A quarterly e-newsletter from IATTM January to March 2014 - Volume 4 Issue 1
A new year, a new resolution and many dreams!
As we stepped into 2014, we have many things to be thankful for and many things to look forward to. The past year had been very eventful for IATTM and we are gearing up to fulfill big dreams in 2014. The newest development is the upcoming registration of the IATTM as an official non-profit organization, a foundation built to last. Through this we hope to get more organised, get more support and recognition on the scope of work we do, whether it is on Tibetan medicine training, texts research translation and texts publication, etc.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jens Tonnenman was in Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu last month to make preparations for our 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa.. We are all very excited to be in the heart of the Himalayas this time!
A path is made by walking on it....so as we walk the path, have a wonderful and meaningful journey! Happy 2014!!
Sorig News Editor
& IATTM International Ku Nye Teacher
"Sa Che, El fengshui tibetano"
by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Spanish.
Coming soon...Ku Nye book in Spanish!! Watch for it!
Updates from IATTM Spain -.
This year Dakini Drukmo Gyal will be with us in Spain. We will having Tibetan cultural programme including Tibetan Dance courses, Tibetan music concert, public talks, courses on Tibetan and Chinese Languages.
For 2014 we will have several courses like Astrology level 1, Tibetan medicine level 1, Ku Nye level 1 and also seminar on Chu Tang.
You are all invited to come and visit us any time!!!
Do you remember the project “Mantra for Fukushima” that IATTM Italy launched, on a proposal by Tomoko Masuda and Andrea Degl'Innocenti of Villa Jampa - Lucca (Italy), for a collective chanting of mantras to help the critical situation of Japanese nuclear power plant of Fukushima?
Many practitioners of Mantra Healing and Traditional Tibetan Medicine, alone or in groups, all around the world, from Europe to Asia and America, accepted our invitation and the 18th October 2013, during the full moon night, with partial moon's eclipse, the reciting of Medicine Buddha Mantra took place and the water has been enhanced.
This water has been sent to Villa Jampa, in Italy, where Andrea and Tomoko collected it.
At the end of November they went to Japan and poured the strengthened water into the ocean, near the Ise Coast, an important spiritual place.
A part of this water has been left, to be poured into the ocean by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, when he will go to teach in Japan in January 2014.
But the Project hasn't stopped yet! We have thought to use this water, coming from all over the world, and make it available to all those who need to use it for all situation of environmental pollution of seas, lakes, rivers, etc..
To get the enhanced water, it is enough to send an email to Villa Jampa (email@example.com) specifing the reason of your request and Andrea and Tomoko will send you the water.
We wish to thank all those who have been part of this project, persons and groups, from Austria, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland and United States.
A special thanks to Tomoko Masuda and Andrea Degl'Innocenti of Villa Jampa, Lucca - Italy.
Thanks to all of you. Tashi Delek
Updates from IATTM UK
2013 was a landmark year for the UK. It’s the year IATTM UK, Sorig Press and Tanadugshop.com launched simultaneously to promote the cause of traditional Tibetan medicine in the UK.
Dr Nida's return to London, after a 5 year absence, was marked by a full schedule of radio interview, workshops and talks. With workshops on dream analysis, Yuthok Nyingthig, and Sa Che, as well as evening talks on mantra healing and karmamudra, it was a very successful five days, with an enthralled audience of old friends and new devotees to Tibetan medicine
It all started with a great one hour radio interview with Dr Nida, whose description of Tibetan medicine to a lay audience was extremely informative and very clear. Earlier, prior to his arrival, Evelyn was interviewed on radio regarding the launch of 'The Tibetan Art of Dream Analysis' which had new people coming to attend Dr. Nida's workshop. Our full five days' event ended with a talk on karmamudra which elicited a lot of debate and questions. We hope to build on this in 2014 to make Dr Nida's next visit to the UK even more successful.
Two of our Ku Nye students also completed level 3.1 in Valencia this year. Congratulations to Rita and Carita.
Tanadugshop and Sorig Press
Tanadugshop started operating in April 2013. Since then we have seen a growing number of customers from every continent bar Africa, and the number of items available for sale continues to increase every month. We are now starting to work with other partners who will be offering tormas, treasure vases, and high quality thangka prints. These, plus new posters and books, will be promoted through our facebook link in January 2014. We also invite anyone who needs a global ecommerce platform to use it to promote/sell their products - tanadugshop is there as a reliable service for the IATTM community, so why not give it a try?
Sorig Press, the English language publishing house for IATTM books, successfully launched Dr Nida's Tibetan Art of Dream Analysis at the IATTM Congress in Innsbruck this year. This was closely followed by a new reprint of the Art of Good Karma in English. Sorig Press also published TTM Journal #5 which is being sold through tanadugshop, as well as the four TTM posters, which were offered as a gift to HH the Dalai Lama at the Fribourg event in April 2013. Our next publication will be a special La poster, portable and easy to use. Watch out for the promotion coming soon, and new titles being launched in 2014.
Shitro Puja at The Rigdzin Rabpel Ling Ngakpa Temple, Amdo/Tibet
Great Ritual of The Tibetan Book of the Dead : 25-27 June, 2014
About Shitro ~
Originating from the same 14th century revelation that brought the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Shitro is the most important ritual to liberate the deceased, eliminate obstacles for the sick, understand and prepare for our own death, and plant seeds for liberation in the bardo. For practitioners, it liberates from fear and obstacles, brings harmony and awakens our inner potential.
For centuries, the Rebkong area of northeastern Tibet has been a focal place for the development of the culture of Ngakpas - Tibetan yogis. From June 24-26, 2014 there will be a three-day Shitro ritual in Rigdzin Rabpel Ling, the most precious and blessed of the Rebkong yogi temples, also known as Amdo’s Copper Colored Mountain.
Following are some words from the late Rebkong Ngakpa Lama Tharchin Rinpoche about Shitro practice:
“Shitro helps transform impure energy and increases long life for our teachers because it removes obstacles from damaged samaya in the sangha and purifies defilements that cause obstacles to enlightenment. I pray that we will all reach enlightenment together and that peace and happiness will pervade for all beings."
About the Rebkong Ngakpa Shitro ~
This tradition was initiated by a council of high yogis, led by Alak Andron and the second Namkha Rinpoche in the 1930‘s. In conjunction with the local ruler, all various Ngakpa groups came together every year to join in prayer. It grew to become the largest annual gathering of Tibetan yogis.
This year will be a special occasion, as the Shitro puja will be held at Rigdzin Rabpel Ling for first time after 32 years. After the tradition was broken during the cultural revolution, it was first re-initiated at Rigdzin Rabpel Ling. Since then, it has been held at various other temples in the region, and this will be the first time that Rigdzin Rabpel Ling will again host the event. In honor of this great event, the temple is being renovated to prepare for the 500-800 yogis and yoginis who are expected to attend.
This year will also be a unique milestone, as the female practitioners – known as Ngakmos- are invited to play an equal role in the ceremony for the first time.
You are cordially invited to be a part of the ceremony by either joining us in Rebkong or supporting through your donation. All students and sponsors are invited to join Dr Nida and the assembled Ngakpas and Ngakmos in attending the puja. Please contact us early to reserve your transportation and accomodation etc.
For your donation, any amount will be appreciated. It is also possible to dedicate your offering on behalf of a sick or deceased loved one, who will receive a special blessing in the ceremony. The donations will be used for offerings in the ceremony, feeding and making offering for the participants.
Ngak Mang International e.V. will coordinate the arrangements and donations for the event. For more information contact NMI e.V., Christine Koch, firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Shitro will also have a special dedication for Lama Tharchin, who passed into Parinirvana in July 2013.
Yuk Cho (Tib. dbyug dchos)
Traditional Tibetan Stick Therapy by Philippe Gonin
~ article from TTM JOURNAL ISSUE 5, SEM DE - The Happy MInd
Introduction Yuk means stick and Chö signifies therapy, hence the name Yuk Chö literally means ‘Stick Therapy’. Stick Therapy occupies a particular place in the panoply of therapies of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). Not cited in the Four Tantras, its formulation is a relative late-comer to TTM although it emerges from various ancient lineages. Stick Therapy remains relatively unknown because its transmission historically has been passed directly from master to pupil in a very discreet manner. It is a therapy that has been in use for a very long time.
Stick therapy is woven from various historic periods of both medical and spiritual practice, deriving from research that takes root contemporaneously within in the Bon culture, the Ngakpa tradition, and the Buddhist traditions - particularly the Nyingmapa school.
The sticks used for this therapy are traditionally made from rattan cane. At one end, little pouches containing medicinal herbs or small egg-shaped bulbs of wood are affixed. The sticks can be used in a variety of ways: tapping, rubbing, prodding and rolling. Apart from the purely mechanical therapeutic effect, Stick Therapy is animated by the resonance or the echo of each stroke. As with all aspects of TTM, if the spiritual aspect of the practice is not alive, however efficacious the therapy may be, it is incomplete.
The effectiveness Stick Therapy depends entirely on the expertise of the practitioner - in knowing where to tap, how to tap, with what to tap, for what reason, and with which intention to tap. This in turn necessitates that one understands the constituents of health and disease, physical anatomy, physiology and pathology, the anatomy and functioning of the subtle energetic body, as well as consummate knowledge of oneself. It is said that this teaching requires a true transmission and appropriate explanation lest the Dakini of the Light of the Sun punishes one. Stick Therapy is also linked to the (spiritual) practices of Vajrapani, Yamantaka and Hayagriva......[ read more ]
To read other interesting articles, make sure you get your copy of TTM Journal Issue 5!
Copies of the Journal of Taditional Tibetan Medicine can be obtained from your local TTM branches and at: Tanadugshop.com
Updates from Novosibirsk IATTM group :
There are about 60 IATTM students in Novosibirsk (Siberia, Russia), There have been several TTM courses in Novosibirsk during 2011-2013 years: 4 Ku Nye 1 courses with Inna Medvedeva (2011, 2012); 3 Root Tantra courses (2010, 2011, 2012), 2 courses of Tibetan language (2011, 2012) and Diet and Life Style (2013) with Alexandr Arbuzov; Pharmacognosy with Vsevolod Orlov (2012); Ku Nye 2, Mantra Healing 1, Yoga Nejang courses with Emilio Gallotta (2013), Acupuncture, Yoga Nedjang, Dream Yoga, Yun Nendro courses with Dr Nida Chenagtsang (2013). We held the Medicine Buddha, 4 Bat, 5 Daka and 5 Dakini collective retreats (2013).
In 2014, we are going to organize following courses: Ku Nye 1 with Tatiana Vrublevska Root Tantra with Anastasia Tepliakova, Ku Nye 2 with Emilio Gallotta and TTM courses with Dr. Nida Chenagthang
Novosibirsk situated in the Russia geographical center. Altai Mountains with the richest nature are nearby. It would be good to hold IATTM pharmacology international course there. We invite IATTM teachers and students to Novosibirsk.
Novosibirsk IATTM organizer
3rd INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE
CONGRESS REGISTRATION: from the end of February 2014
Varied Lecture and Interactive Workshop Program with senior doctors, scholars and TTM practitioners from various countries | Information and Exhibition Stands | Presentation of Treatment Sequences | International Networking Meetings | IATTM Diploma Ceremony | Arts and Culture | Comprehensive additional Program in Nepal before & after the Congress (Trekking, Culture Travel, Workshops, Retreat: individual/group)
We are honored to invite you to the 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa - Traditional Tibetan Medicine which will be held from December 28 to 30, 2014 in Kathmandu/Nepal.
Congress has arrived in Kathmandu!
All the best wishes for the new year 2014 and my most cordial greetings from Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu (Nepal), the place of our 3rd International TTM Congress 2014.
Thank you so much for the inspiring and comprehensive feedback after the 2nd Congress in September 2013 in Innsbruck/Austria.
I hope the Congress documentation on the website http://www.attm-austria.at (mp3-files of the lectures of Day1, pdf´s of the presentation-slides) will support your work in the field of TTM.
On the way to create an „ongoing worldwide Congress“ (according to the words of the highly respected Congress President and Director of the IATTM, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang) the idea has just been arrived in Kathmandu, the pulsing capital of Nepal.
The Congress: an annual meeting that moves from country to country around the world; a local context focussed through an international perspective; traditional time-tested knowledge meets contemporary research and practice of the highest possible standard.
From December 9-23, 2013 I was in Kathmandu for the preparations of the 3rd Congress. Together with the head of the local organizing Team in Nepal, Raj Kumar Shrestha, we´ve met renowned senior- and young doctors of Sowa Rigpa, local Amchi´s, nepalese researchers, scholars, artists & highly respected spiritual masters and we were able to create an inspiring and comprehensive preliminary schedule for the 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa/TTM.
The preliminary schedule will be published soon.
Raj Kumar Shrestha and other wellknown nepalese members from different professional backgrounds -with the expertise and guidance of an experienced lawyer in this field- have founded an interdisciplinary nepalese NGO which will be the inviting Organization of the 3rd TTM Congress and moreover work cooperatively for the further development of Sowa Rigpa in Nepal:
SORIG KHANG INTERNATIONAL NEPAL (SKIN).
Foundation of Sorig Khang International Nepal (SKIN)
Nepal with its long history and experience in cultural diversity, interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation seems to be a perfect context and location for the next Congress. Sowa Rigpa is still & already an essential part of the local healthcare system: different schools and traditions are existing side by side and Nepal has the enormous variety of the himalayan herbals as a natural ressource.
Inspired through the latest election here in November 2013, the ongoing process of finding a balanced middle-way between tradition and modernity, between east and west, standardization and diversity and in close contact to the neighboring countries India and China, there is a great interest in Nepal to be an international Congress destination: to be host and organizer of International Congresses with experts and guests from all over the world like our annual TTM Congress.
Under the inspiring Motto „Sharing knowledge“ the 3rd International Congress will take place from December 28 to 30, 2014 in Shechen Monastery/Kathmandu.
Here some excerpts of the preliminary schedule:
On December 27 will be Part I of the IATTM Coordinator´s meeting (Part II will be on the 31st December)
Parallel on December 27 there will be a guided tour to sacred buddhist places in the Kathmandu valley
In the evening of December 27 we will celebrate the "Opening Ceremony" for the Congress at the big Stupa in Bouddhanath and after a "Joint Chora“ with all the participants we will have the "Welcome Dinner" at Shechen Guesthouse, our IATTM domicile for the Congress-days
The Congress will start daily at 8 a.m. with a guided morning puja/prayers/Medicine Buddha Practice
From 9.30 a.m. there will be a comprehensive daily parallel program with lectures and workshops of highly experienced senior doctors, TTM scholars, spiritual masters and TTM practitioners from various different countries, a wonderful additional program with local and international artists and a variety of presentation stands at the „Exhibition Area“.
The Congress will reflect the deep roots and the comprehensive knowledge of the medical system Sowa Rigpa, the days will offer an update with outstanding news from scientific research and practice in this field and they will invite to a cooperative exchange of the highest possible standard to encourage further steps of cooperation and interdisciplinarity for the benefit of all.
The detailed preliminary program will be published with the start of the registration by the end of February 2014.
We highly recommend an early registration as there will be limited space and a limited number of participants.
Of course you should stay a little longer in Nepal: after the Congress our local coordinator Raj Kumar Shrestha and his Team from AST will offer various options for a follow-up-program: Trekking, Cultural Trips, TTM practice or workshops, Retreat: individual or in a group.
More information will be published with the start of the registration by the end of February and in the next Sorignews.
Please check the Congress website http://www.attm-austria.at then so that you can do your registration and the bookings -especially for the flight- on time in advance to guarantee your participation.
Let´s create this next Congress together and let´s meet all in Kathmandu in December 2014 for the 3rd International Congress on Sowa Rigpa, for days of interdisciplinarity, exchange and friendship in the long and profound tradition of „Sharing Knowledge“ in the field of Sowa Rigpa, for the benefit of all.
You are most welcome,
Dr. Jens Tönnemann, M.D. TTM Congress Coordination Board Certified Psychiatrist in Austria
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Yuthok Ngondro retreat 1-7January with Dakini Drukmo Gyal
Course will be held in Tibetan Medicine Countryside Centre Men Ling (Pärnu, Jõõpre). Retreat fee: 315€ week or 50€ day (included food and accommodation). Registration and information:email@example.com
TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE: Root tantra with Dr Arbuzov 23.-26.Jan. and 31.Jan.-2.Feb. 2014 in Tallinn
Course fee: 300€ firstname.lastname@example.org
TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE: Kunye massage 1. with Anu Rootalu February-March-April 5 weekends. Registration and information: email@example.com Last day of registration is 27 January! Course fee: 400€
In the “six good substances” known as good for the kidneys, as well as one of “three cold substances”. It is both a warm and cold natured medicine. Used for curing tsawa and grangba disorders. It is the main base of formulas, as “sugmel 10”
Taste & Potency
Warm, hot, cold
Dry in a neutral place
intake with tea, decoction, soup or food
6gm per day, 3 times a day
Cold nature disorders
Kidney pain caused by stone & coldness
Generates digestive heat
Caution: Remove the skin of cardamon.
COMMON HERBAL FORMULAS
Generally, herbal remedies are compunded according to the taste and potency of herbs.
The dosage given here are from hte late master Tibetan doctor, Professor Troru Tsenam, who was greatly renowmed for his effective herbal preparations.
Reflections on Yuthok Nyingthig Inner Guru Yoga Retreat in Borobodur, Central Java
Seemed to be more obstacles before the trip.. a fight between mind and reality..well, thanks to my great dharma sisters for their constant reminder and group support, the negative talk in my mind finally subsided...but obstacles still continue to flood in.. I made my way to the flight five minutess before gate closed...phew.
The journey experience to Central Java had been a blissful one... Thanks o the earlier commotion..I was finally able to sit back and let the clouds and forming rainbow to awe my thoughts....peaceful.
The retreat started with more disturbances than I wish for...the attachment to a serene environment in previous retreat at Nepal had created some internal struggle, the humid temperature, the endless Mosquitos attack, the Friday endless prayers by the nearby mosques(many of them in different prayer timings), my first day was definitely a test to my will...luckily the late heavy rain brought in much needed peace and breeze, and the most awaited feasting time, the yummilicious food and fresh fruits drink did reignite my weak mind.
Everyday a little different..the change of mind and thoughts... The power of mind was well tested this time, to work with thoughts that keep flowing in and to continue maintaining focus to the inner light.. The level of exhaustion was like having work for 24 hours without sleep..we collapsed to deep sleep whenever a break was granted..
The ease of getting into light getting easier day by day..and there were glimpses of real blissful moments...
Whenever that happened?..is beyond words..totally free from any binding..
One great experience ...the 2nd last day...in our meditation...when the mosques prayers suddenly gone into silent altogether..the split second of total noise turned into total silent....the impact of sudden quietness...like in the void...in the vacuum ..was simply magical.
We celebrated the successful ending of our retreat in a small ritual with drums and dance...so wonderful to have my dharma sisters in this awakening journey and I believe this was " our journey " and together we will continue to journey the enlighten path _/|\_ Tashi Delek.
By Bebe Choo
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Ngari Prefecture sits on the Western Tibetan Autonomous Region and borders India, Nepal and the Indian Kashmir and is contiguous (adjacent) with Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China. It sits at an elevation of 4,500m and has a total area of 310,000 sq-km, accounting for one-forth of Tibet. It is known as the “roof of the roof of the world” and the most Tibetan part of Tibet. It is where the Himalayas, Ganges, Kunlun and Karakorum mountains meet and is simply filled with spectacular mountain ranges, beautiful (60) lakes and (80) rivers and vast grasslands. Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarova are symbolized as the “scared mountain and holy lake” of Buddhism and are thus spiritual centers of the Buddhists.
IATTM's homepage on Yuthok Nyingthig - the spirtual practice of Tibetan Medicine www.yuthok.net
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
YUTHOK NYINGTHIG—A Perfect Journey to the Rainbow Body
YUTHOK NYINGTIG NGONDRO
The meaning of Ngöndro
Ngöndro means preliminary practice or preparation. By using the term ‘preliminary practice’ it may seem that it is something very basic and in some respect it is basic but at the same time, it is very important. We could call it a basic essential practice. We could compare it to the upbringing of a child; the family and early school education are both rudimentary yet important aspects for the child’s development. In a similar way the Yuthok Nyingthig Ngöndro practice is extremely useful and essential for beginners to Spiritual Practice.
If we imagine the building of a house, the foundations need to be very stable and strong. Likewise, if we want to develop our spiritual practice, we need our basic framework to be strong. Spiritual practice is like a building which can have one, two or more floors. Buddha mentioned there are ten levels or bumis and the higher our building or spiritual practice go, the stronger our foundation needs to be. By doing the Ngöndro we’re set up the foundation of our spiritual practice.
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Ngöndro practices are often very demanding and considerable time, effort and dedication is needed to accomplish them, for example at least 100,000 prostrations, recitations of refuge, bodhicitta etc need to be completed, but Yuthok Ngondro (uncommon) Practice is only seven days.
Typically in other Ngöndro practices there are two different stages referred to as Common Ngöndro and Uncommon Ngöndro, but the Yuthok Nyingthig Ngöndro has three main parts; Common Ngöndro, Uncommon Ngöndro and Routine Ngöndro;
Part 1 - Common Ngöndro (The Base)
The base refers to the foundation of the Yuthok Nyingthig Ngöndro. The Common Ngöndro is simply for all common people so everyone is able to reflect on the meaning of life, to see the true nature of life. It has five important points and these can be practiced by thinking or meditating however if we’re able to realize these through our own life experiences, it is even more effective.
· The difficulty in achieving a precious human life
· The impermanence of life
· The natural law of cause and effect
· The consequence of living in Samsara, the worldly life
· The benefits of spiritual liberation
Part 2 - Uncommon Ngöndro (The Path)
This is a special Buddhist concept which is different from our normal way of looking at our life. This is why it is known as the Uncommon practice. Dharma refers to the way or path, and everybody and every tradition has their own way of thinking and living according to it. Buddha’s way of thinking is called Buddha Dharma and in this case, Buddha’s style is called Uncommon to others. In the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition, there are seven aspects:
· Bodhicitta and the Four Immeasurables
· Mandala offering and Circumambulation
· Purification practice of Dorje Sempa
· Kusali practice
· Puja practice
Part 3 - Routine Ngöndro (Karma Yoga)
Once we’ve completed the Uncommon Ngöndro we then need to establish a routine practice. Importantly this is something that can be practiced throughout our whole lives, whenever we can or when we desire to do something for the benefit of others, to help others and make others happy. We can achieve this through Karma Yoga.
In this way, daily life can be integrated into the practice ensuring mindfulness is part of everything we do. In the original text there are six important points:
· Be involved in charity projects especially those to help poor and sick people
· Find ways to save lives not just for your patients but for all people and animals. Always find ways to help others as much as possible
· Always strive to spread Yuthok’s teachings especially the Four Medical Tantras and the Yuthok Nyingthig
· Create a clinic or a centre where those who are in need can receive help
· Make donations or offer your time to help build things that will benefit many beings such as community centres or animal shelters. Or participate in projects in poorer countries where they need things like wells and bridges.
· Liberate animals & protect the environment
Visit: www.yuthok.net for full information on Yuthok Nyingthig practices according to traditional Tibetan medicine
Did you get your copy yet?
The Tibetan Art of Dream Analysis by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Excerpt from the book:
Dreams: Indicators of Health Tibetan medicine practitioners use dreams to analyse mental problems and assess if a person's mental health is well balanced, and to uncover physical problems. The body is viewed not only physically but also connected to a person's energies and the five elements of Tibetan cosmology.
Tibetan doctors using knowledge of the interrelationship between a person's body, energies and the elements are able to use symbols present in dreams to help in curing or preventing health problems.
Dreams may contain warnings linked with future events - giving us messages about what is about to happen not just to us but to friends, family or even work colleagues. Being forewarned prepares us to respond more aptly to a particular situation or obtain a better idea of what is important in our present life.
A special purpose of our dreams is to increase our wisdom and understanding. Prophetic dreams and teachings in one sleep state fall under this category.
In our daily life, we may encounter situations or problems we are unable to solve, concerning work, study, and people issues. The ability to find solutions through dreaming is a major help indealing with everyday problems. This is why dreams are very important for our health and mental well-being. Ina twenty-four hour cycle we spend an average of seven or eight hours sleeping and dreaming. Some dreams are unpleasant and people naturally dislike bad dreams. However, negativity is part and parcel of living life so it is crucial to try and understand even bad dreams....
Purchase your copy of the book directly at Tanadugshop.com or contact your local IATTM branch coordinator.
Rigzin Rabpel Ling Program in Amdo! Preserving Tibetan Cultural Heritage
The program launched by the International Ngak-Mang Institute* in a village located near Rebkong, in Amdo, North East of Tibet is now in its realization phase. Thanks to private donors from Singapore, USA, Spain, Germany, Australia, Italy, France, UK, Malaysia, Russia and Japan (58 800 € have been collected so far).
5 400 people, leaving in 10 villages around Rigzin Rabpel Ling, will benefit from this program covering cultural, educational and healthcare aspects. Many of them are farmers who have integrated Tantric Buddhism practices in their everyday life; they are called Ngakpas and Ngakmas.
Rigzin Rabpel Ling Program Update
Cultural Project Renovating Rigzin Rabpel Ling Ngakpa House
The work to renovate the Ngakpa House, where Ngakpas from the Rebkong area will gather to perform the Shitro ritual at the end of June 2014, is well advanced. Funds neededto finish: 20 600 RMB / 2 575 €.
Building a Retreat Centre with 8 Meditation Rooms
Local ngakpas and westerners studying Traditional Tibetan Medicine with Dr Nida started to do retreats in the 3 meditation rooms, with shared solar shower and toilet, which are finished. Funds needed to finish building 5 additional rooms, kitchen, yard with garden are estimated at 148 800 RMB / 18 600 €.
Financing High School and University Studies
With the money collected this year, thanks to the people who participated in this program, we have been able to help 12 students in 4 different villages. All of them are relatives of Ngakpas who are actively involved in maintaining the tradition at Rigzin Rabpel Ling.
We have received many requests for financing university studies. Unfortunately we could not fulfil those this year as the cost was too high. Our objective is to collect money both for high school and university students in 2014. Students and parents (who often have to make difficult choices such as sending only one child to school, leaving in a single room because they cannot finish building their homes…) were very grateful to receive our visit. Visiting each family allows us to better identify the people who most need help and make sure the money is used to finance education and nothing else. Having the possibility to exchange with the students gives us the opportunity to evaluate their motivations and understand their strengths and difficulties. Funds needed for this project: 2 000 RMB / 250 € per high school student; 10 800 RMB / 1350 € per university student.
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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 brances have been developed with the aim of realising the vision of IATTM; providing courses on Tibetan Medicine, eductational materials and publications. The regional branches fall under the co-ordination of IATTM.