Sowa Rigpa Institute
of Tibetan Medicine

Sowa Rigpa Institute (SRI), founded by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, offers comprehensive professional practitioner trainings in Traditional Tibetan Medicine, public workshops and short courses, as well as guided retreats and practices in Yuthok Nyingthig, the Vajrayana lineage of the Medicine Buddha.
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Areas of Study

SOWA RIGPA

Multi-year professional and short term public courses in Traditional Tibetan Medicine

YUTHOK NYINGTHIG

Dharma teachings and guided meditation practices amd retreats

TIBETAN YOGA

Nejang, Lujong, and Tummo Yoga courses and trainings

COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES

Mantra healing, Sache Geomancy, Tibetan language, and more
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Sowa Rigpa Certificate Programs

Our three professional certificate trainings share the same pre-requisite, Foundations of Sowa Rigpa (150+ hour/ 1 year online training). Foundations of Sowa Rigpa begins every Autumn and enrollment is open to all.
Students wishing to continue on to a professional track complete a comprehensive exam and a formal application process before year 2.
Foundations of Sowa Rigpa is also offered as a standalone non-professional program.

SOWA RIGPA PRACTITIONER
Professional Training
Foundations + 3 Years | 800+ hours

Hybrid course with self-paced videos, live online weekly sessions and in-person intensive
s

next cohort begins fall 2024

enrollment for Foundations Year 1 will be open June-August 2024

A four-year professional training in Sowa Rigpa based on the Gyud Zhi རྒྱུད་བཞི། (Four Medical Tantras)

Year 1 is open to all.
Year 2 entry is by application, interview, and having passed a comprehensive exam for Year 1 material.

  • Approximately 200 hours of class time each year (Year One = Foundations of Sowa Rigpa + Practitioner cohort supplementary videos and monthly mentorship meetings)
  • Combination of self-paced video learning with live online meetings
  • Weekly sessions with group mentor and assessment.
  • Annual opportunities for in-person practical intensives at Pure Land Farms in California and Italy, as well as Kathmandu, Nepal. Completion of two anytime during the four year program is mandatory. A personal research project is also the capstone for Year 4 studies.
  • Opportunities for optional clinical internship and study abroad in Nepal 

    Tuition: $3000/ year

    ENROLLMENT WILL REOPEN SPRING 2024

SOWA RIGPA COUNSELOR
Professional Training
Foundations + 1 Year | 400+ hours
Hybrid course with self-paced videos, live online weekly sessions and in-person retreat

next cohort begins fall 2024

enrollment for Foundations Year 1 will be open June-August 2024

A two-year professional training in a unique and dynamic form of counseling grounded in Sowa Rigpa, Yuthok Nyingthig, and contemporary psychotherapeutic theories and practices.

Year 1 is open to all.
Year 2 entry is by application, interview, and having passed a comprehensive exam for Year 1 material.

  • Approximately 200 hours of class time each year (Year One = Foundations of Sowa Rigpa + Counselor cohort supplementary videos and monthly mentorship meetings)
  • Combination of self-paced video learning with select live online modules and weekly online discussions and practical sessions 
  • Intervision sessions to discuss case studies
  • Optional in-person intensive
  • Final Project on topic of student's choice


Tuition: $3000/ year

ENROLLMENT WILL REOPEN SPRING 2024

SOWA RIGPA YOGA PRACTITIONER
Professional Training

Foundations + 1 Year | 200+ hours

Hybrid course with self-paced videos, live online weekly sessions and in-person retreats


next cohort begins winter 2025

enrollment for Foundations Year 1 will be open June-August 2024

A one-year Tibetan yoga immersion on Nejang, Lujong, and Tummo Yogas that supports dedicated yoga practitioners to deepen their own practice while learning how to safely teach and share methods either in a group setting or in a one on one therapeutic context, informed by the healing principles of Sowa Rigpa. 

  • Approximately 200 hours of class time
  • Three livestreamed retreats with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang (of which at least one must be attended in person)
  • Weekly Online Sessions consisting of guided practices by Sowa Rigpa Institute faculty, practice videos, home exercises, special guest presenters.


Pre-requisite: Minimum 100 Hours of Sowa Rigpa education (Foundations of Sowa Rigpa or equivalent)

Tuition: $3000

ENROLLMENT WILL REOPEN TBD
 next cohort not yet scheduled

Featured Courses

You may continue to access your past courses at www.sowarigpaonline.org
View all our courses HERE

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, founder of the Sowa Rigpa Institute: School of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, is a traditional Tibetan physician and international teacher of Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa), Buddhism, and yogic practices.

Born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet, Dr. Nida completed his medical studies in Lhasa, while training in all lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially in the Longchen Nyingthig, Dudjom Tersar, and the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine. His extensive research and revival of ancient Tibetan healing methods has gained him high acclaim in the East and West.

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.

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Sowa Rigpa Institute is an NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Professional Development Provider.
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