Shamata of being filled with Wind

Notes from “Essentials of Mahamudra” by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

Getting deeper into the actual practice descriptions, the book “Essentials of Mahamudra,” details a practice called “Shamata of being filled with wind.”

Fullness of Prana

One way of performing Fullness of Prana, is to do vase breathing.  In vase breathing the breath is held, so that the stomach expands, much like the shape of a vase.  The breath is held there.

A second way of performing Fullness of Prana, is to integrate a mantra with the breath.

Vase Breathing

Vase breathing is useful for clear our mind and stabilize thoughts.  The practice is subtle and gentle.  There is no forceful breathing here.  The breath is silent and the posture is one in which the hands rest on the thighs, fingers extended.

To start the practice of vase breathing, 3 cycles of breath are done:

  • Cycle 1: Sickness & discomfort are expelled
  • Cycle 2: harmful spirits are leaving the body
  • Cycle 3: All blockages from the practice are leaving the body

After the cycles of breath, the breath is brought in and held, just below the navel.  The air is felt to be pressed down from above, and likewise pressed up from below.  It is contained, as the author states: as though it was a jar holding air.