TIBETAN, LION'S ROAR, HOP-GAR, LAMA KUNG-FU
Tantra Kaya Sakti
"Lion's Roar! Tantric Bodies and Powers"
The Sacred Four:
The number '4' (Sanskrit: Catur) in Tantric Lion's Roar! Martial Arts, refers in the Buddhist practices of the discipline, to the "Four Noble Truths" as the foundation of the Buddha's Dharma. These Foundation Truths, carry over into the Four Tantric Ruling-Bodies and the Four Tantric Ruling- Powers, the Catur-Raja-Kaya (Han: 四王身) and Catur-Raja-Sakti. (Han: 四王勁)
The Four Kaya's:四身
The Four 'Ruling Bodies' (Raja-Kaya's) in the Lion's Roar! Tantric Martial Art refer to the esoteric 'Rupa' (manifest forms) of the body. These are;
Chakra-Kaya: The Wheel Body 輪身
Kundalini-Kaya: The Coil-Serpent Body 塒蛇身
Prana-Kaya: The Vital-Breath Body氣身
Vajra-Kaya: The Diamond indestructible Body 金剛身
The Chakra-Kaya, 輪身refers both to the body's Chakra Centers (Subtle Psychic Centers) and to the rotational actions of the human form. It is therefore both of what the Chinese call internal and external - but, with no duality, instead; a single unity.
This is the first esoteric (Tantric) body Rupa, to be developed.
The Kundalini-Kaya, 塒蛇索身refers both to the Serpent Power of Kundalini कुंडलिनी Yoga, and to the Coil-Spring action of the body, that 'releases as a spring or as a stretch reflex as in a 'cord' 索(see below).
This is the second esoteric (Tantric) Rupa, to be developed.
The Prana-Kaya, 氣身refers both to the subtle-vital energy and breath, that the Chinese refer to as 'Chi' and the Greeks refer to as 'Pneuma', and to the rising and falling movements of the body.
This is the third esoteric Rupa to be developed.
The Vajra-Kaya, 金剛身is in special relationship to the other three. It is said to be the Bija-Kaya - the 'seed body' of the other three, from which they arise, and, to also be the goal of the first three as the Dharma-Kaya. The Vajra-kaya therefore, seeds the Rupa (manifest form) of the other three, and when developed, they become the pure Diamond Body form, manifest in the Lion's Roar! practitioner. Esoterically, this is the goal of the Lion's Roar martial artist, and at this point he has realized the Dharma, and Roared The Lion's Roar!
The full manifestation of Vajra-Kaya is the final, and transcendent, Rupa色
All of the Tantric Kaya's inter-relate, there is no real distinction as plurality of any kind is not acceptable, except in descriptive terms, because of the fundamental limitations of unenlightened mind. This is why all are just aspects of Vajra-Kaya, and yet, all are needed to make manifest the wholeness of the Diamond Body.
The Four Sakti's:
The Four 'Ruling' or 'Royal Powers' (Raja-Sakti's) in the Lion's Roar! Tantric Martial Art refer to the esoteric Namarupa - the manifest 'name and form' - the living instantiated Sakti powers These are;
Chakra-Kaya-Sakti: The Wheel Body Power 輪身力 / 勁
Kundalini-Kaya-Sakti: The Coil-Serpent Body Power 塒蛇索身力/勁
Prana-Kaya-Sakti: The Vital-Breath Body Power 氣身力/勁
Vajra-Kaya-Sakti: The Diamond indestructible Body Power 金剛身力/ 勁
The Kaya's produce Sakti's (Shakti's) - 'Powers', or as the Chinese call them: Ging's as 'trained strengths'勁
Chakra-Kaya Sakti: 輪身力 / 勁
The 'Wheel-Body' or Rotor-Body Power - as in rotational force (external) and the activation of the subtle Chakra's (internal) which 'turn' and revolve to release their power. The turning of the body (correctly done) mirrors the activation of the Subtle-Chakra's. Also, when the wheel-Body' power is released, the Lion's Roar! martial artist becomes as a prayer wheel, transmitting the Dharma in all directions, 轉法輪 even in combat, the compassion of the Bodhisattva vow, is given and made manifest without paradox, in the tremendous rotational forces that the trained Chakra-Kaya-Sakti issues forth. The Chinese equivalent to Chakra-Kaya-Sakti is Che-San-Ging (Wheel-Rotor Body Power) and Che-Mah-Ging (Wheel-Rotor Horse [stance] Power )
The Tantric Lion's Roar! Martial Artist does not distinguish between the 'body' and the 'stance'.
Traditionally, Chinese martial arts have trained their stances (Mah - 'horse') and the stepping and transitions: Mah Bo-Faht in order to develop the Gings (trained strengths/powers). In Tantric Lion's Roar! Martial Arts, these are given much less precedence. Instead, the emphasis for the esoteric disciples - the Sanskrit Chela's (rather than with the exoteric students) is upon the interaction between the Kaya's and the Sakti's, so that the 'stances' or postures are developed by them, rather than the other way around. This Siddi wisdom, is typical of Tantra: unexpected reversals of emphasis reveal profound, 'Skillful Means' (Sanskrit: Upaya)
Therefore, the esoteric training in the Kaya's develops the Sakti's, which in turn 'create' the Namarupa (name-principle-form) of stance and movement. This makes for a very 'live' martial art, and not one fixed by static postures and constrained transitions.
The Wheel-Body Chakra-Kaya Sakti has a specific Mantra, Mandala and Yantra dedicated to it, and the root Deity/Dharmapalas is Hanuman - the 'theriomorphic' Man-Ape/Monkey, who as Vajra-Kaya Hanuman the warrior, gives the Tantric Lion's Roar! martial art a great rage-ferocity and courage. This Sanatana Dharma (Hindu) root for the Chakra-Kaya Sakti, was later changed in Tibet to meet local cultural conditions, where the Hanuman avatar became the Tibetan "Ape" (now either a Tibetan Macaque monkey, or a Hanuman Langur - possibly a Gibbon via Nepal and/or China) who in mythology fathered the Tibetan Nation and People in the Yarlung Valley. This is the origin of the Ape Totem-Animal Division of the Tantric Lion's Roar! martial art.
The Chakra from which the Chakra-Kaya Sakti principally arises is: the Svadisthana Chakra - the Navel Chakra, also called the 'Meditation' Chakra or Dhyana-Chakra. This correlates with the 'Golden Stove' Dan-Tien of Chinese Martial Arts. Chakra-Kaya Sakti manifests firstly in the movement of the waist (Sanskrit: Kati) then the shoulders and the feet - all three making up three of the Four Ruling Lines of the body: Catur-Raja Resha-Kaya, the fourth being the Spine: Sushumna. The first three 'transverse' lines (planes) turn around the fourth - the spine or vertical axis SEE LINK: The Lion's Roar Ruling Body Lines
In Tantric Lion's Roar! martial arts, the Chakra-Kaya-Sakti is a characteristic of the Ape/Monkey (Sanskrit: Kapi) Totem-animal division of the Art. The Ape's Citta 蝯指多質多(mind) is such that rotational forces play a great part in its actions. The Tibetan Gibbon 西藏蝯is a unique primate in two respects, it is capable of brachiation upright walking, and, it has a ball & socket joint at its wrist making it by far the most agile of all primates. It is extremely powerful for its size and its mastery of rotational forces (Chakra-Kaya-Sakti) is unequalled.
Hanuman the Hindu Monkey/Ape/Human theriomorph, also shows how the Ape Division of the Art is meant to access the deeper parts of the psyche and its instincts.
The Chakra-Kaya Sakti 輪身勁is the first manifestation of the Vajra-Body, 金剛身the first to be trained by the Sadhaka - the Tantric Martial Arts 'Aspirant'.
However, as with all things Tantric, what is manifest is not necessarily of actual ontological priority....
Kundalini-Kaya-Sakti: 塒蛇索身力/ 勁
The 'Coil-Serpent' Body Power, called variously, Kundalin (coil) Kaya, or Kundalini (Coiled Snake) Kaya. Kundalini, is considered feminine 女 in Tantra, and is correlated with the deep unconscious mind by Western Depth Psychologists, such as Carl Gustav Jung.
This power is as with Chakra-Kaya Sakti both 'external' and 'internal' and yet neither.
This is a whole-body power, derived 'internally' from the subtle energy of the Kundalini Serpent, and externally from an un-coiling or 'stretch-release' by the body, called: Taana or Tan in Sanskrit. Kundalin-Kaya Sakti is similar to its Han-Chinese counterpart: Tan-Ging in its external appearance, and indeed, the correlation between Tanna and Tan - between Sanskrit and Cantonese Chinese, shows the connection between the two, with the Chinese transliteration although not isomporphic being very close.
Tan-Ging in Lions Roar! is NOT however the same as Gin-Tan-Ging as found in the Hakka Southern Praying Mantis Kung-Fu systems. The 'Sudden-Shock' Spring Power of South Mantis, is more rigid and carries residual tension in the skeletal muscles. The Spring Power of Lion's Roar! is a coil-stretch-release more akin to Fa-Jing explosive energy found in Han-Chinese 'internal' systems such as Chen style Tai-Chi Chuan.
The external manifestation of Tanna as Kundalin-Kaya Sakti, is of a vibrating, un-coiling and springing body-power. In Tantric Lion's Roar! martial arts, this is a characteristic of the Crane (Sanskrit: Sarus) Totem-animal division of the Art. The Crane's Citta 鶴指多質多(mind) is such that it does not want to be touched, it is imperious, spiteful and vengeful in wrathful form. As with all Avians (birds) it will vibrate and flutter if touched, at great speed, throughout its whole-body, sending waves of rotational force 'springing' into its opponent. It becomes enraged at the audacity of the opponent in daring to close or to touch, but, at the same time it challenges the opponent to do so, a typical Tantric paradox.
Internally the Kundalin-Kaya Sakti is expressed thru the activation of the Kundalini Serpent, arising from the Root Chakra or Muladhara Chakra. As it 'rises' it activates or further 'opens' the other Chakra's, and of importance here is its energisation of the Svadisthana Chakra: the Chakra associated with the Chakra-Kaya Wheel-Body Power.
So, already we see that the second power actually increases that of the first.
This Kundalini Power raises up the vertical axis of the body, as the Chakra-Sakti turns it with terrific rotational force. So, although the Chakra-Kaya Sakti principally arises from the navel Chakra, it is also powered by the Root Chakra thru the Kundalini energy.
The Kundalini-Kaya Sakti has a specific Mantra, Mandala and Yantra dedicated to it, and the root Deity/Dharmapalas (Guardian) is Kali 歌利.
Prana-Kaya-Sakti: 氣身力/勁 The Vital-Breath Body Power, as above, is apparently both (in Han-Chinese terms) internal and external. The usual transliteration of Prana into Chinese is given as Qi or Chi, but it has a further meaning given in this martial contex by its other name: Vayu-Sakti the 'Vortex-Wind' Power.
Prana-Kaya Sakti derives from the whole Prana-Kaya, so, it is a whole-etheric (subtle) and whole-physical body, force. Its associated Chakra's are the Root and Navel Chakra, in terms of origin, but its movement along the vertical axis of the spine - the 4th Ruling Line of the body, engages all planes of movement, with added rotational (external) force, and enhanced subtle energy (internal) force.
The Han Chinese have singled out one relatively 'external' aspect of this power, by calling it Chum-Ging 沉勁'Sinking-Power', or Dip-Gwut-Gung 'Rib-Power'. Both of these refer to the sinking and compression action of the body down its vertical axis.
In Tantric Lion's Roar! Martial Arts, Prana-Kaya Sakti - when it acts 'downwards' along the vertical axis or Ruling Line, acts oppositely to the Kundalini Power which 'rises' upwards along the same axis, both in conjunction with the rotation of the Wheel Body of the Chakra-Kaya Sakti. This combination gives phenomenal force, easily appreciated 'externally', but, it also maximizes 'internal energy' by synchronism of all Body's Lines, and Sakti's.
Kundalini-Sakti invariably 'rises' just as Chakra-Kaya Sakti invariably 'turns'. Prana-Kaya Sakti however, rises and falls, and as the Third emanation of the Vajra-Kaya, it opens the door to true whole mind, and whole body power. Prana-Kaya-Sakti is only partially described by the Han designation: Chum-Ging 沉勁
Prana-Kaya Sakti is utilized equally by both the Crane and Ape Totem-Animal Divisions of the Lion's Roar Martial Art.
The Prana-Kaya Sakti likewise has a specific Mantra, Mandala and Yantra dedicated to it, and the root Deity/Dharmapalas (Guardian) is Vayu the Vedic Indo-Aryan God of Wind, hence the Vortex Power!
Vajra-Kaya-Sakti: 金剛身力/勁 The Diamond indestructible Body Power, is both the 'cause' and the 'effect' of the other three Powers. Rather than being described in typical dualistic Han -Chinese terms as either internal or external, or, some dynamic balance between the two, Vajra-Kaya-Sakti is transcendent. It transcends dualistic considerations with the Sanskrit principle of Advaita (non-dualism) common in both Hindu (Sanatana Dharma) and Buddhist-Dharma.
All 'powers' derive from Bodhicitta the enlightened mind and ultimate authority for spiritual practice (in Buddhism). The Lion's Roar! Martial Art was created out from Bodhicitta, with its own instantiation in this world as its goal.
The first three powers, start with the turning of the Wheel of Dharma 轉法輪 symbolically the Chakra-Kaya. It comes into the body more fully when the Dharma Wheel is conjoined with the Kundalini 塒蛇力Power, symbolically and actually, the beginning of the realization of Citta 指多質多(Mind). The Prana-Kaya-Sakti is a development (ontologically) of the first two, and when 'realized' within the practitioner, prepares the way for the development of the Diamond (Vajra) Body. The Vajra-Kaya-Sakti itself, is the moment of actulaization of the Lion's Roar! and the fullest and deepest meaning of the Bodhisattva Vow.
'Externally', as the Han-Chinese would understand it, this power summates as 'Chune-Ging' Cutting-Through and Penetrating Power. 'Internally', this power generates the projection of the Diamond Body beyond the physical frame, for 'action at a distance' or for penetration of the opponents esoteric body. However, transcendentally the Vajra-Kaya-Sakti is the penetration of the ego, 我 (leading to: 常我'non-ego': Sanskrit Anatman) the penetration of the Bardo spaces and times, and the realization of Bodhicitta. This is its real meaning and its true worth.
The Vajra-Kaya Sakti is connected with the Heart Chakra, the Chakra of transmission of Dharma, and is associated with Avalokiteshvara 阿縛盧枳低濕伐邏 (Tibetan: Chenrezig) The Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Om Mane Padme Hum