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'Magical Movements' ('Phrul 'Khor) In The Bon Tradition And Possible Applications As A Cim Therapy

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Tibetan traditions have employed 'magical movements' ('phrul 'khor) as part of their spiritual training since at least the 10th century. Contemporary Tibetans refer to them as yoga or yogic practices, and in the west, particularly in complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), they are considered a 'mind-body technique'. Focusing on the magical movements of the Bon Great Completeness Listening Transmission of Zhang Zhung, this chapter discusses the following objectives: One is to present the 'magical movements' tradition in its historical context and examine how they are practiced as yogic practices among some Bon po lay and monastic communities in exile today; the second is to determine the application of 'phrul 'khor in the West, giving particular attention to the possible physical and mental benefits of using mind-body techniques as part of a CIM treatment for people with cancer.

Keywords: Bon po lay community; complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) treatment; magical movements ( 'phrul 'khor); monastic community; Tibetan traditions



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