A quarterly e-newsletter from IATTM January - March 2015 - Volume 5 Issue 1
SHARING KNOWLEDGE, WHAT A CONGRESS!
.....totally a dream congress....wow....reality is slowly settling in.....
It was such a privilege for me to be in the presence of so many amazing and experienced amchis and teachers. The 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa held in Shechen Monastery, Kathmandu Nepal from 28th to 30th December 2014 was a great success with 34 countries coming together, sharing knowledge and unity in spirit. Truly, an auspicious gathering; being in a perfect space, with perfect teachers, perfect students, perfect subject at the perfect time
And of course here in this new issue of the year, I will bring you the highlights of the congress with the words of Dr.Jens Tonnemann, our ourstanding congress coordinator, below. And I bring you insights on two family lineage doctors, their specialities and practices. And in true IATTM style, many events and classes are coming your way in the next three months and the rest of the year. Be ready!
On behalf of the head office team, have an amazing & magical Losar! Tashi Delek!
Sorig News Editor
& IATTM International Ku Nye Teacher
NEW CD from Drukmo Gyal!
Coming out in February 2015
'The Purification Voice of Tibet'
Under the request of Dr.Nida, Drukmo Gyal finished making 6 mantra music and 2 traditional Tibetan music, many of them are from Yuthok Nyingthig practice.
It is an album that suits meditation, external therapies as well as insomnia.
20% of the sale proceeds will go to www.tibetdakini.com to help girls and women in Tibetan areas.
80% of the income will be invested to make “Mantra healing level 1” Album.
3rd INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON SOWA RIGPA - TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE
3rd TTMIC in Kathmandu/Nepal - A wonderful, lasting and profound experience: "Sharing Knowledge" with participants from 34 different countries
The 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa- Traditional Tibetan Medicine from December 28-30 in Shechen Monastery (Kathmandu/Nepal) was an amazing gathering: after the precious opening lectures of the Congress President Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, the local Chairman Dr. Sherab Tenzin, the Director of Men Tsee Khang/Dharamsala Mr. Tashi Tsering Phuri, the Director of Chagpori/Darjeeling Dr. Teinlay Trogawa and the IATTM Acting Director Dr. Tam Nguyen, more than 250 participants from 34 different countries created the TTMIC together with the local organizing team of Sorig Khang International Nepal as joyful days of interdisciplinarity, cooperation and friendship with more than 30 comprehensive presentations, moderated panel discussions and workshops.
The world of Sowa Rigpa is rich, creative, connected and well-prepared for the great challenge of a growing international interest and the bridging of the gap between time-tested wisdom and modern scientific perspectives and the opinion leaders in the field of Tibetan Medicine are full of openness and clarity for a further exchange and cooperation: side by side, working for the same goal from different perspectives…: to preserve and develop Traditional Tibetan Medicine for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Thanks to all the participants
and thanks so much for the great and wonderful work of Raj Kumar Shrestha and his local organizing team of Sorig Khang International Nepal.
Further documentation material will follow.
See you all (and many more) next year in Estonia for the 4th International Congress from April 1-3, 2016.
Full of gratitude and with all my best wishes, Dr. Jens Tönnemann IATTM Congress Coordinator
Dr. Jens Tönnemann (IATTM Congress Coordinator) & Raj Kumar Shrestha (Head of the Organizing Team in Kathmandu)
4th International Congress on Sowa Rigpa – Traditional Tibetan Medicine
1-3 April 2016
Main Theme: 2 Flowers: Long Life & Good Health
Registration: starts from 1st October 2015
ATTM Estonia Programm 2015
Winter courses and retreats with Dr. Arbuzov, Drukmo Gyal and local teachers. Tummo retreat with Drukmo Gyal - for those who have received Dr Nida's tummo transmission.
Time: 24-30 January, 2015
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro retreat with Drukmo Gyal
Time: 2-8 March 2015
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
Fee: € 225
Yuthok Nyingthig Outer Guru yoga retreat with Drukmo Gyal
Time: 30 March to 5 April, 2015
Place: Men Ling, Jõõpre, Parnumaa County
TTM 1.3 Lifestyle, Diet and Basis of Treatment with Dr Arbuzov
Time: 19-24 February 2015
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
Fee: € 280
Ku Nye level 1 with Viivi Käärma in Tallinn
Time: 6-8 and 23 February; 13-14 March; 27-29 march 2015
Ku Nye level 1 with Anu Rootalu in Tartu
Time: 6-8 March , 20-22 March; 10-12 April 2015
Spring courses with Dr. Nida Chenagstang TTM 3.1 Hot Natured Disorders
Time: 26–30 May, 2015
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
Fee: € 275, registration before 1 May: €250
TTM 1.4 Chudlen – Rejuvenation
Time: 31-1 June, 2015
Fee: €110; registration before 1 May: €95
The spiritual practice of Yuthok Nyingthig in Men Ling Yuthok Nyingthig empowerment; Yuthok Nyingthig Long life empowerment
Time: 3-4 June, 2015
Place: Jõõpre, Parnumaa County
Fee: €100, registration before 1 May: €90
Yuthog Nyingthig Karmamudra
Time: 5–6 June, 2015
Place: Jõõpre, Parnumaa County
Fee: €110, registration before 1 May: €90
Four Tantra Empowerments
Time: 7. June 2015
Place: Men Ling, Jõõpre, Parnumaa County
Summer courses 2015 with Donla Tsering TTM Summer Days
Ku Nye master class with Donla Tsering and TTM workshops and chatrooms.
Time: 19-21 June, 2015
Place: Men Ling, Jõõpre, Parnumaa County
Mantra healing level 1
Time: 21-23 June, 2015
Place: Men Ling, Jõõpre, Parnumaa County
Fee150€, registration before 1 May: €140
Autumn courses with Dr. Arbuzov, Eric Rosenbush and local teachers TTM 2.2 Pharmacology with Dr. Arbuzov
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
TTM 2.1 Diagnosis with Eric Rosenbush Time: 17-22 October 2015
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
Fee: € 280
Ku Nye level 1 with Viivi Käärma
Ku Nye level 2 in Tallinn with Anu Rootalu Time: October/ November
Place: Hiiu Maleva 14a, Tallinn
Fee: € 400
Meet Dr. Tsewang Gyurme Gurung of the Mustang district of north-central Nepal. Mustang is known as the hidden kingdom of Tibet. As early as the 8th century, records show Mustang known as Ngari, a name for western Tibet, and the great Tibetan poet Milarepa lived in the caves of the region in the 10th century.
Dr. Tsewang was born in the rabbit year of 1987 in the small town of Dhumba, a sacred pilgrimage site of Guru Padmasambhava. He comes from a direct Yuthok lineage, having received empowerment and oral transmission from his father Dr.Tshampa Ngawang and grandfather Amchi Pembar. He is the 11th recorded generation in his family of continuous amchi - highly trained traditional Himalayan Tibetan herbal doctors. It is believed that their family's medical lineage goes all the way back to Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, the great doctor from twelve centuries ago. Their lineage in the oral tradition is of even greater antiquity, making Dr.Tsewang one of the key embodiments of traditional Tibetan knowledge
In addition to his traditional training at the side of his father, Dr. Tsewang studied in Chagpori Medical Institute in Darjeeling for 5 years and 1 year of internship. In his traditional training, Dr. Tsewang would go to collect herbs in the mountains, together with his father. In the village of Jomsom, a popular pilgrimage site along the famous Annapurna Trekking Circuit, in the western region of Mustang, he worked in a small clinic where he honed his medical skills in urine analysis, pulse reading, blood-letting and particularly tel-me, metal moxibustion.
In his family lineage, the descendants and holders undergo retreats in Tshamp practices in which the meditators memorize and complete detailed practices. His father, Dr. Tshampa Ngawang, underwent extended solidarity retreats totalling six years, including the classic 3 years and 3 months retreat.
Their family still preserve many ancient texts passed down through the generations, in particular, the Lhenthab, an ancient text from the 17th century written in Tibetan Ume script, as well as other precious nyingma texts. And as with other family lineages, they have many family secret formulas and practices. They are famous as mental trauma doctors, treating mental disorders and depression with moxa, tel-me and special mantras. They also practice the ancient sucking horn therapy, Ngab-Ra, especially for removing pus and treating breast cancer. In their lineage, medicinal powders are used 99.9% of the time as they are considered more effective. There is also a special ritual for Dudtsi NgaLum (5 nectar bath therapy) where prayers are chanted with six good substances offering. Special ingredients are used where the water for the bath will remain hot for 10 days! Therapy goes for 7 to 10 days with diet restrictions and according to the time, typology and season. Special soup is also given after the bath to avoid rLung disturbances. All very precise and specific!
Dr.Tsewang’s grandfather, Amchi Pembar was a great nyingma practitioner and one of the rare amchis highly trained in such rare specialties as bom-jeh, the Tibetan herbal practice of controlling circulation. He stayed in ‘thugdam’ meditation at death and left precious relics behind. Before his passing, he called his family and gave blessings. And it is believed his grandmother was especially blessed. She is now 97 years old strong and looks after 3000 apple trees in the high Himalayas!
There were many miraculous and amazing stories surrounding his grandfather that were seen by few. There was one particular incident that was witnessed by his attendant. There was a big flood and Amchi Pembar rode on his horse and flew across Kaligandaki's flood in order to see his patient!
At the 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa in Nepal, Dr.Tsewang felt that it was a nice idea to come together to share knowledge, to have interaction and to know more about each countries and how they are practising and getting to know the systems of each countries. He hoped that for future congress, that there will be more collaboration between each country even before congress days. And with media coverage, the event will be even better.
His father, Dr. Tshampa Ngawang Gurung is the founder of Himalayan Amchi Association (HAA) and Dr. Tsewang Gyurme Gurung is the current secretary. First, their mission is to get recognition for Amchis’ practice in Nepal. Secondly, to protect herbs & education. Thirdly, to see to the sustainable distribution of herbs. And lastly to conduct research for old texts and re-printing texts for future generations.
NEWS FROM SORIG KHANG INTERNATIONAL NEPAL (SKIN)
Dear Friends of Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN);
Once again HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015 and lot of greetings from Nepal!
It was an honor for us to organize 3rd TTM Congress here in Kathmandu from 28th to 30th of December 2014.
All members of Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN) thank all participants, who attended the congress from 34 different countries all around the world.
SKIN is now looking for an office space here in Kathmandu, which will be the foundation for us here to actively organize several activities on Sowa Rigpa healing system here in Nepal
It has indeed found a flat with two rooms, a bathroom and balcony at Boudha-6, Kathmandu, Nepal.
The rooms can be used for establishing a Sowa Rigpa library with books collected from all over the world. Any books on Sowa Rigpa in any languages are accepted and will be kept in our library. Please donate the books on sowa rigpa contents.
The library will be kept open, 10am to 5pm and anyone interested to know about the Sowa Rigpa healing system and enhance sowa rigpa knowledge, please kindly visit the library.
We will be building the library with traditional style, but with modern techniques to keep the records of all books available in the library.
Monthly rental charges for these rooms will be Euro 175 and SKIN anticipates interested donors as it is a non -profit association in Nepal working for the benefit of all types of people
A Staff at the SKIN Office, Library:
A staff will be hired with the monthly remuneration of Euro 50, who will man the library cum SKIN office daily from 10am to 1Pm and 2pm to 5pm.
Besides this, the library will also be a ‘meeting point’ for all national and International Doctors as well as special Amchis on Sowa Rigpa healing system.
There will also be a meeting between special doctors and students on Sowa Rigpa upon pre-appointments. Books:
There is lot of books on Sowa Rigpa and most of the books are in Tibetan language. Anyone interested to donate books in any languages, will be highly appreciated.
Here is the Bank details of Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN). Please support for our effort to develop Sowa Rigpa System in Nepal; Sorig Khang International Nepal Account No.: 02401030254427 Name of Bank: Nepal Investment Bank, Boudha, Kathmandu Swift Code: NIBLNPKT
NEWS FROM ATTM ITALY
We are so pleased to have Dr.Nida Chenagtsang with us here in Pomaia (Pisa), Italy last November. We were a group of more than 60 people and we received in these days many precious, spiritual teachings: Ngondro, Yuthok Nyingthig, Tummo. It was a great occasion to have a TTM advanced course (gynecology and pediatrics) and Ku Nye instructor international course.
At the end of December, we held a Horme weekend at Yuthok Chokhang in Villa Claudia (Rome).
We are happy to announce that Dr. Nida Chenagtsang will return back in Pomaia in March 2015 from 10 to 15 to transmit:
Check out more photos from Team Italy at our photo gallery!
FromThe Sorig Materia Medica
ས་བ། Trawa –spraba
This is a typical wild flower used for external treatment. Its energy matches well with the fire element, therefore it is used for moxa.
Taste & Potency
Dry, then alternate smashing and toasting with fire
External use for Tibetan moxa
3 - 7 points per day
Reduce pain cause by rLung and Bekan
Swelling and chuser
Generates heat, rebalances glandular diseases
Cleans toxicity, increases digestion
Calms mental disturbances
Remove the dirt and sticks, use pure herbs for moxa
Interview with Senior Doctor from Amdo, Tibet - Dr.Wabe on route from Lumbini to Kathmandu, 6.1.2015
“One laughter prolongs your life for one day, one worry shortens your life for one day.”
Q. Dr Wabe, you have received the first Academic Award of IATTM, how do feel about it?
A. I am just an ordinary Tibetan doctor. I feel I should not have received this award, but the international doctors have decided so with appreciation for my age and the knowledge I am holding from my masters. So I want to thank those who decided to give me this award. Secondly, on this congress of Sowa rigpa people have gathered from 34 countries as one family of Sowa rigpa. I wish that all Sowa rigpa practitioners do joint practices and research in order to develop and spread Tibetan Medicine. Because of the language barrier, I couldn’t share much during the congress itself, but when I return to Amdo I will do everything to teach and spread Sowa rigpa there.
Q. I understand that you hold the lineage of a long and highly- esteemed tradition of doctors. Could you please tell me about this lineage?
A. It is a family lineage of tertons, since four generations, plus transmission of Alak Rinpoche via Jigme Dorje I received the instructions on Gyushi from my father Padma Tubtop Dorje and he had it from Menpa Lobsang Tenzin- great ngakpa and doctor, who gave me also additional explanations on 4 tantras. Then Druk Rinpoche, Terton Pelsang, and Terton Natsok Rangdrol.
Q. What kind of patients do you see? Do you have a specialty or special interest area?
A. Yes, my specialty is gynecology, I am a lotus doctor. Then, haemorrhoids and mental disorders.
Q. You are well known for a number of special herbal formulae, can you share with us some of these?
A. These formulas are secret; I can’t sing it as if it was a love song. I promised my teacher not to tell anyone.
Q. Do you gather all of the herbs yourself? Can you tell us about the process of preparation of Tibetan pills?
A.Most of the herbs I do collect myself, about 95%, but it also depend on the medicine. Some plants need to be brought from other regions.
For common ingredients I go to the mountains, usually on my own, sometimes with children and relatives. We do it every year. In earlier time I used to go to the mountains by foot, but since my son has bought a car, it became easier. It’s a family force together. Sometimes I go for the whole day, from morning till night, and sometimes I stay in the mountains overnight.
To prepare a formula one first needs to know about the plants, then collect them, chop, wash in a local river. Then they should dry in the shade, and the time of drying differs depending on the weather conditions. Important is that they should be dried under the roof. Dried directly in the sun they loose their functions. Dried plants should be powdered and mixed with the other ingredients.
One should also check the date for collecting the plants. The best day for picking up herbs is the Nectar day, then check according to the weather, and also according to when you have time.
Q. Do you empower the medicines before giving them to patients?
A. Yes, some plants I pick up with a special mantra, dry with a mantra, and compound with a mantra. There are also other herbs that don’t need that. Just picking up and processing is enough.
But when any formula is done, I bless it with Sangye menla, and rituals from the 4 Tantras. Then I take some parts of medicine and offer to the Buddha, and imagine the medicine becomes nectar that will help all sentient beings.
I check all the medicines myself, if their function is good.
Q. How long can you keep the herbs?
A. It depends on the container. Traditionally we keep them in a very special leather sack from Himalayan deer. This way the pills can be kept for even 10 years. I don’t like the new, plastic containers. There the medicines should not be kept for more than one year.
Q. Which other aspects of TTM do you use in your practice- diet, lifestyle, external therapies or rituals? Are there some of these that you stress more then others?
A. Of course, you always have to combine the herbs with diet and lifestyle and therapies! If you give only herbs, it can cause problems. In Root tantra, there are 12 branches of side effects, therefore you always need to balance with diet and lifestyle.
I use a lot of moxa. My father was doing a lot of bloodletting, he was using the Deumar Tenzin Pentsok text on bloodletting. But I don’t do much bloodletting, I don’t like to take so much blood from the patients.
My uncle was called terton Menpa Chu Tar, from him I learned moxa and cupping.
Q. Do you face difficulties in availability of the plants?
A. Yes, Buddha prophesied that in the degenerated times the herbs become less and disease more, so I am not surprised. But you can use the substitutions, like for example, Tigta, in some cases, it is said to use the leaf, but if you don’t have enough, you can use other parts of the plant.
In the Four Tantras, it is written that if you know the nature, every plant can be a cure.
Q. Do you have any particular advice for aspiring doctors of Tibetan medicine? Any other comments regarding Tibetan medicine?
A. As Sowa rigpa practitioner it is very important to study the Root tantra. Without understanding it, you cannot practice TTM. Then pulse reading and urine analysis from the Final Tantra are very important. If one memorizes all Four Tantras, but lack this experience, one is not effective.
The three nyepa- rLung, Tripa, Bekan are inherited. They are connected with 3 poisons- desire, hatred and ignorance. There are 5 root types of each nyepa, and these 15 nyepa flow in 15 channels or pathways. 3 humors help maintain good health and grow, but at the end they become imbalanced, and then one of these nyepa will kill us. It s very important to know what is excess, deficient, disorder, according to that you give the antidote. You should match the diagnosis and medicine, then you can treat well.
If you want to treat a patient you need to be sure about the cause, the primary and secondary causes, then you understand the pathology and can use the perfect antidote. Once you know all these, you need to know all plants and how they balance 3 humors.
Sowa rigpa is a great knowledge, jewel on this planet. It has a nice theory, but without practice it is useless.
Q. Some final words, Dr. Wabe?
A. I don’t have much to say, I am just an ordinary doctor from nomad area. But I will tell you the secret of rejuvenation: One laughter prolongs your life for one day,
One worry shortens your life for one day, and you get more gray hair.
Q. Lastly, someone in the bus asked: “Doctor, if a beautiful, naked woman is in front of you, what you will do?”
A. Even if a beautiful naked woman stays in front of me, I feel nothing, but if an old and ugly woman, full of pain comes, I feel compassion and will do my best to help her. (Thunderous applause in bus!)
Q. Many thanks for your answers and insight!
A. If you really thank me, you should sing a love song to me!
So we did :)
Tashi Delek- Demo!
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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.
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Please donate to:
Tue Anh Tam Elise Nguyen
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 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
The Methods and Practices of Yuthog Nyingthig - continue from last issue -
The four main parts or categories of the collected texts, preceded by the table of contents, are entitled:
I. A Brief Introduction to Yuthog Nyingthig.
II. The Cycle of the Various Activity Rituals.
III. The Cycle of the Rituals for Accomplishing Medical Substances.
IV. The Cycle of the Practice Manual for the Practices, such as Accomplishing Medical Substances.
The Cycle of the Various Activity Rituals
This second main part consists of fifteen texts in eighty pages dealing first with the contents of the second and third part before giving the supplication prayers related to the Chagpori Medical College, who originally printed the texts. The third text is a manual for the condensed daily practice followed by two texts containing the lineage prayers. The sixth text is important as it outlines the sadhana practice of Yuthog Nyingthig; that is the practice of the three roots of the Master or Guru Yuthog, the Deva Hayagriva or Yidam Tamdrin and the Dakini Vajravarahi or Khandro Dorje Phamo.
The seventh text clearly explains the visualizations and practice of the nine special protectors of the Yuthog Nyingthig, which are explained elsewhere. Then, follow two texts for making offerings to the Three Roots and to the protectors, and a text with the feast song or dorjelü for the tsog or ganapuja.
The last four texts are concerned with the practices and activity rituals of the protectors and especially with the `The Great Yaksha, Diamond Subduer of Maras´, the Protector Mahakala Nöchin Chenpo Dorje Düddul, `The Yaksha, Red Tsi´u´, the Protector Nöchin Tsi´u Marpo, the famous protector of Tibet´s first monastery Samye, `The Glorious Goddess´, a form of Palden Lhamo Remati, The Five Long-Life Sisters´ or Tsering Ched Nga, and to The Twelve Local Female Spirits or Tenma Chunyi, who were originally bound by oath by Guru Padmasambhava when he came to Tibet.
Three of these texts, 7.-9., have the same titles as texts in the practice manual contained in the fourth main part and two of them are practically identical with the latter.
The Cycle of the Rituals for Accomplishing Medical Substances
The following third main part consists of nine texts in ninety-six pages dealing with the special tantric rituals traditionally used for empowering medical substances, herbs, precious stones and preparations and transforming them into nectar medicine (bdud rtsi sman grub), which is also considered as a kind of protection for one´s long life or kurim (sku rim).
`Empowering the Medicine is conducted once a year over a period of a week. After a day´s preparation, the practice of empowering the assembled medicinal materials takes seven days. This involves the recitation of mantras and other procedures as described in the Yuthog Heart Essence ritual manuals. This part of the event takes place inside a heavily decorated main room. Some of the empowerments given during the week are open to the public, at which time this room was filled with lay people.
In the center of the room is a large mandala of the Medicine Buddha (sman bla dkyil ´khor). Each morning begins with a Medicine Buddha prayer directed at the deities of the mandala. The main deities of the Medicine Buddha mandala are the eight sugatas (sman bla bde gshegs brgyad)...
The empowerment series is completed on the fifteenth day of the Tibetan calendar (a full moon day), after which a feast is organized to thank the guardian deities. Following this a long life empowerment ritual is performed for the public.
A substantial portion of the empowering the medicine ritual is the burnt offering or `fire puja´ (sbyin sreg) practice, a tantric ceremony at which various offerings, such as rice, coal and other materials, are made to a fire. This event takes place outside, while other ceremonies and mantra recitations continue simultaneously inside. In preparation for the burnt offering, a sand mandala is created on the ground in front of the ritual officiant´s throne, and then it is covered with dung patties that serve as fuel for the fire. Once the ritual is underway, the ritual officiant in his throne sits before the fire, tossing materials into it while conducting the ceremony. Facing him is a line of physicians in ceremonial dress who recite the ritual text.
Substances used during the burnt offering ceremony are arranged on a table to the right of the ritual officiant and his fire. These substances are handed to the officiant to toss into the fire. Substances on the table include, along the front of the table, a type of tree (ya zhing), black sesame (til nag po), zas mchog, rice (´bras), unhusked barley (so ba), barley (nas), and lentils (sran ma). Also on the table, in the back, are various non-poisonous flowers (dug med me tog sna tshogs), a kind of herb (rtswa ram pa), wheat (gro), and a type of grass (rtswa ku sha).
As noted above, empowering the medicine lasts for seven days. The burnt offering series of three ritual performances begins on the fourth day. The first of these is the Burnt Offering of Pacification (zhi ba´i sbyin sreg). Physicians involved in this practice explained that it is beneficial for dispelling illness and diseases, purifying defilements, repelling evil spirits and demon-causing diseases, and impeding harmful or negative influences during the ceremony. For this event, the fireplace in the ritual space should be painted white.
On the next day, the Burnt Offering of Enrichment (rgyas pa´i sbyin sreg) is performed. The objectives here are said to include extending life and enhancing fortune, prosperity, and fulfilling desires. This event requires that the mandala be colored yellow.
The following day, which is the sixth day of the empowering the medicine, is the Burnt Offering of Power (dbang gi sbyin sreg), which is intended to extend influence over the three worlds of earth, the underworld, and the heavens, and also to increase worldly power. This procedure requires that the mandala and the seven or eight different ritual objects that are used should be colored red.
Another Burnt Offering ceremony that is supposed to be part of the empowering the medicine, called the Wrathful Burnt Offering (drag po´i sbyin sreg), is aimed at subduing or taming evil forces. Physicians involved in 2001 explained that this potentially dangerous ritual must be conducted by a highly qualified religious practitioner, and that because they did not have anyone with the required skill, this procedure is no longer performed.´15
The second text called The Supreme Empowerment `Continuous Stream of Nectar´ from the Yuthog Nyingthig written by Jampal Deleg Gyamtso (‘Jam dpal bde legs rgya mtsho), who also wrote some practice texts for the Longchen Nyingthig, is the main text for the ritual of empowering the medicine and together with text one and the four texts 3.-6. for the four ritual fire offering or rites of pacifying, increasing, magnetizing and subjugating rites of homa (sbyin sreg) form the main part of the body of texts and traditional rituals carried out once a year at the various places of the medicine colleges in Lhasa and elsewhere.
More on the practices in coming issues of Sorig News! Meanwhile, please visit: www.yuthok.org
INTERESTING & USEFUL SITES
IATTM's homepage on Yuthok Nyingthig - the spirtual practice of Tibetan Medicine www.yuthok.org
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
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BOOK - PATH TO RAINBOW BODY
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.
Tibetan Yogis Village Program in Amdo!
Preserving Tibetan Cultural Heritage
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 Now collecting money for 2015!
Many students do not have the opportunity to go to school because their family cannot afford paying tuition fees.
For the 4th consecutive year, we are collecting money to help them go to high school or university.Funds needed for this project: 2 000 RMB / 250 € per high school student; 10 800 RMB / 1350 € per university student. Any amount of money will help and is very much appreciated!
With the money collected in 2014, 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.
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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