In this post we will let you know our (questionable) opinion about secrecy vows.
- Tibetans didn’t have Google
The fact is that today you can find how to do Tummo and other powerful practises very easily on the internet or in books. People practice them in their homes. We think that not being able to discuss these things in public doesn’t serve a purpose anymore. In fact it’s probably more damaging than anything else.
It’s a bit like drugs. People are going to take them anyway, but if there is clear information on what effects they have, how to do them well, and why it might or it might not be a good idea to do them, probably more people would use them more consciously.
We think it can be very positive to show and discuss the effects that these techniques have on us, be them better or worse, as we practice and our own understanding grows.
- Tummo in other traditions
Also, Tummo is just a funny name for something that you can learn under other names in other yogic traditions in which you don’t need to take vows – or not anymore, anyway.
What is also funny is that, unlike within Tibetan Buddhism, the preliminary practices to Tummo-like practices in those other traditions don’t imply many years of endless service to your Lama and a decade of prostations and mandala offerings etc. (that’s not to say that they aren’t good and useful, but not necessary to progress)… but that’s a discussion for another post.
However, we suggest that people interested in Tummo learn and practice Tummo under a qualified teacher, and not from written instructions alone.
In conclusion – it seems to us that living in the times we live, it only makes sense to approach this information in a different way if we want to be more realistic and helpful. But we may be wrong.
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Talk to you again soon.