🎙 Ian A. Baker on Buddhist energy practices.

A must if you are into this esoteric topic! He doesn’t explain them at all—he assumes knowledge of them.

This is at the meta level: discussing principles, purposes, and especially context.

Buddhist practices were profoundly shaped by pre-modern social and cultural contexts that no longer exist. "Buddhist modernism" adapts accordingly.

That process has barely begun for the energy practices. Much work required!

The Tibetan energy practices ("tsa lung," tummo) were adapted from a non-monastic Indian context to Tibetan monasticism, which is the reverse of what's needed in modernity.

Ian Baker's tales of his adventures seeking non-monastic survivals are... vivid vividness.live/sutra-tantra-a…
Baker's extraordinary book _The Heart of the World_ recounts the National Geographic-sponsored expedition he led to one of the last unexplored places on earth—which also has great religious significance in non-monastic Tibetan yogic systems. amazon.com/Heart-World-Jo… Image

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