One book I found wonderful years ago is called Way of the White Clouds by Lama 
Anagarika Govinda - he was a Westerner who was Buddhist and spent a good deal 
of time 
in Tibet in the 1930's and 40's as I recall.  He witnessed the lung-gom-pa 
runners and 
reports on the wonderful art and traditions beore the Chinese came in.  I think 
his wife 
was specialist on Tibertan art and so they travelled from monastery to 
monastery to see 
and record the art.

--- In, Vaj <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Aug 6, 2006, at 11:12 AM, curtisdeltablues wrote:
> > "Really has a lot to do with not knowing what you're doing and using
> > people as guinea pigs.
> >
> > In traditional yogic flying, the entire first stage is from a
> > standing, bent-knee position and done as a step/jump kinda thing.
> > Instead of injuring one, it builds strength, stamina and numeorus
> > yogic benefits."
> >
> > Very interesting.  It sounds more like martial arts movements.
> It's combined with a style of yogic running. In many old Tibetan  
> biographies--of course this was before telegraph, radio or telephone-- 
> the Tibetan kings used yogic runners/flyers to dispatch messages.  
> There are contemporary accounts of witnesses who've seen these yogis,  
> called "lung gompas": "air yogis".
> The training does resemble, in some aspects, martial arts training,  
> where moving asanas are linked to breathing and visualization.
> Lung-gom-pa Runners of Tibet
> The Marathon monks of Japan are quite similar to the Lung-gom-pa  
> runners of old Tibet. There have been many records kept of these  
> amazing running monks who appear to fly when they run. Across grassy  
> plains, they seem to float apparently in a trance. They are said to  
> travel nonstop for forty-eight hours or more and can cover more than  
> 200 miles a day. Many are said to be faster than horses and at times  
> they were used to convey messages across a country.
> In order to qualify as a lung-gom-pa runner, the trainee must first  
> learn to master seated meditation. They had lots of emphasis on  
> breath control and visualization techniques. They had to be able to  
> imagine their own bodies as being light as a feather.
> Other techniques they had to master required them to watch a single  
> star in the sky intently for days, never allowing themselves to be  
> distracted. When they have attained this ability of moving  
> meditation, they are able to fly like the wind.
> The term "lung-gom" is used for the kind of training that develops  
> uncommon nimbleness and gives them the ability to make  
> extraordinarily long tramps with amazing rapidity. They run at a  
> rapid pace without ever having to stop for days. They do not run  
> short, quick races but have the ability to go far distances in a  
> quick amount of time.
> "The Way of the White Clouds" by Lama Anagarika Govinda explains that  
> the word Lung, pronounced rlun, signifies the state of air as well as  
> vital energy or psychic force. Gom means meditation, contemplation,  
> concentration of mind and soul upon a certain subject. It has to do  
> with the emptying of one's mind of all subject-object relationships.  
> This means that a lung-gom-pa runner is not a man who has the ability  
> to fly through air, but one who can control his energy, re-channel  
> and concentrate it in a new direction. These lung-gom-pa runners  
> follow the ancient practice of pranayama. They follow the idea of  
> completely anonymity and therefore no one is allowed to talk to them  
> or see any part of their bodies.

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