NEW! The Roots & Branches of Sowa Rigpa
Click below to explore the Tree of Health and Disease from the Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine. This free interactive tree features some of the foundational theories of Sowa Rigpa, including the basis of anatomy & physiology.
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What is Sowa Rigpa?
Sowa Rigpa, the "Science of Healing," is the Tibetan name for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). This transcontinental tradition incorporated knowledge from many of the great medical disciplines of the ancient world, including the Indian, Persian, Greek, Chinese, and indigenous Himalayan healing traditions. For over 2,000 years, these seemingly disparate lineages coalesced in the Land of Snows, and advanced investigation into the nature of health and disease became a major undertaking for the Tibetan people. With a guiding focus on the elimination of suffering, the Tibetan lineage of Sowa Rigpa has evolved into one of the most sophisticated and effective examples of traditional healing science in the world today.
Tibetan Medicine is based on an elemental system of biology and pathology rooted in Buddhist psychology, addressing underlying imbalances and disturbances on the elemental level of one's body, energy, and mind. With dietary, behavioral, herbal, and external therapeutic support, dis-eased states can be brought to a state of balance and optimum health can be readily attained.
About Erik Jampa
Erik Jampa Andersson is a Tibetan Medicine practitioner, SKI teacher, and meditation instructor trained through the Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Medicine and Sorig Khang International. Erik is one of the few westerners to have completed a comprehensive education in the Gyu-Zhi (Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine) as well as clinical training in Tibetan herbalism, dietetics, and manual therapies. He maintains a private practice in London and Los Angeles, and is on faculty at the Sorig Institute School of Tibetan Medicine.
A Buddhist practitioner since age 14, Erik found an early home in the Tibetan tradition under the close guidance of Lama Tsultrim Allione, Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche, and Khenpo Urgyen Wangchuk. After a stint in Tibetan Studies and Eastern Medicine at Naropa University, he completed the Shang Shung Institute's Traditional Tibetan Medicine program between 2012-2017 and trained extensively under notable senior Amchis such as Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, Dr. Namgyal Tsering, Dr. Nyima Tsering, and other Sowa Rigpa physicians in America and Asia.
In 2013, he began studies with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, a yogi-physician from Amdo, Tibet, and has been blessed to receive many precious instructions on Tibetan Medicine, healing yoga, mantra therapies, and the Yuthok Nyingthig (the spiritual lineage of Tibetan Medicine) from this great medicine guru. He was authorized to teach medicine, astrology, and meditation by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, and is a Tara Mandala apprentice dharma teacher under the guidance of Lama Tsultrim Allione.
Erik is the head umdze (ritual leader) and senior ritual arts specialist in the Tara Mandala community, where he specializes in the Rinchen Trengwa and Dzinpa Rangdröl chöd cycles. He is also a teacher of the Yuthok Nyingthik Lujin, the only Chöd sadhana directly connected to the Tibetan Medical tradition.
Outside of the Tibetan tradition, Erik has undertaken training in western herbalism, Taoist medicine, Alchemical herbalism, and Plant-Spirit Healing. Following in the footsteps of Hippocrates and the world's great ancient physicians, he is also trained in the Tibetan, Hellenistic, and contemporary Western traditions of Astrology and Astro-herbalism. While Tibetan Medicine is the core of Erik's healing philosophy and methodology, clients benefit from his breadth of knowledge and experience within myriad healing traditions, both ancient and modern.
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