Tibetan Medicine: Everything You Wanted to Know About it!

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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 2

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November 20, 2019
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private […]
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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 1

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November 27, 2019
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private […]
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November 27, 2019
A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. Click Here to Register What is Dakini Day? The Dakini (known in Tibetan as Khandro) is the principle of spacious dynamic wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the […]

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December 11, 2019
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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 2

With Pema Khandro

December 18, 2019
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private […]
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New Years Retreat ~ Vajrasattva

January 20, 2020
Begin the New Year with a Day-long meditation retreat. You will practice Vajrasattva meditation, the practice cherished by Tibetan Buddhists for clearing past karma and restoring confidence and awakening compassion wisdom of your innermost mind. This retreat will be held in Los Angeles, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Grass Valley and Berkeley led by the Buddhist Yogi’s Sangha’s Meditation Instructors and Group Leaders [...]
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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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