SKẎ Public Talks on Yuthok Nyingthig & Spirituality present various topics related to this medically related cycle of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. Yuthok's works the 'Four Medical Tantras' and the 'Yuthok Nyingthig' are named his 'Two Jewels', with the Yuthok Nyingthig designed as open, flexible, and speedy spiritual practices - most suitable for our fast and diverse modern times.
Our 1-3 hours stand-alone talks are open to the public and intended for any interested person regardless of professional background or spiritual affiliation.
Our spiritual SKẎ Teachings introduce the Yuthok Nyingthig as well as the little known 'Subtle Anatomy' - the basic theory on how all Vajrayana schools methodically work. They profoundly delve into these two topics which are otherwise rarely uncovered to the public. Along with it comes the world of Buddhism, including its history, transmission, and cosmology.
Our 1-5 days teachings are open to the public and intended for any interested person regardless of professional background or spiritual affiliation. See teachings
TEACHING & TRANSMISSION / MEDICINE BUDDHA PRACTICE
The Medicine Buddha Practice is a healing method based on the practitioner's inherent spiritual power. It can be used in the presence of the sick or as a long-distance healing practice. It is not recommended to be a substitute, but an enriching spiritual support in addition to conventional and complementary medicine.
Our 1-2 days teachings & transmissions are open to the public and intended for any interested person regardless of professional background or spiritual affiliation. See teaching & transmission
TEACHINGS & TRANSMISSIONS / YUTHOK NYINGTHIG
The transmissions and teachings of Yuthok Nyingthig are given by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, a holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig Lineage according to the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. Guided retreats of Yuthok Nyingthig practices may be offered after each given teaching and transmission if required by students. Especially for the 7-day retreat of the Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro it is recommended to join a group. Any retreat, whether guided or done in solitude, can only be engaged in after having received the respective teachings and transmissions. Certain transmissions and teachings are given by qualified guides by order of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.
A special trait of these practices is their categorization as both Nyingma and Sarma, rendering them a Rime tradition by themselves. Therefore, the spiritual practices are meant for Buddhist practitioners of any school or tradition or those interested to become practitioners of the Yuthok Nyingthig.
As a Vajrayana Buddhist path of practice, the practices of the Yuthok Nyingthig cycle require a strong and continuous commitment to the lineage of Yuthok. This commitment is given through samayas, a set of vows generating the bond between guru, disciple, and tradition - as is typical for Vajrayana traditions. These samayas are formally created and obtained through the empowerment of a practice by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang as a lineage holder. For more information for students new to this field, and before engaging in the practice of the Outer Guru Yoga, it is recommended to attend the spiritual SKẎ Teachings.
Any conflicts regarding the commitment to another school or lineage must be strictly solved on the individual level and/or with the respective authorities of that tradition. Dr. Nida Chenagtsang may offer general advice if requested, but he will not take sides of any school nor will he participate in conversion to any school or tradition. For many practices from the Yuthok Nyingthig (YN) cycle, it is not mandatory to take the samayas in order to attend the teachings without successively engaging in the actual practice. This includes YN Ngondro, YN Outer Guru Yoga, YN Dream Yoga, YN Illusory Body Yoga, YN Bardo Yoga, YN Karmamudra, and YN Mahamudra. However, all practices except for the Ngondro require the practitioner to have completed the Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro retreat or any equivalent Ngondro retreat before attending. The samayas must be taken before engaging in the practices starting from the Inner Guru Yoga.
By taking the samayas of the Yuthok Nyingthig, students become part of the spiritual community of Yuthok Sangha headed by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, enabling them to connect with other practitioners, access internal information, and attend advanced teachings. There are no fee requirements in order to be part of this community, neither is it an obligation to engage in any practice on a daily or otherwise regular basis - any commitments to specific practices of the Yuthok Nyingthig are based on the individual's understanding and decision. Any spiritual experiences exchanged in the community or personal teachings received remain within their respective context. The Yuthok Sangha is open to any members of other communities. Being part of Yuthok Sangha does not prevent one from entering into other communities with respect to their samayas.
PATH OF PRACTICE
Based on the preliminary practices of the Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro, the teachings encompass a complete cycle of Mahayoga (kyerim) practices, subsequent Anuyoga (dzogrim) practices of the Six Yogas, and the final sarma practices of Karmamudra, Mahamudra (chagchen) and/or the final nyingma practices of Atiyoga (dzogchen).
In addition, the cycle optionally allows a unique emphasis on special practices connected to Sowa Rigpa, the medical science of Tibet and the Himalayas.
SKẎ GUIDE TRAINING
As SKẎ Guide and part of the SKẎ Family you independently support the foundation in its mission of education in Sowa Rigpa and its closely related spiritual counterpart, Yuthok Nyingthig. You will be traveling on invitation of our SKẎ Centers or Partners around the globe to offer teachings and guide spiritual practice and retreats.
To become a SKẎ Guide we offer specific training programs designed to expand your theoretical knowledge and practical experience. You stay up to date with teaching and learning methods through your teaching activities and our continuous education program (Refresher Courses & Teacher Meetings). We also offer state of the art communication channels for exchange with your peers, as well as the unconventional SKẎ Program 'Sorig Mental Health Care'.