Tummo, meaning inner fire is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice that allows the practitioner to enter into a deep state of meditation.
Please note that although Tummo and the Wim Hof Method are both inner fire meditations, they are different practices. When I first started looking into Tummo meditation in 2011, I read about the experiments people had conducted with this meditation technique, and how practitioners were able to control their body temperature and go into deep states of meditation. Tummo meditation entered mainstream western culture in the form of these experiments, which resulted in a lot of people, including myself, wanting to practise. I recently read this post: Revealing the secrets of Tibetan inner fire meditation which was written by someone who spent five years practising the technique in a Tibetan Buddhist Centre. Originally, this article was about sharing information that already existed in the public domain, about a subject that deeply interests me — meditation.
This is a short video featuring a group of Tibetan Tummo practitioners who are able to control their body temperatures.
This video gives you an overview of the science behind Tummo and also introduces you to Dr Herbert Benson’s work with Tummo.
Whilst looking into Tummo, I came across a blog called The Tummo Experiment which involved a group of people who were new to Tummo but interested to experience firsthand what it had to offer. Finally, you might be interested in learning about the Wim Hof Method which is also a powerful inner heat meditation.
Interesting stuff – bringing a powerful visualization exercise of heat into our meditations. Although this is specifically about raising the body temperature, when one meditates and therefore gains greater purity of the energy system, the body temperature rises during meditation.
When I did it, my mind arrived at a state very similar to meditating on emptiness (a sutra method), except with much greater penetration, depth, and staying power. Hi Cbui, you’re absolutely right and in some respects, now meditation and mindfulness practices are popular in the west, the spiritual aspect has been lost to some degree.

Hi Clare, yes, awareness meditation is being advertised for its health and productivity boosting benefits when in fact it has the ability to do so much more.
I created an alternate meditation branching from Tummo and Reiki, where you use the Reiki to isolate the heat from the Tummo into a specific spot that is in pain, and use the fire from the Tummo to sort of push the pain and damage out of my body through my hands and feet, and into my surroundings. That’s incredibly inspiring and good to know that Reiki and Tummo helped you to recover. If you’re unfamiliar with Tummo, think Wim Hof (the iceman) who is able to control his body temperature using meditation, physical exercises and cold therapy. On the one hand, this can make us overly intellectualise subjects such as meditation which I feel can never be fully understood from knowledge alone.
In 1982 Benson and colleagues studied the physiological effects of practising Tummo by conducting an experiment with three Indo-Tibetan Yogis in India (Himalayas). Find out more about this 2012 Tummo experiment that took place in Normandy, France with Tibetan Monks. Dr Peter Malinowski wrote an article on the science behind Tummo back in 2103 called Advanced Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice raises body temperature. The blog is their fascinating journey of what happened, what they discovered and their own thoughts on Tummo.
I noticed meditation doesn’t work when I am tired but when I am rested I can feel the energy flow internally but when I check with thermometer I do not see any change.
I know that in Reiki Tummo, to become a practitioner, your crown chakra has to be opened by a master.
The point of Tummo has nothing to do with body temperature or the ability to practice in the snow.
Tummo is suppose to help your mind arrive at a blissful non-dual state which merges perceptions of object and subject together. I guess what I do isn’t even Reiki or Tummo, because I discovered what I do entirely by myself.

Before the accident, I didn’t have the patience for meditation, but after spending a lot of time in a hospital, unable to do anything but wait for something interesting to happen, I was able to just sit down and relax, even in uncomfortable circumstances. Side effects to Tummo may include being able to make significant changes to body temperature, but this is not supposed to be the sole purpose of Tummo. I can intellectualise all I like, but like with all meditation, I believe you have to experience it properly first before you can understand it. On the other hand though, I think it’s important to question — especially when it comes to spirituality or any meditation practice for that matter, otherwise you might end up just blindly following. I used Tummo and Reiki to confine the pain and injuries to my left arm, and the doctor said that he was surprised that I was even alive. I’m going to start working on another Tummo post, specifically about Tummo and healing, so stay in touch and let me know if you come across any interesting research or articles.
But what I have found is that when you meditate or practise meditation exercises around people who have been meditating for years, the meditation feels deeper. Milarepa, the great Tibetan yogi, practiced Tummo to set his mind up into the right state before going into Mahamudra, the highest practice in the Tibetan Kagyu school. Also, if you’re interested in Tummo, you might also be interested in the Wim Hof technique (which I do plan to write about in the future). I am now practicing Kundalini by clearing chakras with meditative chakra sleep music on Youtube and researching Yoga poses, stones that I might have on hand, and an open heart and mind, with each chakra meditation sleep track.

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