Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tibetan Bowing Excercise

Lama Jigme has a series on YouTube where he shows different forms of bowing exercises. We really enjoy doing these each morning; usually it turns into kids collapsing everywhere in fits of giggles. It's a good way to get the blood flowing and sets a pleasant tone for the day.

In this video, Lama uses some words that are tricky for the kids, so we switch it up. Where he says "sky, scalp, lips, sternum," we say instead, "sun, head, lips, heart." 

Who am I to judge a Lama? I'm in no position to judge, but to be honest, Lama Jigme has lost a lot of my respect. He seems to have lost his way a bit and is no longer a teacher I look to, as he started a weight-loss facebook page and began spamming it to all of his fans. It is my belief that the appearance of the vessel (body) is not important. We must keep it healthy because it's the only one we have, but we don't need to worry about making sure we have "the body of a tantric sex god," as Lama suggests. However, his bowing exercises are a great starting point to learn how to bow like a monk. I suggest watching more of his bowing videos, but his website is not one that I recommend for study. As our beloved Buddha has said, "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

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