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A quarterly e-newsletter from IATTM    October to December 2014 - Volume 4 Issue 4


Here we are in the last quarter of the year and the final issue of Sorig News for year 2014!

Many of you know that since 1998, Dr. Nida has spent most of his time travelling to teach anyone interested in learning or promoting Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) and Yuthok Nyingthig, its spiritual practice. As a result our centers now offer teachers in many European countries, Asia, Australia, Russia and the USA and offer courses as well as provide treatment in various aspects of TTM.
However, the rapid growth of IATTM centers worldwide and the increasing number of people interested in TTM has made it urgent and necessary for us to set up a Foundation to expand our work. The Foundation
will bring our work to the next level and support more fully our organizers, teachers, students and practitioners, who are now present in more than 25 countries.

Facing the imminent loss of Tibetan culture, philosophy, literature, science and religion, the Foundation is to be contributing to the preservation and propagation of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). In particular, the continuity of the holistic Tibetan healing sciences in their theory and their practice, as well as in their philosophy, and in its closely connected spirituality as a complete system in the Yuthok Nyingthig Transmission Lineage, is to be protected.

We sincerely seek your support to help us realise this goal. More information on how you can help is in the contents below.

And the highlight for the end of the year must be our upcoming 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa in Kathmandu, Nepal. The programme is looking rich and varied with the amazing line-ups. Kudos to our Austria organising team and the Nepalese team for their hard work to get this all happening, an extraordinary feat, I must say. So now is your turn to show your support and show up at the event! Look forward to seeing you all in Kathmandu! Tashi delek.

Sorig News Editor
& IATTM International Ku Nye Teacher
Jacqueline Yu

In this issue:

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

News from ATTM Italy

Tibetan Medicine and the Classification and Treatment of Mental Illness by Colin Millard

Invitation to Sponsor for IATTM Foundation

The Sorig Materia Medica - Juniperus pseudo Sabina & Shije 6

An Introduction to The Traditional Methods and Practices of the Ancient Tradition of Yuthog Nyingthig

Rigzin Rabpel Ling Programme Update


Herbs study in Malho, Summer 2014
See our photo gallery for more wonderful shots!

A Short Talk on
the Rainbow Body
by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

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IATTM Training Schedule
October to December 2014

with Dr.Nida Chenagtsang and IATTM teachers

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Contact local coordinators to register for the courses. Go to:

To arrange a course in your country, email to our international course coordinator, Tam Nguyen, email:



Sorig Institute Programs - Autumn 2014

Bay Area, CA | 3-19 October with Eric Rosenbush
2014 Upcoming Courses in our
 Tibetan Medicine Program

4-5 Oct
Intro to Tibetan Medicine (TTM1.1a/KuNye 1.1a)

10-12 Oct
Root Tantra Diagnosis and Therapies (TTM1.1b)

13-14 Oct T
Tibetan Medicine Anatomy 1 (TTM1.2a)

16 Oct
Practical Training - Horme & External Therapies

2014 Upcoming Courses in our KuNye Massage Program

4-5 Oct
Intro to Tibetan Medicine (TTM1.1a/KuNye 1.1a)

16 Oct
Practical Training - Horme & External Therapies

17-19 Oct
Ku & Nye Massage Training (KuNye 1.1b)


New York, NY | 1-9 November

1-2, 7-9 Nov
TTM 1.1 - Sowa Rigpa Foundation Course — Tibet House, New York

Click here to register for upcoming courses.

Questions? Contact Sorig Institute by email at


(handwritten by Dr. Nida at the TTMIC 2013 in Austria)



Bouddhanath Stupa: The place of the Congress Opening on Dec. 27

Dear all friends of SOWA RIGPA, 

Most cordial greetings from the Congress Offices in Kathmandu/Nepal and in Innsbruck/Austria.
Scholars, students, practitioners and all interested people in the field of Sowa Rigpa are invited to attend this year's 3rd annual International Congress on Traditional Tibetan Medicine this December 2014, at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu Nepal.

Thanks to the great cooperation and friendship of the International Organizing Team, the preparations are going on very well with happiness and enthusiasm.

Currently, we expect contributions and presentations of participants from 25 different countries and more than half of the available places have already been booked.
An early registration & travel planning is highly recommended due to the (spatially related) limited number of participants.

For more information and registration: 

The Congress-Program is complete and we will have a very rich and inspiring schedule  (--> more than 30 presentations, panel discussions, workshops & teachings) with presentations by highly experienced Senior Doctors from Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and with Sowa Rigpa experts and scholars from all over the world.
Furthermore there will be the IATTM-Coordinators-Meetings and an inspiring framework program with great artists from Nepal and Switzerland. 

Here (link) you will find the first preliminary online version of the detailed Program. We hope you will enjoy it:


After the Congress-Days, Dr. Nida will offer precious teachings (Tummo, Medicine Buddha Healing Guide, Yuthok Nyingthig Reading Transmission) and there will be possibilities to continue the process of "Sharing Knowledge" with teachings of highly experienced senior doctors (to deepen the content of their presentation), round-table-meetings (for further exchange) or the supervision of practical trainings (in some of the clinics in Kathmandu or other training-centers).

The perfect place for the 3rd Congress and futher projects in the field of Sowa Rigpa: Nepal
Nepal with its long experience in cultural diversity, interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation has a bridge function between East and West: 
on one hand we find the development of a Modern Contemporary Western Medicine, on the other hand the Traditional Healing Systems are still practiced in an almost unique way and are still continuously developed. 
Sowa Rigpa is an essential part of the nepalese healthcare system and we can find a remarkable frequency of competence centers with highly qualified experts. 
Furthermore we find centers of excellence of all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Let´s create this next Congress together with the Nepalese team 
as days of interdisciplinarity, exchange and friendship, 
for the benefit of all.
Under the inspiring motto, "Sharing Knowledge",  
the International Congress Team of the IATTM, jointly organized with Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN), 
warmly welcomes all to attend.

Sincerely yours,
Raj Kumar Shrestha (Head of the Organizing Team in Kathmandu)
& Dr. Jens Tönnemann (IATTM Congress Coordinator)

3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa – 
Traditional Tibetan Medicine 
28-30 Dec 2014 
Shechen Monastery Kathmandu (Nepal)


Venue of the TTMIC 2014: Shechen Monastery/Kathmandu

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

Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro in Poland with Donla Tsering




The Swift Liberation for the Fortunate Ones
A practice on the three roots as Guru yoga


Yuthok Nyingthig Secret Guru Yoga
7 Days Retreat in Rigzin Phodrang Monastery, Pharping Nepal
17th to 24th December 2014

Retreat Guide: Jacqueline Yu

Pre-requisite: Received transmission from Dr.Nida Chenagtsang and completed Ngondro, Outer Guru Yoga and Inner Guru Yoga retreat.  Those who have completed ngondro may participate with obligations to complete outer guru yoga and inner guru yoga at a later date.

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We are happy to share with you the more important activity of IATTM Italy during the 2014
Last June as IATTM, we participate at the event in Livorno, in occasion of the visit of the H.H. The Dalai Lama. We are grateful to all those who have collaborated with Italian IATTM to make it possible.
We organized a stand inside the palaforum – to show the different activity of the IATTM .

We are pleased to welcome Dr Nida in Italy next November for these precious teachings:
20/11_ Pomaia (PI) - November 20, 2014 - teachings and transmission of Ngondro - Practice the basis of Yuthok Nyingthig
21/11 _Pomaia (PI) - November 21, 2014Introduction and transmission of Yuthok Nyingthig

22-23 /Tummo Divine fire yoga of self blazing blissful heat
Tummo is one of the advanced practices of the Six Yogas in Vajrayana. The Divine Fire of Tummo at Perfection’s stage purifies the channels and the energies that it transforms into the deity’s body

Pomaia (PI) - from November 30 to December 2, 2014

  • International Course for Instructors in Traditional Tibetan Massage Ku Nye

The course offers you the chance to begin a collaboration with the IATTM as a component of the academic staff. It will be held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. To be able to attend the course, you must have completed the training course on the massage Ku Nye. Generally candidates must have a particular qualification in medical therapies. Admission to the course may be subject to a prior evaluation by the Medical Director, Dr Nida Chenagtsang.
The course will include the following subjects:

  • subjects and contents of the Ku Nye
  • teaching methodologies
  • moral ethics
  • organizational aspects of IATTM

During this meeting, the qualifications of candidates will be evaluated, also based on the results of oral and practice tests. Being an international course, the lectures will be held in English. The fee is € 250.00 payable by bank transfer upon registration. At these amounts should be added the annual membership card of € 35,00.

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From The Sorig Materia Medica

Juniperus pseudo Sabina

ཤུག་པ་ཚེར་ཅན། shugpa tser chen


This is one the “five nectar (dud-tsi nga)”. it is known as a one remedy for 100 disorders. Especially used for rejuvenation and anti aging.

Taste & Potency

Bitter and cool

Preparation Dry in a warm place
Plant part: Leave, seed
Form: Decoction, powder, chopped or oil

Intake with other remedies. External for bath and compress

Dosage: 1-2g per day intake, 5-10g for the bath
Duration: 7 - 21 days
  • Tsawa in lower part of body
  • Renal disorders
  • Muscle, joint and abdominal pain, relieve swelling
  • Tsawa in inner organs, pneumonia, hepatitis
  • rLung disorders and gives energy for sense organs

Caution: Do not overdose


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

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


Chebulic myrobalan 95g
Galangal 60g
Rhubarb 120g
Soda 180g
Elecampane 35g
Calcite 150g

Taste: salty and spicy.
Potency: Neutral. Without bzi
Function: Relieves indigestion, abdominal pain, disorders of thursel (descending rLung), to promote easy delivery and constipation.

This traditional formula is also produced by Swiss Company Padma AG as Padma Lax.

PADMA LAX is a laxative which is used in occasional constipation. In addition to the laxative effect it stimulates the digestive functions and reduces flatulence.

In Switzerland, PADMA LAX is available in pharmacies and drugstores, without medical prescription, in packs of 20 tablets.


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

This paper is about mental illness in Tibetan medicine, its classification, diagnosis, and treatment. The Tibetan language has a wealth of words that denote various states of mental disorders, from mild disturbance to full blown psychosis. The general term for mental illness found in the medical texts or used by Tibetan doctors is simply ‘sickness of the mind’ (sems nad or sems skyon). If one wants to relate the two widely used categories of Western psychiatry, neurotic and psychotic states, with Tibetan concepts, then ‘neurotic states’ would correspond with Tibetan words conveying ‘depression’ (skyo snang, sems pham pa, sems sdug), ‘anxiety’ (sems ngal, sems ’tshab pa, sems khrel), or ‘panic’ (’jig skrag zhad snang, dngangs skrag); and ‘psychotic states’ are conveyed by various terms denoting ‘madness’ (smyo nad, sems rnyog dra, sems skyon nad rigs). A brief comparison will be made of Tibetan approaches to mental disorder and those of Western psychiatry. 
The research discussed in this article was carried out in the clinics of the Tara Institute of Tibetan medicine in the U.K from 2002 to 2004. At that time the Tara Institute ran clinics of Tibetan medicine each Wednesday in a complementary health centre in Edinburgh, and once a month in Glasgow, Dundee, London, and the Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Centre at Eskdalemuir in Dumfriesshire. During this period all the medicines used in these clinics were manufactured in a Tibetan medicine factory in Xining in the Qinghai province of China. The Tibetan doctor who practises in the Tara clinics, Lobsang Dhonden Soktsang, is a graduate of the Lhasa Medical College in Tibet. I began to work with him in October 2002, with the task of facilitating communication between him and his English speaking patients in the clinics and building up a database of what happened in the clinical interactions, to provide data for the research aims of the Tara Institute.

The Approach to Mental Illness in the Tara Clinics in the U.K.
Between October 2002 and June 2004 I collected data on 585 clinical interactions in the clinics of the Tara Institute of Tibetan medicine. Here I will focus on a number of these clinical interactions that involve mental illness. By ‘mental illness’ here, I mean that they complained of some specific mental problems, such as depression, anxiety, or panic attacks; this may have been accompanied by other physical symptoms, or on its own. Some patients came only once to see Dr Dhonden, others returned on numerous occasions. Usually patients are given medicine to last for one month and are asked to come back so that the doctor can check how they have responded to the treatment. When the patient arrived, first Dr Dhonden would listen to what they had to say about his or her condition, occasionally asking questions for clarification, and then he would take the patient’s pulse usually asking further questions related to his pulse reading.  Some patients had already received a biomedical diagnosis, and were taking biomedical medications and others had not.
I have divided the patients who came to the Tara clinics with a mental illness into three categories. The first group comprises of patients who came with mild symptoms such as: stress, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, and so on (patients 1 to 3). The second group includes those patients with more severe symptoms, such as anxiety, panic attacks and depression (patients 4 to 8). The third group consists of those patients with very severe mental disturbances, what Western psychiatry would refer to as psychosis (patients 9 and 10).  It should be noted that it is quite common in the Tara clinics for patients to have a range of disorders on both a psychological and physiological level, speaking from a Western point of view. As such each patient is unique and the medicines that Dr Dhonden gives are adapted to his assessment of the individual’s specific medical requirements. We will also see that these requirements are not static but change throughout the course of the illness.
Another important point to mention here is that the medicines that are used in the Tara clinics have been adapted to conform to existing legal requirements on the use of herbal medicines in the U.K. Traditionally, the principal medicinal compounds used for mental disorders in Tibetan medicine, particular those affecting the ‘life sustaining wind’ (srog rlung), are various medicinal compounds having Aquilaria agallocha (a ga ru) or Eagle wood as their principal ingredient. As these medicinal compounds contain minerals, in the Tara clinics other medicinal compounds are used.

Case Studies

Patient 1
This 30-year-old male patient came to the clinic two times. I was not present when he visited the first time. He had come to the clinic for treatment of stress. He explained that he had been trying to reduce his stress levels by lifestyle changes as Dr Dhonden previously had suggested. He had now taken up relaxation classes and was feeling a little better. Dr Dhonden asked him if he had been sleeping well, to which he replied yes. His pulse was, ‘prominent’, ‘empty’ and ‘slow’. Dr Dhonden concluded from the symptoms and his pulse reading that the patient was suffering from rlung khams ’khrug pa, ‘a disturbance in the wind humour’. He was given three medicinal compounds for one month: Skyer khan lnga  pa, to be taken in the morning; Lcam ’bras lnga pa, to be taken at lunchtime; and Seng ldeng brgyas pa to be taken with his evening meal. The patient did not come back again to the clinic.

Patient 2
This was a 36-year-old female patient. She came to the clinic only once. She complained of low energy, stress and anxiety. She thought it was partly related to her marriage having recently broken up. Her pulse was, ‘expanded’ and ‘empty’. Dr Dhonden diagnosed her condition as a wind imbalance causing what he referred to as lus zungs ’khrug pa, ‘a disturbance in the body’s energy’. He gave her three medicines for one month: Byis pa’i tshad thang, to be taken in the morning; ’Ola se lnga pa, to be taken at lunch time; and Gnyan po bdun pa to be taken with her evening meal.


To read the full article as well as other interesting articles, be sure to 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:


Facing the imminent loss of Tibetan culture, philosophy, literature, science and religion, the Foundation is to be contributing to the preservation and propagation of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). In particular, the continuity of the holistic Tibetan healing sciences in their theory and their practice, as well as in their philosophy, and in its closely connected spirituality as a complete system in the Yuthok Nyingthig Transmission Lineage, is to be protected. 

Invitation to sponsor the IATTM Foundation

Dear Friends of Tibetan Medicine,

The International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine seeks your generous sponsorship to help us set up a 100% not for profit Foundation. To be based in Germany, the creation of the Foundation will bring our work to the next level and support more fully our organizers, teachers, students and practitioners, who are now present in more than 25 countries.

Many of you know that since 1998, I have spent most of my time travelling to teach anyone interested in learning or promoting Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) and Yuthok Nyingthig, its spiritual practice. As a result our centers now offer teachers in many European countries, Asia, Australia, Russia and the USA and offer courses as well as provide treatment in various aspects of TTM.
However, the rapid growth of IATTM centers worldwide and the increasing number of people interested in TTM has made it urgent and necessary for us to set up a Foundation to expand our work.
Therefore we seek your kind and generous donations to assist us to realize the sum of 100,000 Euros required for a Charity Foundation. In this, we are very much heartened that even before our appeal for donations has begun, a very generous donor has come forward with 20,000 Euros. After intensive talks various generous donors have granted further funds. Therefore we are now only 40,000 Euros away from our goal.

We guarantee to all our donors that the 100,000 Euros collected will be required by law to stay within the legal statutes of the Foundation. We are allowed to use these funds in any kind of stable investment such properties or materials. As a charity Foundation however, we will then be able to raise funds for our work and support IATTM centers worldwide such as the hiring and paying of IATTM teachers and organizers.
We are indeed very appreciative to anyone who would support our mission and cause, that "Tibetan Medicine would spread like the infinite expanse of the sky in order to benefit all sentient beings" - words from our founder Yuthok Yonten Gonpo (12th century).
The presence of so many IATTM centers is a heartfelt affirmation for us but we do need your support to create a stable base for growth. We view our work as important, providing a much needed holistic complement to Modern Medicine.
From a spiritual tradition in Tibetan Buddhism, our medical approach although equally diagnostic, considers illness from a mind, body and spiritual perspective. We invite you therefore to support us in our important mission to help all people, regardless of race or religion.

Thank you once again for your kind support to our cause. We will inform all our generous donors once we have achieved our goal of collecting 100,000 Euros to set up IATTM Foundation.

Yours Sincerely

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Medical Director
IATTM Foundation

Please donate to:
Tue Anh Tam Elise Nguyen
IBAN CH410028728710102340K
UBS AG, Stadthausstrasse 18, 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland

May Sowa Rigpa spread like the infinite expanse of the sky in order to benefit all sentient beings.



The Traditional Methods and Practices of the Ancient Tradition of Yuthog Nyingthig by Khampa Naldjorpa

The Methods and Practices of Yuthog Nyingthig

The cycle of the Yuthok Nyingthig contains root texts and commentaries related to Yuthog Yönten Gönpo´s spiritual and medical teachings and practices as he considered spiritual practices, yoga, and meditation to be an integral part of every physician’s training.

In general it is said that the root texts of Yuthog Nyingthig contain the following steps and practices:
1. Preliminary Practices or Ngöndro
2. Four forms of outer, inner, secret and most profound methods of accomplishing the Master or Guru Yoga with Yuthok
3. Practices of the Three Roots of Guru, Deva, Dakini related to the development stages or kyerim (skye rim)
4. Practices of the Six Yogas of inner heat, clear light, illusory body, bardo and phowa, dream and sleep practices related to the completion stages or dzogrim (rdzogs rim)
5. Tibetan medical physical movements known as Trulkhor (‘khrul ‘khor) in Tibetan and as Yantra Yoga in Sanskrit
6. Practices for removing outer, inner and secret obstacles
7. Fifteen topics on the study of physical medicine and pathology, including disturbances of the three humors, infectious diseases, pain, trauma, and poisons
8. Dzogchen as the method of self-liberation of samsara and nirvana
9. Mendrup (sman sgrub) or the practices for accomplishing medical substances or nectar medicine
10. Special healing methods
11. Protective mantras and charms
12.Practices for the nine classes of oath-bound protectors peculiar to this medical tradition and the various methods to avert disturbances, negativities and provocations.
13. There are also instructions for a special form of pulse diagnosis where the practitioner must engage in spiritual retreat and specific practices for a month as preparation prior to reading the patient’s pulse.

The Yuthok Nyingthig practice itself is associated with the development of special powers of omniscience and clairvoyance which then help the physician to become a greater healer by integrating all of those practices with the medical practice of a doctor.

It is said that Yuthok Yönten Gonpo the Younger created `Two Jewels´ which are like his heart or the `Two Innermost Jewels´ (snying gi nor bu gnyis), namely The Four Medical Tantras or simply The Four Tantras (rgyud bzhi) as the jewel of medicine and Yuthog Nyingthig as the jewel of Vajrayana practice. He gave the complete teachings and transmission for both of these two jewels to his heart-disciple, Sumtön Yeshe Zung (Sum ston ye shes gzungs), who then maintained and perpetuated this tandem lineage of the Four Tantras and Yuthok Nyingthig.

The Yuthok Nyingthig root text was first written in the 12th century by Sumtön Yeshe Zung, who hand-copied and compiled notes from Yuthok’s original writings and teachings.

There have been a small number of subsequent revisions of the text by important physician-scholars, who have also added their commentaries. First was the 15th century text expansion and commentary of Zurkhar Nyamnyi Dorje, the founder of the Zur Medical School, who also revised the Four Tantras. The practice manual known as The Empowering Flow of Accomplishing the Master from the Yuthog Nyingthig –The Cycle of Dharma-Teachings `The Sunlight of Compassionate Energy Clarifying the Darkness of Suffering´ (g.yu thog snying thig las byin rlabs bla ma sgrub pa´i chos skor sdug bsngal mun sel thugs rje´i nyi ´od) contains mainly those root texts recorded by Sumtön Yeshe Zung and the additional commentaries written by Zurkhar Nyamnyi Dorje, which will be explained in more detail below.

This first revised edition was followed by a revision and commentary in the 17th century by Desri Sangye Gyamtso (sDe srid sangs rgyas rgya mtsho), regent to the 5th Dalai Lama and founder of the famous Chagpori Medical School. From that time, the Yuthog Nyingthig practice and teachings became an integral part of the Chagpori curriculum; since then, students and graduates of the Chagpori Medical School have traditionally been practitioners and lineage-holders of this tandem lineage of Medicine and Spiritual practice.

Another commentary was added by Jamgong Kongtrul Yöntan Gyamtso in the early 19th century. The final revision of the Yuthok Nyingthig root text and commentary was made in the 19th century by Karma Jigme Chokyi Senge (Kar ma ‘jig med chos kyi seng ge), who was the very last teacher at the Chagpori Medical School. This version of the text, in the form of a woodblock print, has been in use to the current time.Those woodblocks for printing the Yuthog Nyingthig have been produced in 1888 and have been photographically reproduced and published in Leh 1981.
The basis of the following study is the original woodblock-prints as well as the collection of texts published by the Ngak Mang Institute in Tibet. According to the latter´s table of contents the four major divisions, its thirty-one subdivisions and the forty-six texts or `chapters´ of the practice manual are practical identical with the contents of the same publication outlined by Gene Smith for the TBRC. There are some further four short texts which are not indicated by the TBRC and in the table of contents. Furthermore I investigated the famous Treasury of Precious Treasures or Rinchen Terdzöd, which contains ten texts concerning the practices, the three empowerments and oral transmissions related with the cycle of the Yuthog Nyingthig.

Comparing the individual titles of the chapters given in the karchag (dkar chag) and at the beginning of the chapters itself in Gene Smith´s outline, there appear two minor additions, which are given in parenthesis in the transliteration below, and one different reading.

The book opens with the introduction that it contains the cycle of teachings called Yuthog Nyingthig consisting of both the original or Yuthogpa´s own root-texts and additional scriptures as it was transmitted through the lineage of the learned Zurkhar Nyamnyid Dorje who clarified it and added one text so that it can be considered as the authentic and traditional practical guidance. It is said that Zurkhar reedited the Yuthog Nyingthig together with The Four Medical Tantras in the 15th century because some practitioners needed some clarifications for practicing those correctly. He founded the Zur School which became one of the two largest Tibetan medical schools. This combined tradition spread far and wide and was the main practice on which the Chagpori Medical College and the Mentsi Khang in Lhasa based their study and practice from the 17th century onwards. The basis for the new edition in the Western book format is the block prints originally preserved in the Chagpori Medical College in the hilltop of the Iron Mountain in Lhasa.

Whereas this 19th century collection of texts begins with the forty original root texts of the practice manual, written down by Sumtön Yeshe Zung and elaborated by Zurkhar Nyamnyi Dorje the modern edition arranges this section at the end of the collection. The Zurkhar Nyamnyi Dorje rendition includes elaboration of shorter texts and oral instructions transmitted from the time of Yuthog Yönten Gönpo and  Sumtön Yeshe Zung about twenty colophons state his name. It would be misleading to think that he wrote those texts and that those instructions did not exist before his era.

The new Edition is divided into four parts to which is added a table of context or karchag (dkar chag) and a eight page introduction by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, who is known in Tibetan Amdo as Chenagtsang Nida Heruka (Lce nag tshang nyi zla he ru ka).

The first part is a short introduction to the Yuthog Nyinghtig, the second part is a collection of texts for the various ritual practices, such as the Preliminary Practices, the Main Practice of the Three Roots of Guru, Deva, Dakini as well as the various rites for the nine special protectors of the Yuthog Nyingthig cycle of teachings, whereas the third part is concerning the special rituals used for empowering medical substances and transforming them into nectar medicine as well as establishing favourable conditions for the medical practitioners, their students and patients through four different kinds of fire rituals or homa (sbyin sreg). The fourth and last part is the most elaborate category with five texts or commentaries proceeding the practice manual with fifty individual texts or chapters concerning the various practices, empowerments, instructions of the practice manual, which make up nearly the half part of the book, 215 of the 505 pages.

 This latter practice manual known as The Empowering Flow of Accomplishing the Master from the Yuthog Nyingthig –The Cycle of Dharma-Teachings `The Sunlight of Compassionate Energy Clarifying the Darkness of Suffering´ (g.yu thog snying thig las byin rlabs bla ma sgrub pa´i chos skor sdug bsngal mun sel thugs rje´i nyi ´od) contains in its first forty texts or chapters probably the original edition of Zur Khar Nyamnyid Dorje dating from the 15th century.

More on the practices in coming issues of Sorig News! Meanwhile, please visit:


IATTM's homepage on Yuthok Nyingthig - the spirtual practice of Tibetan Medicine 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!

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.

The webpage of IATTM in Tibetan:

Contact Information:

Head Office,Tam Nguyen

TTM Journal.  In the near future, there will be a TTM Journal website where you will be able to buy both a digital copy, and/or a printed one. Maria Loscei

Sorig News, Jacqueline Yu

Drangsong group  - a project of translation and editing TTM texts, Sasha Arbuzov

TTM Wikipedia project - Anastasya Teplyakova, translator of medical texts from Tibetan

Texts & Materials - Thurid Koester

Sorig Press - Evelyn Quek

Tanadug Shop - Kim Chiaverio

IATTM Course Coordination:

International Coordinator- Tam Nguyen

South & West Europe Coordinator- Tam Nguyen

North & East Europe Coordinator - Dr.Anastazja Holecko

US Coordinator - Eric Rosenbush & Scott Mist

Asia & Australia Coordinator - Jacqueline Yu


Introduction to Yuthok Nyingthig

by Dr.Nida Chenagtsang

with Foreword by Robert Thurman

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.

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Rigzin Rabpel Ling Program in Amdo!
Preserving Tibetan Cultural Heritage

Cultural Project

Renovating Rigzin Rabpel Ling Ngakpa House

The renovation of the Ngakpa House was finished on time for the Shitro ritual; many thanks to the people who have been supporting this project. More than 450 Ngakpas and Ngakmos gathered in Rigzin Rabpel Ling on June 24-26, 2014 to perform the ritual for the benefit of living or dead relatives and friends. More than 1000 villagers leaving in the Rebkong area attended this event that has not been organized in Rigzin Rabpel Ling for 32 years.

Dr Nida, together with TTM students and practioners from all over the world, participated in this event spending several days in the village.

Building a Retreat Centre with 8 Meditation Rooms
Local Ngakpas and westerners studying Traditional Tibetan Medicine with Dr Nida are doing retreats in the 3 meditation rooms, with shared solar shower and toilet, which are finished.
Funds needed to finish building 5 additional rooms with yard and garden are estimated at 153 500 RMB / 19 200 €.

Education Project
Financing High School and University Education

Many students do not have the opportunity to attend high school and university because their families cannot afford paying tuition fees. With the money collected this year, we have been able to help 13 students in 5 different villages: two of them are studying computer sciences or mathematics at the university, one is studying to become a teacher for kids and ten are attending high school. All of them are relatives of Ngakpas or Ngakmos who are actively involved in maintaining the tradition at Rigzin Rabpel Ling.
Students and their parents are very grateful to receive help from westerners. Many thanks to the donors from Lhamo Tso, Wan’ Ma Tso, Rinchin Dro ma, Wende Tso, Phamo Yak, Dorje Tsertan, Nyan Mo Gyal, Tashi Lhamo, Tarla Djia, Shorten Skyab, Rigdzin Tserang, Zhoumo Tserang and Rinchin Zangmo.

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

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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.

La Poster

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.

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