The Yoga of Bliss: Yuthok Nyingthig Karmamudra

with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang & Robert A.F. Thurman | December 6 - 10th, 2023

Karmamudra refers to the ancient Buddhist practice of partnered sexual yoga, whether in pure visualization form or with a physical partner. Also known as ‘The Path of Skillful Means’ or ‘The Path of Great Bliss’, karmamudra uses powerful meditation techniques to transform the raw energy of ordinary sexual pleasure, worldly desire, and orgasmic bliss into vehicles for spiritual transformation and liberation.
Karmamudra yoga is used by highly advanced creation and perfection stage unexcelled tantra yogis and yoginis or Great Perfection yogis and yoginis, but its insights and skills can also be used to enhance marriages and relationships in positive ways. Since Dr. Nida is both an advanced Great Perfection teacher and a skilled physician for regular folks, he is adept at making these teachings accessible for whatever level.
Dr. Thurman works with the Dr. Nida to contextualize the instructions and meditations on the all-enabling ground of voidness or emptiness within the general path of renunciation, compassion, and wisdom, following the Dalai Lama's style of explanation that can be useful to both Buddhists and members of other religions or secular humanists alike.
Aiming to inform and empower, Dr. Nida offers these rarely taught practices in order to clear away common misconceptions and offer vital context and instructions through which beginner and advanced students of any gender or sexual orientation can learn to engage with typically destructive and distracting emotions in a skillful and healthy way.
This teaching includes an introduction to and empowerment for the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique cycle of Vajrayana Buddhist practice connected with Tibetan Medicine, characterized by its concise and simple methods designed to bring about both worldly benefits--including improved health and longevity, enhanced healing and diagnostic skills--as well as the ultimate benefit of complete spiritual liberation.
For the advanced practitioner, this empowerment enables practice of advanced yogas, such as clearlight, lucid dreaming, bardo between yogas, etc. For the regular therapist and yogi or yogini householder, it may be received as an auspicious blessing.
Please note, that while traditional teachings and techniques will be introduced and may be practiced using visualization, no physical sexual practices will take place during this retreat. Dr. Nida's book, Karmamudra: The Yoga of Bliss (Sky Press) is excellent source material to prepare for the retreat, though it is not required.

Open to all levels of Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners.

This hybrid retreat is being offered online here as well as in person at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York. To join the in-person gathering, please CLICK HERE

*Image from Book Cover of Karmamudra: The Yoga of Bliss by Nida Chenagtsang

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.

To learn more about Dr. Nida Chenagtsang visit:

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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