Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet. Interested in Sowa Rigpa, the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996. He completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka.
Alongside his medical education, Dr Nida received complete Vajrayana Buddhist training: in the Dudjom Tersar tradition; in the Longchen Nyingthig cycle of practices from his teacher, Ani Ngawang Gyaltsen; and in the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, a spiritual counterpart to Sowa Rigpa, from his teachers Khenchen Troru Tsenam and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen.
Dr. Nida has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) and the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of traditional Tibetan external healing therapies.
Dr. Nida is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International (formerly the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine) and Co-Founder of the International Ngakmang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa yogic culture within modern Tibetan society. He trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition in over 40 countries around the world.
"If you try to get rid of thoughts, they will just increase. Instead, look at their essence, at their true face, without throwing away your meditation in the process. At times thoughts vanish and at times they proliferate, If you meditate continually, they will gradually be pacified."