The five elements in Tibetan Buddhism

Updated: Feb 16

Earth, water, fire, air, and space.

Theories about the five elements have been a part of the way Tibetans have seen the world for millennia. They describe the various forces in nature and how these forces affect human health -- and the qualities of energy and mind along the path to awakening. This theory states that the universe is made up of five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and space—and that each element represents both a force of nature and a quality of mind.

In this teaching series on Insight Timer (click here to follow me, Claire, on that app), I'll cover each of the elements and explain what its unique qualities are, how to connect with it in life, and how it can help your meditation practice. I've found the elements a valuable way to understand what's out of balance in my life and how to find a way back to a natural state of balance.

I'm using Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's excellent book, Healing with Form, Energy and Light for this series. (That's an affiliate link, just FYI.)

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