Upcoming Courses: Fire Bird Year 2017



  • TTM 1.3: Diet & Lifestyle  (Apr-May)
  • TTM 2.1: Diagnostics (Aug)
  • TTM 2.2: Principles of Pharmacology, Materia Medica (Jan 2018)



Sorig Academy offers authentic and comprehensive training courses in the Tibetan Science of Healing using contemporary, online learning tools.  We follow the Four Medical Tantras and other classical source texts, following the traditional oral instructions passed down by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and other masters.  While strongly rooted in tradition, the goal of these courses it to learn to apply this precious, ancient wisdom in contemporary practice.

The course structure is based on the IATTM curriculum developed by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and offered around the world.

Four Medical Tantras

The Four Tantras – Gyu Zhi,  is the foundational text of Sowa Rigpa.  Since being finalized by Yuthok Yonten Yompo in the 12th Century, this text has remained the core of Tibetan Medical education.    The text is divided into four sections, the Root Tantra, Explanatory Tantra, Oral Instruction Tantra, and Final Tantra.  Of these, the Oral Instruction Tantra is larger than the other three and explains the clinical treatment of disease in great detail.  The curriculum of IATTM and the Sorig Academy highlights the essential aspects of these texts, illumined with oral tradition and experiences used in contemporary practice.

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The second Tantra explains all fundamental theory of the Sorig medical system.  The study of the Explanatory Tantra comprises most of the first two levels of training.

The Root Tantra is like a seed, containing all of the potential knowledge of Sowa Rigpa – the science of healing, in condensed format.  The material is organized in the form of trees, whose trunks, branches and leaves comprise all essential aspects of the medical system.

The Sorig Academy program begins with the TTM 1.1 Root Tantra module, an introduction into the tradition, theory and practice of Tibetan Medicine.

Subjects of the Root Tantra:

  1. Tanadug – the medicinal garden mandala of the Medicine Buddha
  2. Overview of the medical system, map of the Four Tantras
  3. Tree of Health and Disease
  4. Tree of Diagnosis
  5. Tree of Therapeutics
  6. Summary
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The second Tantra explains all fundamental theory of the Sorig medical system.  The study of the Explanatory Tantra comprises most of the first two levels of training.

གནས་བཅུ་གཅིག། Eleven Topics of the Explanatory Tantra

  1. རྩ་བ་མདོ།  Summary: Root Sutra  (rtsa ba mdo)
  2. གྲུབ་པ་ལུས།  Body Study (grub pa lus)
  3. འཕེལ་འགྲིབ་ནད།  Fundamentals of Pathology (‘phel ‘grib nad)
  4. བྱ་བ་སྤྱོད་ལམ།  Behavior and Lifestyle (bya ba spyod lam)
  5. འཚོ་བ་ཟས།   Diet (‘tsho ba zas)
  6. སྦྱོར་བ་སྨན།   Pharmacology  (sbyor ba sman)
  7. ཆ་བྱད་དཔྱད།   Instruments for the External Therapies (cha byad dpyad)
  8. ཐ་མལ་ནད་མེད།   The Healthy, Disease-free State (tha mal nad med)
  9. ངོད་བཟུང་རྟགས།   Identifying Symptoms: Diagnosis  (ngos bzung rtags)
  10. གསོ་བྱེད་ཐབས།   Therapeutic Methods  (gso byed thabs)
  11. བྱ་བྱེད་སྨན་པ།   Ethics of a Physician  (bya byed sman pa)
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The third tantra explores the depth of the actual practice of Sowa Rigpa.  It is arranged into 15 sections, comprising essential divisions of disorders.  The study of the Oral Instruction Tantra encompasses the final two levels in the IATTM curriculum.  Many of these modules will be taught by Dr Nida Chenagtsang, Dr Machig, and other senior Sowa Rigpa doctors.

སྐབ་བཅོ་ལྔ། Fifteen Categories of Oral Instruction Tantra Pathology

  1. ཉེས་གསུམ།  NYE PA SUM: Three Humor Pathology
  2. ཁོང་ནད། KHONG NED: Cold-Natured Internal Disorders
  3. ཚ་བ། TSHA WA: Heat Disorders
  4. ལུས་སྟོད། LÜ TÖD: Upper Body Disorders
  5. དོན་སྣོད། DÖN NÖD: Vital and Hollow Organ Disorders
  6. གསང་ནད། SANG NED: Genital Disorders
  7. ཐོར་ནད། THOR NED: Miscellaneous Disorders
  8. ལྷེན་སྐྱེས་རྨ། LHEN KYE MA: Dermatology and Self-Developed Wounds
  9. བྱིས་བ། JI WA: Pediatrics
  10. མོ་ནད། MO NED: Gynecology
  11. གདོན། DÖN: Spirit Provocations
  12. མཚན་རྨ། TSHEN MA: Traumatology
  13. དུག་ནད། DUK NED: Toxicology
  14. རྒས་པ། GE PA: Geriatrics
  15. རོ་ཙ། RO TSA: Aphrodisiacs
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Four Compilations of the Final Tantra

  1. བརྟག་པ། Diagnostics (brtag pa)
  2. སྨན་སྦྱོར། Pharmacology (sman sbyor)
  3. སྦྱོང་བྱེད་ལས། Cleansing Therapies (sbyong byed las)
  4. དཔྱད་བཅོས། External Therapies (spyad bcos)

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