In Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, the oral transmission (lung) is regarded as the soul of the tradition. It is a sound or voice energy continuity that bears the power and energy of the masters lineage. Therefore it connects a student to a precious root teaching that has been transmitted across the centuries through unbroken masters lineages. It is through the voice of a master holding the tradition, and who reads or recites the teaching, that the hearer receives blessing and gains the self-confidence that removes doubts, and develop the spiritual awareness of the related lineage. The heart of the Gyud-shi’s ‘snyan rgyud lineage’ is the oral transmission, and its teaching and practice is a Tibetan medical tradition that comes from hundreds of masters. It heals the body-mind’s five mental poisons by the five Medicine Buddha Dhyanis and four medical tantras.
The Gyud-shi’s lineage
According to the Gyud-shi (Four tantras) itself, the lineage was transmitted from Medicine Buddha Bedurya to Kumara Jeevaka, then through an unbroken lineage to Nagarjuna, Vagbhata, Chandranandana and then to Vairochana who brought it to Tibet. Then from Terton Drapa Ngonshe, the lineage went in turn to Younger Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, Desid Sangye Gyatso, Chakpori, Lhasa Mentseekhang to finally reach the Dharamsala Mentseekhang. From the Dharamsala Mentseekhang, Prof. Barshee Phuntsog Wangyal and Dr. Jamyang Tashi Tsona (Personal Physician to H.H. the Dalai Lama) both gave the lineage transmission to Prof. Pasang Arya.
Prof. Pasang also received Medicine Buddha Initiations from H.H. the Dalai Lama and from several other Lamas, and he received the initiation of the Yuthok Nyingthik Tibetan medical tantric tradition from previous H.E. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
On 2011, the New Yuthok Institute made a special request to Prof. Pasang Y. Arya to convey that precious lineage blessing to the Institute and its students. For the very first time, Dr. Pasang Y. Arya accepted to fulfill that request, and gave the oral transmission of the precious Gyud-shi to the Tibetan Medicine students and ex-students of the New Yuthok Institute and of TME – Tibetan Medicine Education center.
The lung transmission of Gyud-shi was given in two parts:
– July 2-3 2011: 1st tantra, 2nd, 4th tantra (1st part) in Milan – Italy
– April 5-7 2013: 3rd tantra and 4th tantra (2nd part), and closing with Medicine Buddha ceremony.