Sowa Rigpa NALA
centre of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Yoga
We are pleased to announce the start of a new two-year study of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and External Therapies (TibMET) under the auspices of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, who founded the "International Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine" in 2006 to ensure the integrity and authenticity of traditional Tibetan medicine and to support its practice. Thanks to his activity it maintains keeping traditional Tibetan medicine alive and practicable in our modern world. The two-year study is organized by Sorig Khang NALA, in cooperation with Sorig Khang International.
Two-years study program
Traditional Tibetan doctor, teacher, yogi
Ensure the authenticity of Tibetan Medicine
Sowa Rigpa NALA
Center with a mission to preserve and promote the traditional Tibetan art of healing
Sowa Rigpa (tib. གསོ་བ་རིག་པ་) – the science of healing, and a support for developing one’s consciousness—another NALA project, born in 2020. It encompasses the study, healing and relaxation of body, energies and mind, utilizing Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, yoga and Buddhist meditations. Our guides on this holistic path are Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Dr. Nida Chengtsang, Dupseng Rinpoche and Sabchu Rinpoche. They teach us the age-old knowledge preserved in the unbroken lineage to this day and advise us as to how to bring it to the heart and implement it in everyday life. From the seeds in the mind, through the flowers of wisdom, to the fruits of meditation…happiness, health and dharma.
You can come to our centre for Tibetan medicine to practice Buddhist yoga, learn Tibetan healing yoga Nedjang, solve diseases of body and mind using the ancient tradition of Tibetan medicine. If you want to use the methods yourself in everyday life or use them to help others, you can also sign up to study Tibetan medicine and delve deeper into this science that has been tested for centuries.
Sowa Rigpa - Traditional tibetan Medicine
An ancient holistic system of healing that perceives the human body as a complex
The Himalayan science of healing known as Sowa Rigpa (short 'Sorig') is a traditional medical system with its roots dating back more than 2000 years. Preserved in its authenticity integrally until today’s date through the pure lineage of transmission it utilizes pulse and urine analysis, behavior and diet modification, natural medicines made from herbs and minerals, and External Therapies to treat illness.
Traditionally Sowa Rigpa was presented in Tibet within the context of an interdisciplinary study containing the Five Major Sciences (Philosophy, Logic, Sanskrit, Medicine, and Arts & Crafts) and the Five Minor Sciences (Synonymics, Mathematics & Astrology, Drama, Poetry, and Composition). Historically as well as scientifically an interdependent relationship has developed especially between the fields of Spirituality, Medicine, and Astrology.
This twofold meaning is connected to the Himalayan medicine’s aim of realizing both relative and absolute balance.
The Sorig education programs offered by SKẎ mirror the interdisciplinary approach by being open to interested students of all cultures, traditions, or religions. As one of Asia’s three great healing systems, Sowa Rigpa approaches suffering and disease holistically, whilst being compatible with any other eastern or western medical traditions.
In the Buddhist cosmology everything consists of the Five Elements: space, wind, fire, water and earth. They represent emptiness, motion, speed, liquid and solidity - similar to the characteristics of modern physic’s atoms. According to TTM the Five Elements also express themselves in our body, e.g. each hand has five fingers, and we have five sense organs.
The Five elements can be simplified into three principles which are called nye pa (faults):
Lung literally means ‘motion’ and is usually translated as wind. It has the nature of movement and boosts hot or cold energy.
Tripa literally means ‘burning’, it is translated as bile, it is speedy in nature and is a hot energy.
Beken translates into phlegm, literal meaning is ‘dew and earth’. It is liquid and solid, a cold energy.
Lung, tripa and beken form the bridge between body and mind. Therefor rebalancing energy will affect both body and mind. Targeting the bridge is also the fastest and most effective way to heal the entirety of a human.
Through the law of cause and effect the elements and energies of our environment and within our body are inseparable from each other. It is called tendrel - interdependent connectivity. This is why it is important in TTM to work with both human and nature.
In accordance to the connection between nature and Tibetan medicine the Four Tantras summarize a physician’s daily work as the Three Roots. This analogy also indicates the importance of the medical profession’s foundation. Students of Tibetan medicine learn and internalize them still today.
Root of Health and Diseases
This part covers basic theory, such as balance of energy, body and mind (‘health’), imbalance of energy (‘disease’). Theoretical knowledge about anatomy, physiology and pathology is its foundation.
Root of Diagnosis
In here the main diagnostic tools are introduced:
Inspection includes evaluating the form and contour of the patient’s body as well as the patient’s complexion; critical observation of the sense organs, in particular the
characteristics of the tongue; and detailed inspection of the urine, which is considered to be the most important factor in diagnosis.
Palpation in TTM, the art of palpation (touching) comprises various fields, the main two being pulse reading and point checking.
Case history is the process of collecting information: how to question and listen to the patient in order to identify signs and symptoms; knowing about diet and behavior in order to understand what the possible causes of the disturbance or illness may be.
Root of Treatment
There are four main methods of treatment in Tibetan medicine, namely:
Tibetan medicine offers unique features not found in any other healing tradition or modern medicine. Among these are the remarkable diagnostic methods of pulse reading and urine analysis, a vast materia medica including thousands of plants, minerals, animal products etc. used for medical treatment, and a sophisticated system of external therapies.
Pulse diagnosis includes more than ten basic divisions of pulses, each based on different aspects such as time, seasons, typology, elements, energies, spirits and more. Each type of pulse may have various characteristics of up to hundred if not thousands - a complete diagnostic tool in your hands.
Herbal medicine has always been fascinating to humankind - the cure could be right in your front garden! Tibetan medicine uses what nature offers:
Precious metals & gemstones
Minerals & earth
Plants & herbs
The famous Ku Nye Massage is one of the additional external therapies. It can be applied in almost all cases with preventive, curative or symptomatic intention. Therapists use different oils and various materials such as stones, gems, shells, conches, wood, metals depending on typology and disorder.
Tibetan acupuncture is one of the highest yet unknown healing arts of TTM. In the Four Tantras described as invasive and supreme amongst the external therapies it is the most effective therapy. The variety and complexity of the points, applications and indications are comparable to the art of Chinese acupuncture.
Moxibustion or moxa is commonly used to treat cold natured disorders. It proves to be an effective means against rheumatic diseases and different types of pain. A modified version known as hor me (Mongolian moxa) is said to be used on Genghis Khan every day - insinuating the secret of his accomplishments.
Study of Tibetan Medicine
Study program SKẎ Tibetan Medicine & external terapies (TibMET)
we are going to begin the study of traditional Tibetan medicine according to the tradition of Sowa Rigpa, under the auspices of Dr. Nida Chengtsanga. The two-year study is intended mainly for Czech students, but you, friends from other countries, can also sign up for individual courses or the entire study.
Length of study:
2 to 3 years depending on the time possibilities of foreign lecturers and the situation in the world
Number of teaching hours:
318 compulsory hours + optional subjects
It is also possible to take individual selected courses / topics without the need for exams and certification.
Curriculum: You can view the whole curriculum here.
Given that we currently do not know when we will be able to meet in person during the practical part of the study (massage, etc.), cours in the form of online study -the theoretical part which is to be completed within a certain number of hours - will be prepared gradually.
Practical full-time courses will start to be organised after the restrictions being released.
Period of individual modules
1 x in 1-2 months
2-3 days (weekend or extended weekend)
6 hours a day, online modules will take place in two to three hour lessons per day.
Completion of studies and certification
At the end of the study there is a final exam and a presentation of the diploma thesis. Upon successful completion of the study and passing the exam, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of Tibetan Medicine (CAS in TibMET).
Price for studies
Due to organizational changes at Sorig Khang International, the price for studies is under negotiation so far.
• 180 Euro / module 3 days (60 Euro / day) for full-time form
• prices can be adjusted depending on the online or full-time form and the education of a particular lecturer.
• in the case of the full-time form, the fee for food and accommodation will be paid separately at the venue.
Courses without CAS certification in TibMET: If you do not need certification and are only interested in some topics, it is also possible to complete selected study modules without the need for final exams. For individual therapies, you will receive a certificate of completion and you will be able to perform them independently within your practice. We have to point out already that the current capacity of the premises is limited to 40 participants; would this number be exceeded, pupils from the complete two-year program will be given preference to those from full-time classes. In this case, others will have the opportunity to take a course online, unless it is a practical exercise.
dates of individual modules and registration can be found in the calendar of events
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Traditional Tibetan doctor, teacher, writer and yogi
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is a traditional Tibetan physician and lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique spiritual healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine. Born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet, he began his early medical studies 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 the Tibetan and English languages 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 Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International; Co-Founder of the International Ngakmang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong ngakpa non-monastic yogi/ini culture within modern Tibetan society; and Co-Founder and Medical and Spiritual Director of the Sorig Institute and Pure Land Farms: Center for Tibetan Medicine, Meditation and Rejuvenation in Los Angeles, California. 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.