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 Posted: Wed Jun 28th, 2006 02:10 am
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I find it interesting that people ask you questions about levitation. Lama Govinda relates an experience he had while walking in the hills of Tibet. He tells of hearing a thunderous sound of what he thought was horse hoofs just over the cliff from where he was walking. He walked over and looked down the cliff and saw hoof prints in the snow. As he looked the hoof prints began to grow in number but he could not see the animals that were making their mark in the snow. He became frightened as his brain could not explain the reason for this experience. He began running and soon realized his strides were of about 100 yards each.

Levitation is one technique used in the past by a few monks to communicate information between remote temples. It is interesting to note one of the texts from Ceylon tell of a time when the Buddha met a yogi levitating. The Buddha asks the yogi, ’Why are you levitating?’ where upon the yogi looses concentration, falls to the ground with no explanation forth coming It takes a strong disciplined mind and years to achieve this state. My teacher Oma Ziegenfuss was in addition a western medical doctor and aspects of Buddhism were explained in western often medical terms. In Lama Govinda’s case it was fear that motivated his action to levitate. As my teaching was in the oral tradition I hope you pardon my spelling of the Pali and or Sanskrit term for levitation, Gunglungpa. It seems that the Lama’s speak two languages. One language is informal used in the market place and the other is formal used in texts and the explanation there of. The Buddha lived in Ceylon for a number of years and spoke in the informal Pali language that was further translated into the formal. In Thailand where I now live it is even more complicated. Buddhist texts are in the formal Pali language and explained in informal Thai which has a formal royal version based on the old Cambodian language. When you try to use all these languages it makes for confusion, so the Tibetans turned to their artist monks to explain their current thinking on a subject. One of the paintings they used was that of a square with a circle in it. The circle had a triangle in it and so forth. If you were to turn the symbols on their side and imagine them in their third dimension form you would see them representing a Stupa. The square at the bottom representing Earth (or the lower shakra.) The circle the navel shakra. The triangle as the heart as so forth. The paintings represented the power points in the living body. If you view the paintings from the top down the reverse can be seen depicting the events related to the dying body as explained in the partial translation of ’The Tibetan Book of the Dead.’ And yes, some of the old Tibetan monks by our standards today were medical monks. The first medicine was hot water. Add a few herbs and you have ancient medicine.

I hope I not bore you with my mental wanderings. I look forward to further communications.