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A quarterly e-newsletter from IATTM    April to June 2014 - Volume 4 Issue 2

A DATE WITH US

Make a date with us this summer! Join us for this precious pilgrimage tour in Amdo and Shitro ritual with the Ngakpas and Ngakmos in Rigzin Rabpel Ling, the historical temple of Rigzin Rabpel Tashi this June! It is indeed a very precious opportunity to spend time with your TTM family, and an even more precious privilege to receive teachings from high masters and be involved in an ancient authentic Tibetan ritual. Read more about this in my column below!!!

And things are also shaping up nicely for our 3rd TTM congress on Sowa Rigpa happening in Kathmandu, Nepal at the end of the year. Online registration has already begun...so do book ahead to secure your accomodation.

Meanwhile have a great start to spring and keep the TTM fire going strong.

Tashi Delek!





Sorig News Editor
& IATTM International Ku Nye Teacher
Jacqueline Yu

 


In this issue:

Reflections from USA by Scott Mist

Pilgrimage-Tour Shitro, Amdo Tibet 2014

Application of Traditional Tibetan Medicine External Therapies after delivery by Anu Rootalu

3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa 28th to 30th December 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Sorig Materia Medica - Ephedra & Lishi Drukpa

The Story of the Supreme Physician of the Himalayas

Rigzin Rabpel Ling Programme Update

Dr.Nida Chenagtsang's new book from Sorig Press available for pre-orders!

PATH OF RAINBOW BODY
Introduction to Yuthok Nyingthig

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This book was written in order to give an overview of Yuthok's complete Dharma Cycle to both new and experienced practitioners of the Yuthok Nyingthig.

The practice of Yuthok Nyinthig is the most important spiritual practice for physicians and healing practitioners of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Yuthok Nyingthig means 'The Innermost Essence of thr Teaching of Yuthok'.

The practice was composed with the intention of imparting a profound and harmonious understanding to doctors, health and allied health care practitioners alonside dharma practitioners, giving them the opportunity to experience the union of medical practice and spiritual practice. A most essential and subtle perception takes place throughout the body, mind and energy by way of the five elements.

The Yuthog Nyingthig practice brings about spiritual progress, good health and longevity for all those who practice it. It must also be mentioned that it enhances diagnostic and therapeutic abilities for physicians, These aspects of the practice are considered the relative goal.

The ultimate goal of the Yuthok Nyinthig practice is geared towards a spiritual growth whereby the practitioner attains a deeper level of perception and experinece on the way to spiritual awakening. The ultimate goal is treading the spiritual path that leads to the Rainbow Body, the highest aspect of spiriutal realization.

To place orders, email to jeanpierre@tanadugshop.com or contact your local TTM coordinator.

 

REFLECTIONS FROM USA ~ Scott Mist

 

 

As I write it is 4am in the morning and I am preparing to take Dr. Nida to the airport.  It is always a very bitter sweet moment.  The sweet part is that we feel very blessed to have received so many teachings.  Dr. Nida taught Dream Studies and Dream Yoga, Tummo and Karmamudra, TTM level 4 and Mantra Healing level 2.  His students chased him from Oakland, California to Seattle to Portland and finally to New York.  For some that is a trip of over 4000 miles (6500 kilometers).  While it is nothing compared to the number of miles that Genla puts on, it does show the dedication of our students and the quality of teachings. 

We had a very wonderful Mantra Healing workshop here in Portland, Oregon.  We were fortunate to be able to hold the teachings at Dorje Ling, a site that overlooks Portland and many thanks to Jampal for his generosity.  Over the four days of teachings, we made amulets, protection cords and accumulated Dorje Gotrab mantras.  I was very happy to see so many of our community coming together again in such an organic and caring manner.

And with all things that begin, our time with Genla must come to an end as he moves on to other parts of the world and share his gifts with all. This is the bitter part of bitter-sweet.  Before the classes were even done, numerous students were asking me, "When is Dr. Nida coming back? What is he going to teach?  How do can I learn more while he is gone?"  When I hear these questions, I am reminded of a saying that the sheep doesn't share the grass but rather eat it and show the world their wool.  Now is the time for practice and putting all of the teachings into practice.  As Dr. Nida leaves, we know that we have had great instruction that we need to put into practice and let the teachings digest and produce the benefit that they were intended to provide in the world. As always, we appreciate Dr. Nida's teachings and hope to put his teachings to use to help  many sentient beings with Yuthok's teachings and Sorig Rigpa. It is with a full and warm heart that we send him on his way and we look forward to seeing him again.  May all beings be blessed to attain the state of Yuthok.

Recently published!

La Poster

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La poster 2

La, which in the Tibetan language means supreme energy, is present both in Traditonal Tibetan Medicine and the ancient lore of Tibetan Astrology. La pervades the human body, stirring it to give us strength, stability and clarity of mind. Its vital eergy is considered to be an essence of our consciousness.

The Path of La follows a systematic sequence of points along the body through which the subtle energy flows during a 30-day lunar cycle.

To place orders, please email to jeanpierre@tanadugshop.com or contact your local TTM coordinator

Pilgrimage-Tour Shitro, Amdo/Tibet 2014

This year, the year of the Wood horse is an excellent year for accumulating merit through pilgrimage. We hope that you can join us in this precious tour and be part of the Shitro-ritual at Rigdzin Rabpel Ling, the historical temple of Rigdzin Palden Tashi!

Pilgrimage-Tour Shitro 2014
Date: 13 June 2014 to 1 July 2014

13 June Xining (2300m) Labrang (2800m) Passing beautiful landscape, Labrang one of the most important monasteries in Amdo, visit Shabkarpa's
birthplace
14 June Labrang (2800m) Visit the monastery, visit the Yogi-temple near by.
15 June Labrang (2800m) Machu (3340m) Amazing nature in nomadic area. Nomads living on the vast grassland, their livestocks wildly scattered
around.
16 June Machu (3340m) Explore the nomadic lifestyle in this region
17 June Machu (3340m) Chukdrul (3568m) Drive to Chukdrul, where we can visit Darthang Gonpa and Staklung Monastery
18 June Chakdrul (3568m) Nyanpo Yutse (4000m) Head to Nyanpo Yutse, a nature reserve in Golok, where we can do camping in front of a pristine lake and beautiful snow mountain
19 June Nyanpo Yutse (4000m) Hiking and meditating here
20 June Nyanpo Yutse (4000m) Darlak (3968m) Drive to Darlak and visit of Ngon Monastery and Trailing Monastery.
21 June Darlak (3968m) Machin (3800m) Head towards Machin, where we visit Shadral´s Monastery
22 June Machin (3800m) Tsekhok (3700m) Passing famous Hor Mani stone piles, visit Alak Jamyang and request teachings from him.
23 June Tsekhok (3700m) Continue to receive teachings from Alak Jamyang
24 June Tsekhok (3700m) Rebkhong (3000m) Visit on the way Gonlaka, Maksar and Kyongon
25 June Rebkhong (3000m) Help the locals prepare for the Shitro-ritual
26 - 28 June Rebkhong Attending the Shitro-ritual (Camping) and visit Stak Lung Cave on 28 June
29 - 30 June Rebkhong

Meditate in the retreat centre or receive Dorje Gotrap from Ngakpa Humchen

1 July Rebkhong (3000m) Xining (2300m) Leaving

Tour Price: 1200 €, including transportation, accommodation, guide, entrance tickets when necessary for the listed places, food, camping equipment, expenses for guide and driver, and a small donation for Ngak Mang International e.V. for future projects (you will recieve an contribution reciept).

Tour Price Does Not Include: Flights, visa, personal donation for the Shitro-Ritual in the village, donation for Alak Jamyang, fees for Ngakpa Humchen, personal expenses, airport pick and drops

To register for this very precious pilgrimage of sacred places of Amdo that Ngak Mang International e.V. offers in collaboration with The Sorig Institute USA and Milarepa Tours/ Amdo, please email to Christine Koch, attm.ck@gmail.com for registration form.

More about Shitro ~

Originating from the same 14th century revelation that brought the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Shitro is the most important ritual to liberate the deceased, eliminate obstacles for the sick, understand and prepare for our own death, and plant seeds for liberation in the bardo.  For practitioners, it liberates from fear and obstacles, brings harmony and awakens our inner potential. 
For centuries, the Rebkong area of northeastern Tibet has been a focal place for the development of the culture of Ngakpas - Tibetan yogis.  From June 24-26, 2014 there will be a three-day Shitro ritual in Rigdzin Rabpel Ling, the most precious and blessed of the Rebkong yogi temples, also known as Amdo’s Copper Colored Mountain.
Following are some words from the late Rebkong Ngakpa Lama Tharchin Rinpoche about Shitro practice:
“Shitro helps transform impure energy and increases long life for our teachers because it removes obstacles from damaged samaya in the sangha and purifies defilements that cause obstacles to enlightenment. I pray that we will all reach enlightenment together and that peace and happiness will pervade for all beings."

About the Rebkong Ngakpa Shitro
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This tradition was initiated by a council of high yogis, led by Alak Andron and the second Namkha Rinpoche in the 1930‘s.  In conjunction with the local ruler, all various Ngakpa groups came together every year to join in prayer.  It grew to become the largest annual gathering of Tibetan yogis. 
This year will be a special occasion, as the Shitro puja will be held at Rigdzin Rabpel Ling for first time after 32 years.  After the tradition was broken during the cultural revolution, it was first re-initiated at Rigdzin Rabpel Ling.  Since then, it has been held at various other temples in the region, and this will be the first time that Rigdzin Rabpel Ling will again host the event.  In honor of this great event, the temple is being renovated to prepare for the 500-800 yogis and yoginis who are expected to attend.
This year will also be a unique milestone, as the female practitioners – known as Ngakmos- are invited to play an equal role in the ceremony for the first time.

Participation

You are cordially invited to be a part of the ceremony by either joining us in Rebkong or supporting through your donation.  All students and sponsors are invited to join Dr Nida and the assembled Ngakpas and Ngakmos in attending the puja.  Please contact us early to reserve your transportation and accomodation etc.
For your donation, any amount will be appreciated.  It is also possible to dedicate your offering on behalf of a sick or deceased loved one, who will receive a special blessing in the ceremony.  The donations will be used for offerings in the ceremony, feeding and making offering for the participants.
Ngak Mang International e.V. will coordinate the arrangements and donations for the event.  For more information contact NMI e.V., Christine Koch, attm.ck@gmail.com
This year’s Shitro will also have a special dedication for Lama Tharchin, who passed into Parinirvana in July 2013.

 

News from ATTM Estonia!

21.-27. MAY 2014 - INTERNATIONAL YUTHOK NYINGTHIG WEEK,

28. MAY TO 1. JUNE - DIAGNOSIS WITH DR NIDA CHENAGTSANG IN ESTONIA

International Yuthok Nyingthig week 21.-27.May 2014:
1 day  Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro teaching
1 day   Yuthok Nyingthig Empowerment and Outer Guru Yoga teaching
3 days Yuthok Nyingthig Phowa and Bardo Yoga teaching (course is for them who have finished Yuthok Ngondro or promise to do it).
2 days Yuthok Nyingthig Tummo Yoga teaching (course is for them who have finished Yuthok Ngondro or promise to do it).

Course fee: 1 day 40€. 7 days 250€

TTM course 28.May to 1.June:
5 days Diagnosis (course is for those who are on TTM course or have finished Kunye massage 1 and 2)

Course fee: 200€

Location: Course will be held in Estonia, Tibetan Medicine Countryside Centre Men Ling (Pärnu, Jõõpre).

In Jõõpre food and accommodation are available:
1 night in house 14€
1 night in tent 3€
Vegetarian food 3 x day 13€
For accommodation and how to find center please contact:
Kaido +372  5077900  kaido.soobik@gmail.com

Information and registration:
polinakilimnik@gmail.com +372 519 036 78

 

 

 

 

 

News from Poland!

Dear friends,
This spring we prepared for you a rich program in Poland!  

First, for those who have finished Kunye level 1 we have a 10-day intensive course of Kunye 2  with Emilio Galotta. You are welcome to join!

  • Kunye 2 
    - dates: 25.April -  4 May 2014,
    - venue: personal development centre Tu i Teraz near Olsztyn
    - price: 400Euro

Then we have:
Courses with dr Nida Chenagtsang in Olsztyn

Courses take place in "Tu i teraz" personal development centre, that provides excellent vegetarian food for 15 Euro per day, and various standards of sleeping places ranging from 8 to 20 Euro per night.

Courses with dr Nida in Warszaw:

  • Opening of an exhibition "Mandala of Medicine Buddha- Buddhis Art of Healing" in Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw -12.May 2014. Here you will have the opportunity to see rare iconography of Medicine Buddha and Tibetan Medical Thangkas presented by Asia and Pacific Museum, as well as educational part about TTM, including Yuthok Nyingtik tradition, materia medica, Tibetan medical instruments and many more,  presented by ATMT Poland.
  • Medicine Buddha healing practice - 13.May 
  • Public lecture on TTM - 13.May

You are very welcome to come for this special time with Dr Nida!  
For details please contact: info@atmt.plwww.atmt.pl 

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Dr Anastazja Holecko, ATMT Poland

APPLICATION OF TRADITIONAL TIBETAN EXTERNAL THERAPIES AFTER DELIVERY by Anu Rootalu

~ article from TTM JOURNAL ISSUE 5, SEM DE - The Happy MInd

This is the second half of an article on the use of traditional Tibetan external therapies in pregnancy and after delivery. Outlined is the care of the new mother following delivery, according to Tibetan medicine, followed by a selection of case summaries from clinical work conducted in 2005.
Some of these treatments were performed in the hospital setting shortly following delivery; follow-up treatment sessions were done in a small private practice. The range of treatments included: Ku Nye (traditional Tibetan massage), Hor Me (‘Mongolian’ moxa), Me btsa (moxibustion), Yuk cho (stick therapy), acupuncture, massage with mother-of-pearl shell, Dug cho (hot stone compresses), and mantra butter. Suggestions were also given concerning eating habits, diet and lifestyle, as well as instruction on simple breathing exercises and meditation.

Care of the new mother after delivery
Most Tibetan Medical texts recommend that the mother stays in bed for a minimum of seven days after delivery; a longer period is not generally necessary. The mother needs to rest and regain her strength by eating nutritious foods, such as meat broth, barley soup, and milk soup. She must remain in a quiet environment, protected from confusion and wear warm clothes.

Complaints after delivery
Women tend to take good care of themselves during pregnancy doing yoga, swimming, water therapies, etc and usually they feel quite good and strong. However, after delivery they often forget about themselves and concentrate only on their babies.
Delivery causes women to have a rLung imbalance; for some this may manifest in a mild manner, for other women this imbalance may be stronger. One minute they feel happy, the next minute they start to cry and feel depressed, they may have problems with concentration, lose their appetite or sleep, have panic disorders, or experience various pains. These symptoms usually start about 3-4 days after delivery and may last several days. In Western medicine this is called ‘baby blues’ (affecting up to 80% of women); some have more significant symptoms known as ‘postpartum depression’ (10-20% of women) or even ‘postpartum psychosis’ (affecting 0.1-0.2% of women). In Traditional Tibetan Medicine, this is due to increased rLung, following the forceful or prolonged action of thur sel rlung (Descending Wind) during parturition and labour.
In most cases the balance is restored by itself, however I also encountered women who delivered a long time ago and who still had strong and disturbing symptoms of unbalanced rLung. Therefore it is very important to concentrate on rebalancing the energy of women after delivery, knowing that there is this dynamic change in rLung energy.
Of the three humors, rLung is the one primarily associated with mental imbalance. Most psychiatric cases, mental instability and depression have problems with disturbed Wind. Intense neurotic behaviour and the psychological and physiological symptoms of nervousness are called disturbance of srog ´dzin rlung or Life-Sustaining Wind. Consciousness becomes disturbed when the inner Winds circulate in ways and in locations that they should not. The results of disturbing this life-force energy at the heart are both psychological and physical. Wind in the heart produces stress-related physical disorders such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.

Diet for pacifying or balancing rLung
It is good to have food with hot potentiality, oily, soft, heavy, fatty food, sweet food (but not in excess because of its cold characteristic), sour food, garlic, onion, seeds, nuts, grains, sesame oil, chicken, duck, turkey, beef, meat broth, milk, rice; warm and warming drinks and food. Nutmeg, aniseed, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, coriander seeds can all be added to the food, for their warming effects.
Symptoms get worse on empty stomach so it is very important to eat well.

Lifestyle for balancing rLung
Inhale incense. Stay in warm and sheltered places, which are not overly bright because excessive light agitates rLung and makes the mind more active. Windy places are not good. It is good to stay in a nice room with lots of flowers or to be in a place of great natural beauty surrounded by loving friends and family. Everyone should speak very sweet affectionate words. Relaxation, limited physical activity, enough rest and sleep. Warm heavy clothes prevent the rLung from the exterior from being absorbed further into the body through the pores of the skin. The woman should be allowed to have all the things she likes best – music, books, foods, fragrances. She should be kept amused and should be given a pleasant environment.

Therapies for pacifying and balancing rLung
Hor me (Mongolian moxa) is the best therapy. A cotton pad filled with herbs is immersed in warm oil and applied to the appropriate points. This method is used for closing the rLung points when there is an excess of rLung. It calms and relaxes. Ku Nye massage with warmed oils may also be employed in such cases. Medicinal butter or just plain butter can be rubbed onto the rLung points; this is extremely helpful in cases of heavy mental strain, worry, or nervous tension. Stronger methods of treatment include moxibustion, hot compresses (of butter, roasted barley flour, himalayan cumin) and acupuncture.

To read more on the case studies presented as well as other interesting articles, make sure you get your copy of TTM Journal Issue 5!

Copies of the Journal of Taditional Tibetan Medicine can be obtained from your local TTM branches and at: Tanadugshop.com

From The Sorig Materia Medica

Ephedra

 

Ephedra monosperma

མཚེ་ལྡུམ། tsedum- mtshe ldum

Ephedra

It is a rejuvenating agent, one the “five nectars”. In TCM, it is very commonly used as an internal herb but in TTM it is often used for external medicine.


Taste & Potency

Bitter, cool

Preparation Dry in a warm place
Plant part: Root, seed
Form: Decoction or powder
Usage:

In baths or hot compress

Dosage: 100gm per day for external use
Duration: 7 - 21 days
Function:  
  • Chronic liver tsawa, liver cleanse
  • Spleen disorders
  • Back pain due to cold and wet weather
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Stops blooding

Caution: Do not intake without medical preparation, can be highly toxic for internal intake

COMMON HERBAL FORMULAS

Generally, herbal remedies are compunded according to the taste and potency of herbs.

The dosage given here are from hte late master Tibetan doctor, Professor Troru Tsenam, who was greatly renowmed for his effective herbal preparations.

LI SHI DRUKPA

Star Anise 50g
Bamboo pith or kaolin 200g
Licorice 100g
Gentian Flower 200g
Costus or Inula 100g
Chebulic myrobalan 300g

Taste: bitter, sweet, cool
Form: Pill or Powder

Function: Heals respiratory disorders, asthma, throat pain, digestive issues and to reduce pain

 

3rd INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE

Congress Logo

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Venue: Shechen Monastery, Boudhanath/Kathmandu

REGISTRATION HAS STARTED, A CORDIAL INVITATION...

MORE INFORMATION
http://www.attm-austria.at/congress-2014.html

Varied Lecture and Interactive Workshop Program with senior doctors, scholars and TTM practitioners from various countries | Information and Exhibition Stands | Presentation of Treatment Sequences | International Networking Meetings | IATTM Diploma Ceremony | Arts and Culture | Comprehensive additional Program in Nepal before & after the Congress (Trekking, Culture Travel, Workshops, Retreat)

 

Dear All,
dear scholars, practitioners and friends of SOWA RIGPA around the world,

On behalf of the International Organizing Committee,  we are honored to invite you to the 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa- Traditional Tibetan Medicine which will be held from December 28 to 30, 2014 in Kathmandu/Nepal.

Thanks to the great interest and feedback, the program is growing steadily. We are looking forward to rich and comprehensive days of  „Sharing Knowledge“ with an inspiring range of presentations by highly experienced experts from more than 20 different countries.

For this year's Congress in Kathmandu we highly recommend an early registration due to the (spatially related) limited number of participants.

The Registration process has just started with joy and we are looking forward to your participation:
http://www.attm-austria.at/congress-2014.html

Sowa Rigpa with its comprehensive time-tested knowledge meets an increasing global interest in treatment options and accessible information which are in accordance not only with the original teachings but also with international scientific standards.
Under the motto „Sharing Knowledge“ the 3rd International Congress in Kathmandu would like to adress this issue and invites to an exchange of information and experience and a lively discourse between experts, scholars and TTM practitioners from all over the world and will encourage diverse future cooperations.

                                                                          
With most cordial greetings on behalf of the 
International Organizing Committee,

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Photo Gallery - IATTM activities held around the world! View our albums here!

Japan Jan
Australia Feb
Singapore Feb
Malaysia Feb
USA March
Ku Nye Russia 2014

 

IATTM Training Schedule
April to June 2014
with Dr.Nida Chenagtsang and IATTM teachers

Click here

Contact local coordinators to register for the courses. Go to:
http://www.iattm.net/uk/contact.htm

To arrange a course in your country, email to our international course coordinator, Tam Nguyen, email: iattmho@gmail.com

IATTM website:www.iattm.net

 

 

INTERESTING & USEFUL SITES

IATTM's homepage on Yuthok Nyingthig - the spirtual practice of Tibetan Medicine www.yuthok.net

sorigastro.com is a site on Tibetan Astrology. Check out the Tibetan calendar of the day - the elements present and how it can affect you. You can also see where 'La' protective energy is circulating for the day!
www.sorigastro.com

The Sorig Institute is the North American branch of the International Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM). The Sorig Institute offers certification in Ku Nye Massage and Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). 'Sorig' is the official name of Tibetan Medicine, a combination of the words 'Sowa,' translated as 'healing' or 'nurturing', and 'Rigpa,' or 'awareness.' It is with the guiding principle of 'Healing Awareness' that we promote the lineage of Tibetan Medicine in the West.
www.soriginstitute.org

The webpage of IATTM in Tibetan: www.sorig.net

 

The Story of the Supreme Physician of the Himalayas གཡུ་ཐོག་རྙིང་མ།

A biography of Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, the Elder (729 - 854 AC)
- An Extraordinary Healing Family

In the 7th century, the most outstanding physician of Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo was called Lodro Shenyen.  In his family, Lodro was the lineage holder of Tibetan medicine and practiced Tibetan medicine for most of his life.  His medical education was passed down from his ancestors.

With his beloved wife Jomo Lodro Sangmo, they had a child who also trained in Tibetan medicine, especially their family lineage of medicine; pulse reading, diet, herbal remedies, moxa and blood letting therapies.  At a young age, he quickly became an extremely good doctor, continuing his studies of medicine with other masters as well.  Because of his excellent medical wisdom, he was offered the position of the King’s personal physician; and so became the personal physician of King Gungsong Gungtsan.

The son of Jomo & Lodro was the famous Tibetan healing doctor called Dreje Gyagar Bazar.  The name Dreje was his title which means ‘the master of spirits’ - he was well-known for healing diseases caused by spirits or invisible beings.

His home town was Todlung Kyidna which is a beautiful small village surrounded by farms and many high mountains near Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.

Dreje received many patients from all over Tibet as he was considered to be the best physician in Tibet in that time.  He worked tirelessly, treating sick people without any interruptions and at times, he even visited invisible beings in other realms as well.  Certainly, he taught his disciples both theory and practice, and his free time was dedicated mainly to spiritual practices.

One day Dreje went to check on one of his patients.  When he reached the bridge of the Todlung river, a beautiful young girl came to him and asked him to visit her father.  

He said “Spirit girl, I’m busy with my patient. Don’t disturb my work.”  
She pleaded with him “Please great healer, you are the best healer for humans and spirits.  My father is in a very bad condition and he needs urgent treatment.  You who have such great compassion, you who treat all sentient beings equally, please help my father!”.
“Where is your father now?” Dreje asked her.
“He is in that high rock", she pointed to a large rock on the peak of the high mountain.
“That is too far for today, I’ll come tomorrow”. Dreje thought, there isn’t enough time today to climb the high mountain and the large rock.
She continued “Don’t worry, you can travel with my scarf” she said and immediately put the scarf on the floor.  

When he stepped on the scarf, Dreje found himself already inside of the massive rock. There, he could see a very large hall and in the back, a big black man was lamenting, "Pain, pain!" Dreje asked him what happened to him.  
The big man said "I’m the local land spirit and I went to a place to storm their fields, but unfortunately there was a strong Ngakpa and he threw the master seed back at me.  The seeds hit and wounded me” and the spirit opened his dress and showed his abdomen.

Then Dreje said "I can cure you this time, but you’ll have to promise me that you won’t disturb the people’s fields any more”.  The spirit said "I will promise you and I won’t do any bad things in the future".  

Dreje took the seeds out from his body and applied some herbal medicines.  Immediately the spirit felt better.  He was grateful for the healing and offered many precious things to Dreje.

The girl took Dreje back and told him "I will bring some gifts. Please come to the bridge tomorrow".

The next day Dreje went to the bridge but the girl did not appear.  He thought it was unusual as normally, the spirits don’t lie so he decided to wait for a while.  Then he saw something being carried by the river and it stopped next to the bridge.  When he went down to see what it was, it was a big bag of turquoise.  He knew it was the gift from the spirit girl and took it home.

Of course the bag was wet, so he put the big turquoise pieces on the roof of his house to dry.  When some of the local people saw that their doctor’s roof was covered with turquoise, they began to call him doctor of The Turquoise Roof i.e. "Yuthok" (gYuthog). In Tibetan, ‘Yu’ means turquoise and ‘thok’ is roof.

Dreje continued to travel to many Himalayan regions for study and research.  During his travels, he met human and non-human sages and learnt countless different ways of healing and about natural medicines.

To read more on Dreje's encounters, visit: www.yuthok.net

Did you get your copy yet?

The Tibetan Art of Dream Analysis
by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Excerpt from the book:

Dreams: Indicators of Health
Tibetan medicine practitioners use dreams to analyse mental problems and assess if a person's mental health is well balanced, and to uncover physical problems. The body is viewed not only physically but also connected to a person's energies and the five elements of Tibetan cosmology.

Tibetan doctors using knowledge of the interrelationship between a person's body, energies and the elements are able to use symbols present in dreams to help in curing or preventing health problems.

Dream Messages
Dreams may contain warnings linked with future events - giving us messages about what is about to happen not just to us but to friends, family or even work colleagues. Being forewarned prepares us to respond more aptly to a particular situation or obtain a better idea of what is important in our present life.

A special purpose of our dreams is to increase our wisdom and understanding. Prophetic dreams and teachings in one sleep state fall under this category.

In our daily life, we may encounter situations or problems we are unable to solve, concerning work, study, and people issues. The ability to find solutions through dreaming is a major help indealing with everyday problems. This is why dreams are very important for our health and mental well-being. Ina twenty-four hour cycle we spend an average of seven or eight hours sleeping and dreaming. Some dreams are unpleasant and people naturally dislike bad dreams. However, negativity is part and parcel of living life so it is crucial to try and understand even bad dreams....

Purchase your copy of the book directly at Tanadugshop.com or contact your local IATTM branch coordinator.

 

Rigzin Rabpel Ling Program in Amdo!
Preserving Tibetan Cultural Heritage

Education Project

The International Ngak-Mang Institute* is now collecting money to help students go to high school or university in 2014 - 2015.

 

RRL Students

 

All donations should be received by the end of May to be distributed in the villages in June 2014.
To participate, please contact your local branch or make a secured online donation at:      http://www.tibetanyogisvillage.com/Pages/RigzinRabpelLingEducationProgram.aspx

With the money collected last year, thanks to the people who participated in this project, we have been able to help 12 students in 4 different villages. All of them are relatives of Ngakpas who are actively involved in maintaining the tradition at Rigzin Rabpel Ling. Students and parents (who often have to make difficult choices such as sending only one child to school, leaving in a single room because they cannot finish building their homes…) were very grateful to receive our visit. Visiting each family allows us to better identify people who most need help and make sure the money is used to finance education and nothing else. Having the possibility to exchange with the students gives us the opportunity to evaluate their motivations and understand their strengths and difficulties. Funds needed for this project: 2 000 RMB / 250 € per high school student; 10 800 RMB / 1350 € per university student.

Cultural Project
Renovating Rigzin Rabpel Ling Ngakpa House

  • The work to renovate the Ngakpa House, where Ngakpas from the Rebkong area will gather to perform the Shitro ritual at the end of June 2014, is well advanced. Funds needed to finish: 20 600 RMB / 2 575 €.

 

x Nagkpa house 1Nagkpa house 2

 

Building a Retreat Centre with 8 Meditation Rooms

  • Local Ngakpas and westerners studying Traditional Tibetan Medicine with Dr Nida started to do retreats in the 3 meditation rooms, with shared solar shower and toilet, which are finished. Funds needed to finish building 5 additional rooms, kitchen, yard with garden are estimated at 148 800 RMB / 18 600 €.

 

Meditation roommeditation room

 

For the success of this program, we need your support!

 

For further information, visit Rigzin Rabpel Ling Program official website: http://www.tibetanyogisvillage.com
Or contact Marie, the program coordinator: nmi.mag@gmail.com
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*The International Ngak-Mang Institute (INMI) was founded in 2000, as a worldwide non-profit organization, by Dr Nida Chenagtsang and two of his brothers, to preserve the Rebkong Ngakpa culture.

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