to May 25

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang @ BVNH May 23, 24, 25

Good news! Dr. Nida will be returning once again to continue transmitting the Yuthok Nyingthig.

On Thursday evening, May 23rd at 6 PM, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang will be bestowing the Yuthok Nyingthig Long Life Empowerment. Cost: $50

The Yuthok Nyingthig contains special long-life practices that eliminate and prevent illness, lengthen the lifespan of the practitioner, and bring all levels of spiritual accomplishment. As the great master Guru Rinpoche said: “Of all activities, the first should be long-life practice. If life is long, it can be virtuous and the purpose of this life and the next can be achieved.”

On Friday, May 24 from 10 AM - 5-6 PM, Dr. Nida will teach on the Yuthok Nyingthig Long Life sadhana and Hooking the La activity practice. Cost: $100

This one-day teaching will cover two interrelated topics: 1) the Yuthok Nyingthig long-life sadhana or practice and 2) hooking the La practice. Through the long-life sadhana, one can prevent untimely death as well as increase one’s lifespan. Those who have received the Yuthok Nyingthig long-life empowerment and this sadhana can practice this sadhana for their own and others’ benefit.

In Tibetan medicine, the La  is our subtle life-force, the pure energy of the five elements that circulates within the body according to the lunar cycle. The La energyclosely connected with our consciousness, protects and nourishes both the physical body and the mind. The La can be compromised due to chronic illness, stress, physical or emotional trauma, or aggressive medical treatments. Traditionally, it is said that our La energy can also be “stolen” by negative influences from the outside. Signs of loss of the La energy include lack of strength and stability in the physical body, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, and a mind that is full of confusion and doubts. 

In this teaching, Dr Nida will explain the La energy from both a medical and spiritual perspective. He will then teach the Yuthok Nyingthig practice for “hooking back” the lost La from the 10 directions and return it to one's own body in order to restore physical health and vitality, happiness, and clarity. 

Both of these practices are excellent for Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners of any lineage or for anyone simply seeking greater health of body, energy, and mind. These are also highly practical teachings for healthcare practitioners who are seeking a deeper understanding of the subtle causes of imbalance in their patients.

There are no pre-requisites to attend this course. However, in order to perform this La-hooking practice to benefit others, it is required to complete one 7-day Yuthok Nyingthigngondro preliminary practice retreat and one 7-day outer Guru Yoga retreat either alone or in a group.

On Saturday, May 25 from 10 AM - 5-6 PM, Dr. Nida will teach on mantra healing, including the oral transmission of Ju Mipham's disease-specific collection of mantras. Cost: $100

Ju Mipham was one of the greatest Nyingma Lamas of the late 19th century. Although especially known as a scholar and Buddhist philosopher, Mipham was also a practitioner of Tibetan medicine and a great mantric practitioner, having spent most of His adult life in retreat. Among Mipham’s 50-some written works is included a compendium of healing mantra, with each mantra targeted at treating a specific disease or class of disease. In this one-day class, Dr. Nida will transmit this collection of mantras.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, there may be practice requirements before being able to successfully apply these mantras in clinical practice. In general, before one can use a mantra to accomplish its intended effect, one must usually say that mantra a certain number of times to generate a “reservoir” of spiritual energy.

Total price for all three days: $250

If one registers before May 15: $225

To register, send the price of the programs you wish to attend via Paypal to and include a note as to which programs you are registering for

Place: Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026. This is just north of 95th and Arapahoe off 95th in Blue Heron Estates.

This will be Dr. Nida's third visit to Boulder Valley Ngakpa House.

For more information, email me at:

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to Feb 24

Yuthok Nyingthig 7-Day Ngon-dro Retreat Feb. 16-24

The Yuthok Nyingthig is a cycle of terma(treasures) combining all the stages of Vajrayana Buddhism from ngon-droto Dzogchen designed specifically for doctors, healers, and medical professionals of all kinds. Because medical professionals are busy treating patients, they typically cannot go into year-long or three-year-long retreat. However, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, the founder of the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, recognizing this, created a graduated series of sadhanas (spiritual practices) which can each be practiced in only a seven-day retreat and which can greatly help one become a better healer. As Ju Mipham has said, “Merely remembering You [Yuthok] is of greater benefit than months and years of exertion in other approach and accomplishment [sadhanas].” And, as Yuthok Yonten Gonpo Himself said, “By invoking [Me] for seven days, you will definitely be accepted [as My disciple/attain accomplishment].” This is a unique feature of the Yuthok Nyingthig and is based on the special blessings and power this system carries.


Dates:6 PM, Saturday, Feb. 16 – 8-9 AM, Sunday, Feb. 24


Type of retreat:Non-residential. Participants will sleep at their own homes. However, participants need to promise not to watch TV, party, go to entertainments, listen to secular music, use the Internet, etc. in the evenings during the retreat. They need to keep doing the practice on their own at home in the evenings and/or read about ngon-dro.


We will practice "noble silence" during this retreat while at the retreat center. So no talking during breaks, breakfast, and lunch. In the evenings, people can talk as much as is necessaryto family members. If there are problems, they may talk to the drub-pon(retreat leader) and they may ask questions during appropriate times.


Place:Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette, 80026, just north of 95th& Arapahoe. This will be the third Yuthok Nyingthig ngon-droretreat held at BVNH.


Qualifications:Anyone who wants to seriously study and practice the Yuthok Nyingthig. Participants do not have to have had the Yuthok Nyingthig empowerment (ngon-drodoes not require empowerment), nor must they be a medical professional. If one has not yet formally taken refuge, this retreat includes taking refuge as an integral part (however, without the bestowal of a Dharma name or the cutting of hair).


Cost:$20 materials fee for handouts, diagrams, and pictures. $6 for one day’s candle offerings. Each participant is asked to offer the altar candles one day. (Checks should be made payable to Bob Flaws, notto Boulder Valley Ngakpa House.)


Offerings:Participant will need to bring tshog offerings for the beginning and ending tshogs. Other offerings for the altar in general (candles, flowers, fruits, canned or bottled drinks, alcoholic beverages, incense, etc.) are encouraged but not required. One of the main purposes of this retreat is the accumulation of merit.


Dana[offering] to the Teacher is traditional at the end of this kind of program. The amount of danais up to each individual.


Practice accessories:Practice accessories necessary for this retreat include:


Mandala pan (, best you can afford

Large bowl

Mandala offerings: Semi-precious jewels, saffron rice, pearls, silver, gold (

Small, clean, lidded wide-mouthed jar, such as a jam jar

Electronic lap-counter to count prostrations (

Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher(

Mala with 108 or 111 beads.

Notebook & pen

Water bottle

Dharma clothes if you have them (zen [red, white, or red & red striped], meditation skirt [shamtab or dran-chu]

Bell & dorje for the tshogs if you have them and have been authorized to use them


Sadhana text:The traditional, complete Yuthok Nyingthig ngon-drotitled The Wish-fulfilling Jewelcomposed by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and translated by Lama Pema Chophel. There will also be a number of other Yuthok Nyingthig prayers for the opening and closing of sessions.


Language: All Yuthok Nyingthig prayers and sadhanawill be done in both Tibetan and English, Tibetan for the blessings and English for the meaning.


Daily schedule (Sunday-Saturday): 6-9 AM, first session; 9-10 AM, breakfast; 10 AM-1 PM, second session; 1-2 PM, lunch; 2-5 PM, third session; 5-5:15 PM, bathroom break; 5:15-6 PM daily Protectors


Food:Participants will be asked to bring their own breakfasts.  However, lunch will be cooked by Orgyen Khandro Honora) at Ngakpa House. These lunches will cost $50 for the retreat. They will be healthy, organic vegetarian with vegan options.


Karma yoga:Each participant will be assigned a daily job, such as light housekeeping, chant leader (om-dze), master of offerings (cho-pon), etc.


Criteria for completion:Successful completion of this retreat will require participants to attend every session. Successful completion allows one to go on and do the rest of the sadhanas of the Yuthok Nyingthig (after receiving the Yuthok Nyingthig empowerment). It does notallow one to do advanced practices within other lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism.


Number of participants:Minimum six (6); maximum 12


Registrar:Rien Havens (email: (Phone: 720-468-8810). Please do not make any checks out to Boulder Valley Ngakpa House. We do not have a bank account. Any checks should be made out to Bob Flaws or Honora Wolfe.


Registration deadline:Saturday, Feb. 9


Retreat leader:Lama Pema Chophel


Lama Pema Chophel (a.k.a.Bob Flaws) has been a Vajrayana Buddhist for 49 years and has studied with more than 50 Gurus. His Yuthok Nyingthig Gurus include the late Trogawa Rinpoche, Dr. Nida Chenaktsang, and Tulku Yeshe Gyamtsho. Of his 49 years in the Dharma, 19 of those years were practicing ngon-dro, and he has specifically been authorized to teach ngon-dro by Terton Tashi Gyaltshen. Over the years, Lama Pema has done many, many retreats and attended manydrub-chens. He was the first Americancho-ponand the first Americanom-dze(for the Longchen Nyingthig Buddhist Soc. in NY beginning in 1970). Lama Pema has led three previous Yuthok Nyingthig seven-day retreats at Boulder Valley Ngakpa House. For the last eight years, he has spent most of his time in full-time practice and retreat.

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to Aug 28

Yuthok Nyingthig Outer Guru Yoga Retreat

August 20-28 we will be holding a 7-day, non-residential Yuthok Nyingthig Outer Guru Yoga retreat. This is open to anyone who has received the Yuthok Nyingthig root empowerment and who has completed at least one 7-day Yuthok Nyingthig ngondro retreat. For more information, please contact Lama Pema at

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to Jun 26

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang will return to Boulder Valley Ngakpa House on June 24-26.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, Dr. Nida will give the two-day empowerment for the Rishis & Dakinis of Medicine.

This extremely rare and precious empowerment from the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition is especially for healers. It is also known as tsa dra, meaning "Pulse Divination." Through this empowerment, one receives the spiritual transmission and understanding of pulse diagnosis. These are very secret teachings from Lama Yuthok that exist only within the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition. One first receives the blessings and then does the meditation and retreat. Through this empowerment one can connect directly with the Medicine Rishis and Medicine Dakinis Who transmit omniscient powers to healers.

As far as we know, this empowerment has never been given in the United States before and was specifically requested by Lama Pema Chophel. It will be given by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. Dr. Nida is a Tulku, Tibetan doctor, and, as the founder and director of Sowa Rigpa International, the foremost proponent of the Yuthok Nyingthig in the world today. Dr. Nida is fluent in English and teaches directly in that language without translation. He is also known as an exceptionally skilled and insightful teacher who understands the needs and wants of Western students. This will be Dr. Nida's second visit to Boulder Valley Ngakpa House. 

Price: $100 prior to June 9; $120 after June 9. Remit via Paypal to:

Post-empowerment dana (offering) and khatas are encouraged.

It is vital that all attendees arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start of this empowerment in order to receive the pre-empowerment purification.

Boulder Valley Ngakpa House is located in Blue Heron Estates just north of Arapahoe Ave. and 95th St. off of 95th. There is a gate, but this will open automatically as you drive up to it.

For more information & to register, email: Lama Pema at

(From April 20-May 4 I will be in Nepal. For more information during that time, please email Christiana Polites at

On Monday, June 26, Dr. Nida will give a workshop on healing the five main organs of Tibetan medicine via spiritual means.

In this one-day class, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang will teach a very rare spiritual technique for healing the five main organs shared by both traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicines. This technique comes from the "activities" section of the Yuthok Nyingthig Outer Guru sadhana (or practice) and uses the visualization of various healing Deities, the recitation of mantra, and the placement of special cards over each affected organ.

While anyone may take this class, in order to practice and use the techniques taught in this one-day workshop, participants should ideally complete the Yuthok Nyingthig ngondro and the Outer Guru Yoga practice. Each can be accomplished in a seven-day retreat.

The Yuthok Nyingthig is a complete Tibetan Buddhist path for medical practitioners of all kinds as well as the premier lineage of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). As head of Sowa Rigpa International, Dr. Nida is the foremost proponent of the Yuthok Nyingthig in the world today. Both a Tulku and Tibetan Medical Doctor, Dr. Nida is fluent in English and teaches directly in that language without translation. Dr. Nida regularly teaches throughout the world and is widely recognized for His exceptional skills as a teacher.

Cost: $60 prior to June 9. $75 after June 9. (Paypal:

For more information and to register, please email Lama Pema at

(From April 20-May 4, I will be in Nepal. During that time, please direct inquiries to Christiana Polites at


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to Jun 18

Tulku Yeshe Gyatsho

Tulku Yeshe Gyatsho will be teaching at Boulder Valley Ngakpa House on Friday, June 16, Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18.

Friday evening, June 16, 6-830 PM, Rinpoche will give the Orgyen Men-la empowerment. Urgyen Men-la is a combination of Guru Rinpoche and the Medicine Buddha.

On Saturday June 17, 10 AM - 4 PM, Rinpoche will teach on Threk-chod and Thod-gal, the two main techniques of Dzogchen.

On Sunday, June 18, 10 AM - 4 PM,Rinpoche will give a Guru Rinpoche empowerment and teach the 100 mantras He feels are most important and effective.

Cost: $125 (all sessions) or $25 per session

Purchase at:


Place: Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026

Note: This is a Heruka Boulder event. So please register through them and direct all questions there.

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to Feb 10

Yuthok Nyingthig Group Ngondro Retreat, Feb. 2-10, 2017

Place: Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026

See schedule below.

Cost: Free (unless you want breakfast & lunch. In that case, $6-7 per day.)


Requirements: Yuthok Nyingthig Root or Essential Empowerment

Drubpon (retreat leader): Lama Pema Chophel


This retreat is open to all those who have had either the Yuthok Nyingthig root or essential empowerments. The retreat is free of charge, non-residential, and non-boundaried. That means that people will sleep in their own homes, AirBnBs, hotels/motels, etc. and commute to Boulder Valley Ngakpa House each morning. For those who would like, we will provide simple vegetarian breakfasts and lunchs at a cost of $6-7 per day. Vegans will be accommodated. If one prefers to bring their own breakfasts and lunches, that's also ok. The retreat will be held in the Boulder Valley Ngakpa House shrine-room in Lafayette, CO. We are looking for a minimum of five (5) participants (besides myself) and a maximum of 10. I will be the drubpon, the practice master. I have completed this practice once on my own and once as drubpon for the retreat we held here last May.

When scheduling a Vajrayana retreat, it is important to end the retreat during the waxing moon, preferably on the 10th or 15th lunar days. Because of my personal retreat schedule for 2017, below are the dates I have settled on. (In my experience, no matter what dates I choose, they will not work for everyone who would otherwise like to come. Sorry.) All participants in this retreat must attend all sessions. There will be no partial attendance except for those whose travel schedule requires that they miss the concluding tshog only.


Opening Yuthok Nyingthig tshog ceremony, Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 PM
Friday, Feb. 3-Thursday to Feb. 9, 6 AM-6 PM, three 3-hour accumulation sessions plus one hour of Protectors per day
Saturday, Feb. 4, 8th-day tshog & Monday, Feb. 6, 10th-day tshog, 7-9 PM each
Friday, Feb. 10, 5ish-8ish AM, concluding tshog (exact beginning time dependent on sunrise that day)

Thus we will begin on the 6th lunar day and end on the 15th (Full Moon). 

Anyone who has received the Yuthok Nyingthig root or essential empowerment may attend the opening tshog.

Other than on the 8th and 10th lunar days, participants are expected to continue their practice in the evenings on their own and to forego watching TV, using their computers, checking email, reading the newspaper or magazines, and using their phones (true emergencies excepted). Best is if one can continue reciting any of the prayers and mantras or at least read about the common and uncommon ngondro instructions. It's also ok to read about Yuthok Yonten Gonpo and the Yuthok Nyingthig in general. The issue is to continue the retreat in the evenings even though one is at home. (Normally, this retreat should be four 3-hour sessions per day.) 

If you would like to attend this group retreat, please email me telling me when, where, and with whom you have received the Yuthok Nyingthig empowerment. Attendance at this retreat will be at my sole discretion.

For those coming from out-of-town, besides AirBnBs or friends' houses, I would recommend looking at motels/hotels in Longmont, CO. They are cheaper than in Boulder, and Longmont is a 15 straight shot down 95th St. to our center. There are shuttle services from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Boulder and Longmont. Unfortunately, there are no motels or hotels in Lafayette per se. (The Circle Motel is a flophouse scheduled for demolition. We do not recommend anyone staying there.)

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this, please don't hesitate to email me. Because I do three plus sessions per day, I'm almost impossible to get ahold of by phone. Sorry.


Dear Yuthok Nyingthig Ngondro Retreatants and those still considering doing this retreat at Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, Feb. 2-10,

There are some things you will need for this retreat. I thought it best to let you know well in advance so you can get any of these you may be lacking.

1. Yoga mat (for prostrations)
2. Electronic finger lap-counter (for prostrations; can purchase on or
3. Mandala offering base (rings and finial not necessary)
4. Mandala offerings (gemstones, gold, silver, saffron-washed rice, five-colored rice, etc. If you have done a previous ngondro and you still have some of the offerings you used for the Mandala Offerings before, you should at least buy some new, fresh offerings to add to these. Of course, biuying all new offerings is even better.)
5. Large bowl to catch these offerings between each mandala offering
6. Mala/rosary
7. Half-inch three-ring binder (for handouts of prayers and sadhanas)
8. Bell & dorje (not required but you should bring if you have)

The above, excepting the bell and dorje, are have-to-have. Zen (Buddhist shawl, red or red & white) and Dharma clothes (dran-chu, sham-tab, or chuba) if you have them are nice-to-have and auspicious but not required.

Also, you will probably want to make offerings to the shrine throughout the retreat and, of course, offerings for the four tshogs. Suggested offerings for the shrine include tea-light (candles), pillar candles, glass multi-day candles, flowers (fresh, silk, and/or potted), fruits, incense (stick, powder, or whole, such as guggul, frankincense, etc.), candies, cookies, cakes, etc., gems, jewels, and crystals, and saffron or any of the six supreme medicines of Tibetan medicine. Offerings for tshog should mainly consist of easily dividable "finger-foods," the less plastic packaging and the healthier the food the better. Tshog offerings can include meat, wine, and alcohol.

In terms of preparation, if you've already done a ngondro, you're probably good-to-go. However, you may want to look over Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher, Gampopa's The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and/or Diudjom Rinpoche's The Torch of Certainty. If you have not done a previous ngondro and have not received in-depth ngondro teachings, definitely you will want to read/study one or more of these. The more you know about Taking Refuge, Developing Bodhicitta, doing Vajrasattva, Mandala Offering, Prostration, and Guru Yoga, the more merit you will earn during the retreat and the more negative karma and obscurations you will purify. 

If you have any questions about any of this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Sincerely, Lama Pema

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Yuthok Nyingthig Empowerment & Transmission
9:30 AM09:30

Yuthok Nyingthig Empowerment & Transmission

Please join us for a day with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang as He offers the root empowerment for the Yuthok Nyingthig as well as the transmission of the profound Yuthok Nyingthig ngondro/preliminary practices, the tshog/ganachakra practice, and a short Mahakala Shanglon Protector practice. Dr. Nida will offer advice on doing the Yuthok ngondro and other aspects of this rare and powerful practice cycle.

The Yuthok Nyingthig is a complete cycle of terma teachings from ngondro to Dzogchen specifically designed for medical practitioners and healers. It is meant to be accomplished in a series of short retreats as opposed to the more common Tibetan Buddhist practice of a single three-year retreat. Thus it is especially appropriate for laypeople. Through its practice, one can accomplish one's own spiritual development as well as gain the ability to heal others and to bless medicines.

Place: Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026 (two blocks north of 95th St. & Arapahoe)

Date & time: Sunday, Dec. 11, 9:30 AM-5 PM. Because we will start with the empowerment, it is important that all participants arrive 15 minutes early.

To register: Please send $75 via Paypal to Space is limited and all participants need to preregister. No charge for ordained Sangha. Monks and nuns wishing to attend should send Lama Pema Chophel an email to the above address saying they are coming. Those who cannot register via Paypal should also send an email directly to Lama Pema to arrange an alternative method.

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, Tibet and began his medical training at the local Traditional Tibetan Medicine Hospital. In 1996, He graduated from Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. Dr. Nida is the Director of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Co-founder of the International Ngak-mang Institutes for the preservation and support of Rebkong Ngakpa culture within modern Tibetan society. A prolific author and renowned teacher, Dr. Nida is the leading propagator of the Yuthok Nyingthig in the world today. Also known as Ngakpa Nyida Heruka, he is a student of both Dudjom Rinpoche's daughter, Semo Dechen Yudron and Chonyid Rinpoche. He has been recognized as an emanation of Rigdzin Palden Tashi, the “king of Rebkong Ngakpas.” Dr. Nida is fluent in English and teaches directly in that language.


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