from the instructions of the Indian mahasiddhas who founded Vajrayana.

Trul khor traditionally consists of 108 movements, including bodily movements (or dynamic asanas), incantations (or mantras), pranayama and visualizations. The flow or vinyāsa of movements are likened to prayer beads. Trul khor asanas are depicted on the walls of the Dalai Lama's summer temple of Lukhang.


  • Lung 1
  • English discourse 2
  • Primary texts 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


rlung (Wylie) is equivalent to the Sanskrit vāyu.

English discourse

Namkhai Norbu was the first to discuss Trul Khor in English with his book on Yantra Yoga,[2] essentially a commentary on a practical yoga manual by Vairotsana. Namkhai Norbu began dissemination of Yantra Yoga through his practical teaching and esoteric transmission of this discipline within the International Dzogchen Community which he founded post 1975 from its seat in Italy, Merigar.

Chaoul (2006) has began discussion of Bon traditions of Trul Khor in English with his thesis from Rice University.[3] In his work, Chaoul makes reference to a commentary by the famed Bonpo Dzogchen master, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's text Awakening the Sacred Body presents some of the basic practices of trul khor according to the Tibetan Bon tradition.[4]

Primary texts

  • Tibetan: འཕྲུལ་འཁོར་ཉི་ཟླ་ཁ་སྦྱོར་གྱི་དགོངས་འགྲེལ་དྲི་མེད་ནོར་བུའི་མེ་ལོངWylie: 'phrul 'khor nyi zla kha sbyor gyi dgongs 'grel dri med nor bu'i me long
  • Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen: byang zab nam mkha' mdzod chen las snyan rgyud rtsa rlung 'phrul 'khor

See also


  1. ^ Wallace, Karma Chagmé ; with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche ; translated by B. Alan (1998). A spacious path to freedom : practical instructions on the union of Mahāmudrā and Atiyoga. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. p. 69.  
  2. ^ Andrico, Fabio (2013). Tibetan yoga of movement : the art and practice of yantra yoga. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.  
  3. ^ Chaoul, Alejandro (2006). Magical movements ('phrul 'khor): ancient yogic practices in the Bon religion and contemporary medical perspectives. Rice University. p. 52. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche 2011.


  • Chaoul-Reich, Alejandro. Spinning the Magical Wheel in Snow Lion Magazine. Snow Lion Publications. Retrieved 1 December 2006.
  • Chaoul-Reich, Alejandro. Tibetan Yoga from the Bon Tradition in Snow Lion Magazine. Snow Lion Publications.
  • Lipson, Elaine. Into the Mystic in Yoga Journal.
  • Norbu, Chögyal Namkhai (2000). Revision: Laura Evangelisti. Translation: Des Barry, Nina Robinson, Liz Granger, Carol Chaney. Yantra Yoga Manual. Italy, Shang Shung Edizioni. (This booklet is published for those who have received the transmission of these practices from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.)
  • Trulkhor: The Magical Movement of Tibet by M. Alejandro Chaoul
  • Yogic practices in the Bon tradition by M Alejandro Chaoul
  • Ancient drawing from the Blue Beryl by Sangye Gyamtso (1653-1705)
  • Lipman, Kennard (1987).'The Dynamic Yoga of Tibet: combining asanas, breathing exercises, and flowing movements, Yantra Yoga aims to return us to our "natural state".' Cited in: Yoga Journal, May 1987, No. 74. Active Interest Media. ISSN 0191-0965. Source: [2] (accessed: Friday April 9, 2010) p. 46-49
  • Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (2011). Awakening the Sacred Body. Hay House.  

Further reading

  • Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Trans. by Adriano Clemente. Yantra Yoga Snow Lion Publications.
  • Chang, Garma C. C.: Teachings of Tibetan Yoga/an Introduction to the Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Exercises of the Tibetan Religion, Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp, Published: 1 October 1993, ISBN 978-0-8065-1453-6

External links

  • Ligmincha introduction
  • Chaoul, M. Alejandro (2003). Yogic practices (rtsarlung ’phr ul ’khor) in the Bon tradition and possible applications as a CIM (complementary and integrative medicine) therapy. Presented at the Tenth Seminar in 2003 for the International Association for Tibetan Studies.
  • Literature from the Tibetan Tradition Relevant to Six Yogas of Naropa Practitioners - An Annotated Bibliography and Selected Excerpts
  • Yantra Yoga The website dedicated to Yantra Yoga.
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