Medicine Buddha Rejuvenation Retreat

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert Thurman | April 7-12, 2023

Tantric Ngagpa Lama Doctor, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo the Younger (1126-1202 CE), transmitted the Buddha’s medical knowledge and teaching developed over 17 centuries by learned and enlightened mendicant and lay physicians in various kingdoms in the Indian subcontinent, revealed outside Vaishali city by Shākyamuni Buddha and transformed for the occasion into the dark blue sapphire-colored radiant Eighth Medicine Guru Buddha (Bhaiṣhajyaguru Buddha). In fact, the Younger Yuthok was himself considered an emanation of the Medicine Buddha, resurrecting the Indian Four Medicine Tantras codified by Vāgbhaṭṭa, the vast literature of Indian Buddhist medicine that burned with the destruction of the Library of Nālandā Monastic University in 1172 CE. Dr. Nida is renowned in our time as both a Master physician and an eminent Ngagpa (lay Tantric master) carrying the banner of healing of the spiritual/physical mind/body sentient human.

Although our era is known as allowing humans in general to live in a particular body for only a century or so, Tibetan Buddhist Medicine theory defines ultimate health as mind-body full enlightenment, where one realizes one’s flesh and blood and bone is also made of clearlight, and so one blisses out no matter what happens. Short of that blessed state of grace, one has imbalances of physical and emotional energies that cause one suffering, but the bonus is if one develops intelligence into wisdom, one can feel the default probability of bliss-freedom indivisible reality, at least simulate that bliss-state experience, and focus one’s precious human life energy on getting to Buddhahood for real, in order to enjoy the full ability of loving and helping others. This is what we will work on with Ngagpa Dr. Nida and Thurman.

There is bcud ken, “essence-taking,” various kinds of special fasting yoga (these take a bit longer but will be introduced). There are also routine dietary and behavioral rejuvenating disciplines to learn, and mentally there are the yogas of cultivating transcendence/compassion and the super-wisdom of emptiness/openness/infinite connectivity that realistically and easily intensifies vitality at any age, culminating in the Dzogchen “Great Connectivity” (mahāsaṁdhi) that is the Ngagpa specialty. It is what enabled Yuthok himself to live a full rich life transmitting the vivid vision of the Medicine Buddha’s pure land, healing people right and left, cultivating a wide circle of enlightening bodhisattva disciples through Great Connectivity perfection teachings with all its detailed sutric and tantric scaffolding. He then departed that one body in the time of his own choosing into the sparklingly visible Rainbow Body, singing his song of prayerful vows to emanate as many healing emanation embodiments as all beings everywhere and everywhen would ever need without ceasing.

Takeaways from this retreat include: a thorough overview of the Medicine Buddha pure land and teaching from RootTantra, introduction to/reminder of Great Connectivity Perfection transcendent wisdom, tasting of the three life-bardo-betweens of lucid waking, dreaming, and meditating, practicing vajrayogas with expert supervision, experiencing by individual choice external Tibetan therapies at the Dewa Spa, as well as forest bathing in the Menla forest gardens, and perhaps ceremonial blessings of longevity and rejuvenation according to the tradition of Yuthok Yonten Gonpo.

Open to all levels of experience.

We have a limited number of spots for students needing scholarship assistance. These are need based and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please email [email protected].

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Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida was born in Amdo, in Eastern Tibet. Interested in the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996. He completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka. Dr. Nida has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine). He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of traditional Tibetan external healing therapies.

He has published many articles and books on Sowa Riga and its spiritual counterpart, the Yuthok Nyingthig Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. His extensive research and revival of ancient Tibetan healing methods has gained him high acclaim in East and West. Dr. Nida is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International and Co-Founder of the International Ngakmang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa yogic culture within modern Tibetan society. Dr. Nida trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition in over 40 countries around the world.

Fluent in English and known for his accessible and humorous style, Dr. Nida trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition in over 40 countries around the world.

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Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as Co-Founder and President of Tibet House US | Menla in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet.

A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Freindly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life


In partnership with Nena Thurman and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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