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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tummo in the News - Medical Applications

World Tibet Network News - June 17, 2008.


By Ali Nassor

Special to The St. Petersburg Times ( Russia )

June 17, 2008

Rinad Minvaleyev (r) practising Tum-Mo yoga in the Himalayan

Mountains during a recent expedition to discover its secrets.

A group of St. Petersburg scientists have returned from the Himalayan

Mountains after learning the secrets of an almost-extinct form of

Tibetan yoga that they hope can be used to cure diseases in the West.

The scientists have recently completed a two-month mission to find

traces of Tum-Mo, a form of Tibetan Buddhist yoga that preserves body

temperatures through excessive production of internal heat despite

the body's exposure to extremely cold mountain climates.

The technique could be applied in areas with extreme cold climates,

such as Russia , to prevent and treat heart disease, cancer,

tuberculosis, pneumonia and influenza if developed, Rinad Minvaleyev,

a physiologist, mathematician and the team's senior researcher, said.

"In fact, Tum-Mo is about the human being's adaptation to low

temperatures where thermo-dynamic functioning of a human liver is

activated to further regulate the heating process," said Minvaleyev,

referring to a mathematical formula he co-established last year.

Irina Arkhipova, a yoga specialist, who was head of the mission and

architect of St. Petersburg 's Search for Lost Knowledge Program,

which holds annual mountaineering events aimed at promoting medical

science, said that although "there were considerable breakthroughs in

our mission, it would be immature to reveal the exact outcomes with

accuracy, pending the ongoing laboratory examinations."

Arkhipova, who is also a director of St. Petersburg 's Pharaoh

Historical Movie Studio, led a team of 45 experts including 14

medical doctors, physicists and yoga enthusiasts to the snow-capped,

4,000-meter high Indian Himalayan province of Himachal Pradesh .

The team paid visits to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in search of

Tum-Mo's medical secrets, currently on the verge of being lost to

posterity because "the last lama who practiced Tum-Mo in that part of

the Himalayan Mountains died last year," leaving scant oral traces of

the ancient tradition, Arkhipova said.

However, after visits to about 40 monasteries, monks showed

Arkhipova's team a route across the Kully Gorge, reputed for its

unpredictably harsh weather, to the top of the Rotang ridge, one of

the rare spots where until recently Tum-Mo was practiced.

However the team did not reach the Rotang because of snow in the

middle of the Kully Gorge, blocking the way.

"We resorted to practicing yoga on the ice surfaces beneath the

waterfalls in the Rotang Valley , and everything was fantastic even

for those who were on such a mission for the first time," she said

Determined to reach the home of Tum-Mo on the top of Rotang, the

adventurers have vowed to return next year.

The team said it had gathered enough material on the technique during

the recent trip to warrant continued research.

In 2002 research into the medical benefits of Tum-Mo was carried out

by Herbert Benson, associate professor of medicine at the Harvard

Medical School and president of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind

Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston , U.S. ,

reported the Harvard Gazette.

Benson was quoted as saying that studying advanced forms of

meditation such as Tum-mo "can uncover capacities that will help us

to better treat stress-related illnesses" but that more research into

the technique was required.

Benson has been researching Tum-Mo since 1979 when the Dalai Lama

gave his blessing on a trip to Harvard University , reported the

Harvard Gazette.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lawyers Have Trouble Renewing Licenses

Chinese lawyers who have defended the rights of Tibetans in the past are now unable to renew their licenses. The China Human Rights Lawyer's Concern Group chairman Ho states that three lawyers have already been rejected and others were in jeopardy. The three lawyers who Ho said agreed to be identified were Teng Biao and Li Heping from Beijing and Zhang Jiankang from the city of Xian. The US Human Rights Watch (HRW) named another lawyer, Jiang Tianyong.

It said Teng and Jiang had both offered to represent Tibetans and had "distinguished records of defending civil and human rights cases". Ho said originally a larger group of more than 500 lawyers from 10 law firms in different parts of China could not get their licenses renewed, albeit a "substantial" number of them - but not all - were able to do so after the lawyers issued a letter on the Internet drawing attention to the issue. He said the affected firms were mostly "activist" ones known for defending rights. Some represented Tibetans detained in the Chinese crackdown on riots in Tibet in March, he said.