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A quarterly e-newsletter from IATTM    January - March 2016 - Volume 6 Issue 1

GARDENERS IN SOWA RIGPA GARDEN

Greetings to all! Happy New Year 2016!

Yes, it is me again, continuing my role as editor for Sorig News until the next editor comes along. The karmic pull is too strong even though I feel it is time to pass the baton, the other karmic wind is not catching up yet. A classic example of the Chinese proverb: 人算不如天算(rén suàn bùrú tiān suàn) - man proposes but God disposes. In the end, God's plans supercede our own. So here I am, going with the flow of life, doing what I need to do, gently and quietly ploughing my way through this Sowa Rigpa garden. And it is with gratitude that I have many like-minded fellow gardeners with me, growing and cultivating plants in this amazing garden we call Tanadug, the garden of Medicine Buddha, the garden of Sowa Rigpa.

And here in this new year's edition of Sorig News, I bring to you the work of some of our IATTM's gardeners, each contributing in his/her own way according to their energies and potentials, just like the idea of Tanadug.

Best wishes for the new year and may our garden flourish beautifully for the benefit of all sentient beings....Losar Tashi Delek!

 


Sorig News Editor
& IATTM International Ku Nye Teacher
Jacqueline Yu


In this issue:

UPDATES FROM SORIG KHANG NEPAL

GENEROSITY FOR NEPAL - NGAKMANG FOUNDATION U.S.A

MEDICINAL PLANTS - Interview with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, TTM Journal Issue 6

The Sorig Materia Medica - Nutmeg

4th International Congress on Sowa Rigpa 1st to 3rd April 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia - welcome to Estonia!

Sorig First Aid - Everest Medical Camp

Dr.Nida Chenagtsang Asia/AustraliaTeachings January to February 2016

The Traditional Methods and Practices of the Ancient Tradition of Yuthog Nyingthig - con't

Sorig Tour - Early Registration has started

Tibetan Yogis Village's Update

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


Greetings from Rome!

 

TTM Journal 6 is Ready for Sale!

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 are available at your local IATTM branch, kindly ask your coordinator for details.

UPDATES FROM SORIG KHANG NEPAL

Dear Friends of Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN) and Sowa Rigpa International College (SRIC),
Season’s Greetings from Nepal! Wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year 2016!
Time passes so quickly. Despite lots of political changes and promulgation of constitution of Nepal by the people’s representatives from legislative parliament, Nepal experienced lot of changes in the political scenario as well as shortages of basic needs and fuel hit hard during September to December. And hope it will soon be sorted out and people may lead their normal life without any scarcity and difficulties. Nepal needs more work on bringing all section of its people in harmony and on board, while implementing its recently promulgated constitution, however, there are some groups, who are still opposing as they think, it is not in their favor and won’t bring changes in their lives.
However, SKIN and its members continued working to establish Sowa Rigpa education centre here in Nepal and kept looking for an appropriate house for the same.
In this search of a good location and place for our college, we found a very good place with two houses, enough rooms, good compound, good vegetation at Jorpati Height, Arubari, Gokarneshwor Municipality, Boudha, Kathmandu. We have managed to sign lease agreement with the House owner for 6 years for our college, which was effective from the 1st of November 2015.

 

In November 2015, we had a chance to meet Ms. Jacqueline Yu and her team from Singapore at Shechen Guest House and had a wonderful talk regarding the college matters as well as discussed about the prevailing situation of the country. SKIN members appreciated good suggestions made by the Group, especially by Ms. Shally and Jacqueline.

On the 6th of November 2015, officials from Lumbini Buddhist University visited our college premises and inspected necessary infrastructure prior to proceeding with the necessary affiliation work for our College.
There were lots of questions and answers made during this inspection visit and were satisfied with all our arrangements towards setting up this college in Boudha.
Here is a picture taken during the inspection visit;

In December 2015, after several follow ups with the University, we managed to obtain an affiliation letter from the Lumbini Buddhist University for our college, Sowa Rigpa International College. This is a great success for the people here in Nepal as well as those living beyond the border of Nepal and it will definitely help us to establish Sowa Rigpa Health system in Nepal in a reputed manner.

We had also a short visit by Mr. Eric Rosenbush and his spouse, Mrs. Tess Rosenbush. It was very helpful to our Sorig Doctors for preparing syllabus and other relevant matters for the college. We had several meetings and discussion on basic set up for the college as well as future plans. His organization in USA, Ngakmang Foundation, will help in several ways to support this college in due course.

Click on our photo gallery at the top of the page to view pictures of our college houses!

Please kindly support for our of establishing educational center on Sowa Rigpa in Nepal through our College, Sowa Rigpa International College; 

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

Happy New Year 2016 to all our Sorig Friends and Families from all SKIN Members here in Nepal.

Report prepared by Raj K. Shrestha/SKIN Chairman/Kathmandu-Nepal, 23 Dec 2015

 

GENEROSITY FOR NEPAL - SOWA RIGPA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE ~ Update from Ngakmang Foundation USA - December 2015

Happy Holidays and Winter Blessings from the Ngakmang Foundation, a charitable organization working to preserve the spiritual, medical, and cultural traditions of the Himalayan regions.  

Here we have wonderful news and updates to share with you all. We hope you will be inspired to support the Sowa Rigpa International College project in Nepal with a generous offering.

~Tashi Delek~

Dear Friends of Sowa Rigpa - the Tibetan and Himalayan Science of Healing,

2015 has been a transitional year for Nepal, whose people experienced devastating earthquakes, months of blockages of essential supplies, and a new constitution.  On top of all of this, it has called forth people from all over the globe who have a love and connection to the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal to assist in the process of its healing and rebuilding. 

For Sowa Rigpa in Nepal, it has also been a pivotal year.  After hosting the 2014 TTM Congress, Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN), the Nepalese branch of the International Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM), has been active in supporting the Nepalese people by organizing many medical relief camps with the Sorig First Aid project.  In addition, to ensure a longer term benefit and spread the Science of Healing in Nepal, SKIN inaugurated Nepal’s first college program in Sowa Rigpa.


Accreditation Has Been Approved!

After months of planning, we are very pleased to announce that the Sowa Rigpa International College has just received official accreditation from Lumbini University and the Nepalese Government. Offering a 5.5 year degree course in Sowa Rigpa, it is modeled on similar curricula in India and Tibet, and existing medical education programs in Nepal.  This is a confirmation that Nepal is officially recognizing Sowa Rigpa as a medical system, and is opening the doors to a bright future of its study and practice.  

The establishment of the college is also a great opportunity for the study of Sowa Rigpa globally, as courses will be taught in English and Nepali mediums for local and international students. Courses will commence in the Summer of 2016, and include a combination of theoretical and practical training from qualified doctors and professors. 
 

A Perfect Location

The college site is located in Kathmandu, a 20 minute walk just outside the holy pilgrimage center of the Boudhanath Stupa.  The campus consists of three large buildings, which allows for multiple classrooms, a community clinic, pharmacy, library, SKIN office, and dormitory.

We Need Your Support

IATTM and SKIN request your contributions to set up essential infrastructure and furnishings for the college. As a first phase, which will cover the most vital initial costs, we need to fundraise $25,000 by mid January.  This will go towards necessary deposits, fees, and basic furniture.  The second phase will then follow.

We are looking forward to welcoming the first batch of students in the upcoming summer.   For this, we call on the international community of IATTM and all who wish to support Sowa Rigpa in Nepal for financial assistance to establish the basis of the college facilities.  It takes a lot to build a college from the ground up, and your contributions are greatly appreciated. 

To learn more about the college and how you can help, please visit ngakmangfoundation.org/nepal/ 

Please join us in helping to spread the Science of Healing widely in Nepal and throughout the world, so that all beings may benefit.

Wishing you health, happiness and longevity!
Thank you so much for your support.

Get Involved

Your support is needed to actualize this incredible opportunity for the Science of Healing to develop in Nepal.  Ngakmang Foundation, a nonprofit charity based in the US, is assisting with the initial fundraising efforts to help the college get established.

To cover pending essential expenses, the College needs $25,000 by January 2016.  This will cover the initial deposit and rent of the campus, purchase of some furniture, and various other expenses.

Please help us support this precious medical system from Tibet and the Himalayas to grow and thrive in Nepal.

Please remember the people of Nepal and the future of Sowa Rigpa. Your new year gift will make an immediate impact.  
Please give today.

Learn more by visiting our website:
 www.ngakmangfoundation.org/nepal/

 

MEDICINAL PLANTS - Interview with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, TTM Journal Issue 6

The Four Medical Tantras describe a beautiful garden of Medicine Buddha, Tanadug. What is the meaning of this garden, is it just a symbol, or is ther some practical connotation for a TTM student?

It is a symbol, but also much more than that. Tanadug is a very old word which nowadays means a botanical garden, a very well structured botanical garden. It has so many practical explanations. For example, plants which have more solar energy grow in the north. It is like when you look at the mountains, let's say the Alps, the same plant may be growing on different slopes - southern or northern can have different energies and powers. The east is more neutral and balanced, while in the west we have more water energy, rocks, minerals and hot springs.

The Tandug concept is very important. It is described in a very nice way in the first chapter of the Root Tantra. Imagine you enter a very beautiful botanic garden, you know how it is designed, and then you start to study that botanic garden. I often say to people welcome in the Sowa Rigpa garden, that's where we start from.

According to Tanadug explanations, it is said that where plants grow very well, just resting in a harmonious space, all kinds of hot and cold natured diseases will be pacified by themselves, without even taking herbs. It is a perfectly ecological place too, clean and non-polluted, which is very much needed in our times.

What is the importance of the medical plants in TTM? There are many healing method in Tibetan medicine, what's the place of herbal medicines?

When we use the herbs, we should know about the 8 different potencies, 17 secondary qualities, and finally the so-called solar power (nyi ma'i stobs) and lunar power (zla ba'i stobs) aspects. When you know a plant and its functions, if you know where it grew up, it can already give you an idea of its qualities. Normally, approximately 80% of plants growing in the south have a more warming quality, and those growing in the north a more cooling quality. However, there are some that have opposite qualities. Some plants grow in very hot and dry places, and they can grow there because they have a lot of water energy and lunar energy. They can resist extreme heat. For example, Aloe vera grows in hot and dry places, yet it is very jelly-like and has a lot of liquid. Generally speaking, however, plants exposed to sunlight will have more warming qualities and others will have more cooling qualities. The Ri bo - the mountains growing in different directions of the Tanadug, can be compared to the southern part of Himalaya in India which is hot versus the northern part of Himalaya in Tibet which is a very cold place. These different geographies can give an idea about qualities of a plant.

Tibetan materia medica is a vast topic. Do you have an estimation how many plants could be used for curative purposes? How many formulas are found in TTM?

According to the Four Tantras there are about 2,200 different herbal formulas. Recently Lhasa Publishing House published all the formulas of Tibetan medicine, especially those from the Four Tantras, and this is a great amount. Then if you talk about medicinal plants, over 2,000 are mentioned in the Shel gond shel phreng, the pharmacology text wirtten by Deumar Tenzin Puntsok. Most commonly used in some hospitals are 300 formulas, and some use 200 or 100 types. I know some doctors who use about 30 to 50 different more common types of formulas.

Some formulars are difficult to access in the West. Is it possible to replace one with another?

Today even in Tibet it is becoming difficult to obtain some herbs, and also the laws are not so clear. I think we should have stricter laws for the protection of nature, herbs and plants. It is already happening and has happened in the past, that there are substitutions used for Tibetan formulars, for example, in Mongolia or Buryatia Rupublic of the Russian Federation. We should think more about substitutions, and make comparative studies, for example, of Himalayan plants compared to plants growing in the Alps. TTM is slowly growing in the West and there should be big and important steps in future.
We should also think about cultivation, green houses and so on. If you cultivate some plants, it is useful to do so according to the idea of Tanadug. Some herbs need more solar energy, some more cold, some need more water element and so on. Some Tibetan doctors think that there should be used only Himalayan plants, but every country should think how they can use their local herbs and plants. We should not think we need to bring everything from Himalayas. TTM should be practical, according to different circumstances and locations. Personally I deeply support the idea of using local herbs and plants and the same for fruits and vegetable. It is so important to have seasonal and local food, fruits, etc. With herbs it is the same, local and seasonal, so we should know how to use and cultivate these locally.

What about 'kitchen medicines', like spices and condiments?

Kitchen medicine is very important. According to TTM the spices, like nutmeg, clove, saffron, they are called rtsi sman. Rtsi means powerful, sman means medicine which translate to mean self-concentrated herbs. If you take a right amount of nutmeg it can be a very good remedy for sleeping and relaxation, we don't need to eat a lot. It can be harmful in big amounts. We should learn more about how to use spices according to Sowa Rigpa. Spices are medicine, they can be used as single substances, as a tisane or a condiment, or combined into a formula. We need to concentrate and develop this part more.

How is it with the identification of materia medica and availability in the West?

Actually in Tibet there is a problem with identification of Himalayan plants. Some doctors use classifications according to TCM or Ayurveda. I hope there will be more studies on identification of plants and herbs, as well as comparative studies which plants are the same in TTM, TCM and Ayurveda, and which are different. We need further research, as well as many books and articles on materia medica plants.
It is often complicated to use Tibetan herbs in the West. In this case I would recommend focusing more on other methods of treatment in TTM that are easier from a legal standpoint, for example, external therapies, diet and lifestyle.

Thank you for your answers, Dr.NIda!

 

Conducted on 4.5.2015 by Dr. Anastazja Holecko in Prague for TTM Journal Issue 6

From The Sorig Materia Medica

Myristica fragrans
ཛ་ཏི། Zati or Nutmeg

In the “six good substances”, it is the herb for the heart.
It is specifically used for treating mental imbalances or rLung disorders.
It is the main base of Zati 4, Zati 14, Zati 25 as well as used in other many rLung medicines. It is oily and heavy, filling empty hearts. The nature is warming, thus pacifying rLung, but cooling in
its post-digestive nature, so not good for kidney.

Taste & Potency: Spicy. Oily, heavy and warming but cooling post-digestive
Preparation: Crushed or powdered
Plant part: Fruit
Form: Powder or oil
Usage:

Intake with soup, tea, with food and apply oil externally

Dosage: 1g per day in the evening, oil massage on specific points..
Duration: 21 - 30 days
Function:  

 Tonic for heart, empowering the inner organs.
 Unblocks Loong energy, and helps with sleep, clears the mind.
 Mental disorders such as depression and panic attack.
 Anti-stress, helps concentration.
 Prevents Cardiovascular disorders
 Increases body heat, improves digestion
 Stops rims - infectious diseases

Caution:
Over dose can cause hallucination, can be highly toxic and harmful for the kidneys

Common Uses for Nutmeg
By Dr.Anastazja Holecko, extracted from TTM Journal Issue 5

Nutmeg has been used in traditional medicines since ancient times. Since the Middle Ages when Arab traders first imported it to the West, nutmeg has been highly valued as an aromatic culinary spice in both sweet and savoury dishes, for its medicinal qualities, antiseptic properties, and as a preservative agent. Nutmeg contains a number of essential oils which are utilised in fragrance production, as well as in the food industry; these essential oils are largely responsible for nutmeg’s active medicinal properties.
In Tibetan medicine, nutmeg is known as one of the ‘Six Good Substances’, each of which has a supportive effect on a specific internal organ. Nutmeg has a tonifying effect on the heart, and is good for all issues pertaining to the heart. This includes cardiovascular physiological diseases as well as emotional imbalances and mental health problems.
According to the Four Tantras, nutmeg is good for pacifying all disorders of excessive rlung (Wind
humour) and for facilitating the flow of blocked rlung. Metaphorically, it fills empty hearts; in addition it boosts the digestion, and pacifies Wind. (However it should be noted that, as the post-digestive nature of nutmeg is cooling, it should be used with caution for organs or body parts which are sensitive to the function of cold such as the kidneys).

Here we present some formulas which are easy to prepare at home and to use in daily life.
1) Nutmeg butter (zati sman mar)
Ingredients:
-ghee (purified butter) 10g
-powdered nutmeg 1g

Heat the ghee slightly so that it becomes liquid. Add the powdered nutmeg and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Sometimes during the cooling process, the nutmeg settles to the bottom of the mixture; stir and mix thoroughly so that the nutmeg is evenly distributed throughout the ghee.
Take 1-2g of this cooled solidified mixture in the evening.
Indications: rlung disorders, especially in the heart; lack of concentration, poor memory, insomnia,
nightmares.

2) Nutmeg soup
Ingredients:
- 1 litre meat/bone broth, or vegetable soup
- 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced
- 2g fresh onion, finely chopped
- 1g powdered nutmeg
- salt to taste
Add the fresh garlic, onion and powdered nutmeg to 1 litre of broth or soup and cook well.
Take one cup of this nutmeg soup in the evening; this can be taken as part of the evening meal.
Indications: rlung disorders, anxiety, poor memory, insomnia, nightmares.

3) Nutmeg 3 (Zati 3)
Ingredients:
- nutmeg 10g
- small (green) cardamom 10g
- long (black) cardamom 10g
Mix powdered ingredients together in equal amounts. Take 1-2g in the evening.
Indications: rlung disorders, PMT, rlung tshab (a gynaecological disorder connected with Wind stagnation and blood stagnation, characterised by frequent or prolonged menstruation but with scant blood loss, blocked menstruation, or emotionally-triggered menstruation; may be accompanied by bone pain, feeling cold, periodically swollen face/legs, dizziness, sadness)

4) Nutmeg 4 (Zati 4)
Ingredients:
- nutmeg 10g
- clove 10g
- ginger 10g
- anise seed 10g
Mix powdered ingredients together in equal amounts. Take 1-2g in hot water or milk in the evening before sleep. Take for 21 days, or symptomatically as required.
Indications: rlung disorders, anxiety

5) Nutmeg 5 (Zati 5)
Ingredients:
- nutmeg 10g
- clove 10g
- ginger 10g
- anise seed 5g
- caraway seed 5g
Mix powdered ingredients together in equal amounts. Take 1-2g in hot water or milk in the evening.
Indications: heart tonic, prevents cardiac diseases; improves digestion, also beneficial for lung ailments, calms the mind, pacifies cold rlung disorders.

6) Nutmeg Hor me (Mongolian Moxa)
External use: Fill a small cotton pouch with powdered nutmeg (this can be mixed with additional rlung-pacifying ingredients such as ginger, garlic, clove, anise). Soak the herb-filled pouch in warm sesame oil and apply externally to rlung points, such as the crown of the head, the centre of the palms and soles, and the sternum.
Indications: insomnia, lack of concentration, anxiety, depression

7) Nutmeg compress
Take a whole nutmeg seed, cut the tip off the seed and then place the seed into warm sesame oil. Apply the cut (flat) surface of the seed to the rlung / Wind points. The properties of the nutmeg combined with the properties of the heavy warm oil and the gentle yet focused pressure helps to unblock the channels, moves stagnated rlung and re-establishes the correct movement of rlung.
Indications: pacifies rlung disorder in the internal organs, particularly the heart, lungs and liver.

8) Nutmeg powder massage
Take one level tablespoon of dry nutmeg powder and apply to the upper part of the back, the palms and soles. Rub for 5-10minutes, until these areas warm up.
Indications: For release of tension in the muscles and tendons, to help blood circulation and energy flow.

4th International Congress on Sowa Rigpa - Traditional Tibetan Medicine 1-3 April 2016 in Tallinn / Estonia ~ TWO FLOWERS - LONG LIFE AND GOOD HEALTH


Most cordial greetings from the Congress Offices in Tallinn/Estonia and in Innsbruck/Austria. 

Traditional Tibetan Medicine came to ESTONIA for the first time in 2006 under the great blessing of Dr.Nida Chenagtsang and the first Estonian TTM practitioner - Anu Rootalu-Wachsmann, we rejoice the 10th Anniversary of TTM development in Estonia together with the 4th International Congress on SowaRigpa. The first course we received in Estonia was Ku Nye l massage by Anu Rootalu-Wachsmann, who studied with Dr.Nida Chenagtsang in Spanish ATTM, The healing seed was planted since then and is now flourishing in the land of Estonia.
Thanks to the great cooperation and friendship of the International Organising Team, the preparations are going on very well with happiness and enthusiasm.
Currently (by the end of December 2015) we expect contributions and presentations of participants from 34 different countries and our registration is open for all of you.
http://www.attmestonia.ee/4-ttm-kongress-2016/in-english/

The Congress-Program is complete and we will have a very rich and inspiring schedule  
(--> more than 20 presentations, panel discussions, workshops & teachings, Medicine buddha sand mandala for the opening & closing ceremony, Tibetan Herb exhibition, etc) 
with presentations by highly experienced Senior Doctors from Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Mongolia and with Sowa Rigpa experts and scholars from all over the world. Furthermore there will be the IATTM-Coordinators-Meetings, Medicine buddha meditation with Dr.Nida and an inspiring mantra concert with musicians from Tibet and Estonia. 

Here you will find the first preliminary online version of the detailed Program: 
www.attmestonia.ee

We hope you will find great discoveries in them.

Follow-Up-Program:
 
Before the congress -days, Dr.Nida will offer (Medicine Buddha Healing Guide)
After the Congress-Days, Dr. Machik from Tibet will offer precious teachings (Indigestion & Tumors, 3rd Tantra Reading Transmission

Let´s create this next Congress into a wonderful international platform for Sowa Rigpa with the Estonian congress team, we will unite as Yuthok SangGha - with vajra bound - share the Two Flowers of Long Life and Good Health for the benefit of all.
The International Congress Team of the IATTM, jointly organised with ATTM Estonia (EATTM), 
warmly welcomes all to attend.

——————
Viivi Käärma 
Congress Coordinator of the IATTM

Jens Tönnemann
International Congress Coordinator of the IATTM

Drukmo Gyal
Congress Coordinator for presenters of the IATTM

Click here for new year message from our founder and Medical Director of IATTM, Dr.Nida Chenagtsang

Click here for a video message from Dr.Jens Tonnemann ~ Greeting from International Congress Office in Austria!


See you in Estonia!

Sorig First Aid
Everest
Medical Camp

Sorig First Aid in collaboration with Basic Essence Holistic Wellness Centre for Himalayan Ray Project and Kunphen Tibetan Medical Centre set off for Everest Relief Trek on 24th oct - 31 oct to provide free medicine and treatments to the villagers in Solukhumbu everest region, particularly two full days of medical camp at Khumjung Gompa.
The team comprised of Dr.Nyima Tsering, Gyalpo Lama, Semkyi Dolma from Kunphen Tibetan Medical Centre, Jacqueline Yu from Basic Essence, participants Shally Chin, Ser Gin Ong, Mukkader Ozturk, Tamara Taylor and our guides Tashi Sherpa, Kami Tenzing, Tashi Chhiring, plus our four porters who helped to bring 84 kilos of herbal pills up the mountains.

Consultations started in our first night stop near Phakding, then in Namche Bazar and in Khumjung.
Total number of patients: 235
Most common disease: Back pain, Knee pain,Osteoarthritis, Gastric, Hypertension, Stress, constipation, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Allergy, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Antisocial personality disorder, Asthma, Depression, Arthritis, Eye Problems, Acute bronchitis, Heartburn, Irritable bowel syndrome, Joint Pain, Leukaemia, Mucus In Stool, Peptic ulcer, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatic fever, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Social anxiety disorder, Tennis elbow, Candidiasis, etc.

External Therapies provided include moxibustion, cupping, acupuncture, massage, and blood-letting.

To see more such events that have taken place, please visit & like our
SORIG FIRST AID Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/sorigfirstaid

To sponsor free medical camps: please email to Jacqueline: contact@attmsingapore.org

Dr.Nida Chenagtsang Asia/AustraliaTeachings January to February 2016

Schedule Contacts
Bardo Retreat 19 - 25 Jan Genting Highlands,
Malaysia
Allyssa Yap
Douglas Leong
Phowa Teaching 27 - 31 Jan Borobudur,
Indonesia
Allyssa Yap
Douglas Leong
TTM 3.2
Disorders of Sense Organs & Inner Organs

2 - 6 Feb Kyoto, Japan Fujiko Morita
Open Seminar - Diet & Lifestyle 7 Feb Kyoto, Japan Fujiko Morita
Yuthok Nyingthig Long Life Empowerment 10 Feb Melbourne, Australia Karen Stone
Phowa 11 Feb Melbourne, Australia Karen Stone
Public Talk - Tibetan Medicine & Buddhism 12 Feb Melbourne, Australia Karen Stone
Bardo 12 Feb Melbourne, Australia Karen Stone
Tibetan Rejuvenation Practices 13 - 14 Feb Melbourne, Australia Karen Stone
Mantra Healing 2 16 - 18 Feb Singapore Jacqueline Yu
Public Talk - Healing & Meditation according to Yuthok Nyingthig 16 Feb Singapore Jacqueline Yu
Yuthok Nyingthig Long Life Empowerment 19 Feb Singapore Jacqueline Yu
Clear Light Yoga 20 - 21 Feb Singapore Jacqueline Yu
Consecration of Sowa Rigpa International College / Medicine Buddha Puja 22 Feb Kathmandu, Nepal Raj K Shrestha
Formal Inauguration of Sowa Rigpa International College 23 Feb Kathmandu, Nepal Raj K Shrestha
Mantra Healing 24 -25 Feb Kathmandu, Nepal Raj K Shrestha
Yuthok Nyingthig Long Life Empowerment & Teachings 27 - 28 Feb Goa, India Eric Rosenbush
Mantra Healing 1 1 - 3 Mar Bangalore, India Aditya Varma

 

For course details, please contact the organisers directly.

"Tibetska Kniha Zdravi" or

Tibetan Book of Heath in Czech

by Dr.Nida Chenagtsang

NOW PUBLISHED!!

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 soon.

With warm regards,
Dagmar Hornakova (translator)
and Anastazja Holecko (editor)
ATTM Czech Republic 

SORIG TOUR - Early registration has started

Great thanks to all for making Sorigtour possible every year.
We are trying our best to improve the quality of the tour and we will not be able to do it without your support and help.
As you might already know, this is not just a sightseeing tour. This is a tour that helps us to accumulate merits by helping patients, exchanging knowledge with local doctors, seeing lives of buddhist practitioners and experiencing life teachings.

Sorigtour started since 2006 by Dr.Nida Chenagtsang - Our great hero in the field of sowa rigpa.
He has witnessed so many TTM practitioners and Yuthok Sanghas who found indestructible and positive reasons to believe in their potentials through experiences during the tour. From there, many people started TTM centres, activities, etc. Therefore we urge you to take this great opportunity to participate in our yearly event, especially for all of those who are interested in the science of healing - Sowa Rigpa and all those who are searching for spiritual nourishment and liberation.

Our early registration has started! Please click on the link to find out more.

Our early registration is open until 1st May, 2016.
You are welcome to check our itinerary here

For further information, please write to us: sorigtour@gmail.com

Hope to see you in Amdo!


Group Picture of Summer Tour 2015

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 -

3. The Titles of the Texts and Chapters Contained in the Yuthog Nyingthig

3. 1. Translation of the Titles of the Texts and Chapters Contained in the Yuthog Nyingthig According to the Modern Edition of the Ngag Mang Institute

I. A Brief Introduction to the Yuthog Nyingthig 

II. The Cycle of the Various Activity Rituals

1. The Structure of the Table of Contents and the (second and third) Parts of The Cycle of the Various Activity Rituals and The Cycle of the Rituals for Accomplishing Medical Substances from the Yuthog Nyingthig.

2. The Stages of the Supplication Prayer as Introduction to the Original Edition of the Chagpori Monastic College.

3. The Essentially Condensed Daily Practice `The Vase of the Nectar of Immortality´.

4. The Invocation of the Transmission and Lineage of Yuthog Nyingthig´s Accomplishing the Master.

5. The Supplication Prayers of the Lineage of Yuthog Nyingthig together with (6.)

6. The Wishfulfilling Tree of the Activity Rituals (Sadhanas) of Yuthog Nyingthig.

7. The Illuminating Mirror of the Realization of Visualizing the Oath-Bound Protectors from Yuthog Nyingthig´s Accomplishing the Master.
 
8. The Net of Lights, the Fulfilling Offering of the Three Roots (of Guru, Deva and Dakini) from the Empowering Flow of the Master.
 
9. The Very Swift Blazing Flash of Lightning of Offering Petitions to the Dharma Protectors.

10. The Sitar of Vajra Words of the Feast Song in Relation to the Three Roots of Yuthog Nyingthig.

11. The Activity Ritual `Winding Plant on the Divine Tree´ of `The Great Yaksha, Diamond Subduer of Maras´ (Protector Mahakala Nöchin Chenpo Dorje Düddul).

12. The Shower of Rainfall, the General Torma Offering for Bringing Down the Spiritual Activities of the Isolated Place of the Science of Medicine (Ayurveda).

13. The Invocation of `The Yaksha, Red Tsi´u´ (Protector Nöchin Tsi´u Marpo).

14. The Mode of Propitiation Rituals of Offering Tormas to (the Protective Deities) `The Glorious Goddess´ (Palden Lhamo) and `The Five Long-Life Sisters´ (Tsering Ched Nga), and to The Twelve Local Female Spirits (Tenma Chunyi).

15. The Offering Praise to the Goddess, the Mother of the Activities of the Nature of Mind.


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Tibetan Yogis Village Program in Amdo!
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 Education Project 2016

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. They would like to become doctor, veterinarian, teacher, or work in the administration so they have a chance to get a job after graduating; they work hard to reach their goal and deserve to be helped.
The Education Project started in 2012 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 2015 we helped students we have been supporting over the past years and started to help new ones 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…). 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 over the past years: they got good results at the very selective Gaokao exam which gives access to the university.
  • 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 thanks from 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.

To help these students go to school, please contact your local branch or make a secured online donation using your PayPal account or credit card at: 
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For further information, visit Tibetan Yogis Village Program official website: http://www.tibetanyogisvillage.com
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