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Diagnosis: Death and Dying

With Nida Chenagtsang

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Includes a pre-program gallery tour at 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Nida on dreams and dying.
Death and terminal illness confront us with the impermanence of our physical bodies and the fleeting nature of all existence. If denied or repressed, such awareness can lead to madness and depression. Integrated, it leads to liberation from the fears and untenable hopes that contract our lives. The contemplation of suffering is the foundation of the Buddhist path. Encountering the symptoms and sources of disease, from cancer to primordial unrest, attachments diminish and compassion grows.
“When finally your life forces disintegrate,
Watch the elements of the body dissolve.
Then, like remeeting an old friend,
Eagerly greet the clear light of death.”
– Seventh Dalai Lama
About the Speaker
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang born in Amdo, Tibet, began his medical training in his youth, apprenticing with local doctors in his nomadic region. He went on to graduate from the Tibetan Medical University in Lhasa and study with some of the foremost traditional doctors in Tibet. Dr. Nida also is a practitioner of the Ngakpa Tradition of Tibetan yogis, and has learned and practiced Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters, especially the teachings relating to healing. Fluent in English, Dr. Nida is director and teacher of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM), and travels around the globe spreading the healing wisdom of Tibet. He has also founded the International Ngak-Mang Institute an active organization working to preserve the Ngakpa tradition of Tibetan Yogis.