Healing With Form, Energy, And Light: The Five Elements In Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, And Dzogchen

In the shamanic worldview of Tibet, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are accessed through the raw powers of nature and through non-physical beings associated with the natural world. In the Tibetan tantric view the elements are recognized as five kinds of energy in the body and are balanced with a program of yogic movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. In these Dzogchen teachings the elements are understood to be the radiance of being and are accessed through pure awareness. Healing with Form, Energy, and Light offers the reader healing meditations and yogic practices on each of these levels. Tenzin Rinpoche's purpose is to strengthen our connection to the sacred aspect of the natural world and to present a guide that explains why certain practices are necessary and in what situations practices are effective or a hindrance. This is a manual for replacing an anxious, narrow, uncomfortable identity with one that is expansive, peaceful, and capable. And the world too is transformed from dead matter and blind processes into a sacred landscape filled with an infinite variety of living forces and beings.

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By Rah~ri (The United States) · October 03, 2008
Had been wanting to check this out?
looks good, just picked it up today :)
Will sit with this for awhile tonight, check it out.
At times there seems to be lot's of conflict with folks
over the Bon "religion" but don't really care about the conflict!
Folks who only look at a single leaf say there is n... ...more
By Taylor (Portland, OR) · ★★★★★ · November 13, 2013
This is a fascinating book which explores the elemental principles of spiritual work done in Dzogchen and Tibetan Shamanism. The author shares how to work with elements and provides practical exercises that can be done by the reader, provided s/he is willing to put the time and effort in. I like... ...more
By Bruce (New Zealand) · ★★★★★ · July 16, 2011
This is a well written highly accessible guide to the Tibetan Buddhist Bon lineage view of the composition of reality as five elements, and presents some excellent exercises to work with the concepts.

Tenzin Wangyal writes clearly and with a lot of heart. This book presents less of a complex hugg... ...more
By Mary (Cork, 04, Ireland) · May 24, 2012
This is the first book of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche that I read and it had a profound effect on my life since. I read it about 9 years ago now and it has led me on and on into many other of his books and teachings.
One line in this book really spoke very loudly to me
"for the shaman earth is ground,... ...more
By Heather (Portland, OR) · ★★★★☆ · January 15, 2008
Some pretty cool stuff...but only if you're already into yogic and Buddhist philosophies. The tantric exercises are extremely powerful but again, I think you need something of a yogic background before doing them on your own here. ...more