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Lung-gom-pa

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Lung-gom-pa is a Tibetan term that refers to a form of long distance running, but by bounds, that supposedly lets the practitioner travel tirelessly over great distances for days on end. It is mentioned as one detail in Milarepa's traditional life story, his long distance running as a sorcerer.

According to the book Magic and Mystery in Tibet by French explorer Alexandra David-Néel, writes: [1]

"at the house of the lama who taught him black magic there lived a trapa [monk] who was fleeter than a horse... Milarepa boasts of similar powers and says that he once crossed in a few days, a distance which, before his training in black magic, had taken him more than a month. He ascribes his gift to the clever control of 'internal air'."

After witnessing such a monk David-Néel described how[2]:

"By that time he had nearly reached us; I could clearly see his perfectly calm impassive face and wide open eyes with their gaze fixed on some invisible far-distant object situated somewhere high up in space. The man didn't run. He seemed to lift himself from the ground, proceeding by leaps. It looked as if he had been endowed with the elasticity of a ball and rebounded each time his feet touched the ground. His steps had the regularity of a pendulum."

This esoteric skill, which is known as Lung-gom-pa[3] in Tibet, is said to allow a practitioner to run at an extraordinary speed for days without stopping. This technique could be compared to that practised by the Kaihogyo monks of Mount Hiei and by practitioners of Shugendo, Japan.[4]

References

  1. 1868-1969., David-Néel, Alexandra, (1993). Magic and mystery in Tibet. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books. p. 199. ISBN 9780809484065. OCLC 29182597. 
  2. David-Néel, Alexandra (1932). Magic and Mystery in Tibet. pp. 202, 203. OCLC 1330945. ISBN 0285637924.  Google preview of alternate edition WorldCat list of 60 versions
  3. Magic and Mystery in Tibet p.212
  4. The run of a lifetime Archived 2006-11-17 at the Wayback Machine.


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