Sowa Rigpa : Tibetan Healing with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
The Yuthok Nyingthik or ‘Heart-drop of Yuthok’ is the special and precious, secret heart-teaching of the King of Doctors, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo the Younger (1126-1202). There are two primary teachings or heart-jewels of Yuthok the Great: these are said to be 1) the Four Medical Tantras of Sowa Rigpa (the Gyüshi), the Science of Healing according to the system of the rishis or medical sages and 2) the Yuthok Nyingthik, Yuthok’s teachings on spiritual healing.
The Yuthok Nyingthik is a science of medicine that keeps oneself and others well when not sick and that heals them when ill without looking down upon or discriminating against anyone by virtue of their religion, race, ethnicity, or status, and that also teaches how to bring about the spiritual insights, wealth and happiness desired by common disciples.
The Yuthok Nyingthik is a complete Vajrayana tradition that has been taught for the sake of individuals with special qualities who are striving for liberation and which allows for the attainment in one human lifetime and body of the ultimate goal of Buddhahood or the Rainbow Body of the Greater Transference.
The Yuthok Nyingthik’s extended name is the ‘Heart-drop of Yuthok, the Dharma-cycle of the Blessing of the Guru Yoga Sadhana that is the Sunlight of Compassion that Dispels the Darkness of Suffering.’
The root scripture was actually written down as notes from Yuthok’s direct instructions by Sumtön Yeshe Zung and supplementary teachings and amendments were then later made by masters like Zurkharwa Nyamnyi Dorje, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Kongtrul Yonten Gyamtso and Chökyi Senge.
Seeing that the Yuthok Nyingthik has no sectarian bias many great lamas of all the schools – Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelukpa – have put it into practice throughout history and the medicine sadhanas of the Yuthok Nyingthik have spread widely. If one is a qualified Tibetan doctor, practicing the profound teachings in accordance with the Yuthok Nyingthik is indispensable and so young doctors today should think carefully about this and exert themselves in these ultimate ‘pure meaning’ teachings.
Excerpt from 2017 Interview with Dr Nida, Translated from Tibetan by Ben Joffe from www.perfumedskull.com.