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[[Image:Dzogchen A.jpg|frame]]'''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. '' 'ja 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 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==
 
==Other Examples==
*[[Khenpo Achö]]
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*[[Nyala Pema Dündul]] (1816-1872)
*[[Nyala Pema Dudul]]
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*[[Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin]] (1883-1958)
 
*[[Sonam Namgyal]] (d.1952/3)
 
*[[Sonam Namgyal]] (d.1952/3)
*[[Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin]] (1883-1958)
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*[[Khenpo Achö]] (1918–1998)
  
 
==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
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*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
*[[Namkhai Norbu]], ''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.
 
  
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
 
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Revision as of 09:29, 21 October 2014

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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 Examples

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
  • Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, pages 171-173.