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40. Tantric Meditations to Increase the Forces of Life
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 405
Source ID: shanti-sources-100361
Abstract: In Tibetan Buddhist traditions, a distinction is made between the practice of medicine (sowa rigpa, i. e., the “science of healing”) and a broad range of nonmedical practices—including rituals, contemplative practices, and alchemy—that may be undertaken to promote health and long life, or to eliminate and impede conditions that cause disease.¹ The subject of this chapter is one such technique: a tantric meditation focusing on a popu lar trinity, the “three deities of longevity.” The meditation, which involves the visualization of consecration by the deities and the absorption of their life-sustaining forces, is introduced within the context of