“I have suffered from asthma since my early childhood. Luckily, I was able to largely get my symptoms under control through endurance exercise, although I was never able to breathe through my nose. When I was in my late 30s, the respiratory problems suddenly returned and I had to take cortisone medication regularly. Fortunately, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche began teaching pranayama in December 2019. It immediately helped me to get my symptoms under control to such an extent that after a short time I was able to stop taking cortisone completely. After a few months of continuous pranayama practice, I was even able to breathe through my nose permanently. A whole new feeling for me! Since then, I have been practicing some of Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche’s Pranayama exercises every day, which strengthens and stabilizes both my mental and physical health.”
As with every retreat, you arrive, sort your things, settle into your quarters and slowly detach yourself from everyday life. This is particularly easy because our lama (teacher) always has personal, very appropriate words for the individual, not just at the beginning, but continuously. I myself came there overworked and in physical pain and went home very healthy with the morning pranayama exercises and, it should be emphasized, with the Buddhist teachings. That alone is incredible. You have to experience it.
In terms of content – without going into detail – Buddhist teaching opens up completely new avenues of thought and much more compassion and understanding for ourselves and the people around us. In addition, you begin to think independently of time and realize that we humans are deeply connected to one another on this planet. Because of our intelligence, we have the opportunity to be noble and masters of ourselves through the Buddhist teachings.
A little daily self-discipline is part of it and you become a proud winner over yourself, straightforward, full of self-confidence and love for other people.
Particularly valuable after this Corona time.
“I would like to thank you very much for the Tummo Retreat. The retreat was a wonderful break during which I was able to leave my everyday problems behind and achieve a clear and peaceful state of consciousness. After I return home, I naturally fall back into the daily routine, but the positive experience shines like a lighthouse and motivates me to continue my practice.
Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche places particular emphasis on practical experience, which allowed me to deepen my belief in my inner potential and power.
Of course, as always: patience is a virtue, so just keep going!”
In Winterthur we were able to practice yoga and pranayama together with Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s instructions were very gentle and precise, making it easy to follow the process shown. The exercises are relaxing and centering and the feedback from participants was very positive.
I had a herniated disc and could no longer stand up or walk. I slowly took advantage of Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche’s offers of TSA LUNG and PRANAYAMA to regain a feeling for my body.
The doctors definitely wanted to operate on me with a possible wheelchair prognosis. Pain and loss of movement and sensation down to my foot put me out of action for months.
I used the time I was sick to do Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche’s online exercise offerings and I felt better after about a year. This required daily morning discipline with physical exercises, very carefully, bending a little, a little more, etc. and required trust in myself, the teaching and the teacher, because I was convinced, contrary to the conventional medical diagnosis and wheelchair outlook, that with perseverance it would come back getting better. And I was right.
In addition, mind training and practicing boddhichitta stabilized me.
My current status is:
I go back to school to work, cycle 10 km there and back every day, can run really well again, often go swimming and do a little sadhana every morning with ALL the TUMMO exercises, even the jumping exercises from the Varja seat. Just lovely.