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Death and Dying

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

An introduction to the processes of death and dying from the perspectives of the “Inner Science” (Dharma, Tibetan: ནང་དོན་རིག་པ། Nangdön Rigpa) and the “Healing Science” (Medicine, Tibetan: གསོ་བ་རིག་པ། Sowa Rigpa) from two great experts in the field.

Suggested Offering $25, Open to all (space permitting). Pre-registration required.

This talk opens up our Six Bardo teachings with Dr. Nida and Professor Thurman and is included in the registration fee for that program. Register for the complete Six Bardo program 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.