The lineage of Tibetan meditation practiced at Pure Land Farms is called the Yuthok Nyingthig (Tib. གཡུ་ཐོག་སྙིང་ཐིག་), the ‘Heart Essence of Yuthok.' This unique compilation of spiritual practices were composed by Yuthok Yönten Gönpo the Younger, Tibet's great 12th century physician and meditation adept, considered to be an emanation of Medicine Buddha. It is a complete cycle of Vajrayana Buddhist practice, beginning with the preliminary practices (Tib. སྔོན་འགྲོ་ “ngöndro”) and progressing through the development and completion stage practices to the highest practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.
The tradition is characterized by its concise and simple methods perfectly suited for busy and modern people, which bring about both worldly benefits, including improved health and longevity, as well as the ultimate benefit of complete spiritual liberation. The Yuthok Nyingthig is the main spiritual practice of Tibetan physicians, and it contains many unique techniques to heighten the intuition and healing capacities of the doctor.
Yuthok Nyingthig meditation practices are traditionally done in the context of a seven day retreat, making them practical and accessible in these modern busy times. At our Pure Land retreat center, we will host seasonal Yuthok Nyingthig group retreats, guiding participants through the progression of Yuthok's practices.
"May I achieve wisdom in all medicine sciences,
And benefit all sentient beings like the sun and the moon.
May all that is spoken be omniscient.
May all compounded formulas be medicine.
May all that is given be beneficial.
Grant me the common and uncommon siddhis."— གཡུ་ཐོག་སྙིང་ཐིག་ Yuthok Nyingthig Aspiration Prayer
In addition to Yuthok Nyingthig retreats and group practices, we also regularly meet at Pure Land Farms for Medicine Buddha practices, various healing Mantra recitations, and hold courses in Nejang Yoga. Nejang (Tib. གནས་སྦྱངས་) is a Tibetan healing yoga practice that literally means ‘cleaning the energy sites of the body.’ It consists of simple breath work, physical exercises, and self-massage designed to improve the function of the sense organs and inner organs, balance the internal energy, open the channels, and relax the mind.