“Tsi Dup Yang Bod is an ancient energetic healing practice from ZhangZhung, an aspect of these precious teachings is known as Reiki here in the United States. Where is ZhangZhung? ZhangZhung (also spelled ShangShung) was an ancient kingdom in central Asia whose area ran from eastern Iran into central Tibet. It is the ancestral home of the spiritual tradition known as Bon, and the people who practice it are known as Bonpo. They are a lineage from a Buddha who lived prior to Shakyamuni, which originates with Tonpa Shenrab. The Dalai Lama recognizes Bon as one of the main schools of Tibetan spiritual thought even though the Buddha of the lineage goes back to Tonpa Shenrab. Archeologists have discovered remnants of this ancient civilization of ShangShung in the Garuda Valley in the upper Sutlej river basin west of Mt. Kailash, and throughout the Changthang.”…..http://www.squidoo.com/bonreiki
“All Reiki practitioners can trace their lineage back in time to Mike Usui of Japan, the founder of modern day Reiki. An even older lineage of healing practitioners must be considered as Bon practices from Tibet continue to grow in the west. Modern day Bon Lamas and monks trace their tradition of healing practices in an uninterrupted lineage…. Lama Tsewang Rikdzen….both refined and committed to writing healing practices from this ancient oral lineage. Though much of the specific details about Mikao Usui's influences remain a mystery, the similarities between Reiki and Bon healing are undeniably profound. As western practitioners we are just beginning to develop an understanding of the significance of a healing lineage.”….http://www.reikicolorado.org/learn.html
Tsewang Rigdzin is the main Long Life Deity of Bon…..In the Bon tradition it is said, that he was the son of Drenpa Namkha.
“Since the Tse Dup Jha Ri Ma is so significant in Bon, it was the vision of Chongtul Rinpoche, a lineage holder of this practice, to authentically adapt this teaching to a more modern and accessible format. He also realized the importance of sharing this teaching with Westerners, as many consider this to be the origins of Reiki. Dedicated to preserving its authentic Bon spiritual foundation, in 2007 Chongtul Rinpoche created a thirty day teaching, “Tse Dup Yang Bod: Bon Soul Healing”, spread out over three years, to train students in the fundamentals of this complex healing system. ….http://bonshenling.org/2012/05/tse-dup-yang-bod-tibetan-bon-soul-healing/
“Reiki - Spiritually guided life force energy….The word Reiki is of Japanese origin. “Rei” means spiritual consciousness or divine wisdom. “Ki” means the universal life force that is inherent in all living things. Also referred to as Chi (China), Prana (India). Lung (Tibet), Bioenergy (modern west) and Biofield (NIH)……Reiki is life force energy that is directed by higher consciousness. The quality of consciousness guides energy in support of life and spiritual evolution and is potentially inclusive of all philosophical and religious systems of belief…. “….http://www.reikicolorado.org/what.html
“….concepts analogous to the qi taken to be the life-process or flow of energy that sustains living beings are found in many belief systems, especially in Asia. Philosophical conceptions of qi from the earliest records of Chinese philosophy (5th century BCE) correspond to Western notions of humours and the ancient Hindu yogic concept of prana ("life force" in Sanskrit). The earliest description of "force" in the current sense of vital energy is found in the Vedas of ancient India (circa 1500–1000 BCE), and from the writings of the Chinese philosopher Mencius (4th century BCE). Historically, the Huangdi Neijing/"The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine" (circa 2nd century BCE) is credited with first establishing the pathways through which qi circulates in the human body.”
“Tse Dup Yang Bod provides a comprehensive, integrated teaching about how to recognize the energetic relations among the internal organs and external elements, how to recognize soul loss, and how to restore soul energy from each of the five directions. Invoking the healing power of the Long Life meditation mantra, channeling the five different types of healing energy, performing ritual soul retrieval and soul ransoming from evil spirits, provide the energetic heart of the Tse Dup teaching and practice.”….http://bonshenling.org/2012/05/tse-dup-yang-bod-tibetan-bon-soul-healing/
“Chongtul Rinpoche was born in 1967 in Oachghat, Himachal Pradesh, India…Tse Dup Yang Bod : Tibetan Bon Soul Healing……Bon Shen Ling is pleased to announce that Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche will again be teaching the three-year Tse Dup Yang Bod Soul Healing certification program starting May 2013….Tse means life force, Dup means to intensify, Yang refers to the energetic essence་of the soul, life force, and five elements, and Bod means to call or retrieve through respectful practice.”…http://bonshenling.org
Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche… a Lama from Menri Monastery in India
“Tse Dup Yang Bod is a Tibetan Bon healing and spiritual practice for balancing the soul, life force, and life. This teaching is based on the 7th century text, the Tse Dup Jha Ri Ma Nyen Dup, written by the great Bon Master, Lama Tsewang Rigzin. The Tse Dup Jha Ri Ma Nyen Dup has three distinct ritual components: long life empowerment rituals, soul retrieval, and life force retrieval. Soul retrieval (La Ghuk) and life force retrieval (Tse Ghuk), as well as honoring the five elements to regain life, have long been important in Tibetan Bon society and healing…..This Tse Dup teaching illuminates how our soul, life force, and life are carried by the body. The foundation of good health is strong, balanced communication among the five organs of spleen, lung, liver, kidney, and heart with the five inner elements of flesh, breath, heat, blood, and mind, with the five external elements of earth, wind, fire, water, and space. When our life is strong, then our life force has a vitality that shines as the strength of our soul. When our soul is strong, we are healthy. Conversely, when an organ is weak due to disease, trauma or stress and its connection to these elements is blocked, the individual soul of that organ is not functioning well. In addition to illness, this can lead to loss of the principal soul energy. The most obvious sign of such soul loss is unexplainable long-term sickness, persistent lethargy, and increasing lack of interest in life….. Traditionally, Tse Dup Yang Bod is taught as a continuous 30 day retreat during which a Master will give the instructions, transmission, and empowerments of the practice.” ……http://bonshenling.org
“…Elemental retrieval / healing practices in Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's book " Healing with Form, Energy, and Light “….Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche: The text I will be teaching from has two parts: soul retrieval (la gu) and life-force retrieval (tse gu). These two factors are distinct, but they are integrally related. Somehow, the soul appears to serve as a deeper foundation of the life force. If the soul is healed, the life force is strong. If the soul is damaged, the life force declines.
Voice of Clear Light: In the Bon tradition, what is the meaning of soul?
TWR: One way to look at your soul is as your spiritual essence: that which is fed by the activity of virtue. Another way we can look at the soul is as a balance of the five natural elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space at a very subtle level. In the Tibetan spiritual traditions, this balance of the characteristics of all five elements equates to one's spiritual essence. In one individual, all five elements may be in balance. Another individual may naturally have a lot of fire in their personality, more so than other people. Yet, within each element there is always some level of the four other elements; for example, the fire element is comprised of space fire, air fire, earth fire, and so on. So, even someone with a fiery personality can have a healthy balance of the elements.”….http://ligmincha.org/en/programs/overviews-of-teaching-topics.html#soulretrieval
“Tantra of the lightning Flash”……Dr. Mikao Usui claimed to have obtained the knowledge of Reiki from the Buddhist religious book "Tantra of the Lightning Flash”….Kukai (774-835), Hui-Kuo (746-805), Amonghavajra (Pu-Kung) (705-774), Nagarjuna, Vajrabodhi (670-741), Subhakarasimha (637-735) and other predecessors from India were masters of Esoteric Buddhism. All these prominent learned men were familiar with Buddhist Sanskrit Texts, naturally they had knowledge of “Tantra of the Lightning Flash’, and transmitted to their students. Emperors respected these men and had received “Abhiseka” and blessings…..Kukai returned to Japan as advised by Hui-Kuo in 806…..http://www.reikihealingindia.com/article3.html
Note Added December 8, 2017....."I've been enjoying reading your Shambhala blog for many years, it's incredibly fascinating to look at the similarities and differences in these central Asian spiritual traditions. I noticed that you have some notes on reiki and just wanted to let you know that I asked Traleg Rinpoche about the Tantra of the lightning flash and he told me that no such text exists . His feeling was that the guy putting this together was a bit of a phoney ."
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche (1955–2012) was the ninth incarnation of the Traleg tulku line, a line of high lamas in the Kagyu lineage of Vajrayana. He was a pioneer in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to Australia...He died on July 24, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
“Richard Blackwell (AKA Lama Yeshe Drugpa Trinley Odzer) - a Clinical Psychologist who claimed to be ordained as both a Tibetan Lama and Japanese Shingon Priest, is perhaps, along with Diane Steine, one of the primary individuals responsible for propagating the supposed Tibetan origins of Reiki…..Blackwell claimed that this 'Sutra' - apparently called the 'Tantra of the Lightning Flash' - and supposed to be a Tibetan Esoteric (i.e.. 'Vajra' or ''Tantric') Buddhist text - outlined a comprehensive healing method - the original 'Reiki’……..Blackwell even went so far as to claim that the 'Tantra of the Lightning Flash' had been brought to Japan by Kobo Daishi (Kukai), the founder of Shingon - one of the two major branches of Japanese Mikkyo (Esoteric) Buddhism……It is historical fact that Kukai had actually returned to Japan (from China) with the sacred texts on which Shingon was founded, several years before Guru Rinpoche (founder of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism) had even taken the Tantric teachings from India to Tibet. Further, the original catalogue of the texts brought to Japan by Kukai still exists, and this 'Tantra of the Lightning Flash' is not one of them…..More recently, it has emerged that Blackwell based his whole premise for the Tibetan origins of Reiki almost entirely on so-called 'channeled' information…”….REIKI - TIBETAN ORIGINS? …… © 2003 James Deacon
“…..Evidence connects the Reiki lineage of healing masters to a much older lineage of healing masters from the Bon tradition of Tibet. Bon practices are said to have been developed and passed uninterrupted from master to student…..The modern roots of Reiki are believed to have originated with Lama Tsewang Rikdzen …..when healing practices from the established oral tradition were committed to texts. Present day practitioners can all trace their teacher lineage to Mikao Usui who developed the practice as we use it today. Usui Sensei is believed to have tirelessly researched energy healing and brought his discoveries to Japan early in the previous century…..Lama Tsewang Rikdzen has a very extensive biography, but as far as is known it has not been translated into English. However, included below are a few very brief and very general details about him…….Lama Tsewang Rikdzin (Lama is a religious master or guru venerated by his students as an authentic embodiment of the Buddhist teachings, and Rikdzin is one who holds a high degree of knowledge and wisdom) was an historical person who was one of twin sons born to Lama Drenpa Namkha. His mother was Öden Barma, who was a Brahmin from India. His twin brother is known as Pema Thongdrol by the Bonpos and as Guru Padmasambhava by Buddhists. Both Lama Drenpa Namkha and Khandro Öden Barma were very realized practitioners. Lama Tsewang Rikdzin’s life story is told in four volumes of texts. He is most widely practiced as a long life yidam (Yidam is an enlightened deity whose specific qualities and form are meditated upon), as one of his powers was in extending his lifespan….. He practiced with his consort, Khandro Nyima Öbar. He was a realized practitioner of Dzogchen (Dzogchen aka Great Perfection, is the ultimate of all the 84,000 teachings, the realization of Buddha Samantabhadra) as well as having mastery of tantric practice. (The translation about Lama Tsewang Rikdzin is by Raven Cypress Wood of Ligmincha Institute…http://ravencypresswood.com)”….http://www.reikicolorado.org
“An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life……Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds…..hile Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it……While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.”….http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html
“Death Ransom - Soul Ransom: A Bonpo Ritual to Extend the Life-span and Restore the Life-force….Explanation and Commentary by Steven Landsberg…… In the Tibetan tradition there exist numerous rituals for recovering health, extending life, and recapturing any life force that has been lost due to external negative force, internal emotional suffering, or the secret obscuration of ignorance. The Tsewang Rikzin ritual, from the Tibetan Bon tradition, is just such a rite and includes supplementary sections for ransoming one’s life and soul from the bonds of negative influence. This ritual or others like it are most effectively accomplished when one is healthy; however, in the event that one is weak or incapacitated, one can request the service of an accomplished master. He and his assistants will make the necessary preparations, perform the offerings, and read the divinatory signs indicating the efficacy of the ritual….. According to the Bon tradition there are six Tsewang Rikzin cycles named according to various places where the master Tsewang Rikzin practiced. Although he actually practised in eight different places, we can only find six texts related to six of these locations. These sacred sites are found in India, Takzig, Zhang Zhung, Jaritsukden, China, and Tibet. The particular version upon which the following explanation is based was titled according to the name of a cave (Bya ri Tsukden) to the north of Mt. Kailash in the Garuda Valley. Accordingly, it is referred to as Tsewang Jarima. Tsewang Rikzin’s consort Thukje Kundrol composed the text entitled Rikzin Tsewang Chogdu Tseyi Drubpai Shongshugs during the time of the eighth king of Tibet Trigom Tsenpo. …..Tsewang Rikdzin was the son of Drenpa Namkha and the brother of Pema Thongdrol who some Bonpos claim was the original Padma Sambhava.”