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Lunggompa on his way through the Himalayas

Lung-gom-pa is esoteric skill in Tibetan Buddhism,[1] which is said to allow a practitioner to run at an extraordinary speed for days without stopping. This technique could be compared to that practised by the Kaihōgyō monks of Mount Hiei and by practitioners of Shugendō, Japan.[2]

Alexandra David-Néel, in her book Magic and Mystery in Tibet, describes how she saw a lung-gum-pa runner in action. After witnessing such a monk David-Néel described how "[h]e seemed to lift himself from the ground. His steps had the regularity of a pendulum [...] the traveller seemed to be in a trance.[3]

According to Alexandra David-Néel, Milarepa boasted of having "crossed in a few days, a distance which, before his training in magic, had taken him more than a month. He ascribes his gift to the clever control of 'internal air'." David-Néel comments "that at the house of the lama who taught him black magic there lived a trapa [monk] who was fleeter than a horse" using the same skill.[4]

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  1. ^ Magic and Mystery in Tibet p.212
  2. ^ The run of a lifetime Archived 2006-11-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ David-Néel, Alexandra (1932). Magic and Mystery in Tibet. pp. 202, 203. OCLC 1330945. Unknown ID 141797754. Gogle preview of alternate edition WorldCat list of 60 versions
  4. ^ 1868-1969., David-Néel, Alexandra (1993). Magic and mystery in Tibet. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books. ISBN 9780809484065. OCLC 29182597.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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