Welcome to the Home of Tibetan Mantra Healing. Mantra is a form of healing that dates back to antiquity. The mantras described here arise out of the ancient Tibetan medical and spiritual traditions. They are simple to use, profoundly effective, and are immediately accessible to everybody – regardless of age, gender, ethnic or spiritual background. This is the official website for Tibetan Mantra Healing - as taught and transmitted by Dr Nida Chenagtsang. These mantras, in turn, have been transmitted to Dr Nida as a part of a long oral and written tradition, largely stemming from the Ngakpa lineage, of which Dr Nida is a direct lineage-holder. The purpose of this site is to explain, in brief, the use ofMantras for healing of disease as well as for maintaining and optimizing health. In this way, anyone who is interested can then find out how to receive these teachings and immediately put them to use on healing themselves and others. All courses are presented by the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM) in conjunction with Ngak-Mang Institute. What is Tibetan Mantra Healing? Tibetan Mantra Healing is a powerful form of healing dating from ancient times, which is based upon the philosophy of Interdependent Origination of all Phenomena. The philosophy of Interdependent Origination purports that all phenomena in the Universe are intimately interconnected: no single object, person or event can exist in isolation; every action, thought or event impacts on all other existent phenomena. Through a greater awareness of Interdependent Origination, we can become co-creators of our own reality, and influence important aspects of our lives, such as our health. We can also use these methods to heal manifestations of energy disturbance such as accidental injury and disease. Modern physics confirms what many ancient cultures have known for many years - that energy and form are interchangeable; they are simply different manifestations of the same universal constituents. Traditional Tibetan Medicine describes these universal constituents, or potentialities, as the Five Elements. In their most subtle form, these Five Elements have a psycho-physical function which energises the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being, as well as - in their more gross aspect - forming the basis of our physical existence. In order to interface with these subtle universal energies, Traditional Tibetan Medicine utilises the five modalities of sensory perception - and their objects, namely form, sound, touch, taste and smell - as a part of its therapeutic approach. Mantra Healing focuses specifically on the energy of sound as a healing medium. Tibetan Mantra Healing utilises ancient and secret mantras: sometimes encapsulating the essence of natural sounds, and often using ancient words from the Sanskrit and Tibetan languages. What is a Mantra? Mantra is the pure essential energy of Sound. Sound in its most essential and pure manifestation has infinite potentiality, therefore reciting a mantra is a way of connecting with and manipulating very specific subtle energies. Tibetan Mantra Healing utilises this technique for healing effect. Mantra is a Sanskrit word, deriving from ancient India. It means literally, ‘To save the mind from suffering and illness’. The Tibetan term for Mantra is Ngak (Tib. sNgags), and a practitioner of this form of healing is called a Ngakpa. Often when people hear the word Mantra, they think of the Buddhist or Hindu religions and they associate Mantra with some form of prayer. In general, this is because these religions utilise the energy of Mantras to achieve a spiritual goal. There is another application of Mantras, however, that is less well-known. This is Mantra Healing - the use of specific Mantras for the Healing of diseases. There are many different Mantras for a wide variety of physical and mental problems. How does Mantra Healing Work? Mantras have their healing effect through the function of Interdependence. In Traditional Tibetan Medicine, the target of healing is never a single point, as it is in Western medicine. Each organ, or specific point of the body, has associations with many different and inter-related points. Therefore, Tibetan Medicine - instead of focusing simply on one point - is more likely to focus on ten points: the major problem area and the related points, as well as addressing the relationship between these points. In Tibetan Medicine it is assumed that, for disease to be present, there is some form of underlying subtle energetic disturbance. Mantra Healing utilises the energy of sound to remedy this underlying energetic disturbance, treating the root cause, as well as the related and perpetuating factors, in preference to simply treating the symptoms. What can I use Mantra Healing for? There are literally hundreds of different Mantras for Healing. Some mantras are for specific problems, such as: Diarrhoea, Vomiting, Constipation, Viruses, Influenza, Infection, Pimples, Broken Bones, Childbirth, Bleeding from an open wound. There are also Mantras to cover more generalised conditions, for example: Disorders of the Solid Organs such as the Heart, Lungs, Liver, Spleen, Kidneys; disorders of the Hollow Organs such as the Gall Bladder, Stomach or Colon; disorders of the Senses such as Sight, Hearing; or to alleviate Pain. There are Mantras to rebalance the 3 Humours (Wind, Bile and Phlegm). In Tibetan Medicine, the 3 Humours are considered to be the 3 vital energies in the body; disease manifests when the 3 Humours become imbalanced. There are also Mantras for "One Hundred Diseases". Tibetan Medicine speaks of all diseases as being variations of different basic energy disturbances. These Mantras have the ability to heal any sort of problem; they are very effective for illnesses which are complex, or where the cause of the illness may be unknown. Important examples of this type of mantra are:
1. Prevention of Disease - through healthy diet and correct habits of lifestyle.
2. Treatment of Disease - when illness has manifested. In Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Treatment generally falls into Four basic categories:
The ancient healing lineages of Tibet contain both an oral and a written tradition.
This knowledge has been transmitted both through the monastic, as well as the non-monastic, traditions.
Below are some brief notes on individual Mantra Healing practitioners who form an important part of the lineage which Dr Nida Chenagstang passes on to the students who have the good fortune to study with him.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820 – 1892) was one of the leaders of the Rime (non-sectarian) movement. He was a great Buddhist master and scholar, and was highly respected by scholars of all of the Buddhist schools. He wrote various texts on Tibetan Medicine, such as the “rGyud bZhi bsDus Don Nyingpo”( ‘Summarised Essence of the Four Tantras’). He also compiled a very famous book of tantric Healing Mantras, commonly known as “Khyentse sNags Bum” (‘Khyentse’s One-hundred-thousand Mantras’).
Ju Mipam (1846 – 1912) was born in Kham. He was the student of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Ju Mipam started studying Buddhist philosophy at a very young age and became one of the most renowned scholars of his time. He wrote texts about Vajrayana, astrology and Tibetan Medicine, as well as collecting information on folk arts - such as the very ancient form of divination called JuThig (rope divination) - which was in danger of being lost. His works comprise 14 volumes in total.
Ju Mipam is especially known for his works on Tibetan Medicine; in particular, works on urinalysis and pulse diagnosis, as well as a book about Traditional Tibetan Medicine formulae. He wrote an important text commonly known as “Mipam sNags Bum” (‘Mipam’s Book of One-hundred-thousand Mantras’). In this text, he wrote about Tibetan Medicine and the gTerma tradition; he selected and collated many of these important healing mantras. This text has become the most popular Mantra Healing book in Tibet.
Dr Nida has studied the works of both of these great masters; his teachings - and his own Mantra Healing text - are based on the teachings of these two great masters.
Khenpo Troru Tsenam (1928 – 2005) was one of the most outstanding Tibetan Medicine scholars of recent times. He was a highly-accomplished practitioner and lineage-holder within the Nyingma and Kagyudpa traditions, and was a lineage-holder of the Yuthok Nyinthig and all other Tibetan Medical teachings. Khenpo Trotsenam is famous for having faithfully preserved that aspect of the Tibetan Medicine teachings which details the complex and intricate preparation of the Tibetan Precious Pills (Rinchen Rilbu). In addition, he was the only known person in Tibet to preserve the Sanskrit language studies. He was a great scholar, physician and spiritual master. During his productive and exemplary life, Khenpo Trotsenam was the Director of the Tibetan Medical University in Lhasa, and he is believed to have been a reincarnation of the Medicine Buddha.
It was from Khenpo Trotsenam that Dr. Nida Chenagtsang received the empowerment of Yuthok Nyinthig, as well as Vajrayana and Tibetan Medicine teachings.
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen was a very famous scholar and lineage-holder within the Nyingma and Sakya traditions. He was an expert in the studies of Astrology, Tibetan Medicine and Buddhist Philosophy, and was a lineage-holder of the YuthokNyinthig Medical teachings. He dedicated his life to Tibetan Medicine and Astrology and worked for many years at the Lhasa MenTseKhang.
It was from Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen that Dr. Nida Chenagtsang received full transmission of Yuthok Nyingthig, Mantra Healing, Traditional Tibetan Medicine teachings, and Vajrayana instruction.
Dr Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, Tibet. Interested in the traditional medicine of his people, Dr Nida began his early medical training at the local Traditional Tibetan Medicine Hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University and completed his medical training in 1996. Dr Nida gained his practical training at the Traditional Tibetan Medicine Hospitals in Lhasa (Lhasa MenTse Khang) and Lhoka.
Dr. Nida has published a number of articles and several books on Traditional Tibetan Medicine. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan medicinal treatments, specialising in the revival of external therapies, which has brought him high acclaim in the field of Tibetan Medicine in both the East and the West.
Dr Nida is Director of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM) and the Co-Founder of the International Ngak-Mang Institutes (NMI), established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa culture within modern Tibetan society. Dr Nida’s teachings are widely known throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, the USA and Australia, where he has trained students in Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Ku Nye Massage, Mantra Healing, Diet and Behaviour, Dream Analysis, Sa Che (geomancy), as well as Birth and Death according to Tibetan Medicine.
All courses, seminars and public talks are organised through the IATTM and NMI.
Fluent in English, Dr Nida is an experienced and knowledgeable communicator with a sophisticated ability to teach the subtleties of these traditional modalities to westerners.