Tibetan Medicine: Everything You Wanted to Know About it!

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The Five Elements: Dakini Day Chod – Online

With Pema Khandro

August 14, 2020
Practice the Laughter of the Dakinis on Dakini Day, a practice of healing through ultimate compassion. In Chod the Five Wisdom Dakinis designate the path to the transforming confusion into insight [...]
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Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

August 19, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – Conversations with Pema Khandro & Guests

With Pema Khandro

August 24, 2020
In the face of trauma, fear, aggression… what is the place of love and empathy? In the midst of moral outrage and the imperative to change society, how do we proceed without magnifying aggression and hate? This series is dedicated to contemplating possibilities for social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – A Conversation with Dr. Jan Willis & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Dr. Jan Willis

August 25, 2020
In the face of trauma, fear, aggression… what is the place of love and empathy? In the midst of moral outrage and the imperative to change society, how do we proceed without magnifying aggression and hate? This series is dedicated to contemplating possibilities for social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – A Conversation with Venerable Thubten Chodron & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Venerable Thubten Chodron

August 26, 2020
In the face of trauma, fear, aggression… what is the place of love and empathy? In the midst of moral outrage and the imperative to change society, how do we proceed without magnifying aggression and hate? This series is dedicated to contemplating possibilities for social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – A Conversation with Myokei Caine-Barret & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Myokei Caine-Barret

August 27, 2020
In the face of trauma, fear, aggression… what is the place of love and empathy? In the midst of moral outrage and the imperative to change society, how do we proceed without magnifying aggression and hate? This series is dedicated to contemplating possibilities for social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – A Daylong Retreat with Geshe Sonam & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Geshe Sonam

August 29, 2020
The “Bodhisattva” is a Buddhist term for a person dedicated to care for self, others and the world through compassionate action. Join Pema Khandro for this daylong retreat that explores how the Bodhisattva path fits in times of strife, change and intense uncertainty...
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Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 2, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s […]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 9, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s […]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 16, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 23, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

September 23, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
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Vajra Sangha Retreat

With Pema Khandro

October 1 - 6, 2020
Closed Retreat, for the Vajra Sangha only.
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Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 7, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s […]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 14, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s […]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 21, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 28, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 28, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
Register Now

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 4, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s […]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 11, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s […]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 18, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 25, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 25, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
Register Now

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 2, 2020
In web-classes, meeting twice a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism[…]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 9, 2020
In web-classes, meeting twice a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism[…]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 16, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 23, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 23, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
Register Now

The Interview

Check out this interview I did with Synergies In Healing Journal! Why is the Medicine Buddha blue? What is the connection between Tibetan Medicine & Ayurveda? What are the root causes of sickness… and more! The interviewer, Evelyn Einhaeuser, asked some fascinating questions.

Here is a link to the full interview.

Tibetan Medicine Tree

One of the questions that she surprised me with was asking about the Tibetan Medicine Tree. I didn’t realize that people outside of Tibetan Medicine knew about this tree – and it is one of my favorite features of the tradition because it shows in visual forms what the most important concepts are. The tree is used to communicate about the body ecology, causes of disease, factors of health, nutritional remedies and supplements and more!

The Three Trees

Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha

Another great topic of the interview is the Medicine Buddha. The Medicine Buddha is both a meditation practice and mantra and part of the medical practice itself. Patients and physicians both use the practice to awaken the healing power of the body, mind. One thing I didn’t get to mention in the interview is that there are two different forms of the Medicine Buddha. Here they are below.

This form of the Medicine Buddha (blue buddha pictured on the left) is based on the figure of Shakyamuni Buddha (on the right), who is the founder of Buddhism. You can see the similarity in their form and seated posture and mudra.

The other form of the Medicine Buddha is Orgyen Menla which is practiced in the Nyingma lineage. This is based on the form of Padmasambhava, the Tantric Buddha of Tibet.

Photos from:

https://sanaakosirickylee.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/medicine-buddha.jpg

http://www.buddhaofcompassion.org/guru%20med.jpg

http://www.auktionsagenten.net/ebay_bilder/_thangkas/shakyamuni__02_1024_001.jpg

http://www.amnyitrulchung.org/lineage/masters/medium/08-Guru-Rinpoche-1.jpg


Pema Khandro
Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, humanitarian, and teacher in the rare lineage of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis. Raised in the west, ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku and trained as an academic, Pema Khandro presents both a traditional perspective and a modern voice. Read more at: https://www.pemakhandro.org/pema-khandro-extended-biography/

  1. Thank you for this post, most interesting and informative. I have a few questions related to sickness and dying.
    1) Is there anything wrong with withdrawing life support to a person who seems unlikely to recover and is unconscious?
    2) Is there anything undesirable about taking pain medications as one approaches the time of death?
    3) Is there any reason to not donate one’s body parts at the time of death?
    4) Is there anything undesirable with being cremated?
    Thank you any light you can shed on these questions.

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