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Phowa Yoga: Liberation without Meditation

September 18 - September 20, 2020

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Robert A.F. Thurman

Join Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert A.F. Thurman this September for "Phowa Yoga: Liberation without Meditation" a weekend online retreat, open to all levels of interest and backgrounds. If you cannot attend the live event, replay videos will be provided once the entire course has concluded.One of the Six Yogas of the Dzogrim/ Completion Stage, Phowa Yoga is the practice of consciously dying, or the swift transference of consciousness at the moment of death. It can be practiced for oneself or to assist others to transition out of this life and direct their consciousness into the pure dimensions, bypassing the experiences of the bardo. Such a transition is possible because a dying person’s consciousness usually remains in the body for some time after clinical death, uncertain about its departure, so it is ready for phowa intervention for positive trajectory by an experienced practitioner.In this practical course, Dr. Nida will guide students in the visualization and breathing practice from the Yuthok Nyingthig to train oneself in ejecting one’s consciousness from the central channel, to merge with the guru Yuthok, in preparation for the moment of death. Yuthok’s phowa instruction additionally includes a simple long life practice, based on Yuthok in the form of Buddha Amitayus for the purpose of maintaining health and extending life.Need based Scholarships are available upon request. In order to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to participate in our programs, and who may be in need of financial assistance, are asked to send an email to [email protected] with the best way to contact you, the name of the program you're interested in attending and how much you could contribute.We encourage those who are financially comfortable to contribute any amount of donation above the normal class fees to support scholarships specifically or Tibet House/Menla generally. Every dollar lends crucial support to Tibet House/Menla during this financial crisis. Anyone whose financial circumstances are dire can appeal for scholarship assistance.
Schedule
Friday, September 18
  • 10am - 1pm ET  Dr Nida and Professor Thurman
  • 3 - 5pm ET  Christiana
  • 5 - 6pm ET  Professor Thurman Q&A
Saturday, September 19
  • 10am - 1pm ET  Dr Nida and Professor Thurman
  • 3 - 6pm ET  Professor Thurman
Sunday, September 20
  • 10am - 1pm ET  Dr Nida and Professor Thurman
*Please note that schedule is subject to change.

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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