You can watch Lama Yeshe giving this teaching on our YouTube channel. In this excerpt, Lama introduces the Six Yogas of Naropa, a completion stage practice of Highest Yoga Tantra, originally transmitted from the great mahasiddha Naropa to his disciple, Marpa. We supposedly start today, our job we start today, from the beginning. Better slow down.
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At the same time, in Bengal, there was a great scholar, Naropa. Naropa was from a very respected family that was very rich and well-known in the land. He had married a princess, and he lived a life of wealth. Naropa was attracted to spirituality, so he became a scholar of Buddhism. He was extremely charismatic. At that time, Hindus and Buddhists would hold spiritual matches in public: there would be a great teacher on each side, accompanied by smaller teachers.
For hours and hours, sometimes days and days, they would debate which religion is better. The Buddhists would say that theirs is better, the Hindus that theirs is the best. They would go from the very practical to the very philosophical aspects. And Naropa, who became a very learned scholar of Buddhism, was becoming a superstar of these matches. After one such contest that Naropa won, people converted from Hinduism to Buddhism.
This made Naropa very well-known and respected. Do you know them intellectually? And do you have the experience?
He will teach you. Naropa felt a spiritual impulse. He felt where that woman was coming from, so he left everything. He left the life of the prince and his wife — a pattern typical of Buddhists since Buddha himself left his wife.
And although she might have felt heartbroken at the beginning, later she became his disciple. And thus Naropa started searching for Tilopa. Unlike today, back a thousand years ago finding someone was very difficult. There was no internet, no google, no facebook.
Naropa was just going from city to city trying to find Tilopa. After a period of searching, he realized that in order to find him, he must purify himself.
So he started doing practices to prepare himself to meet his guru. You can go and see him. His name is Tilopa. You are a nobleman, a prince, a spiritual teacher. I will not be fooled. I know you are a great master. Please teach me. The distance between them remained equal.
Just like magic, Naropa realised that no matter how fast he walked or how slow he walked, he was always a few steps behind Tilopa. I will do anything. He jumped off the cliff, and all his bones were broken. Naropa fainted and entered into Samadhi.
The biography of Naropa is really a pearl to read. You see how the story continues. He gave him one technique. He gave him the power to initiate him, and then Tilopa went in Samadhi for one year, and he entered the state of super consciousness.
He came back, and he would challenge Naropa, his disciple, twelve times. Tilopa entered Samadhi for a year, and Naropa would practice. Bring me your wife. And he tortured him like this tremendously. Go and ask for more rice. They refused. He took the bucket of water, poured it all over their food, the whole wedding went after Naropa, and Naropa ran.
And then he made the kind of shape of the half moon, and there was a little river there, they passed the river, eventually, and to make the story short, he got really badly beaten. And like this, Naropa passed all his tests. The last one: he was sitting in meditation for many, many years silently, and then he attained liberation.
You be soft on your students. Never ever should the master treat a disciple the way I treated you because nobody will ever be able to take it, but for you, I have burned all your bad karma in the course of a few short years by this intense suffering.
And Naropa added the knowledge, added the text of Tilopa. And it was the first time that these very, very secret practices, were brought about openly, publicly by Naropa.
The Story of Tilopa, Naropa, and the 6 Yogas of Naropa
When he finally met Tilopa, he was given the four complete transmission lineages which he then began to practice. Naropa spent a total of twelve years with Tilopa. At the bank of river bagmati, in the premise of Hindushrine Pashupatinath Temple, there is the cave where he was initiated by Tilopa and attained Siddhi. This meditation and the physical exercises listed above should be practiced in conjunction with one another.
Six Dharmas of Naropa
Naropa, most likely a native of Kashmir, transmitted the esoteric doctrines of the Six Yogas to a number of Indian and Tibetan disciples, prominent among whom are the famous Marpa the Translator, guru of the celebrated yogi Milarepa. Although the teachings of the Six Yogas are central to all four Tibetan schools, they are most foundational to the Kagyu school. The three treaties translated herein are all native Tibetan compositions by prominent scholar-adepts of the Kagyu school. They form a particular genre of Six Yogas of Naropa compositions still cherished and practiced assiduously by Tibetan yogis. The Buddhist Vajrayana tradition and the Shaiva Tantra traditions evolved together and exchanged tenets and practices until the decimation of Buddhism in India in the 11th century C. Thereafter, the practice of the Six Yogas was continued and safeguarded in Tibet, Nepal and other Himalayan regions. With the Tibet diaspora in the wake of the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the exile of H.
Six Yogas of Naropa
Alternate Formulations[ edit ] Other dharmas, sometimes grouped with those above, or set as auxiliary practices, include: Drongjuk Phowa — Keown, et al. This is the tantric yoga involving sexual union with a physical partner, either real or visualized. This is always considered as a distinct path. Yantra — There are many practices and physical exercises called yantras preliminary to tummo yoga. A good example of this is the visualization on the body as being hollow: "here the body and the energy channels nadis are to be seen as completely transparent and radiant".
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