Calm Breath, Calm Mind, written by Lama Geshe Yongdong Losar, is a book that acts as a clear and straight-forward manual for using the breath to strengthen and heal the body and energy, to cultivate peace and happiness, and to support spiritual development. The book includes descriptions of both the gross and subtle breath, their functions, and how to mindfully use them. From that basis of understanding, Geshe Yongdong guides the reader through breathing and movement exercises that are often accompanied by line drawings. Each chapter beautifully begins with a few lines of verse.
“Butter is always within the milk. Without churning, it won’t appear.
Wisdom and healing can happen when awareness and vital energy are generated.”
— Extract from Calm Breath, Calm Mind
With thirteen chapters within 108 pages, the sections are clear and direct in their instructions and highlighted with brief anecdotes. The material is presented in such a way as to be accessible and inviting to everyone. Here are a few examples of sections included within the book:
- Body-Mind Connection
- Mindful Breathing Changes the Brain
- Energy Loss Through the Nine Doors
- Two Types of Meditation
- Calm Abiding Breathing Exercises
- The Healing Power of Middle and Lower Breath
- The Five Root Tsa Lung Exercises
“From my tradition and my experience, meditation using the breath is one of the simplest and most effective practices for health and healing for anyone, regardless of cultural or religious background. We all breathe the same air.”
“I have written this book to provide clear instructions for simple, relaxing, efficient exercises using the breath to heal the mind and emotions, and bring balance into the energy channels of the body. These exercises have been passed down to me by masters of the ancient Tibetan Bön tradition. They can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime.”
— Lama Geshe Yongdong Losar Author of Calm Breath, Calm Mind
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Lama Geshe Yongdong Losar was born in Amdo, Tibet in 1969. At the young age of seven years old, his mother passed away. In the days immediately following her death, he encountered a young monk near his own age among a group that was chanting prayers and performing rituals on behalf of his deceased mother. He was so moved by this, that he was immediately inspired to devote himself to a spiritual life. However, his family had planned for him to join the family business and objected to his desire to become a monk. Six years later when his grandmother passed away, the family finally relented and agreed that he could take vows. In 1982 at the age of 13 years old, he entered Nangzhig Yungdrung Bön Monastery. At 15, he began studying and at 16 he received monk’s vows. At 24, he was awarded a geshe degree, the equivalent of a doctorate in science and religion.
In 1992, along with a small group of Tibetans, he walked for 10 days in order to escape Tibet. Arriving in Dharamsala, he met with H.H. 14th Dalai Lama and eventually began studying at the Geluk Monastery of Sera and later, at Tashi Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. In 1999, he moved to B.C. Canada and eventually founded Sherap Chamma Ling Yungdrung Bön Practice center in 2003. In 2007, he received his Canadian citizenship. Currently, he teaches worldwide and is the author of many books and has recorded a cd of chants and prayers of the Yungdrung Bön tradition.
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