Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tsegyalgar East Offers NEW Santi Maha Sangha Class Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha: the Base in (about) 30 Lessons


Join us at Tsegyalgar East on Sunday, Sept. 13 for the “Kick-off” to the new program, “Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha: the Base in (about) 30 Lessons.”

This all-day event is the first of approx. 30 classes exploring the teachings and practices in The Precious Vase by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Led by SMS Instructor Lynn Newdome, the course aims to both simplify and delve into the vast material contained in the “Base”. This “Kick-off” Sunday will be free of charge, and podcasts will also be available. The program is open to anyone who has received transmission from Rinpoche.



To read more about this exciting new SIX WEEK PROGRAM program, visit here

Other SMS Programs Coming Soon:



[Visiting Authorized SMS Teacher Steve Landserg 
teaching SMS in Rinpoche’s Cabin on Khandroling]

October 30-November 1, 2015 SMS Level 1 Retreat with Jim Valby

November 27-29, 2015 SMS Level 2 Retreat with Jim Valby

WHAT IS THE SANTI MAHA SANGHA STUDY & PRACTICE PROGRAM

Santi Maha Sangha is a course of study and practice in nine levels initiated by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1994. The aim of Santi Maha Sangha, which in the ancient language of Oddiyana means "Dzogchen Commmunity," is to guarantee the continuation of the Dzogchen teaching as it was originally transmitted by Garab Dorje, and as the Master has been transmitting it for more than thirty years within the Dzogchen Community. READ MORE

Shang Shung USA Tibetan Language Course Offered August 14-19, 2015 at Tsegyalgar East






Tibetan Language I & II Intensive with Professor Tenzin Norbu

Please join us in residence at the Institute or via live-webcast for this special five-day Tibetan language course. This course is an ideal refresher for Tibetan Medical students and other students with some knowledge of the Tibetan language, or for those with an aptitude for languages.

August 14 – 19
Public Talk, 6:30PM – Evening before the course
Five-Day Course, 9:30AM – 5:00PM with pause for lunch.
IN residence at 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA or online live

For more details, contact Shang Shung Institute here
Professor Tenzin Norbu is an experienced teacher of Tibetan language and culture at both the secondary school and university levels, having taught at Virginia University, Indiana University, and Columbia University, as well as in his native city of Lhasa. He authored or co-authored the Tibetan-language children’s books A Little Frog and a Crow and Little Shepherd, Little Shepherd, What Are You Doing?, as well as a dictionary for children, the Concise Tibetan-English Visual Dictionary. A biologist by training, Professor Norbu published a general introduction to Tibet’s environment and two volumes on endangered species of Tibet. Finally, he is also an accomplished translator, and translated eight volumes of the Open Eye Children’s Series into Tibetan.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Louisiana Himalaya Association Partners with ASIA for Post Earthquake Relief



Read Dzogchen Community member Andrea Nasca’s compelling account in the Mirror about the relationship between New Orleans and Nepal and the Louisiana Himalaya Association fundraiser for Nepal.


It’s still Happening....Come Learn the Dance of the Vajra


[Sarale Lizdas at the Vajra Hall on Khandroling]

It’s been a delightful summer up on Khandroling. There are still a few programs happening on the retreat land and in the Yellow Schoolhouse.

August 15-23, 2015
Vajra Dance Beginners Course 
with Kyu Kyuno and Carissa O’Kelly
http://tsegyalgar.org/localcenters/tsegyalgareast/tsegyalgareastcale/thevajradanceofthe/

Come learn the Vajra Dance for the first time or refresh your knowledge



Song of the Vajra Dance Intensive with Prima Mai at Khandroling

photo reprinted from the Mirror

Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt Teaches the 12 AHS Vajra Dance at Tara Mandala


Leela (center in the turquoise shirt) is one of four authorized Vajra Dance Teachers in the US. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tsegyalgar West Los Naranjos Nature Reserve Capital Campaign



The Story
The Tsegyalgar West Los Naranjos retreat center in Baja Ca Sur needs your support to complete repairs and renovate its infrastructure from last year's damage from Hurricane Odile. We have made progress with a new roof structure for the meeting hall, but still need support to replace solar batteries, hot water heaters in casitas, etc. This funding is essential to keep the beautiful and peaceful center maintained for renting to groups, as that is an important source of income.

Please give to the Capital Campaign and we will give back in a program in acknowledgement of your gift! Please join us in collaboration by donating


To read on, go here.





What We Need Funding for Infrastructure Repair & Renovation

Your support goes directly to the following projects. Our Goal of $54,000 covers installation of these priority projects by the Board of Directors:

SOLAR Batteries : $10,000 - Replace batteries . The existing are nine years old & don’t hold a charge. Hard to cook dinner in the kitchen without much light.

Utility Area & Bathrooms : $10 ,000 - Construct vented utility storage behind kitchen to protect utilities from wind and weather. Eco friendly bathrooms added to the common area.

Hurricane Preparation: $6,000- Shutters on windows and casita doors, road maintenance and drainage.

Upgrade Communications: $6,000 - (A matching grant available from a donor!) Add antenna for internet and phone reception. Needed for better communications in this isolated spot.

Hot water heaters $9,000 - Solar rooftop heaters were destroyed in Hurricane Odile. New systems will be protected with side enclosures.

Furnishings: $5,500 - New beds for dorm. Bedding/cabinets/curtains needed.

Kitchen hot water/separate sink: $ 2,500 - So cooking and cleanup can happen at the same time.

Tea Station/phone charging area. $1,000- In dining area for guests.

Cattle Grates and level parking area: $5,000- To keep the cows from getting into the gardens and causing soil erosion. Level parking.

Total Capital 
Campaign Goal: $54,000


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Photos of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at Tara Mandala



[Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Lama Tsultrim Allione]

We were so honored to have Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche teach at Tara Mandala last weekend. Rinpoche gave the empowerment and teaching of The Concise Daily Practice of Urgyen Menla'i to 160 participants. We were truly blessed with his presence and return to Tara Mandala. His visit included a beautiful hike to the top of the hill behind the temple to the site of our future cremation grounds where we did a special Riwo Sangchö (smoke offering).
We thank Rinpoche and all who participated and helped make this event happen. Much gratitude!














Reprinted from Tara Mandala Facebook

NEW !!!! Ganapujas Now Webcast from Tsegyalgar East



Tsegyalgar East now webcasts live all four Ganapujas each month. This is a huge service to those who do not live in proximity to other practitioners so that they feel more connected.  Pujas will be held mostly at the Vajra Hall on Khandroling through August. Thereafter, they will be broadcast from the Yellow Schoolhouse. Full moon pujas will be dedicated to Mandarava practice and ganapuja. Many Thanks to Luigi and Jeremy for coordinating this project. 

Naturally, webcasts take place according to circumstances with either more or less webcasts depending on weather or other circumstances, as well as international webcasts such as WW Transmissions and Practicing Together series. Please join us virtually or in person here at Tsegyalgar East when you can.

The link to these webcasts is :
http://webcast.dzogchen.net/index.php?id=tsegyalgar
ENTER Password: KARMA (use all caps)

Donations are welcome, which can take place on the webcast page above.

To keep updated on the dates, times, and practices that will be webcast, visit the Tsegyalgar East calendar events page and weekly practice schedule.

The remainder of the July Schedule:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Catalysta Launches Indiegogo Campaign


Catalysta, founded by NY Dzogchen Community member, Ed Goldberg has launched an Indiegogo fundraising effort to complete the first episode of Season 1 of MunchCo Calling is now complete. He writes: 

"Since film school at NYU many years ago, I've followed my muse and embarked on a range of projects determined to realize my vision. It's been a long and winding road that's led to MunchCo Calling! 

MunchCo Calling! combines many of my favorite elements: humor, compassion, great stories, human crises, personal transformation, and super cute animals that talk. The tie that binds are the pitfalls and potential embodied by professions of every kind”.

The Catalysta Story 

Catalysta is a production company whose programs celebrate, explore and inspire work that’s born of passion, generates purpose naturally, and truly satisfies.

Catalysta builds upon three concepts:

  • There is a deep relationship between work satisfaction and well-being.
  • Both passion and work satisfaction are real, experiential phenomena that can be tapped and consciously developed.
  • There is a mutually beneficial relationship between developing one's true work nature and the health of a society, the natural environment and future generations.
MunchCo Calling! aims to hearten our audience with the possibility that opening to a career of passion and purpose is part of a process that will create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. 

The MunchCo Indiegogo Campaign 

The pilot episode of MunchCo Calling! is nearly complete. The goal of this Indiegogo campaign is to fund the next episode in order to present the the premiere season on a regular basis, build a sizeable audience, and attract sponsors to support future seasons.




[5-time Tony award nominee, Danny Burstein (Ralph Munch) with co-stars, 
Olivia Kinter (Binnie Bunny) and Alexandra Hellquist (Chickie Munch).]


To read more visit the MunchCo Indiegogo site here.

Watch the trailer here

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Updated Khandroling Summer Practice Intensive Schedule


Hi Everyone,

What follows is a day by day schedule for the Khandroling Summer Intensive Practice Retreat, July 15th thourgh August 5th. Please join us for however long you are able. To stay in the schoolhouse dorm or camp on the land contact geko Jeremy at geko@tsegyalgar.org. 


All dates and times are subject to change according to circumstances. Notice of changes will be posted to Tsegyalgarnet. For further information visit the Tsegylalgar events page here.

Everyday from 8am-9am Goma Devi with Vajra Dance
Everyday from 9am-10am Complete Tun of Vajra Dance
Everyday from 10am-12 noon Karma Yoga
Lunch break at 12 noon.

Wednesday July 15th 
3pm 25 Spaces of Samantabhadra
4:30 Yantra Yoga and Pranayama
6:00 Complete Vajra Dance Tun

Thursday July 16th 
3pm 25 Spaces
5pm Complete Tun of Vajra Dance
6:00 New Moon Gana Puja (webcast so please arrive early). Sean will lead.

Friday July 17th 
3pm 2 5 Spaces
6:00 Vajra DanceTun

Saturday July 18th 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Martina
6:30 Complete Vajra Dance Tun

Sunday July 19th 
3pm 25 Spaces
6:00 Complete Vajra Dance Tun

Monday July 20th 
1pm Practicing Together 
Open Webcast Mandarava Gana Puja (please arrive at 12:30) Naomi will lead.
3pm 25 Spaces 4pm Vajra Dance Tun
5pm Kaita 

Tuesday July 21st 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Naomi
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Weds July 22nd
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Naomi
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Thursday July 23rd 
3pm 25 Spaces
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Friday July 24th 
3pm 25 Spaces
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Saturday July 25th 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Martina
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Sunday July 26th 
3pm 25 Spaces
5pm Vajra Dance Tun
6:00 Guru Rinpoche Day Gana Puja (webcast from Vajra Hall, so pls arrive at 6pm) Need someone to lead (pls email me)

Monday July 27th 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:00 Vajra Dance Tun
5pm Kaita

Tuesday July 28th 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Naomi
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Wednesday July 29th
 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Paula
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Thursday July 30th 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Friday July 31st 
3pm 25 Spaces
5pm Vajra Dance Tun
6:00 Full Moon Gana Puja (webcast pls arrive at 6) Need someone to lead (pls email me)

Saturday August 1st 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Martina
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Sunday August 2nd 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama-Paula
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Monday August 3rd 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:oo Vajra Dance Tun
5pm Kaita Dances

Tuesday August 4th 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Wednesday August 5 
3pm 25 Spaces
4:30 Yantra Yoga with Pranayama
6:00 Vajra Dance Tun

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tsegyalgar East Mentoring Program




We would like to invite Dzogchen Community members to join our newly developed Mentoring Program to help welcome and orient New practitioners and members to our Community on their journey.

About the Mentoring Program for New Practitioners and Members

To join, please provide your contact info and a very brief paragraph about yourself for a Mentor list. Send to Diane Kramer, Gakyil Treasurer, at dkramer@peakskillslearning.com 

We will ask New Members to consider the list and select a Mentor. You will be notified of your selection, so that the two of you can meet in person or via communications. Your name will remain on the Mentor list until you are actively working with someone and will return to the Mentor list when you feel ready to work with a new Mentee. For those who volunteer, each relationship will be an individual experience, worked out between the two of you as you connect with each other.

Some of the Mentoring that may take place:


  • Introduce New Members to others at Retreats and programs at the Gar
  • Take the person on a tour of our facilities and explain a little of the history
  • Answer questions about Tsegyalgar East, the International Dzogchen Community and Dzamlingar
  • Explain a bit about Rinpoche’s background and the importance of a Living Master
  • Orient new members to Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance and Khaita – and encourage him or her to attend a session or demonstration in each area 
  • Explore the bookstore and suggest publications for new commers.
  • Help them get started with teachings and practices, and encourage individuals to be part of a practice group
  • Answer questions about the teachings as best you can, or refer them to someone who can answer their questions
  • Explain the Gakyil and how it operates
  • Encourage new members to volunteer in the Community in order to become quickly integrated into the Community. We are working on materials to provide to New Members and we will provide them to you as well.
  • Visit the Resource page for those new to the Dzogchen Community. 

Please join us in welcoming New Practitioners and Members into our Community.


If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email Diane Kramer
(dkramer@peakskillslearning.com). Likewise Contact Diane if you would like to be introduced to a mentor. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Recent News, Dispatches, and Photos


[Photo by Olympia Shannon]


Please revisit Uma Shannon’s Indiegogo fundraising page 
and her story that we ran last month. She is currently trying to raise funds to 
attend the prestigious Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. She writes,

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"I am attending the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program next year, because it has everything I am looking for as a dancer. Alonzo King LINES can provide the rigorous multifaceted program I need to prepare myself physically and mentally for my dance career. I began dancing at 14, five years ago, dance has changed me and continues to change me. My desire and drive to excel at dance has taken me far. I have studied various forms of dance including: ballet, contemporary, modern, flamenco and most recently the movement language called Gaga. I have danced continually, adding as many hours to my training as possible.”



It’s important we support our young people. Please consider making a small donation so Uma can achieve her artistic goals. Her family is also asking anyone in the Bay area of California for information about affordable housing. 


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[Lama Tsultrim Allione with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in Albuquerque, NM]

 "Great to be with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, today he arrived in Alburquerque. I am wearing a beautiful peacock shawl he gave me, he said is a symbol of protrectress Ekajati. Afternoon in the pool. A few days to acclimate before going to Tara Mandala to teach this weekend. He will be teaching Urgyen Menla a Guru Rinpoche healing terma. Precious to be with him.”



[Rinpoche empowering Medicine Buddha cards for Tara Mandala retreat]

reprinted from Lama Tsultrim Allione’s Facebook page

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Thanks to the many shutter bugs in the community, there’s a large collection of photos taken on Khandroling during the recent retreat and activities on the land.


[Photos by Kathryn O’Connor]



[Photo by Peter Makela - Fireflies reflected in the pond at Khandroling]


{Mary Gilliand at Mocha Mayas for 30th Anniversary Poetry Ready]

Mary Gilliand has two new poems published in the journal Hotel Amerika. Clcik here to read online.



Monday, July 13, 2015

A Message from the Tsegyalgar East Gakyl



[Photo by Sean Quinn of Rainbow on Rinpoche’s arrival]

Dear Vajra brothers and sisters,

Greetings to you all!

We send our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who participated in the recent retreat with Chogyal Namkai Norbu at Tsegyalgar East.





[Photo by Ellen Halbert]


Many, many thanks for your hard work, your tireless collaboration and your infinite patience. We noticed your contributions small and large and sincerely thank you. From the most visible volunteers to the unsung heroes behind the scenes and to all who participated with attendance, we send you many tashi delegs!

With love and respect,

Tsegyalgar East Gakyil



[Photo by Sean Quinn]


[Photo by Ellen Halbert of Khaita Dancing on Khandroling]


[Photo by Ellen Halbert]


[Photo by Laila Adishakti Reiss]

Monday, June 22, 2015

Comings, Goings and New Transitions



Kathryn O’Connor (above right) from NYC will be attending the Tsegaylgar East retreat before flying out to Nepal once again to return this summer to The Tsoknyi Gechak School where she volunteers -- It's part of the Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Nunnery in Chobar.

Here are a few links:


https://www.facebook.com/TsoknyiGechakSchool?fref=ts


About Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Nunnery

Kathryn teaches the girls art as well as participating in a number of collaborative artist ventures with local partners. She will be collecting funds for a number of reliable organizations she works with.

[Goma and Ati up on Khandroling lending a hand]

Joey Mella and Adishakti Laila Reiss, members of the community and graduates of the four-year program in Tibetan Medicine recently announced they will be moving to Hawaii with their three children Goma, Ati, and Veda. We will miss their gracious presence.

Barbara and Woody Paparazzo are back in Conway after a couple of years in San Miguel Allende, Mexico!!!!
Jacqueline Gens is now living in Shelburne Falls, MA after a couple of years on the move in search of affordable senior housing. Her writing group Meditation and Poetry meets first Saturday of the month in Brattleboro, VT with a second group starting up in Shelburne Falls beginning in late August (third Saturday of the month). If sufficient interest, there will also be a memoir writing group. Visit Poetrymind blog for further details. 




Long time Dzogchen Community members Constance Wilkinson and Greg Moscatt celebrated the wedding 
of their daughter Sophia to Ethan Pilling on June 13, 2015.


[Participants in Bodhi’s recent Deepening Course of the Vajra Dance on Khandroling]


[Jim Valby’s beginning dharma course for Shang Shung Institute USA, June 19, 20 and 21, 2015 at Tsegyalgar East]



Among the karma yoga activities in preparation for the upcoming retreats, Geko Jeremy with volunteers Jess, Tom Clark, Sean Quinn, Martin Kourim, Jana Hanakova, John Foster, Naomi, Caroline, Andrea Lawrence, Harold, among others, repainted the scuffed up old mandala in the yellow schoolhouse. 



Kitty Fox died on May 28, 2015 in Boulder, CO. To read more please visit her Mirror Obit here written by Diane Campbell.

For more features about Tsegyalgar East and West, be sure to visit the online Mirror Tsegyalgar page.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Let’s Help Send Uma Shannon to San Francisco


Uma, the daughter of John and Miranda Shannon and grand-daughter of Nancy Simmons and the late Barrie Simmons, among the earliest students of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu, was recently accepted to the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, CA starting fall 2015 . This two year world class program accepts only 36 students annually, and it's Uma's dream come true!

In Uma's own words:

"I am attending the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program next year, because it has everything I am looking for as a dancer. Alonzo King LINES can provide the rigorous multifaceted program I need to prepare myself physically and mentally for my dance career. I began dancing at 14, five years ago, dance has changed me and continues to change me. My desire and drive to excel at dance has taken me far. I have studied various forms of dance including: ballet, contemporary, modern, flamenco and most recently the movement language called Gaga. I have danced continually, adding as many hours to my training as possible.”

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program has awarded Uma a partial merit scholarship, but there is still a significant amount of tuition to pay. She can't take out educational loans because it is a professional training program and not a school. She is asking for your support so that she can continue to train and become a professional dancer. Uma's current goal is to raise enough funds to cover the cost of the first year of this two year long training program, its associated costs and living expenses.

Please visit and share Uma’s Indiegogo site Help Uma Go To Alonzo King LINES Training Program to find out all the details of her new fundraising goals as well as her most recent campaign updates.

If you are on Facebook please visit and like Uma's Dance Project , where you can watch her latest dance videos, see her latest pictures and get status updates. Uma loves to choreograph new dances and looks forward to sharing them with you on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you all so much for all your support

PS: As the Alonzo King LINES program does not provide room and board, one of Uma's greatest challenges is affordable safe housing in the Bay area, within a reasonable distance from her program in San Francisco. Any leads, advice and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to teach the 25 Spaces of Samantabhadra

   Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche


July 1- 5, 2015 Tsegyalgar East Retreat 
The 25 Spaces of Samantabhadra according to the series of Longsal Teaching Open webcast

Visit www.tsegyalgar.org for all retreat information

News from Shang Shung Institute USA & International

Shang Shung Institute Presents  Beginning Dharma with Dr. James Valby

Date:
June 19th-21st, 2015.
Category:
Shang Shung Institute
Location:
Tsegyalgar East, 18 Schoolhouse Rd., Conway, MA
Website:
http://www.shangshung.org/home/dharma-with-dr-james-valby/

Friday Evening, June 19th through Sunday Afternoon, June 21st

Introductory Public Talk: Friday Talk: 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET

Course:
Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st
9:30 AM Registration/ Arrival
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Beginning Dharma with Dr. James Valby

Jim Valby will tailor the course to the attendees. Please come prepared for sitting meditation with loose clothes for sitting and light stretching.

For more information and to register please visit the Shang Shung Website (link above)





Shang Shung Tibetan Medicine School Alumni Participate in the Integrative Tibetan Medical Conference in Barcelona, Spain March 2015


The Integrative Medicine Meeting organised by the Cultural Association of the Dzogchen Community in Spain [Asociación Cultural de la Comunidad Dzogchen de España] and the School of Tibetan Medicine of the Shang Shung Institute is aimed at raising awareness and sharing the results of work undertaken by numerous integrated health professionals – both in Spain and overseas. This field of medicine adopts a holistic approach to the treatment of patients and combines techniques from traditional medicine with allopathic and complementary techniques.
In the first Edition, the conference was focused on the contributions made to the treatment of mental disorders and dementia by allopathic, Chinese, homoeopathic and Tibetan approaches to medicine. Professionals from all areas of medicine – psychiatry, homoeopathy, neurology, Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, etc. – took part in the event.
More information: http://www.medicinaintegrativabarcelona.es/
The upcoming Edition, which will be happening in March 2015, during the days 20, 21 and 22 March, will be aimed at the general audience. It will gather the different medical systems and professionals specialized in the treatment of cancer so that they can dialogue and share their experience on how to deal with it from their different medical visions.

Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine Curriculum
Three-Year Advanced Tibetan Medicine Program
ཤེས་རམ་ཞིབ་འཇུག་སློབ་མ། shes ram zhib 'jug slob ma

[Graduates of the four-year Tibetan Medicine Program, 2012]

The SSI School of Tibetan Medicine, Three-Year Advanced Tibetan Medicine Program (ATMP) follows the curriculum of the shes ram pamaster’s level programs offered in traditional schools in Tibet. The goal of ATMP is to deepen the understanding and knowledge of those graduates of traditional Tibetan medicine programs like the Shang Shung Institute’s Four-Year Tibetan Medicine Programs, and in so doing, provide greater opportunities for professional development and increased understanding of cross-cultural and cross-national medicine modalities.  This continued course of study builds upon the foundation of the Four-Year Tibetan Medicine Programs with its in-depth study of their commentaries and a body of theories and practices found within them.

The ATMP’s curriculum is intended for those who are determined to dedicate their life’s work to Tibetan medicine. It provides them with a rich understanding of Tibetan medicine’s integrative relationship to modern medicine and public health. Participants of the ATMP will extensively research and develop their knowledge in the theory and practice of Tibetan medicine as is relevant to contemporary society.

Candidates who wish to enter the ATMP must take the program’s entrance exam.  Successful completion of either of the SSI’s four-year Tibetan medicine programs, or equivalent, or three years professional experience post-certification from a licensed professional or occupational school, is prerequisite to taking the entrance exam.  Entrance exam dates are typically scheduled between mid July and mid August.

The ATMP is a three-year program consisting of two semesters per year, sixteen weeks per semester.  The first two years (semesters 1-4) are comprised of a hybrid of on-site and on-line learning.  On-site, resident classes assemble five days per week during weeks one through four of each of the first four semesters. During weeks five through sixteen, students engage on the weekend in on-line, distance learning.  The third year consist of on-line classes only.  These classes convene on weekends during weeks one through sixteen of the the final two semesters.

Years one and two of ATMP focus on advanced theory of Tibetan medicine, core-curriculum, comparative studies and the integration of complementary body, energy and mind disciplines which are integral to the advanced TM practitioner’s development.  The third year of classes focus on preparing a dissertation and guiding student’s in research and development.

The ATMP has been recognized by Qinghai University Tibetan Medical College (QUTMC) as being equivalent to its own shes ram pagraduate program. Third-year students of ATMP are permitted to enroll at the most advanced level of the QUTMC graduate program and to receive master degrees from QUTMC upon successful completion of his or her thesis presentation.