Trul khor

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

Tsa lung[1] Trul khor (lit. "magical movement instrument, channels and inner breath currents") known for brevity as Trul khor (lit. "magical instrument" or "magic circle;" Sanskrit: adhisāra[2]) is a Vajrayana discipline which includes pranayama and body postures (asanas). From the perspective of Dzogchen, the mind is merely vāyu in the body. Thus working with vāyu and the body is paramount, while meditation on the other hand is considered contrived and conceptual. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, a prominent exponent 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 asana), incantations (or mantra), pranayama and visualizations. The flow or vinyasa (Sanskrit) of movements are enlikened to beads on a mala. Trul khor body postures (asanas) are depicted on the walls of the Dalai Lama's summer temple of Lukhang.


rlung (Wylie) is equivalent to the Sanskrit vāyu.

English discourse[edit]

Namkhai Norbu et al. (2000, revised)[3] opened the English discourse on Trul Khor with his treatise on Yantra Yoga, essentially a commentary on a practical yoga manual by Vairotsana, 'phrul 'khor nyi zla kha sbyor gyi dgongs 'grel dri med nor bu'i me long (Wylie).

Namkhai Norbu tilled the ground for the 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 opened the discourse of Bon traditions of Trul Khor into Western scholarship in English with his thesis from Rice University.[4] In his work, Chaoul makes reference to a commentary by the famed Bonpo Dzogchen master, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, byang zab nam mkha' mdzod chen las snyan rgyud rtsa rlung 'phrul 'khor (Wylie).

Tenzin Wangyal's text Awakening the Sacred Body presents some of the basic practices of trul khor according to the Tibetan Bon tradition.[5]

Primary texts[edit]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ "Lung" is the Tibetan term for vayu.
  2. ^ A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga by Karme Chagme, Gyatrul Rinpoche and B. Alan Wallace. Snow Lion Publications: 1998 1559390719 pg 69
  3. ^ Norbu, Chögyal Namkhai (2000). Revision: Laura Evangelisti. Translation: Des Barry, Nina Robinson, Liz Granger, Carol Chaney. Yantra Yoga Manual. Italy, Shang Shung Edizioni.
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche 2011.


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