Sowa Rigpa Institute Founder

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is the founder, medical director, and principle teacher of the Sowa Rigpa Institute of Tibetan Medicine.

Born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet Dr. Nida began his early studies Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he was awarded scholarship to enter the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996 with practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka.

Alongside his medical education, Dr. Nida trained in Vajrayana with teachers from every school of Tibetan Buddhism, especially in the Longchen Nyingthig of the Nyingma school from his root teacher Ani Ngawang Gyaltsen and in the Dudjom Tersar lineage from Chönyid Rinpoche and Sremo Dechen Yudron. He received complete teachings in the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine, from his teachers Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen and Khenchen Troru Tsenam, and was requested to continue the lineage by Jamyang Rinpoche of the Rebkong ngakpa/ma (non-monastic yogi and yogini) tradition.

A well-known poet in his youth, Dr. Nida later published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) and the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition both in Tibetan and English which have been translated into several languages. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of little known traditional Tibetan external healing therapies.

Dr. Nida is also the Medical Director of Sorig Khang International: Foundation for Traditional Tibetan Medicine; Co-founder of Pure Land Farms, Center for Tibetan Medicine, Meditation, and Rejuvenation in Los Angeles; 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.

Sowa Rigpa Institute Faculty & Practitioners

Caroline Van Damme, MD

Sowa Rigpa Counseling

Dr. Nyima Tsering

Sowa Rigpa

Dr. Lhakpa Dolma

Sowa Rigpa

Dr. Tenzin Thaye

Sowa Rigpa

Dr. Machig Sogdzon

Sowa Rigpa

Drukmo Gyal

Sowa Rigpa, Mantra Healing, Yuthok Nyingthig

Dr. James Bae

Tibetan Yogas

Donla Tsering

Sowa Rigpa, Mantra Healibg
Yuthok Nyingthig

Christiana Polites

Yuthok Nyingthig
Tibetan Yogas

Lama Justin Von Bujdoss

 Yuthok Nyingthig

Jacqueline Yu

Sowa Rigpa

Dr. Ben Joffe

Texts and Translations

Erik Jampa Anderrson

Sowa Rigpa, Yuthok Nyingthig, Astrology

Bair Manzarkhan

Sowa Rigpa External Therapies

Adelaide Foster

Tibetan Language

Emilio Galotta, MD

Sowa Rigpa


General Inquiries:

Christiana Polites

Executive Director

Sarah Falkner

Dean of Students