What an incredible article @_Barry ! I was blown away by the various rainbow body accounts. I can’t help but think if this incredible power intimidated the Chinese and this covertly led to the invasion of Tibet. It didn’t escape me how those on retreat would be arrested because they weren’t contributing to society. I have the impression that true freedom is through meditation and the Buddha even said on Shamatha meditation:
So long as these five obscurations are not abandoned, one considers oneself as indebted, sick, in bonds, enslaved, and lost on a desert track
Do you know who is an authentic teacher of the specific lineages in this article related to rainbow body?
I have been studying Allan Wallace’s books and I feel my next step is working towards rainbow body. I turned 40 this year and truly want to spend the next 40 years on a path towards developing rainbow body.
Years ago I fell in love with the idea of growing old and when it’s time, retreat to the forest and die that way. A peaceful death where one abandons food and water and one goes to sleep. I was reading about Native Americans at the time and some of their end of life practices. Having read this article takes this idea one step further in bringing lucid awareness to the dying process. I truly am inspired and fascinated. My heart goes out to these brave masters who defied conventional norms and achieved what they did.
So appreciate your contributions Barry!