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The Six Bardos with Dr. Nida and Professor Thurman

  • Pure Land Farms 3265 Santa Maria Road Topanga, CA 90290 United States (map)

The Six Bardos:

Teachings and Guided Meditation Practice with Professor Robert Thurman and Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.

The Six Bardos (བར་དོ་དྲུག་) refer to the transitional states of:

  1. The Natural Bardo of this Life

  2. The Painful Bardo of Dying 

  3. The Luminous Bardo of Dharmata 

  4. The Karmic Bardo of Becoming

  5. the Bardo of Meditation 

  6. The Bardo of Dreaming

This is an extremely rare opportunity to study these ‘in-between’ states with two experts (and great friends!) in the field of Sowa Rigpa (the Healing Science, Tibetan Medicine) and Nangdön Rigpa (the Inner Science, Buddhism). A special emphasis will be placed on how to understand and work with these states from the perspective of the Yuthok Nyingthig cycle of Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. Theoretical explanations will be supplemented with practical meditation guidance.



Wednesday June 5th, 7 - 9PM: Public Talk on death and dying from the Tibetan medical and Buddhist perspectives. This talk opens up our teaching and is included in registration fee of this program. It is also open to others not attending the complete program, space permitted.

Thursday - Friday, June 6th - 7th 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Teachings and guided practices.

Please note, this is a non-residential event. We have teamed up with the beautiful nearby Tara Sanctuary to offer accommodation for our guests. Please contact to inquire about room availability and rates. Lunch will be offered onsite at Pure Land Farms Thursday and Friday.

Copies of Professor Robert Thurman’s translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead will be available for purchase at Pure Land Farms.

You may also order it an advance in print or digital Kindle format from Amazon here.


Friday June 7th, 7PM: Following Friday’s program, we are very happy to offer a special evening of music with Drukmo Gyal, Simone Giuliani, and special guests. This concert opens up our weekend of Yuthok Nyingthig Empowerments and Yuthok Ling temple consecrations with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and special guests!

Registration for the concert and empowerments is not included in the Bardo teachings registration.

To register for the Pure Lands concert, please click here.

To register for the Yuthok Nyingthig empowerments, please click here.

About our Teachers:

Professor Robert Thurman:

Hailed by the New York Times as the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, Robert Thurman is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University.  He is President of Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, which is dedicated to the translation of the Tengyur, an important part of the Tibetan canon.

The first American to have been ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a personal friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for nearly 50 years, Professor Thurman is a dedicated advocate and spokesperson for Tibet. Professor Thurman also translates important Tibetan and Sanskrit philosophical writings, and lectures and writes on Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism; Asian history, particularly the history of the monastic institution in Asian civilization; and critical philosophy, with a focus on the dialogue between the material and inner sciences of the world’s religious traditions.

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang:

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, North Eastern Tibet and trained in Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) at the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. Alongside his medical education, he has trained in Vajrayana with teachers from every school of Tibetan Buddhism and is a lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine. He has published several books and articles on Tibetan yoga and medicine and his extensive research and revival of ancient Tibetan healing methods has earned him great acclaim in both 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 non-monastic yogi/ini culture within modern Tibetan society. 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.

Earlier Event: June 5
Death and Dying
Later Event: June 7
Pure Lands Concert