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Illuminating the Magic Body

November 20 - November 22, 2020

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Robert A.F. Thurman

Magic or Illusory Body (Skt. māyādeha – Tib. sgyu lus) is one of the “six yogas” of the completion or perfection stage (dzogrim) of unexcelled yoga or anuyoga/atiyoga tantra practice. It is a profound yoga of training in both the pure and the impure “Illusory Body.” “Pure Illusory Body” is the training to transform our bodies into the body of the deity, and “Impure Illusory Body” is the practice of working with our ordinary physical body, our subtle body, our dream body, and our after-death between/bardo thought-body. Following the great Yogi and doctor Yuthok Yontan Gonpo (1126–1202), Dr. Nida considers this practice to be a direct and powerful Vajrayana psychotherapy, designed to authentically free us from all impure and superficial concepts we have about our own selves, teaching us ultimately how to use our wisdom mind to transform our body into that of an enlightened deity form of a buddha. In the Yuthok system, magic body yoga closely follows clearlight yoga, and precedes bardo yoga. Professor Thurman will briefly introduce complementary descriptions of the magic body practice as taught by Nāgarjuna (ca. 50 BCE–550 CE) in his famous Five Stages work, as elucidated by the great renaissance lama, Jey Tsong Khapa (1357–1419).*Every dollar lends crucial support to Tibet House/Menla during this financial crisis. We encourage those who are still financially comfortable to contribute any amount of donation above the normal class fees to support scholarships specifically or Tibet House/Menla generally. We thank you in advance for your merit-building generosity! Anyone whose financial circumstances are dire can appeal for scholarship assistance. To request a need-based scholarship, please email [email protected] 
ScheduleFriday, November 20th
  • 10:30am - 1pm EST Dr. Nida & Robert Thurman
  • 3 - 4:30pm EST Christiana Polites Yoga & Meditation
  • 4:30 - 5:30pm EST Robert Thurman Q/A
Saturday, November 21st
  • 10:30am - 1pm EST Dr. Nida & Robert Thurman
  • 3 - 4:30pm EST Christiana Polites Yoga & Meditation
  • 4:30 - 5:30pm EST Robert Thurman Q/A
Sunday, November 22nd
  • 10:30am - 1pm EST Dr. Nida & Robert Thurman
  • 3 - 4:30pm EST Christiana Polites Yoga & Meditation
  • 4:30 - 5:30pm EST Robert Thurman Q/A

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is a traditional Tibetan physician and lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique Vajrayana Buddhist spiritual healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine. Born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicin...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

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