Advice from Practitioners with Lung

When i had lung, I relaxed, went for walks, and worked outside in the garden.  Since the, I have been more careful and gentle with myself and if i feel the pain starting, I reduce my formal practice. The main thing is to keep practice simple and meaningful.  If i force myself to add this prayer and that mantra and that sadhana to my daily practice, I become like a robot, just reciting empty words, and my heart is not touched.  I tense up, and the practice becomes a burden.  Luckily, when my lung shows up, it stops me from wasting my time.  I now prefer to do fewer  practices, but good quality.  This means understanding what i'm doing and doing it my heart and mind involved.  If i want to understand what i'm doing, then I have to study, so for me study is a remedy against lung.  Walking in the mountains and chi-gong have also proved to be very helpful for me.


I think that in general, the relaxing part of meditation practice is not emphasized enough. We need to relax our body and mind during meditation, but when you see the faces of people meditating, not many do that.  We tighten our muscles and forget to have a smile on our face.

I guess the most important thing is to get to know your our mind and not to worry about what others are doing. Every practitioners path is totally unique to them, we must practice at our own pace and not worry about how much study, meditation and practice others are doing. Reaching enlightenment is not a competition. We will get there when we get there. Pushing won't get us there any faster, pushing only creates obstacles!

I think that using force with lung doesn't work. Only controlled relaxation works. One has to have a purpose-wanting the lung to subside-and one has to carry out that purpose in a mindful way, knowing what helps the situation and harms the lung mind, and then try to do that. My feeling about lung is that there is no benefit to stopping everything (one's retreat, for instance) and going on holiday, expecting the lung to get better-the holiday might make the lung stronger. If one is in retreat and gets lung, it can be a very heavy time, but it is also a great opportunity to get to understand the relationship between the body and the mind. I once read a few lines by Lama Yeshe, in which he said that all Tibetan meditators seemed to be suffering from lung, and that perhaps it was just the Tibetan doctors creating it! When you believe in the lung, you increase it's possibility and it's power. Therefore, I would go back to Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice: It doesn't exist, you can't find it, it is not in the heart, the chest-it is not findable!

Without the grounding of study on the path, I think I developed lung through pushing too much in my meditation and service. What I found helpful in overcoming this was learning the importance of rest in my practice and how to do this skillfully. I now take days off quite regularly, in which I have time to study, relax, and catch up with other chores. I also spent a lot of time just sitting and rejoicing in my own merits and those of others, which is a great basis for developing love and kindness towards yourself and others. I found this meditation most helpful when my lung was very strong and the mind got quite confused about things. I am mostly just learning to take things one day at a time and not to have high expectations of myself on the path.