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    Recorded Oral Teachings from the unbroken Cycle of Chetzun Senge Wangchuk.

    2010

    I was present and given justly these teachings. If a violation of Samaya is had by this transmission, it is of my fault. May all beings benefit.

    Sealed. Sealed in Samaya.
    Hung! Hung! Hung! Hung! MsSVig

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    Padmasambhava & Yeshe Tsogyel - The Legend of the Great Stupa & The Life Story of the Lotus Born Guru

    Dharma Publishing - Two Termas from the Nyingma Tradition


    From the Preface:

    The Tibetan people, many now refugees in India, maintain the living tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. In an age when the influence of Western rationalism has penetrated and transformed the way of life of cultures throughout the world, their vision of the universe is unique. As reflected in the two translations contained in this book, the universe is viewed as a field of spiritual powers that may be directed toward either good or evil. These powers, if harnessed correctly, could harmonize existence for the benefit of all.

    The texts presented here have wide appeal to the Tibetan public as well as to those who have engaged the rigorous training necessary to comprehend and transmit the Vajrayana teachings. The same sophisticated faith that fostered these legends aeons ago gives the Tibetan people today the strength to continue manifesting a degree of peace and contentment that is almost unknown in industrial society. These translations are offered here in the hope that they may help Western people grasp the intuitional and subtle levels upon which this ancient culture built its strong and compassionate way of life. The translation of the Legend of the Great Stupa was initiated and blessed by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Nyingma school from the early 1960s until his passing away in 1987. The Life Story of the Lotus Born Guru was transmitted by Kanjur Rinpoche and his son, Pema Wangyal, to Keith Dowman.

    This book represents the combined effort of peoples in the East and the West. It is through the guidance and generosity of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Head Lama of the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center in Berkeley, California, and the efforts of his students that this publication was made possible.

    From the Introduction to the Legend of the Great Stupa:

    The Legend of the Great Stupa, known in Tibetan as mChod rten chen po bya rung kha shor gyi lo rgyus thos pas grol ba, focuses on incarnation, adoration, disaster, and rebirth to convey the power of meritorious action, aspiration, and vow. It is a Tibetan means of instructing the visionary along the spiritual path, a path that begins with an initial flash of insight into the possibility of enlightenment and ends with the attainment of complete realization. Given in a narrative between Guru Padmasambhava and his entourage of disciples, this teaching takes place in the temple mandala of Samye Ling, the most ancient of the revered shrines of Tibet. The text has been used in ritual for several centuries to eradicate habitual mental patterns of distortion and stupor by evoking a focused concentration upon sound and meaning. The efficacy of this ritual, which is known as Liberation through Hearing, must be personally experienced.

    The text belongs to the category of scriptures called thos drol [pronounced terdol], which means that the illumination and insight generated by concentrating on the sound and by understanding the full meaning of the words destroy the mind's bondage to habitual patterns of behavior and naive conceptions of the nature of the cosmos. Any trace of skepticism, any reservation or doubt, undermines the potential for attaining this result.

    From the Introduction to the The Life Story of the Lotus Born Guru:

    This is a translation of the zab pa skor bdun las orgyen rnam thar dpag bsam ljon shing, the life story of the Great Guru Padmasambhava, mendicant, tantrika, magician, scholar, exorcist, priest, missionary, visionary and saint. This treasure text was concealed by the Great Guru in the eighth century and recovered from Karmai Damchen Rock by Orgyen Chokyur Lingpa.

    Born in Oddiyana (Orgyen in Tibetan) shortly after the Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha, Padmasambhava traveled throughout India and other realms before being invited to Tibet by the Dharma King Trisong Detsen. The Guru's magical power was his primary instrument in pacifying forces hostile to the Dharma and introducing the Mantrayana to Tibet. He brought to Tibet highly evolved techniques of yoga and meditation and transmitted the lineages of the Mahayoga and Atiyoga Tantras preserved to the present day within the Nyingma tradition. The principal events in the Guru's life are narrated in the ten chapters of this life story.

    Uploaders Note:

    Personally, when this book came into my hands many years ago, it truly seemed to magically transform my view of the world. I believe it fulfills the aspirations expressed in the preface, if we are open to these teachings. It is a pleasure to share it here.

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    Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquillity


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    The American Indian medicine wheel was an ancient way of creating sacred space and calling forth the healing energies of nature. Now, drawing on a lifetime of study with native healers, herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch offers a step-by-step guide to bringing this beautiful tradition into your own life--from vibrantly colorful outdoor circle designs to miniature dish, windowsill, or home altar adaptations. Inside you’ll find:

    • Planting guides for medicine wheel gardens in every zone, from desert Southwest to northern woodlands

    • A beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of 50 key healing herbs, including propagation needs, traditional and modern uses, and cautions

    • Easy-to-follow herbal recipes, from teas and tonics to skin creams and soaps--plus delicious healing foods

    • Ideas for herbal crafts and ceremonial objects, including smudge sticks, wind horses, prayer ties, and spirit shields

    • Seasonal rituals, offerings, and meditations to bless and empower your garden and your friends, and much more

    Practical, beautiful, and inspiring, The Medicine Wheel Garden leads us on a powerful journey to rediscovering the sacred in everyday life as we cultivate our gardens . . . and our souls.



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    Jean-Luc Achard - Enlightened Rainbows - Life & Works of Shardza Tashi Gyeltsen

    Tibetan Bon and Dzogchen Traditions


    From Acknowledgements:

    Shar rdza Rin po che (hereafter Shardza Rinpoche) is one of the most famous Bon po masters of the late 19th century and early 20th century. He is of course particularly well-known because of his realization of the Rainbow Body ('ja'lus) which he manifested at the end of his life in 1934. But he was not only a fully accomplished practitioner of rDzogs chen and Tantras - which would appear to be much sufficient in itself: he was also a highly talented scholar whose expertise embraced all the fields of Bon spiritual knowledge. His works have consequently greatly influenced most of the modern masters of Bon, even if some voices appear here and there in a discordant tone. The detailed study of these works clearly demonstrates that their author had an unequalled mastery of Bon teachings and that he has initiated specific traditions that are definitely his own innovations. His spiritual heritage is preciously kept alive in both Eternal Bon and New Bon traditions, in India and in Tibet (and to a lesser extent in some Western countries). . .

    In the course of elaborating this volume, I was encouraged by the activities of Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche who has started a cursus of gradual training in Menri based on the sDe snod mdzod, one of the major works authored by Shardza Rinpoche. Menri Lopon's association with the corpus of Shardza's teachings comes both from the latter's lineage as handed down in Dolpo by bsTan 'dzin rgyal mtshan, one of Shardza's direct disciples, as well as from the actual Menri Abbot, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche.
    ~ Jean-Luc Achard

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    There is a finely detailed account of Shardza Rinpoche's final years and achievement of the rainbow body, which I found very moving and inspirational.

    May the sharing here be auspicious.

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    Thrangu Rinpoche - A Spiritual Biography of Rechungpa

    Based on "The Radiance of Wisdom: The Life & Liberation of the Ven Rechung Dorje Drak"


    Translator: Peter Roberts

    From the Introduction:

    Just before the destruction of Buddhism in India in the twelfth century, a daring Tibetan Marpa made not one, but three trips to India to get the Dharma. While in India Marpa found Naropa, a great pandita of the predominate Buddhist college in the world. Naropa had given up the highest position at Nalanda University to go to living in the forest as a penniless hermit practicing the vajrayana teachings. From Naropa, Marpa brought back the profound vajrayana teachings and transmitted them to Tibet's greatest saint, Milarepa.

    Milarepa then had two great pupils - Gampopa who went on to found the monastic branch of the Kagyu lineage and Rechungpa. Gampopa went on to write the Jewel Ornament of Liberation which is a classic textbook on how to follow the Buddhist path. From Rechungpa we have the amityus practice and other practices and a spiritual biography which is fascinating because it includes many of the trials a practitioner goes through - doubt of one's teacher, not following the guru's instructions, sexual temptation, and pride of spiritual accomplishment. Despite all of Rechungpa's failings, he was able to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime and this was evidenced by his being able to achieve what is known as "rainbow body." This practice is a high meditative practice in which one dissolves almost all of one's body after one is already dead.

    Thrangu Rinpoche has suggested reading spiritual biographies when one becomes discouraged with practice.

    He gave these teachings at two different times. He first gave teachings on Rechungpa in February of 1989 to the Namo Buddha Winter Seminar in Nepal with Peter Roberts translating. He later gave these teachings to Karma Dzong in Boulder, USA with John Rockwell translating. Even though Rinpoche used the same text, he emphasized many different points. We have combined these two series of teachings into one to give a much broader view of the life and practice of Rechungpa.
    ~ Clark Johnson, Ph. D.

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    This is quite different to the other upload here about Rechungpa.
    http://theoccult.bz/details.php?id=6679

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    Ten Lectures on the Use of Formulas
    by Jiao Shu-De



    Jiao has compiled over 200 commonly used traditional formulas and has further added several dozen formulas from his own experience. This information is set out as ten Lectures, which follow this outline: Lecture 1 covers issues that one must pay attention to in clinically applying formulas. Lecture 2 discusses formulas that treat the qi, rectify the blood, and supplement and nurture. Lecture 3 discusses dispersing formulas, harmonizing formulas, and formulas that simultaneously treat the exterior and interior. Lecture 4 discusses wind-expelling formulas, cold-expelling formulas, and damp-expelling formulas. While Lecture 5 is about formulas that clear fire, disperse summerheat, and moisten dryness, Lecture 6 discusses phlegm-eliminating formulas, abductive-dispersing formulas, and offensive-precipitation formulas. Lecture 7 discusses ejecting formulas, astringing and securing formulas, and insect-killing formulas; Lecture 8 discusses heavy-settling formulas, toxin-resolving formulas, and cancer-preventing formulas; and Lecture 9 discusses commonly used gynecological and pediatric formulas. Lecture 10 introduces a few of Jiao's own empirical formulas. MsSVig

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    Laurence Gardner - From Stardust To Stargate

    Spend 2 hours with Sir Laurence Gardner as he presents information from the tombs of pharaonic Egypt to the laboratories of modern science. Garnder, author of "Bloodline of The Holy Grail" and "Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark" covers subjects including feeding the light body, nanobots to correct DNA, manipulating space/time, stealth atoms, super strings, parallel universes, the use of precious metals in alternative fuel and cancer treatment and much more.

    From the tombs of pharaonic Egypt, to the laboratories of modern science, comes the extraordinary account of gravity defiance and teleportation in the ancient world. Sir Laurence explains how physicists are now researching previously unknown planes of existence through the rediscovery of a lost technology from distant times. Laurence Gardner, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, is a constitutional historian, international lecturer and broadcaster. As a worldwide emissary for the Royal House of Stewart, Sir Laurence Gardner is Prior of the Sacred Kindred of Saint Columbia, a Knight Templar of St. Anthony and Envoy to the Grand Protectorate of the Imperial Dragon Court of Hungary. In the popular literary world, Laurence Gardner is an internationally acclaimed author with national press serialization and published works in many languages. They include the Top-10 Bloodline of the Holy Grail, which gained a UK Author of the Year award, along with the international bestsellers Genesis of the Grail Kings and Realm of the Ring Lords. From the late 1800s, thousands of ancient documents have been unearthed, predating the Old Testament writing of Genesis by up to 2000 years. Laurence will present one of the monumental finds from that era that was suppressed by the Egyptian Exploration Fund.

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    Tao Te Ching

    By Lao Tzu (Author) Red Pine (Translator)

    Red Pine (a.k.a. Bill Porter) offers a new perspective on the Chinese classic Taoteching. A competent translator and interpreter of Chinese religion, he renders his work with an eye for detail and a spiritualism cultivated during years of Zen monastery living. It's odd that many read translations of Chinese classics as bare-bones texts, whereas no Chinese would tackle such obscurity in the absence of a helping hand from previous pundits. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to rely on mystical insight in order to understand the Taoteching. Instead, we can look to the 12 or so commentators that Red Pine resurrects from Chinese history. With its clarity and scholarly range, this version of the Taoteching works as both a readable text and a valuable resource of Taoist interpretation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    The only Tao Te Ching you may ever need
    Anyone looking for an approachable edition of the Tao Te Ching, one that gives us the Chinese and Taoist point-of-view in clear and simple English, and that isn't overburdened with extraneous or purely scholarly matter, should certainly consider that of Red Pine. The translator has spent much of his life in the East, has experienced the life of a Taoist ascetic, and we could ask for no better guide to the meanings of this simple but elusive text, a text that is one of the greatest glories of the Ancient Chinese literature of the Chou period.

    As many know, Classical Chinese is an extremely concise and powerful language, a language of great masculine vigor, and one of the first things to look for in any translation from Classical Chinese is a comparable economy and energy. Some people don't seem to understand this, and I think it's because they fail to realize that words, besides expressing meaning, can also serve to limit meaning, especially in grammatically fussy Indo-European languages such as English where sentences are intended to convey as precise a meaning as possible and in doing so can become (as mine are here) rather wordy.

    But ancient Chinese writing isn't like this. Rather than attempting to narrow and delimit meaning, and to pin us down to something particular and explicit, it aims instead to open and expand our understanding. In other words, although it can look deceptively simple, it is in fact richly suggestive, rich in implications. And this rich suggestiveness will suggest many things to different readers. That is why no Chinese reader would even think of approaching an ancient classic without a commentary. For no matter what a text may suggest to a given reader, we may be sure that it has suggested many more things to earlier and possibly more acute readers.

    Red Pine does not fail us on either of these counts. His translation is spare, pure, even austere, but whereas most English editions of the Tao Te Ching give us only the comments of the individual translator, Red Pine has gone one further. He has had the brilliant idea of giving us, on pages facing the text, a selection of passages from over twenty of China's most outstanding commentators, figures ranging from the famous philosopher Wang Pi (+ 226-249) through to the Sung Dynasty Taoist nun Ts'ao Tao-Ch'ung (+ 960-1278), and this is something which has never been done before in English.

    Red Pine tells us that he "envisioned this book as a discussion between Lao-tzu and a group of people who have thought deeply about his text" (page xxi). Many of the comments, which are intended "to provide important background information or insights," are truly luminous, and to read them along with the text can be an overwhelming experience.

    Here is Chapter 47 of Red Pine's translation, slightly rearranged since it should be set out as verse: "Without going out his door / he knows the whole world / without looking out his window / he knows the Way of Heaven / the farther people go / the less people know / therefore the sage knows without moving / names without seeing / succeeds without trying." (page 94).

    I was led to ponder this particular passage by Ingo Swann, the noted US exponent of Remote Viewing, who quotes it in one of his writings. The chapter itself, for anyone who knows anything at all about Remote Viewing, is powerfully suggestive. But the comments (which really need to be read in full to be properly savored) add even more.

    The first comment which struck me was that of Su Ch'e, who tells us that "The reason the sages of the past understood everything without going anywhere was simply because they kept their natures whole" (page 94). The second remarkable comment was that of Ch'eng Hsuan Ying, which reads in part: "'without trying' means to focus the spirit on the tranquility that excels at making things happen" (page 95).

    But doesn't all this suggest that superpowers, as Ingo Swann asserts, are part of everyone's inheritance as a human being? Doesn't it also suggest a getting in touch with the Collective Unconsciousness? the Universal Mind? The ONE? The TAO? And isn't this in fact what Remote Viewers such as Ingo Swann have rediscovered today? Have we, in other words, finally begun to re-acquire something of the lost Wisdom of the Ancients...? It would certainly seem so to me.

    Besides the excellent translation and valuable commentaries, Red Pine has thoughtfully given us, printed vertically alongside the English translation, the Chinese text in full form characters. This text, it should be noted, is the translator's own new and original recension, and is based on a careful study of the many extant editions of the Tao Te Ching including that discovered at Mawangtui in 1973.

    Red Pine's edition also comes with a map; an informative 12-page historical introduction; several interesting photographs among which is one of the Mawangtui text; and a very full bilingual glossary of Chinese names and terms. My one criticism is that, although Red Pine often refers us to specific lines (e.g., "In line sixteen..."), line numbers have not been printed alongside either the English or the Chinese texts and it can sometimes take time to locate the line he's talking about.

    Although intended for a popular readership, Red Pine's edition, which I believe was out-of-print for a while, is certainly scholarly in the best sense of the word. The wise would be well advised to snap up a copy before it goes out-of-print again. It may be the only Tao Te Ching you will ever need. MsSVig

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    David Flynn - Genesis 3, Cydonia and the Mysteries of Mars

    Ancient of Days Conference 2003

    David Flynn was the author of the bestseller "Temple at the Center of Time: Newton’s Bible Codex Finally Deciphered and the Year 2012". Many have praised this fascinating book which discloses, among other things, knowledge which was sought after by freemasons & secret societies, and an in depth study of the topic which obsessed Sir Isaac Newton -- time and space -- in particular, the end times and prophecy fulfilled on Earth. He is also the author of "Cydonia: the Secret Chronicles of Mars".

    Since 1994, David Flynn has posted his groundbreaking research of ancient mysteries, Masonry, gnosticism, crop circles, UFOs, and Bible prophecy on his famous Watcher website. In his first public speaking appearance, Dave expertly connects the sacred geometry and monuments of a seemingly destroyed culture, to Earth's most ancient mythologies, deities and mystery religions. From a Genesis 3 paradigm, Dave presents these so-called mythologies as fact-based, using both scripture and his amazing grasp of astronomy to draw a clear connection to the serpentine god of multiple cultures, who gave mankind knowledge, or "gnosis."

    Ratio free on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ophC-_WZq8k
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    Ten Key Formula Families in Chinese Medicine
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    Ten Key Formula Families in Chinese Medicine provides a practical path to a deeper understanding of traditional Chinese herbal formulas. Dr. Huang discusses the core aspects of the ten most important families of formulas in the classical formula tradition in a way that is both profound and accessible. By introducing the concept of constitutions and the attendant vulnerabilities of those constitutions to certain types of disorders, he hands the reader a very useful key to understanding how and when to use these formulas in the clinic. The ten families of formulas are grouped around the following herbs:
    Cinnamon - Cinnamomi Ramulus
    Ephedra - Ephedrae Herba
    Bupleurum - Bupleuri Radix
    Gypsum - Gypsum fibrosum
    Rhubarb - Rhei Radix et Rhizoma
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    Astragalus - Astragali Radix
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    For each family of formulas, Dr. Huang describes the associated presentation and constitutional aspects common to all members of the family, then turns to the individual formulas that are especially useful for treating particular aspects of that presentation. The discussion is embellished with case histories and relevant clinical research. MsSVig

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    The interaction of 19th-century Russian missionaries with three indigenous groups, the Chukchi and Altaians in Siberia and the Dena'ina Indians in Alaska, resulted in widely different outcomes. The Chukchi disregarded the missionary message, the Dena'ina embraced Christianity, and the Altaians responded by selectively borrowing from Orthodox religion. Znamenski—in the first work of its kind in English—argues that the relationships between indigenous shamanism and Orthodox missionaries in Siberia and Alaska were essentially a dialogue about spiritual, political, and ideological power, and challenges both the widespread conviction that Christian missionaries always acted as agents of colonial oppression among tribal peoples and the notion that native peoples maintained their pristine traditional cultures despite years of interaction with Western society.

    Znamenski asserts that Russian missionary policy toward indigenous peoples was, at best, ambivalent and cannot be described as either Russification or a broad tolerance of native cultures. After two broad introductory chapters, he deals with each indigenous people in a separate section, illustrating the ways in which native Siberians and Alaskans acted as active players, welcoming, adopting, rejecting, or reinterpreting elements of Christianity depending upon surrounding circumstances and individual cultural stances.
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    Shamans of Peru, Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, & Music CD

    Recorded during Eagle's Wing Journeys to Peru



    • 1-3 San Pedro ceremony held in Puruchucu, at the head of the Rimac valley. The ruins of this sacred site or huaca date back to pre-Inca times and have been accurately reconstructed. Setting the scene for the ceremony, three musicians play replicas of pre-Hispanic instruments. Alonso del Rio says: ‘while keeping to their original tuning, we have explored the instruments musical possibilities to give an idea of what the music could have been like in pre-Colombian times. The melodies came to us through the ancestral memory evoked through medicinal plants like San Pedro and Ayahuasca’. Instruments: the ceramic notch flutes of the Chincha civilization, Nazca panpipes or ‘antaras’ with their special tuning similar to Oriental scales, and Nazca drums.

    • 4-5 The Mesa Nortena is a particular ceremonial tradition best conserved in the region of ‘Las Huaringas’, high and remote sacred lakes in the northern Department of Piura.
    There are probably only a few good maestros who continue this ancient tradition in Peru today. The rest simply work with the externalities of the mesa, while giving their clients minimal doses of the visionary San Pedro cactus. Originally more importance was given to the medicine, which must be in the organism of the participants as well as the maestro for the power to flow. The mesa then served to intensify the power of the plant.
    An altered state is needed to enter the symbolic world of the objects on the mesa (the word refers to the altar as well as the ceremony itself). The abundance of macerated plants, perfumes and smells employed in the mesa function to move the feelings associated with one’s memories. At a deep level, sensations are translated into vibrations which the medicine brings to consciousness so that associated hurt and pain can be ‘re-membered’ again and a new attitude can emerge.
    The singado, or absorption of macerated tobacco juice through the nostrils involves another power medicine which is used to intensify the San Pedro at regular intervals. The instruction from the maestro to pour up the left or right nostril reflects the notion of duality found in shamanic disciplines all over the world: masculine and feminine, hot and cold, upper world and earth, expansion and contraction, flowing and stagnant. Illness arises from one of these polarities loosing equilibrium. The word singado comes from the Quechua word singa meaning nose and is perhaps an Andean notion of Pranayama!
    Also audible in the following two mesas 4- 5 are the clicking of chontas, or black bamboo sticks used for cleansing people’s auras and the spraying from the maestro and assistants’ mouths, of perfumes and plant macerations over the participants.
    The tendency to commercialise a tradition is inherent in urbanization and seeing things for their utility and business. For example mesas are sometimes held so that lawyers win legal battles. Piles of documents are laid on the mesa so that the power works on them and they win their case. In this way a shamanic ceremony is degraded to folklore. We can try to reconstruct the original tradition to how it was in pre-Colombian times and remove the images of Sarita Colonia and the other saints, crucifixes, photos etc., which have accumulated throughout the centuries and evolved the mesa into the mestizo tradition which survives today. Left behind are the ancient stones, magic plant brews and the enchanted waters of the lakes of Las Huaringas, being the original elements, which have survived underneath.

    • 4 Mesa with Alejandro Sanchez. Maestro Sanchez lives in Comas, a distant suburb of Lima which began in the 1960s as a shanty town. It is surrounded by impressive parched stony desert hills. The maestro’s house is at the end of a road near the cemetery and overlooks this immense settlement from where he draws his clients. Sanchez was born in Sondorillo near the legendary sacred lakes of Las Huaringas. At age 11, while still at school, he seemed to have perceptions and to be able foresee things accurately. His astonished teachers thought he was having hallucinations and called for maestro Florentin Garcia. Later Alejandro became his apprentice and learned from him the secrets of plants.
    The strangeness of these ceremonies can be seen as part of the ‘trappings’ of rituals in general. Strangeness serves to trick the rational mind so that it will not interfere with the subtle processes taking place in the subconscious. When we are fully awake, things can indeed seem strange… ‘people are strange, when you’re a stranger…’ as the song by The Doors goes. A part of healing is recovering the lost gift of perception, the feeling of being alive again.

    • 5 Mesa with Leopoldo Vilela who was also born near the celebrated Las Huaringas in Radiopampa, an extremely cold place at 3,500 meters altitude. He was 90 years old and in very good health at the time of this mesa which was also held in the ruins of Puruchucu. At three years old he was sent outside to look for herbs for his mother who was suffering from a stomach ache; there he knew he would become a curandero. He used to watch his father who was clairvoyant and assisted people in his community to find their animals when they were lost. He used tarot cards and looked into bottles of aguardiente (firewater) with grains of corn of different colours at the bottom

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    plant_spirit_shamanismLeopoldo improvises sessions for groups and individuals, which may continue for hours. These are full of idiosyncrasy, and characterized by warmth, dedication and playfulness, which is quite touching at times. The seemingly endless sequence of bottles of tastes and smells and other procedures are often extremely weird while his inadvertent remarks and caresses on his guitar (of his own manufacture) often provoke smiles and laughter in all present.

    Human beings have an instinctive awareness of other people’s conscious states of mind. When another person, a shaman, is authentic and spontaneously creative in the moment, this has the power to focus the mind, stopping it from verbalizing and rationalizing. A sense of pure wonder is evoked.

    • 6 Closing calls. The conch shells or pututus, still used in Andean communities today, are handed down from the Incas who obtained them from the Caribbean. They are used for convening meetings and ceremonies.

    • 7-9 Shipibo icaros of Mateus Castro, a shaman living outside Pucullpa in Yarinacocha. The arts of the Shipibo, especially textile designs, are closely related to ayahuasca icaros. The words of the chants are symbolic stories telling of the ability of nature to heal itself. For example the crystalline waters from a stream wash the unwell person, while coloured flowers attract the hummingbirds whose delicate wings fan healing energies etc. You might see such things in your visions but the essence which cures you is perhaps more likely to be the understanding of what is happening in your life, allowing inner feelings to unblock so that bitterness and anger con change to ecstasy and love. To awaken from the ‘illusion of being alive’ is to experience life itself.

    • 10-16 Dona Cotrina Valles was born in Agua Blanca, Department of San Martin. She apprenticed herself to a maestro in 1979 and later came to live in Iquitos with her husband. Today she lives alone with her children. It is very unusual for a woman to be a shaman in urban situations although they do exist amongst indigenous peoples. Amongst other limiting beliefs, it is thought that women break taboos as they are unable to take dieting seriously because of demands from their husbands and that when they go shopping in the market they will have contact with menstruating women or people who are mal dormida, (ie. a person who has been making love all night).
    The diet is a vexed question in the city as the temptations of rich spicy food as well as sex are greater than in the rainforest. As all shamans will tell you, Dona too, says that sex is bad. The ‘mother plant’ loves you and if you make love to another person, you are being unfaithful to her. For this reason it is often said that Ayahuasca is jealous, and if you do not respect her, she makes you ill instead of healing you. You will also not be able to see any visions. The ill effects from not respecting the diet are called cutipa and range from a sense of trauma and stress to skin problems.
    Dona’s chants are sung in Spanish and Quechua, as also are the chants of Javier Arevalo which follow. Both Dona and Javier are mestizo shamans, that is to say their ancestors moved to the Amazon from the Andes, rather than being indigenous to the Amazon as the Shipibo are. The melodies of mestizo icaros have an Andean structure and are sung partly in Quechua, a language of the Andes.

    • 10-11 Llamada de mareacion (calling the effects of the ayahuasca)

    • 12 Canto a la medicina

    • 13 Canto de arcana Chant protecting a person who is seriously unwell and weak from enemy spirits who come and bother them. The shaman also blows tobacco smoke onto the crown of the head three times, applies Agua Florida (perfume) and sucks the soles of the feet.

    • 14 Canto de arcana (one of Dona’s own chants)

    • 15 Canto de oracion a las piedras
    The Incas healed with stones.

    • 16 Canto de arcana


    • 17 Despacho to Pachamama in the ruins of Pisaq. A despacho is an offering to the Earth Goddess, Pachamama, which nurtures all life on earth. The ceremony symbolizes the reciprocity of nature and speaks back to her saying ‘we understand the message and we have the same attitude’. The word despacho was mistakenly translated into Spanish after the Conquest as pago, meaning payment, to imply a satanic pact with dark forces.



    plant_spirit_shamanismAs each participant made their contribution to the despacho convened by the Shamaness Doris Rivera Lenz ‘La Gringa’, Kike Pinto, played pre-Colombian instruments. The first piece is a Harawi from the Department of Cusco played on a quena, or notch flute, made from the wing bone of a condor. This little melody has been handed down from Inca times, thanks to its incorporation into Catholic mass in Colonial times. The second piece is a Haylli from San Pedro de Castas, Department of Lima, played on a ch’iriqway, or antara (panpipes), made from condor feathers. The melody also has pre-Hispanic roots and has survived in a form played on the chirisuya, kind of oboe, of probable Moorish origin. This track is ended with some calls on the putu, or conch shell.
    Kike Pinto is a lifetime musician and researcher of traditional Andean music. He has recorded several CDs and is curator of his own Museum of Andean Music in Hatunrumiyoq, Cusco.


    plant_spirit_shamanism• 18-26 Javier Arevalo comes from Nuevo Progreso, a community of 50 families on the Rio Napo. Many generations of his family before him were shamans and already at 17 years old he knew this was his future. However when he was 20 his father died from a virote (poisoned dart in the spiritual world), sent by a jealous and malicious brujo (sorcerer) in his community. Soon after he began his two-year retreat in the rainforest with his maestro grandfather, dieting many plants, later to become his ‘doctors’. During his time in the wilderness he realised that it was better to leave God to punish the brujo who killed his father, and he decided to be a healer not a sorcerer.



    There are several different kinds of icaros, at the beginning of the session. Their purpose is to provoke the mareacion or effects, and, in the words of Javier, ‘to render the mind susceptible for visions to penetrate, then the curtains can open for the start of the theatre’. Other Icaros call the spirit of Ayahuasca to open visions ‘as though exposing the optic nerve to light’. Alternatively, if the visions are too strong, the same spirit can be made to fly away in order to bring the person back to normality.
    There are icaros for calling the ‘doctors’, or plant spirits, for healing, while other icaros call animal spirits, which protect and rid patients of spells. Healing icaros may be for specific conditions like manchare which a child may suffer when it gets a fright. The spirit of a child is not so fixed in its body as that of an adult, therefore a small fall can easily cause it to fly. Manchare is a common reason for taking children to ayahuasca sessions.

    • 18 Llamada de mareacion in which the spirits of various healing plants are called, here the huacapurana, a tall tree with hard wood, whose bark is used for arthritis. Huacapurana is also used as an arcana, or spirit to protect the body. Also the remocaspi whose bark is used to reduce fever and cure malaria.

    • 19 Oracion a Cristo

    • 20 Canto a las virgenes

    • 21 Llamada de mareacion

    • 22 Canto de curacion

    • 23 Canto a los senos de Maria

    • 24 Canto a la corona de Cristo

    • 25 Canto a la medicina

    • 26 Huarmi Icaro
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    The Subtle Energy Body: The Complete Guide




    A global study of the psychospiritual body and its central role in the esoteric and spiritual traditions of the world
    • Explains the nature, purpose, and functions of the subtle body

    • Explores the role of the subtle body in such traditions as Alchemy, Ayurveda, Tantra, Qi Gong, and Yoga

    • Shows how the various layers of the subtle body provide a map for various levels of consciousness

    Ancient traditions of both the East and West have long maintained that the human being is a complex of material and nonmaterial systems, or energy bodies. The “subtle body” is an energetic, psychospiritual entity of several layers of increasing subtlety and metaphysical significance through which the aspirant seeks knowledge of the self and the nature of God. In many traditions, the component parts of the subtle body serve as a map of the different levels of consciousness.

    The practices and disciplines that evolved from an awareness and understanding of the subtle body, and how the material and nonmaterial work together, form a coherent system of psychospiritual transformation that is central to numerous and extremely diverse spiritual practices--including those of the Gnostics, Sufis, Native Americans, Vedic seers, Chinese, and Greeks. The subtle body plays an essential part in more recent traditions such as Anthroposophy and Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way and the cutting-edge science of Ervin Laszlo’s research into the Akashic field. But the benefits of understanding the role of the subtle energy body are not confined solely to the spiritual plane. The energetic bodies provide a coherent system of life-affirming principles and practices for the diagnosis and treatment of the whole person that is not only part of many traditional healing systems, such as Acupuncture and Ayurveda, but also is forming the basis for a synthesis of traditional and contemporary healing practices that could lay the foundation for the medicine of the future. MsSVig

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    Among the 28 tracks you can find sounds of the jungle, everyday songs, community songs, even a lovely track featuring kids laughing and singing (Track 11, Children of the River).

    This is more than mere shaman songs, it is a testimony to an endangered culture, and the preservation value alone has justified the purchase. We as a society (white/western culture) are aggressively taking away the living space of these peoples who rely on millennial oral traditions to transmit their culture to new generations, and they too (the new generations) are being destroyed by the penetration of our culture.

    The back cover claims:
    "the proceeds from this album go directly to the Shipibo singers and their families who participated in this recording"


    1. Sunrise Over the Ucayali
    2. Wisdom and Love
    3. Anaconda
    4. Courtship
    5. Hummingbird
    6. Beauty of the Feminine
    7. Marriage
    8. Gestation of the Fetus
    9. Protection In the Womb
    10. Lullaby
    11. Children By the River
    12. Power of Love
    13. Dolphin
    14. Spirit Song
    15. Far Away Visitors
    16. Thunder and Lightning
    17. Honoring Fire
    18. Preparation of Plant Remedies
    19. Ayahuasca
    20. Power Song
    21. General Healing
    22. Cleansing of the Heart
    23. Curing Bad Air
    24. Curing Fear
    25. Late Night In the Jungle
    26. Ayahuasca Ceremony
    27. Sleep Protection
    28. Family Farewell MsSVig

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    Written by a leading expert on India's spiritual and cultural experience, this book shows how to balance two fundamental and complementary spiritual urges - one to forsake ego and world in favour of the formless infinite, the other to integrate mystical experience with daily living.

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    Spirituality and the Mythic Structure of Consciousness; The Transcendence of Consciousness; Unification as a Bipolar Process; Life as Suffering; Escaping the Cycle of Life and Death; The Ascetic Flight from Time; The Alchemy of Renunciation; Dismantling the Ego-personality; The Crisis of Inner Awakening; Initiation as Spiritual Rebirth; The Path from Multiplicity to Unity; The Puritan Ethic; The Denial of Eros; Self-discipline as Energy management; The Immobilised Body; The Transformative Function of the Breath; The Tortoise-like Withdrawal of Attention; The One-Pointed Consciousness; The Vertical Path of Absorption; The Ecstatic Consciousness Chr(45) Going Beyond Subject and object; Allurement Through Magical Powers; The Final Leap into Transcendence; The Goal: Perfect Isolation; In Retrospect: The Spirituality of Shiva; From Transcendence to Wholeness; The Yogin on the Battlefield; Love, Human and Divine; Liberation in the Embodied State; Integral Breakthroughs in Mahayana Buddhism; The Tantric Revolution; The Secret Teaching of the Indestructible Body; Index. MsSVig

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    Preface

    A writer who writes genuine mythology does so because he repeatedly encounters experiences that no previous system of interpretation can explain. This is what Homer was doing in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Homer saw that human beings are not just passive in relation to the gods. The gods and humanity interact dynamically, and the decisions of human beings are of great consequence.
    And this is what Vyasa was doing when he wrote the great Hindu epic Mahabarata. He was saying that the gods of heaven and human beings are not separate. The gods are not necessarily encountered through rituals. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, the lords of creation, come down to earth the way a cloud descends and rolls across the ground—the cloud’s moisture appears as fog that you exhale on a cold day. For Vyasa, the gods are inside of us and present in every choice we make.
    In a similar vein, I regularly interview individuals who possess nearly superhuman powers of perception and feeling. Some can instantly unite with the soul of anyone on earth. They can be inside of others and feel what they feel as if the others’ feelings and memories are their own. This is not the result of some rigorous spiritual or magical training. These individuals are hardwired with these gifts from the moment they are born.
    Though previous world teachers on occasion demonstrated these abilities, they did not do on a global level with this degree of perception and inner union. Arjuna, the disciple of Krishna; John, the disciple of Christ; and Joshua, who assumed command after Moses—they knew nothing of such abilities. Yeshe Tsogyal, the consort and disciple of Padma Sambahva, or any of Buddha’s disciples, could not do what these individuals can do. Even the great prophets of the Old Testament—Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Elijah—would have been unable to integrate
    such abilities into their personalities. They would not have had the faintest idea of how to flow love of this depth through their souls.
    At the same time, there is no user’s manual lying next to a crib when a child like this is born. If you think about it, if a mermaid “wants a human experience,” it would serve no purpose for her to know in advance that she is not like other human beings. Otherwise, when she has to deal with a difficult situation, it would be easy for her to think, “The choices I make do not matter. I am a mermaid. I am not a human being. I do not have to take any of this seriously.”
    No, that would simply not do. It would defeat the entire purpose of incarnation, which is this: to be thrown into life and have to make the best of it using only the resources that you have on hand like anyone else. We are all dealt a set of cards when we are born. We have to work with what we have been given, for the essence of human experience is that we define who we are through our choices.
    I try to account for what I am observing—to come up with an explanation. It is very clear from interviews and studying these individuals’ lives and auras that they have astonishing abilities. Consequently, I have to answer these questions: From what source do their abilities arise? Is it of nature or divine? For what purpose have they entered our world? What are we to learn from them and what is it like to be their friends?
    And so I offer you these fairy tales and accounts by way of explanation. I have journeyed to the Other Side and from that place of inspiration I create a mythological landscape so as to invite and entice your imagination—walk along beside me and taste the wonder of these mysteries. MsSVig

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    Food is the most common staple of our lives and should reflect the most essential aspect of our health. Yet most people eat out of habit, based on cravings or convenience, or from latest news of what foods are supposedly healthy. As such, diet can easily compliment or interfere with an individual’s health, sometimes to the point of rendering one’s healing modalities ineffective.

    Scientific research and nutrition tends to be based more on the notion of supplementation and the micronutrients of food. Often when a specific nutrient or substance is identified, recommendations are made to the consumers to eat more or obtain the benefits through a supplement or specific diet. Such an approach fails to recognize the synergy of the nutrients or even other factors (such as cooking, combinations, and individual concerns). Chinese dietary therapy is more interested in devising diets for individuals based on their unique constitution, instead of focusing on the fallacy of an all-encompassing fix. This workshop will discuss all of the above, as well as food combinations, the role of digestion, and the development of individual diet plans.
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    Approximately two thousand years old, The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali is the landmark scripture on classical yoga. The translation and commentary provided here by Georg Feuerstein are outstanding for their accessibility and their insight into the essential meaning of this ancient and complex text.

    A scholar of international renown who has studied and practiced yoga since the age of fourteen, Feuerstein also brings to The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali his experience as a professional indologist. His faithful and informed rendering of the aphorisms (sutras) is based on extensive personal research into the Sanscrit sources. Each word is explained so that the entire text becomes readily available to the western reader and student of yoga. MsSVig

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    Contents

    Book I: Signs & Houses
    Book II: Planets in Themselves, Solar Phases
    Book III: Planetary Configurations
    Book IV: Planetary Conditions
    Book V: Planetary Natures
    Book VI: Lots
    Book VII: Degrees of the Signs
    Book VIII: Special Techniques


    Introductions to Traditional Astrology (ITA) is a joint translation of two classic introductory works: Abu Ma'shar's Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology, and al-Qabisi's Introduction to Astrology. It also includes numerous passages from Abu Ma'shar's Great Introduction (never before published in English) and other medieval astrologers on interpretating traditional concepts. It is the technical introduction to Essential Medieval Astrology. (425 pages)

    Perfect for students. Although it is not a course, ITA is an invaluable reference and resource guide for students of all levels, whether working solo or taking a course, whether fully traditional or a curious student of modern astrology. It is suitable for Hellenistic, Medieval, Renaissance and 17th Century astrology alike. Preview the


    Table of Contents

    Interpretive comments. Book III (on planetary configurations) contains extensive comments by Dr. Benjamin Dykes on the deeper meanings and concepts of some of the Arabic and Latin terminology, with interpretive suggestions for sect, whole-sign aspects, connections from positions of aversion, and much more.

    Thorough. Organized according to the Abbreviation, ITA provides thorough information and interpretive advice on signs, houses, solar phases, sect, planetary configurations and natures, interpreting benefics and malefics, Lots (natal and mundane), and predictive techniques. All of these concepts are essential for every branch of traditional astrology.

    Glossary and Appendices. ITA also contains an extensive glossary of traditional astrological terms (13 pages), with references to key sections in ITA or other authors for further study. A great effort has been made throughout ITA to avoid using Arabic and Pahlavi terms, in favor of more accurate and rich English words. There are also numerous Appendices on primary directions, Lots, planetary configurations, a study guide to Persian Nativities, and correspondences with Antiochus and Porphyry. (39 pages)

    Book I: Signs & Houses
    Abu Ma'shar and al-Qabisi describe the significations of the signs in geography, medicine and the body, personality, and other groupings such as the "agreeing" signs, joys, and dignities. Excerpts from other authors help illustrate the dignities and quadruplicites in delineation. The houses, quarters and angles are described, as well as the victor (mubtazz) of a topic. (60 pages)

    Book II: Planets in Themselves, Solar Phases
    The astronomical features of the planets are described with many diagrams: the various astronomical circles, Nodes, orbs, relations to the Sun (under the rays, being burned up, eastern/western), with additional information on the meaning of easternness/westernness, stations, and retrogradation. (20 pages)

    Book III: Planetary Configurations
    The interpretive core of the book, describing twenty-eight planetary relationships with numerous diagrams and interpretive comments by Benjamin Dykes and up-to-date terminology, covering sect and house strength, forms of perfection or connection, void in course vs. wildness, many different types of failed connections, friendly relations of the planets, and bodyguarding (dusturiyyah, doruphoria). (105 pages)

    Book IV: Planetary Conditions
    This book primarily lists four contrasting categories of planetary conditions: strength, impotence, good fortune, and bad fortune. It also describes enclosure or besieging (with reference to Book III), the misfortunes of the Moon, twelfth-parts, and some planetary movements indicating change. (17 pages)

    Book V: Planetary Natures
    A thorough listing of planetary significations (personality, activities, events, professions, body types, illness, religions and tastes), followed by descriptions of planetary sect, gender, malefic and benefic qualities, and the rulership over hours. (47 pages)

    Book VI: Lots
    A thorough list of natal Lots (with interpretation advice), including several mundane Lots and Lots for commodities. (49 pages)

    Book VII: Degrees of the Signs
    This Book briefly describes time lord techniques and divisions of zodiacal degrees: the planetary years, firdariyyat, Ages of Man, ninth-parts, degrees increasing fortune or indicating chronic illness (via fixed stars), and more. (21 pages)

    Book VIII: Special Techniques
    Based on al-Qabisi's own Book IV, this book defines and illustrates many different technical terms pertaining to natal, mundane, and electional astrology: pregnancy and rectification, longevity, the victor of the chart, annual techniques such as profections, directions and distributions, the "turn," and transits; also mundane conjunctions and profections and directions, weather, and elections. The natal material is discussed more thoroughly throughout Persian Nativities, and mundane and electional material will be addressed in upcoming translations. (27 pages) MsSVig

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