The New Yuthok Institute for Tibetan Medicine
From 1999 to 2019, the New Yuthok Institute for Tibetan Medicine was a leading European center for the learning of Tibetan Medicine, (also called Sowa Rigpa), educating and training hundreds of students from many countries, in traditional Tibetan medicine theory and practice.
Besides its main four-year course on Tibetan medicine, the Institute also organized seminars and conferences on Tibetan astrology, Buddhist psychology and Medicine Buddha healing traditions. Students included both professionals and non-professionals, such as medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, anthropologists, health workers, writers, scholars and other interested laypersons. A number of European based Tibetans also took the opportunity to participate in the study of Sowa Rigpa.
Learning Gyud-shi (four medical Tantras), from such a well known, highly qualified teacher as Prof. Dr. Pasang Y. Arya, was indeed a valuable and rare opportunity. Dr. Pasang Y. Arya shared with students his deep understanding of Tibetan medicine, as well as his practical experience. For the Tibetan Medicine course, as well as the advanced courses, he wrote “Essentials of Gyud-shi”, a detailed commentary of the Four medical tantras in 12 textbooks, that not only expounds in detail the Tibetan medicine principles, but also his contemporay understanding of them. Dr. Pasang also organized excursions to the European Alps to locate herbs, taught workshop-seminars on Tibetan materia medica, herbal formula preparation, dream and Bardo, Tsalung practice, body-mind cleansing, gynecology, etc. Students were fully supported in their learning by Prof. Dr. Pasang Y. Arya’s knowledge and long practical experience spanning the East as well as the West, while his understanding and explanations of astrology, culture and science serve as further aids in grasping the body-mind subject matter.
Towards preserving the traditional value of Tibetan Sowa Rigpa, Prof. Dr. Pasang Yonten Arya conferred the Gyud-shi oral transmission to over eighty of his graduate students from Europe and America in 2011 and 2013. It was probably the first time that this profound body-mind teaching event had taken place in Europe.
In 2014, upon completion of the 10th annual Medicine Buddha retreat on Medicine Buddha practice, meditation, and Tibetan Tsalung yoga practice, he conferred the Medicine Buddha initiation on retreatants.
After 20 years of spreading the teaching of Tibetan medicine in the West, the Institute closed its doors in June 2019. May these precious teachings continue to flourish around the world !