Course overview

Foundations of Sowa Rigpa: Self, Family & Community Care (2023/24)

Designed for the person who does not wish to practice Sowa Rigpa professionally, but would like to learn the fundamentals of Tibetan healing in order improve quality of life, and learn how to promote health and rejuvenation at home, for one's self and in one’s family and communities.

The course follows the main structure of the Root Tantra (tsa gyu), the first of the Four Tantras (gyu zhi), the principle medical texts of Sowa Rigpa, with supplementary information from the (2nd) Explanatory Tantra (shé gyu) and (4th) Final Tantra (chi mé gyu) and special emphasis on safe and practical applications at home.
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PLEASE NOTE: this Foundations of Sowa Rigpa course is not by itself equivalent to Year 1 of our multiyear professional programs (Sowa Rigpa Practitioner and Sowa Rigpa Counselor). Enrollment is currently closed for the current cohorts of our professional track programs. Students wishing to apply to 2-year Counselor or 4-year Practitioner professional programs can do so again in the summer of 2024!

Course Details


Friday, Saturday and Sunday
8 - 11am Los Angeles | 5 - 8pm Rome
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  • September 15- 17 
  • October  27 - 29
  • November 17 - 19
  • December 15 - 17
  • January 19 - 21
  • February 23 - 25 
  • March 29 - 31 
  • May 3 - 5 
  • June 7 - 9
  • July 5 - 7 
  • August 2 - 4 

Course Content

This course follows the main structure of the Root Tantra 

  • Health/ Balance
  • Disease/ Imbalance
  • Diagnosis: Observation/ Urine
  • Diagnosis: Palpation/ Pulse
  • Diagnosis: Questioning
  • Treatment: Diet
  • Treatment: Lifestyle
  • Treatment: Herbs
  • Treatment: External Therapies
  • Spiritual Healing

Course Materials

  • Digital Copy of Foundations of Sowa Rigpa, the new book by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, published by Sky Press
  • Audio files for daily mantra practice 
  • Additional PDF resources and exercises to support your studies
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.