Heart of a Nomad: Interview with Dr Nida Chenagtsang on his Upbringing and Medical and Spiritual Training

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Steve James of the Guru Viking podcast has just released a wonderful new interview with Sky Press author, Tibetan yogi and physician Dr Nida Chenagtsang on his life story.

In this inspiring interview Dr Nida discusses his early upbringing in Mahlo, a nomadic grassland region of Amdo, Northeastern Tibet, and the effects it had on him. Dr Nida reminisces on his educational journey in Tibet and on learning in general, and reflects on the course of his medical and spiritual training. He describes how he met some of his most important teachers and offers several fascinating insights and perspectives on the links between Vajrayana and Tibetan medicine, the Yuthok Nyingthig tantric Buddhist teachings for professional doctors, the guru-disciple relationship, the tulku institution or succession-by-reincarnation in Tibetan societies, and many other subjects besides.

Here is the topic list for the interview with time-signatures:

0:00 – Intro
1:14 – Nomad childhood in Amdo, Tibet
7:19 – Learning from nature
9:38 – A special encounter and becoming a doctor
20:28 – Training in Lhasa
22:52 – Studying Longchen Nyingthig with Ani Ngawang Gyaltsen
25:04 – The importance of female gurus
27:14 – Yearning for retreat and medical practice hopes
29:57 – Studying Dudjom Tersar with Chonyi Rinpoche and Semo Dechen
30:39 – Dr Nida’s other gurus and further studies
33:46 – Learning mantra healing privately
38:34 – Dr Nida’s critique of the tulku system
44:30 – How to choose an authentic teacher
53:24 – About the Yuthok Nyingthig and spiritual experiences on retreat
1:08:36 – Samaya, preliminaries, and secret teachings
1:10:19 – The importance of karmic connections
1:15:55 – Teaching ‘Flight of the Garuda’
1:16:32 – The importance of guru yoga
1:19:12 – Dr Nida’s wild nomadic karmamudra teacher
1:22:40 – Learning and teaching many things
1:24:08 – Tibetan geomancy
1:25:21 – Future interview topics

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