April 29, 2024 6:00pm

Meditation as Medicine with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Meditation as Medicine with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang



Monday, April 29
6:00-8:00pm ET
Hybrid | $25
The beauty of Tantric Buddhism is its diversity of process—there are many types of practice. But that means it is easy to feel lost—which practice is best for you? In this teaching, Meditation as Medicine, Dr. Nida explores the two treasures of the 12th century yogi-physician, Yuthok Yönten Gönpo  — Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig — to help us find our spiritual match. Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan medical) diagnosis and treatment revolves around elemental type, similar to Ayurveda. The Yuthok Nyingthig Buddhist path likewise offers practices that are particularly well suited for each type—wind, fire, and earth/water. In this unique presentation of the interconnectedness of Tibetan medicine and Buddhist tantra, Dr. Nida introduces traditional meditation techniques alongside diet and lifestyle recommendations that teach us how to nourish, detox, or fast — physically, psychologically, and spiritually — in order to balance our unique elemental type.
When Yuthok composed his teachings in the 12th century he predicted that future students would be busy, lacking the time and resources to do long and elaborate practices and retreats like the practitioners of the past. We are those students. This teaching shows us how to make the most of our precious time and effort on the spiritual path by helping us find the practices that best balance our body, energy, and mind.  It serves as an introduction to Tantric Buddhism and the Yuthok Nyingthig as well as to Sowa Rigpa, and is suitable for both new and experienced meditators.
Book signing will follow the talk.

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Meditation as Medicine with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Monday, Apr 29, 2024 06:00 PM



Born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet Dr. Nida began his early studies Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he was awarded scholarship to enter the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996 with practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka. Alongside his medical education, Dr. Nida trained in Vajrayana with teachers from every school of Tibetan Buddhism, especially in the Longchen Nyingthig of the Nyingma school from his root teacher Ani Ngawang Gyaltsen and in the Dudjom Tersar lineage from Chönyid Rinpoche and Sremo Dechen Yudron. He received complete teachings in the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine, from his teachers Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen and Khenchen Troru Tsenam, and was requested to continue the lineage by Jamyang Rinpoche of the Rebkong ngakpa/ma (non-monastic yogi and yogini) tradition. A well-known poet in his youth, Dr. Nida later published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) and the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition both in Tibetan and English which have been translated into several languages. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of little known traditional Tibetan external healing therapies. Dr. Nida is the founder and director of Sowa Rigpa Institute of Tibetan Medicine (https://www.sowarigpainstitute.org/), Pure Land Farms in Los Angeles (https://purelandfarms.com/), and Sorig Khang International (https://www.sorig.net/) In addition to his work as a physician, he trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition in over forty countries around the world.

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