The Six Yogas of Naropa

- through Henry Oudin

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Originally, the yogas were transmitted by Dorje Chang to Tilopa who in turn transmitted them to Naropa (1016-1100). Then a long chain of transmission was made in Tibet thanks to Marpa then Milarepa, Gampopa, Phagmodrupa, Lord Jigten Gonpo Rinchen Pal, etc. to the Venerable Drubpon Tharchin Rinpoche who transmits them in turn.
Summary description of the six yogas of Naropa. What the texts say:

1. Tumo

In particular, the yoga of inner fire allows you to increase your internal heat until you melt the snow around you, or even more widely, and to cross walls thanks to the realization of emptiness. To practice Toumo, it is essential to follow one's "root lama" throughout one's existence, as the great masters mentioned above have done.

2. Yoga Guru

This yoga of the body makes it possible to realize the illusory nature of phenomena and to free oneself from all forms of attachment, aversion and to realize emptiness in all things.

3. Clear Light Yoga

It allows you to replace mental opacity with Clear Light, the natural luminosity of a mind free from all negative karma. In deep sleep we experience the Clear Light.

4. Milam

Also called Dream Yoga, it allows us to understand the origin and nature of our dreams, that it is our own mind that makes dreams and that they are illusory in nature.

5. Yoga of the intermediate state

The bardo is the intermediate state between death and the next rebirth. At the time of death, our spirit does not immediately realize that it is disconnected from the body. This state lasts between 7 and 49 days.

6. P'owa

The Yoga of the Transference of Consciousness makes it possible to obtain a form of liberation at the time of death. As long as we are subject to karma, we can be liberated and reborn in the pure fields through the practice of P'owa by a lama. Relatives have 49 days after death to bring in a lama. Practitioners can practice P'owa practice with a master.

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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