Neurotransmitters = Tigle

We can become confused on hearing the Dharma if it is not explained precisely and in depth because we may feel it is something different from us and our experiences. This is especially true when it comes from another culture. We have to be aware of getting so excited about the exotic that we forget our logic. The Dharma is not out there; it’s right here to see clearly and experience.

It sounds exotic
The subtle body is very rarely discussed in texts or in public teachings: it’s understood to be one of the higher, more advanced teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

Traditional spiritual texts speak of channels (Nadi in Sanskrit, Tsa in Tibetan) through which the subtle energy winds (Prana in Sanskrit, Lung in Tibetan) and drops ( Bindu in Sanskrit, Tigle in Tibetan) that are the source of the bliss so vital to the Highest Tantric practice. Most people are not aware of the subtle conscious body, but the Tantric practitioner can discover and make use of it.

From Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: “Neurotransmitters play a major role in shaping everyday life and functions.”

From: “Open Heart, Open Mind” by Tsoknyi Rinpoche
“The subtle body is a kind of interface between the mind and the physical body, a means by which these two aspects of being interact.

“The channels are the means through which what we might call “the spark of life” moves. In Tibetan, these sparks are called tigle, which may be translated as drops, or droplets – an interpretation we are given so that we can form some kind of mental image of what passes through the channels.

“Nowadays, of course, we can begin to imagine these drops as neurotransmitters, the body’s “chemical messengers” that affect our physical, mental and emotional states. Some of these neurotransmitters are fairly well known, for example serotonin which is influential in depression, dopamine, a chemical associated with the anticipation of pleasure, and adrenaline, a chemical often produced in response to stress, anxiety and fear. Neurotransmitters are extremely small molecules and while their effects on our mental and physical state can be quite noticeable, their passage through various organs of the body could still be called ‘subtle’.”

DID YOU SPOT THEM? The three poisons?! … “influential in depression”… “anticipation of pleasure”… “response to stress, anxiety and fear”…

Ideas and chemicals – “chemical messengers” – influence our bodies and minds.

Whatever we digest through the senses
has a great effect on us.
Be very careful of the alluring, corporate, materialistic world.

We can take back control of our lives through proper practice,
and all we have to do is recognise.

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  1. tony says:

    Sometimes we think, “How on earth does this add up to this”?
    The words ‘ignorance’ and ‘depression’ (to weigh down) don’t quite seem to fit, but when we put the word ‘dullness’ in between them, we can see a connection.


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