Vajra Yoga: Tibetan Adepts and the Dzogchen, Mahamudra & Unexcelled Yoga Connection
with Dr. Nida, Tenzin Bob Thurman, and Michele Loew | Online Course
In the late 13th century, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo the Younger (1126-1202) attained full enlightenment and also direct revelations from the Medicine Buddha. He then synthesized the Buddha Medicine teachings of Vāgbhata’s Heart of the Elixir of Healing’s Eight Branches with his original practice synthesis of the old (nyingma) and new (sarma i.e. Kadam, Sakya, Kagyu) tantras known as Dzogchen Perfection Connection and Unexcelled Yoga.
For the next several centuries, great Tibetan scholars, translators, and adepts worked within this great synthesis, realizing, refining, researching, and teaching, until around 1400, a great renaissance of human awakening and enlightening wisdom exploded in all schools all over Tibet. The full impact of Buddha’s spirituality was activated in the mainstream heart of Tibetan culture, resonating with noted renaissances all over the world.
A key moment of that impact was the historic meeting in 1395 between a Kadam great adept, also master of the Dzogchen Perfection teaching, Lama Namkha Gyaltsen of Lhodrak (1326-1401), and the polymath scholar and yogic adept Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), founder of the Dalai Lama’s Gelukpa lineage. They met in the middle of the latter’s five-year retreat that culminated in his own full enlightenment in 1397. During their seven-month long teaching exchange retreat, when the Khenchen taught Tsongkhapa, he was seen by yogis present as physically transformed into the divine bodhisattva Vajrapani, and when Tsongkhapa taught the Khenchen, he was seen as physically transformed into the divine bodhisattva Mañjushri.
This practice retreat is number six in the deepening and broadening Vajra Yoga intensive series–is inspired by and in the spirit of these meetings, as Dr. Nida comes out of his own recent retreat and wants to focus on the Tsongkhapa-Namkha Gyaltsen dialogue as revealed in the Elixir Essence (already translated in Life and Teachings of Tsong Khapa) wherein the Great adept asks the Bodhisattva Vajrapani’s advice for the Great Perfection Connection meditations and for deepening the Centrist transcendent wisdom insight into emptiness.
The other is Yuthok Yonten Gonpo’s teaching of Mahamudra, on which Dr. Nida wrote a quintessential practice commentary in Tibetan during his retreat, the “Light Energy of Sun and Moon, Commentary on the Yuthok Mahamudra,” translated live as Dr. Nida shares direct personal instruction for the Mahamudra practice in his Yutok Gunanatha lineage, powerful at any level but specially adapted for senior practitioners.
In the practice sessions, yogis and yoginis will hone their Vajra Yoga practices with Master Yogini (Hathayoga and Tibetan Trulkor traditions) Michele Loew and special guests.
A Twenty-Two Part Study at Your Own Pace Online Course
Over 40 Hours of Video Teachings with Bonus Audio
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is a traditional Tibetan physician and lineage holder of the Yuthog Nyingthig, the unique Vajrayana Buddhist spiritual healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine. He has published several books and articles on Tibetan medicine, meditation, and yoga, and his extensive research and revival of ancient Tibetan healing methods has earned him great acclaim in both East and West.
In addition to his work as a physician, he trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthog Nyingthig tradition in over forty countries around the world.
Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher & practitioner of Hatha & Tibetan Yogas, & the founding director of the Vajra Yoga School of Comparative Buddhist & Indic Yogic studies she co-teaches with Professor Robert A.F. Thurman at Menla & abroad. Based in Portland, Oregon, she has taught, practiced, & studied avidly since 1998, and continues to run her longtime yoga school and beloved studio, The Yoga Space.
Her love and commitment to the unexcelled yoga tantras of Vajrayana as a path towards perfect enlightenment and the integration of those teachings with the Hatha yogas more broadly practiced today, infuses her work with great joy & commitment to a more compassionate and awakened world.
She honors the lineage of teachers she comes from and bows to her longtime Hatha & Classical Yoga teacher, Richard Freeman,To Robert Thurman, her beloved principle teacher in Buddhist science and her root guru His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the deepest bow for empowering her in the anuttara yogas.
Michele teaches 200 & 500 Yoga Alliance Certification trainings, Yoga Nidra workshops, & classes and retreats regularly. Follow her on Instagram @micheleloew
Learn more please visit: www.micheleloew.com
Robert A.F. Thurman
Robert A.F. 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.
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.
To learn more, please visit: www.bobthurman.com.
Tibetan Adepts Online Curriculum
- Online Feedback
- Session One | Day One Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Two | Day Two Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Three | Day Two Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Four | Day Two Session Three Bonus Audio
- Session Five | Day Three Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Six | Day Three Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Seven | Day Three Session Three Bonus Audio
- Session Eight | Day Four Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Nine | Day Four Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Ten | Day Four Session Three Bonus Audio
- Session Eleven | Day Five Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Twelve | Day Five Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Thirteen | Day Five Session Three Bonus Audio
- Session Fourteen | Day Five Session Four Bonus Audio
- Session Fifteen | Day Six Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Sixteen | Day Six Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Seventeen | Day Six Session Three Bonus Audio
- Session Eighteen | Day Six Session Four Bonus Audio
- Session Nineteen | Day Seven Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Twenty | Day Seven Session Two Bonus Audio
- Session Twenty One | Day Seven Session Three Bonus Audio
- Session Twenty Two | Day Eight Session One Bonus Audio
- Session Twenty Two | Day Eight Session Two Bonus Audio
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