Discover ancient Tibetan breath practices for calming your mind and improving your health in this plain-English guide.
Over millennia, many Eastern traditions have developed practices that use the powerful healing energy of breath to treat physical, emotional, and mental problems. In Chinese, this energy is called chi; in Sanskrit it is called prana; and in Tibetan it is called lung.
Lung is life-giving energy that moves through our bodies. A lack or imbalance of lung can create illnesses of body and mind or cause emotional struggles such as confusion, anger, and sadness. In this book, Geshe YongDong Losar, a scholar and monk in the ancient Bön tradition of Tibet, guides us through time-tested practices to help balance our lung. His deep knowledge—garnered through years of study and practice—renders the practices simple and achievable, creating a clear path for us toward greater calmness, strength, and clarity.
“Over and over I have personally witnessed, both in myself and in my students, the breath’s clear potential to heal and deeply transform lives. I truly believe that in the future such practices will play an important role as a medicine for preventing and treating physical, emotional, and mental maladies. I am glad that Geshe YongDong is making these practices widely available, and I’m sure that by doing so, he is bringing benefit to countless lives.”
—from the foreword by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
About the Author
Geshe YongDong Losar (Geshela) is a Tibetan Bön lama, or spiritual teacher, in the Yungdrung Bön lineage, which is rooted in the indigenous spiritual tradition of the Himalayas. He lives in Courtenay, British Columbia. where he established and directs Sherab Chamma Ling, the only Tibetan Bön Buddhist Center in Canada. He teaches in many centers and universities around the world and has also founded the Bon Da Ling center in Costa Rica.
Bernadette Wyton has received teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the late 33rd Menri Trizin, Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung, and His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, and remains a grateful witness to the clarity of their wisdom, the excellence of their teachings, and the blessing that flows through them for the benefit of all.
Bernadette met Geshe YongDong in 2002 while he was teaching a course on meditation at the college in her hometown of Port Alberni, British Columbia. She has been his student ever since and has served as his writing assistant for the last ten years.
Bernadette has a BSc in marine biology and has worked in that field and in many other areas of environmental protection, including airshed management, forest practices, and the global impact of oil and gas extraction. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, where they enjoy the ocean, growing their own food, and being with their children and grandchildren.
Founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a respected and beloved teacher and meditation master in the Bön tradition of Tibet. He has students in more than twenty-five countries, teaches around the world and reaches thousands of students through his online programs. Trained as a Bön monk, Rinpoche now lives as a householder, allowing him to more fully relate to the needs and concerns of his students. Known for the depth of his wisdom and his unshakeable commitment to helping students recognize their true nature, he is the author of many books and online courses.
“A deep and didactic exploration into the ancient art of Bön breathing from a master of the form. Highly recommended.”
— James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
“This work is a fascinating introduction to the Bönpo tradition of secret breathing yoga, revealing how to integrate breath in order to improve meditation as well as to restore physical health through specific yogic techniques. The teachings are clear and easy to apply both in daily life and in retreat.”
— Jean-Luc Achard (CNRS, CRCAO)
“I welcome this second edition of Geshe YongDong’s Calm Breath, Calm Mind, sharing a range of practices with breath at its center. His simple and direct style of teachings comes through in the book. The practices he presents here range from simple breathings to breathings with visualizations, sounds, and with movements of tsa lung trul khor. The simple instructions enable the reader to perform them and discover the healing potential in their lives.”
— author of Tibetan Yoga and Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being
“Grown up in the ancient Bön tradition in Tibet and living in Canada, Geshe Yungdrung is able to express the tradition’s deep practices in accessible language with a poetic undertone. Through simple exercises, taking breath and energy as the overriding theme, he leads us to experience a deep sense of inner peace and well-being. If you are new to meditation, here is an excellent guide to develop an authentic and effective practice. If you are an experienced practitioner, this book will reconnect you to an attitude of openness and playfulness in your practice.”
— Florens van Canstein, meditation teacher and translator in the Bön tradition, author of Travelling with the Master