A quarterly e-newsletter from IATTM October - December 2015 - Volume 5 Issue 4
HAVING OUR FRUIT AND EATING IT
As we come to the end of the year, it is time to take stock and look at what we have done, what we are doing now and what we will do in the future. In order to reap the fruits, we need to plant the right seed, nurture the seedling, care for the plant and for sure it will bare fruits. It has been years of hard work for many of us at IATTM and I can say we are indeed baring some fruits. IATTM foundation, which will now be Sorig Khang International Foundation, will soon be officially set up, pending governmental confirmation. Also, the setting up of Sowa Rigpa College in Nepal, affiliated with Lumbini University, is well underway and we could be expecting enrolment from as fast as next year! How very exciting! This October, we also have the first Sowa Rigpa Forum in Italy...many events are coming your way! So, let's keep on going and we will get to taste the fruits soon :)
Another news is, this will be my last issue as editor for Sorig News. It has been 5 years since we started Sorig News. Time flies, isn't it? I hope you have been enjoying the e-newsletters. It is great for me know that some of you actually look forward to every issue. It has been a great learning experience and exposure for me, but it is time to pass the baton. From the next issue, you will have a new editor! And I hope for Sorig News to continue to spread information and knowledge of Sowa Rigpa as well as allowing more people to know of our activities. But don't worry, I am still around, just shifting my focus but my heart is with Sowa Rigpa always. Tashi delek!
Sorig News Editor
& IATTM International Ku Nye Teacher
We are happy to present to you the newest issue of TTMJ! It is thicker then ever before, in a beautiful new design, full of inspiring and practical articles on Tibetan materia medica!
The Journals will soon be available at your local IATTM branch, kindly ask your coordinator for details.
First International Forum on Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Sowa Rigpa in Italy, October 2015
We are happy to announce the first International Forum on Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Sowa Rigpa, in Italy this October.
HEALTH IS/AND HAPPINESS Diet and Lifestyle According to the Tibetan Ancient Medical Science
In 1948 the World Health Organization (WHO) stated this definition for the term 'health': “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
The acknowledgement of an harmonious balance that goes beyond the mere integrity of the physical body is connected to the main principle Sowa Rigpa is based upon: the science of healing cannot ignore the nourishment of awareness.
According to this ancient medical science, regaining awareness of those natural experiences such as sleeping, eating, breathing, learning about and listening to one’s personal urges, familiarizing with oneself and with the surrounding environment, are simple but essential steps for reaping the benefits of wellbeing: a long life full of happiness.
From the concept of health as an absence of disease, we have moved to the idea of a physical, mental and social wellbeing, which has been formulated by the World Health Organization in 1978, with the Alma Ata Declaration; to understand how the concept of promotion of health was born and have developed, however, we have to refer to the Ottawa Charter, stated during the International Conference for the Promotion of Health in 1986. On that occasion the crucial role of health, as resource and valuable asset of a person and of a society, was confirmed, and the promotion of health was defined as a process of conferring people the means to ensure a greater level of control over their health for the improvement of the quality of their life:
“Our societies are complex and interrelated. Health cannot be separated from other goals. The inextricable links between people and their environment constitutes the basis for a socioecological approach to health. The overall guiding principle for the world, nations, regions and communities alike, is the need to encourage reciprocal maintenance - to take care of each other, our communities and our natural environment. The conservation of natural resources throughout the world should be emphasized as a global responsibility.”
The first International Forum on Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Sowa Rigpa, all Italian, starts from here, from the concept of health and the interconnections between the individual and the environment, the individual and time, the individual and nutrition. As the Ottawa Charter emphasizes, it is necessary to enable communities to shape their own destiny, to activate a system of self-help which can act as a mutual support between individuals. At the same time it is important to provide information and individual training, making sure that people are able to ensure themselves the prerequisites for their health and wellbeing.
In this sense, another key concept is that of sharing knowledge as well as responsibilities. It is widely established that changing patterns of life, work and leisure have a significant impact on health.
Man is, above all, in search of that emotional state of wellbeing called happiness, and the question is not how to reach it but where to look for it.
A mind full of happiness is a mind which is free and, in fact, happy.
“I believe that happiness and joy are the purpose of life. If we know that future will be very dark and painful, We lose our determination to live. Therefore, life is something based upon hope… An innate quality among sentient beings, Particularly among human beings, Is the urge, or the strong feeling to encounter or experience happiness and discard suffering and pain. Therefore the whole basis of human life is the experience of different levels of happiness. Achieving or experiencing happiness is the purpose of life.”
XIV Dalai Lama
SCHEDULE Friday October 16
Buddhism and Traditional Tibetan Medicine – Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Benefits of Meditation – Ven. Gheshe Tenzin Tenphel
Diet-etics of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in our Lives. The Renewal of Tradition – Giuseppe Coco
Geomantic Balance – Mirella Pagliarin
Ne Jang: Gentle Tibetan Yoga and the Digestive Process – Manuela Cernac
Ku Nye: Traditional Tibetan Massage for Restoring the Balance of Energies, Body, Mind and Emotions – Daniela Crucitti
Tsig Jor: Passive Mobilization of the Five Limbs – Andrea Pesaresi
PADMA Switzerland has been operating with Tibetan pharmacopoeia for more than 40 years, within the European context. Qualitative aspects and legal limits. - Dr. Herbert Schwabl
West and East: Nutrition According to the Tibetan Medical Science – Andrea Degl'innocenti e Tomoko Masuda
Saturday October 17
Principles of Diet and Lifestyle – Comparison between Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Homeopathy – Dr. Carles Amengual Vicens
To Heal Time: the Conclusive Behaviour – Dr. Emilio Gallotta
What is the Digestive Process and How it Works – Dr. Tam Nguyen
The Importance of Diet and Lifestyle in the Healing Process – Martial Chételat
External Therapies in Traditional Tibetan Medicine: the Yuk chos Massage – a Unique Tibetan Technique – Laura Bellandi
The Tibetan Pharmacopoeia in the West: Sedru 5 – Padma Digestin – Dr. Herbert Schwabl
Horme, a Gentle Tibetan Therapy – Donla Tsering
Debate and Discussion on Forum topics – Questions and Answers Session
Timetable: Friday October 16th
8:30 am Registration
9:30 Opening of the Forum and Morning Session
13:00 Lunch Break
14:30 Afternoon Session
19:20 Closure of the 1st Day
Timetable: Saturday October 17th
9:00 Morning Session
13:00 Lunch break
14:30 Afternoon Session
18:30 Closure of the 2nd Day and ending of the Forum
Thanks to the hard work and generous donations of our Sorig friends we have finally applied for the set up of our foundation. The confirmation of the German government is currently pending. We will call it Sorig Khang International Foundation.
Await our good news soon!
IATTM Head Office Team
"May Sowa Rigpa spread like the infinite expanse of the sky in order to benefit all sentient beings"
~ Yuthok Yonten Gonpo
IATTM Training Schedule
October to December 2015 with Dr.Nida Chenagtsang and IATTM teachers
Or contact local branches to be put on their mailing list for local courses!
YUTHOK AND HIPPOCRATES
A Brief Comparison of Ancient Greek and Tibetan Medicine
by Christiana Polites
Approximately twelve hundred years prior to the birth of Yuthok the Elder །and sixteen hundred years before the times of Yuthok the Younger, on the Greek island of Kos off the coast of mainland Turkey, lived the physician Hippocrates (ớππο₫ράτỷς). He is widely accepted today as the “Father of Western Medicine,” but the influence his thought and that of his successors had on Eastern cultures and their
medical traditions is lesser known.
Legend says that during the time of King Songtsen Gampo (7th Century AD), doctors and medical texts were brought to Tibet from India, China, and Persia. The Persian doctor, Galenos stayed on in Lhasa as the king’s personal physician, married and fathered three sons who upheld his medical lineage in various regions of Tibet.* Later King Trisong Detsen (8th
Century), with the intention of further developing and enhancing the already existing medical tradition of Tibet, again sent messengers to these foreign
lands inviting renowned physicians to attend and share knowledge at the first medical conference, held at Samye.
Yuthok Yonten Gonpo the Elder was the representative of Tibet. Texts brought by the foreign doctors were
subsequently translated into the Tibetan language and studied by the local physicians. Thus arose the unique
blend of Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, and Ancient Greek-Persian Medicine with the local Tibetan traditions
(Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Bon) for which the Healing Science, Sowa Rigpa།has come to be known....
This is a rejuvenating substance and one the “five nectars”. It is tree medicine and the leaves are mainly used for bath therapy. It is known as a good medicine for bones.
Taste & Potency:
Astringent to sweet, cool, blunt and heavy
Dry in the cool place
Decoction or powder
External use for bath with other remedies
50-100g per day for external use
Toxins, acute and chronic
Chuser, lymphatic fluid
Tsawa in the blood
Cleanse poisons, or disorders caused by poisons
Do not overdose
UPDATES FROM S.K.I.N. - SOWA RIGPA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
Dear Friends of Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN);
Lot of things is happening towards the political changes in Nepal, Constitution of Nepal 2015 is promulgated and people are positive about its implementation despite some unresolved issues, especially from the view of several political parties representing southern part of the country. Major political parties are hopeful that these issues will also be addressed and amendment on the Constitution can be done, if necessary, to bring all those parties, which are protesting and demonstrating against the constitution and join in to accept this new constitution 2015 at earliest, so that all political parties can now focused on economic reform and improvement of the country.
During the months of July, August and September, we are basically focused on obtaining affiliation letter from Lumbini Buddhist University here in Nepal for our Sowa Rigpa International College. It is still in the process and now the University is setting out exact amount to be deposited from us as Affiliation charges and admission fees of the students. Since the University has already proposed the course, B.S.M in Sowa Rigpa Medicine (traditional Buddhist Medicine) to Nepal Government, it is now almost sure that this course can be started through our Sowa Rigpa International College Management Committee by next fiscal year and enrollment of students will begin by May-June 2016.
We have designed the College Logo too, which is as follows:
Besides that, Mr. Eric Rosenbush has established a charity organization in USA, Ngakmang Foundation, to support this project in Nepal and all SKIN members are happy that this project will be implemented in full- fledged way by next year 2016 for academic degree course.
Prior to this, we need to establish proper infrastructure such as class rooms, sorig clinic, hiring of teachers and renting a house to begin with these project.
We have already found a place in nearby Boudha, which SKIN members find it an appropriate place to begin with these projects.
*with the House owner: We visited the proposed site of Sowa Rigpa Int’l College, when Tess Rosenbush was also here in Nepal in August 2015
Besides that, Vice President of SKIN, Dr. Tenjin Dharke Gurung’s article on “Sowa Rigpa in Nepal” was published in one of the popular daily News Paper of the country, Gorkha Patra. He mentioned about Sowa Rigpa treatment system in Nepal, which is expanding and getting popular amongst people in Nepal. As he mentions, there are 90% of population in the Himalayan region use these medicine, whereas 30-40 percent of people in the cities use these medicines. But in the Terai region, there are only 10% of people, who use these medicine and Sowa Rigpa Treatment system as a whole in Nepal is now growing.
So, many more news will follow later and by the end of this year, we may have following completed;
House for Sowa Rigpa International College
Set up of all basic infrastructure for such college
Running Sorig Clinic
Initiative for sorig products, medicines
Non academic classes for Amchis, which is for 1 month to 6 months
Hiring of necessary teachers
Proper place for sowa Rigpa practitioners and healers
And many more…
Please kindly support for our joint efforts of establishing Sowa Rigpa treatment system and education centre, namely Sowa Rigpa Int’l College, in Nepal; If you want to support, here is our bank address;
If you want to support, here is our bank address; Sorig Khang International Nepal Account No.: 02401030254427 Name of Bank: Nepal Investment Bank, Boudha, Kathmandu Swift Code: NIBLNPKT
Report prepared by Raj K. Shrestha/SKIN Chairman/Kathmandu-Nepal.
Introducing the Ngakmang Foundation, and our first project in Nepal
We are pleased to introduce you to the Ngakmang Foundation, a California-based nonprofit organization working to preserve the spiritual, medical, and cultural traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas.
Part of an international network of organizations guided by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, the Ngakmang Foundation will primarily work in Asia, helping to preserve the Ngakpa tradition of Tibetan yogis and the medical science of Sowa Rigpa.
Projects in Nepal
Building a college of Sowa Rigpa in Kathmandu
Sowa Rigpa International College
Join us in establishing a college of Sowa Rigpa in Nepal. Sowa Rigpa is the medical system of Tibet and many Himalayan areas of Nepal.
This will be the first institution in Nepal to offer an accredited degree program in this medical science. The college, an affiliate of Lumbini Buddhist University, is dedicated to cultivating the traditional study, practice, and medical heritage of Sowa Rigpa – the Science of Healing.
Education - Helping to train the next generations of Nepali and international Amchis
Building the Future - Establishing a pathway for increased recognition and support of this precious science in Nepal
Preserving Lineages - College teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, including rare lineages from remote Himalayan regions of Nepal.
Location - Near the sacred Boudhanath stupa, one of the holiest Himalayan sites
Classrooms - Multiple classrooms, that can accommodate up to 60 students
Clinic - Providing healthcare to serve the local community and earthquake refugees
Pharmacy - Producing ethically sourced, high quality herbal medicines
The college will be administered by Sorig Khang International Nepal (IATTM Nepal), and Ngakmang Foundation will coordinate the international fundraising efforts needed to establish the program.
We need your help
Your support is needed to actualize this incredible opportunity for the Science of Healing to develop in Nepal. We will need to raise over $60,000 to build the foundations of the college, and establish it as a self-sustainable institution.
Fundraising - September 2015
We need to raise $25,000 USD as the first phase of funding the College.
This will cover the initial deposit and rent of the campus, purchase of essential furniture, and various other expenses.
Congress Motto: TWO FLOWERS - LONG LIFE AND GOOD HEALTH
Dear all friends of Sowa Rigpa around the world;
Most cordial greetings on behalf of the International Congress Organising Committee. The preparations are going on very well with enthusiasm and the local team of ATTM Estonia
(with our Estonian Coordinator Viivi Käärma) is doing a great job.
“Two Flowers - Long Life and Good Health” with the openness for a sustainable exchange and further cooperation is the inspiring motto of the 4th Congress.
We highly recommend an early registration & travel planning as we are expecting
participants from more than 30 countries.
We look forward with joy to your requests, contributions and registrations.
More information will be forwarded via email and other social medias, the schedule will be
published as soon as possible.
See you in the beautiful old city centre in Tallinn, Estonia.
Sorig First Aid Medical Camps
in Collaboration with
Kunphen Medical Centre
More than 200 nuns rescued from Thupten Choeling Nunnery, Solukumbu district (Thupten Chöling (Wyl. thub bstan chos gling) is the retreat community and monastery established by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in the 1960s in the Solu Khumbu district of northeastern Nepal. Over 900 monks and nuns (80% of whom are Tibetan refugees) live there, under Trulshik Rinpoche's care) are shifted to a temporary place nearby Boudhanath Stupa. On 3 Sep 2015, these nuns were examined by our Sorig First Aid Kunphen team; Dr. Tashi Pedon and Dr. Nyima Bhuti.
Total Number of Patients: 130
Diagnosed by : Dr. Tashi Pedon & Dr. Nyima Bhuti
Organised by: Sorig First Aid, Kunphen team
Diarrhea, venereal disease, fever, tinnitus, stroke, renal disorders,ophthalmic disorders, neuritis, depression, anxiety, stress, gynecological disorders, dysentry, cyst, abdominal cramps, anuria and anemia,etc.
On 4 Sep 2015, Sorig First Aid together with Kunphen Team organised free medical camp at Duwa Khoti near Kathmandu.
Nearly 70 to 80 families were shifted to this place from nearby Tatopani area,Sindupal Chok whose houses and properties were heavily damaged by the earthquake.
Total Number of Patients: about 110
Diagnosed by: Dr. Tenzin Lektsok
Organised by: Sorig First Aid, Kunphen Medical Team
Depression, anxiety, stress, fever, diarrhea, venereal disease, stroke, renal disorders, ophthalmic, neuritis, gynaecological disorders, dysentry, cyst, abdominal cramps, anuria and anemia, etc.
Dr.Nida Chenagtsang Teachings November 2015 - Spain
You can enrol to Dr.Nida's teachings in November:
Rejuvination 3 and 4 Nov- Madrid
Dorje Gotrab Mantra 5 and 6 Nov - Valencia
Karmamudra 7 and 8 Nov - Valencia
Date: 3 and 4 November
Place: Espacio Ronda, Calle Ronda de Segovia 50, Metro Puerta de Toledo- Madrid
Price: 150€, 10% discount for IATTM membership
Dorje Gotrab mantra teachings
Date: 5 and 6 November Place: Casa Sorig, calle Salamanca n 28 p11a- Valencia
Price: 130€, 10% discount for IATTM membership
Date: 7 and 8 November Place: Casa Sorig, calle Salamanca n 28 p11a- Valencia
Price: 130€, 10% discount for IATTM membership
For enrolment: please email to Casa Sorig:
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 - continued from the last issue -
2.6. The Importance of the Transmission of the Yuthog Nyingthig, its Instructions and Practice.
As the Yuthog Nyingthig is part of the vast collection of texts and practices of The Treasury of Precious Treasures or Rinchen Terdzöd, which is bestowed quite regularly to large groups of incarnations and practitioners from the various schools there are many individuals who received these empowerments.
Recently Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (sTag lung rtse sprul rin po che, 1926), the throne holder of The Northern Treasures or Changter (byang gter), a tradition which originates from the great Tertön Rigdzin Gödem (Rig ‘dzin rgod ldem, 1337-1408), and one of the most senior most teachers of the Nyingma School and holder of the complete oral and treasure traditions of the Nyingmapa, bestowed the Rinchen Terdzöd as well as the Yuthog Nyingthig to various groups of dedicated practitioners in India.
In Germany Ngagpa Karma Lhündrup gave the complete empowerment of the Yuthog Nyingthig two times in 2009. He received the Rinchen Terdzöd at the above mentioned occasion, after having it previously received two times from Dudjom Rinpoche (Bdud ‘joms rin po che, 1904-1987).
Although many individuals receive the empowerments there are only few who make the effort and practice all the necessary steps for accomplishing and completely upholding this ancient Tibetan tradition, be it in Tibet, in exile or in the Western countries, where the practice is slowly taking roots.
Recently Dr. Nida Chenagtsang gave the instructions for the Preliminary Practices and wrote books on it in both Tibetan and Western languages. He received the complete Yuthok Nyingthig teachings from both Khenpo Troru Tsenam and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen. In his book Art of Good Karma he writes:
I have studied and practiced carefully and many doubts were clarified by my precious medicine Gurus. Guru yoga with them became a unique spiritual practice in my life. From 1989 to 198 I completed my Four Medical Tantra study and practice in Amdo, Lhasa and other parts of Tibet.
This unbroken lineage has been transmitted by both Khenpo Troru Tsenam and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen to many of us. I always remember, that Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen often told us, if you can’t practice many different practices then you can always do Yuthok Nyingthig. It is very easy and practical for our time, and this practice is a definitely complete path to spiritual enlightenment.
Furthermore, as the lineage and transmission is of utmost importance for one´s own practice, making progress in following along the path and eventually reaching complete realization the importance of the Master and the practice of unifying one´s mind with the Mind of the Master, who is the embodiment of Yuthog Yönten Gonpo and all the realized Masters and Enlightened Beings of the three times I would like to thank Ngagpa Karma Lhündrup and Dr. Nida Chenagtsang for their empowerments, transmission and clarifications.
For this reason I translated the Tibetan chin gyi lab pa, often abbreviated as chinlab (sbyin gyis rlabs pa, sbyin rlabs), more literally as `empowering flow of energies´, i.e. the enlightened energies of the realized Masters and not simply a `blessings´ as it is often translated, and the expression ladrub (bla sgrub) as accomplishing the Master´ as la stands for Lama (bla ma) or Sanskrit Guru and drup or drubpa (sgrub pa) means `accomplishing´ which is not just meant as a recitation or lip service of some Tibetan and English words as a daily sadhana or drubthab (sgrub thabs) of Guru Yoga or Lama’i Naldjor (bla ma’i rnal ‘byor), but as actual means for realizing the unified state of the Master and his lineage, and thus of Yuthog Yönten Gönpo, from whom this lineage originates. Likely the expression mendrup (sman sgrub) is actually not only a method of preparing and consecrating medical substances and nectar medicines but the final step of accomplishing medical substances by ritual means of an experienced practitioner who already practiced and realized the natural state (gnas lugs) of his own mind as well as of everything else.
It is my wish that these translations and introduction will help the understanding of diligent practitioners
More on the practices in coming issues of Sorig News! Meanwhile, please visit: www.yuthok.org
Sorigtour is a Traditional Tibetan Medical training program in Northeastern Tibet, know as Amdo region, Qinghai Province, China. It is held once a year every summer, between July and August.
Dr.Nida Chenagtsang first started it in 2006 with different groups of TTM students, we are very grateful that Dr.Nida and TTM students who came in the past 9 year worked sincerely, a strong trust is built in the local community, as a result, each year TTM group is very welcomed in Sogzong Tibetan Hospital, The people’s hospital in Sogzong as well as Kokonor lake Tibetan Hospital.
Our tour is specialized for TTM practitioners, doctors, therapists, Buddhist practitioners.
The tour is basically made in five parts:
1. TTM external therapy in practice
2. Visiting both Spiritual and Medical places
3. Herb collecting on the mountains
4. Treating local patients and exchange experiences with local doctors.
5. Sharing and exchanging knowledge and culture.
Here is our website and the program for 2016 is coming up soon, hope to see you in Amdo!
Group Picture of Summer Tour 2015
Dr.Nida Chenagtsang Teachings November 2015 - France
Programme: Inner Guru Yoga Retreat - 11 to 17 Nov
Chudlen - 18 to
Dorje Gotrab - 20 to 22 Nov
YUTHOK NYINGTHIG CONCISE GURU YOGA & CHUDLEN RETREAT
According to Yuthok's teaching, Guru Yoga is the absolute key point to eliminates all disturbing emotions and discovering our inner most transcendental wisdom
In this retreat, we will be doing Yuthok Nyingthig Concise Guru Yoga practice & Chudlen Rejuvenation for full 7 days and 2 days of rest & relax/sightseeing
Retreat Guide: Jacqueline Yu
Pre-requisites: Received transmission from Dr.Nida Chenagtsang and completed Ngondro, Outer Guru Yoga, Inner Guru Yoga and Secret Yoga retreat. Those who have completed ngondro may participate with obligations to complete outer guru yoga, inner guru yoga and secret guru yoga at a later date.
Date: 10th Nov to 20th Nov 2015 (including arrival/departure dates)
Place: Bali Mountain Retreat, Mount Batukaru, Bali, Indonesia
Dr Nida newest book, Tibetan Book of Health has been just published in Czech Republic! It is a wonderful overview of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and its external therapies.
It has also a pocket with the three Trees of TTM that makes it even easier to follow and study TTM. The book is to be published in English, hopefully next year.
With warm regards,
Dagmar Hornakova (translator)
and Anastazja Holecko (editor)
ATTM Czech Republic
Tibetan Yogis Village Program in Amdo!
Preserving Tibetan Cultural Heritage
Many students from villages in the Rebkong area have to interrupt their studies after finishing middle school because their family cannot afford paying tuition fees. The Education Project started in 2012 to help them go to high school or university.
This year as we didn’t have enough money to help all families who could benefit from this initiative, the decision was made to keep helping the students we have been supporting in recent years and to start helping some who are in very critical situations (sick parents who have to choose between medical treatment or sending their children to school, mother or even grandmother who are alone to raise children…).
All these families want to send their children to high school and when possible to university. Many of these students want to become doctor, veterinarian, teacher, or work in the administration as they know they will get a job after graduating; so they work hard to reach their goal and deserve to be helped.
This year we distributed less money than last year to each family and were therefore able to help 14 of them (a total of 17 students) in 5 different villages:
7 students started University in September this year;
This has been a very good year for all students we have been supporting for the past 2 years; they got good results at the very selective Gaokao exam which gives access to the university:
Last year I remember seeing a girl hiding on the roof of her home, because she failed at Gaokao. She didn’t want to take it again this year and we spent some time trying to convince her to do so. This year she was very happy when we arrived because her good results allowed her to get to the best university in Xining.
2 students are in year 2 at the University including one who is studying to become a teacher for kids,
1 started to study Tibetan Medicine,
7 are attending High School.
Students and their parents are very grateful to receive help from westerners. Many thanksfrom Lhamo Tso, Wan’ Ma Tso, Rinchin Drolma, Wende Tso, Dorje Samdrup, Phamo Yak, Dorje Tsertan, Nyan Mo Gyal, Tashi Lhamo, Tarla Djia, Rigdzin Tserang, Zhoumo Tserang, Rinchin Zangmo, Wandaiji, Kardorjie, Nyangmotso and Khadrotso.
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 Ngakpa House.
Students and their parents are very grateful to receive help from westerners. Many thanks 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.
Building a Retreat Centre with 8 Meditation Rooms
5 additional rooms are currently being built. 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.
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
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
Members receive special privileges and
discounts on courses!
Please contact your local branches to know more!
Donate €5,000 or more per year to IATTM or its branches and all your course fees will be waived! Your kind sponsorship will support the many projects of IATTM in order to preserve, develop and propagate the ancient art of traditional Tibetan Medicine.
About International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM): The International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM) was established in 2006 in London, UK, with the aim of facilitating the spread of Tibetan Medicine teaching. Today, IATTM operates officially from Germany.
Since creation, local regional branches have been developed with the aim of realising the vision of IATTM; providing courses on Tibetan Medicine, educational materials and publications. The regional branches fall under the co-ordination of IATTM.
Visit IATTM website: www.iattm.net and www.ngakmang.com
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