Traditional Tibetan Medicine Courses with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
21-23 May 10a-6pFundamentals and Theory of Tibetan Medicine
24-26 May 10a-6pKu Nye Massage Level I
28-31 May 10a-6p Traditional Tibetan Medicine (Diagnostics)
31 May 2:30p - 4:30 Public Talk - Karma Mudra: Tibetan art of love, orgasm and meditation. In Sorig, love and orgasm is the key point of a healthy and happy life. In Tibetan tantra yoga tradition, it is an essential path of spiritual enlightenment, commonly known as the path of bliss. in the talk Dr. Nida will explain both ways to see and discover importance of love and orgasm in health and meditation.
talk 1.5 hrs, then question and answer, 30 minutes.
1 June 10a Medicine Buddha Day: Medicine Buddha practice is a special practice from both spiritual and healing traditions. The spiritual practice is aimed for personal spiritual progress, and the healing one is for self-healing and for practitioners of the healing arts. This medicine buddha practice comes from a terma tradition (Medicine Buddha with four healing Dakinis)and is a simple yet effective practice for those who are in need of mind/body healing. Morning 1 hour explanation, then 1 hour practice; 2 hour practice in the afternoon
Location for all classes:
The Applied Chi Kung Loft, 421 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
March 23rd, 2011
The Spring Equinox, according to Chinese Medicine, is actually the middle of Spring. It is the beginning of the decline of Spring, not its birth. Spring, although quite showy and buzzing with new growth and potentiality, is not a particularly productive time of year. Blossoms are not yet fruit; there is nothing to harvest. Newness points to the fruition to come as well as the fruition of the past – to the cyclical movement of Nature, which includes eventual decline as much as it includes birth and freshness.
It is a reminder to look to our precedents in order to inform our forward motion, to turn rising energy inward rather than outward so that action remains informed by softness and stillness, and that “balance” does not mean equal parts yin and yang. The emotion or feeling associated with Spring Equinox qi node* is gentleness.
If we have allowed yin to cultivate through Winter and have kept boisterous young yang from lurching forward with activity between the beginning of Spring and now, we have had a chance to develop the maturity to keep yin in focus, creating a sense of calm even as we feel the potential for manifestation. When our yang is mature, it is easy to hold our forward movement in check, as we can sense that yin is precious, and that without it, there is no "us." To get an idea of the feeling quality of this, you can imagine the relationship between a mature young grandson and his grandmother. He takes her by the arm to walk with him, but moves gently - only as fast as she is able to move - and he listens intently to what she has to say. He has grown out of his mischievous nature and tendency to take her for granted as he realizes the gifts he has been given through her experience and lineage, which he will be responsible for tending after she passes on.
It's a little known fact that samurai warriors were required to learn the art of flower arrangement. By engaging in this art and by taking walks through the blossoming trees and new grass, they cultivated gentleness so that they could go out to fight simply as warriors, not as men full of hatred and aggression. Take this idea to heart as the qi moves toward summer. A young sprout pushing up through the earth into the sunlight too soon will get burned by the sun. Similarly, aggressive doing and living in the future and outside of ourselves at this time of year will deplete us and make us more susceptible to illness caused by Summer heat and yang - the typical illnesses that manifest in Fall and Winter.
Let the Spring Equinox also be a reminder that we are not beings IN the procession of life, but rather, we ARE the procession. Our way of being affects everyone and everything, This is not something we can “believe in” or “not believe in;” it’s fact. Conducting ourselves in such a way that supports health benefits everyone. But remember – rigidity or self-righteousness around this is counterproductive. Keep your sense of humor and remember to nurture gentleness!
*A qi node can be thought of as a mini-season within the four "main" seasons. There are 24 qi nodes in a calendar year, each with their own temperament/qi quality. Examining these qi nodes is like looking into a mirror. Conducting ourselves in accordance with these qi nodes, our bodies naturally avoid and heal from dis-ease.