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'''Rainbow body''' (Tib. ''ja lü''; [[Wyl.]] '' 'ja' lus'') — fully accomplished [[Dzogchen]] practitioners can dissolve their body at the time of death.  
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[[Image:Dzogchen A.jpg|frame]]'''Rainbow body''' (Tib. [[འཇའ་ལུས་]], ''ja lü'', [[Wyl.]] '' 'ja' lus'') — fully accomplished [[Dzogchen]] practitioners can dissolve their body at the time of death.  
 
*Through the practice of [[trekchö]], the practitioner can attain the so-called ‘rainbow body’, in which the body becomes smaller and smaller as it dissolves, emanating rainbow light, and finally only the hair and nails are left behind.  
 
*Through the practice of [[trekchö]], the practitioner can attain the so-called ‘rainbow body’, in which the body becomes smaller and smaller as it dissolves, emanating rainbow light, and finally only the hair and nails are left behind.  
*Through the practice of [[tögal]], the practitioner can dissolve his or her body into the ‘Light Body’ (Tib. ''ö ku''), where the body transforms into light and disappears completely into space. This was done by [[Garab  Dorje]], [[Manjushrimitra]], [[Shri Singha]], [[Jnanasutra]] and [[Vairotsana]].  
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*Through the practice of [[tögal]], the practitioner can dissolve his or her body into the ‘Light Body’ (Tib. འོད་སྐུ་, ''ö ku''), where the body transforms into light and disappears completely into space. This was done by [[Garab  Dorje]], [[Manjushrimitra]], [[Shri Singha]], [[Jnanasutra]] and [[Vairotsana]].  
*Another accomplishment of tögal practice is the ‘Rainbow Body of Great Transference’ (Tib. ''ja lü phowa chenpo''; Wyl. '' 'jaj lus 'pho ba chen po''), where the master dissolves his body into rainbow light and lives for centuries in order to benefit others. Such was the case with [[Padmasambhava]], [[Vimalamitra]], [[Nyang Tingdzin Zangpo]] and [[Chetsün Senge Wangchuk]].
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*Another accomplishment of tögal practice is the ‘Rainbow Body of Great Transference’ (Tib. [[འཇའ་ལུས་འཕོ་བ་ཆེན་པོ་]], ''ja lü phowa chenpo''; Wyl. '' 'ja lus 'pho ba chen po''), where the master dissolves his or her body into rainbow light and lives for centuries in order to benefit others. Such was the case with [[Padmasambhava]], [[Vimalamitra]], [[Nyang Tingdzin Zangpo]] and [[Chetsün Senge Wangchuk]].
  
==Other Examples==
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==Other Recent Examples==
*[[Nyala Pema Dudul]]
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*[[Nyala Pema Dündul]] (1816-1872)
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*[[Nyala Changchub Dorje]] (1826?-1961/1978?)
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*[[Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin]] (1883-1958)
 
*[[Sonam Namgyal]] (d.1952/3)
 
*[[Sonam Namgyal]] (d.1952/3)
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*[[Khenpo Achö]] (1918–1998)
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*[[Akhyuk Rinpoche]] (1927-2011)<Ref> http://www.thenon2.com/lama-achuk-rinpoche The body of Lama  Achuk shrunk from a height of 1.8 meters to about 1 inch tall, a sign of achieving the rainbow body.</Ref> <Ref>http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=4849 Information on the passing of Akhyuk Rinpoche.</Ref>
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==Notes==
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==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
 
*Matthew Kapstein, 'The Strange Death of Pema the Demon-Tamer' in ''The Presence of Light: Divine Radiance and Religious Experience'', ed. Matthew T. Kapstein, University of Chicago Press, 2004
 
*Matthew Kapstein, 'The Strange Death of Pema the Demon-Tamer' in ''The Presence of Light: Divine Radiance and Religious Experience'', ed. Matthew T. Kapstein, University of Chicago Press, 2004
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*[[Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche]], ''The Crystal and the Way of Light'' (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2000) pages 158-161
 
*[[Sogyal Rinpoche]], ''[[The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying]]'', pages 171-173.
 
*[[Sogyal Rinpoche]], ''[[The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying]]'', pages 171-173.
  
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Latest revision as of 16:36, 20 August 2017

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Rainbow body (Tib. འཇའ་ལུས་, ja lü, Wyl. 'ja' lus) — fully accomplished Dzogchen practitioners can dissolve their body at the time of death.

Other Recent Examples

Notes

  1. http://www.thenon2.com/lama-achuk-rinpoche The body of Lama Achuk shrunk from a height of 1.8 meters to about 1 inch tall, a sign of achieving the rainbow body.
  2. http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=4849 Information on the passing of Akhyuk Rinpoche.

Further Reading