Medicine & Wellness

Wellness translates to a holistic balance–a steady mind in a healthy body. Learn how to integrate physical practices , nutrition, and breathwork with reflection and meditation.

The Paramita of Patience and Caring For People with Dementia

Apr 10, 2021

It can be very challenging to care for a person who has dementia. Patience is key. They may need intense caregiving and as the disease progresses there is ongoing loss, particularly a...

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Tibetan Medicine Tools for Trying Times

Dec 3, 2020

During these stressful times, Tibetan Medicine may offer us some tools for bringing our body and mind into balance. Our sangha member and Dakini Doctor, Dr. Tawni Tidwell presented a video program at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC...

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Caregiving at a Distance and the Paramita of Generosity

May 27, 2020

Caregiving at a distance is extremely challenging during this time of the coronavirus threat. How do you care for someone when you can’t be directly with the person that you are caring...

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Being With and Caring for Those Who Are Dying

Feb 27, 2020

Being with and caring for those who are dying is a spiritual experience, more than a medical one. When someone is dying we enter a world that is sacred and filled with...

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Seasonal Influences on Health: Recommendations for the Freeze of Winter

Dec 12, 2019

Seasonal influences contribute to our overall physical health. In our previous blog we introduced the seasonal approach to diet and behavior in Tibetan medicine by discussing the Fourfold Cooling Method for excess...

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Dantian: An Introduction to the Field of Elixir

Oct 29, 2019

Dantian is a term employed in QiGong, Tai Chi and in Chinese martial arts.  Here, sangha member Kelly Maclean gives a brief introduction to this energy center and explains its relation to vase breathing practices which we will encounter in...

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Fourfold Cooling Method

Aug 21, 2019

Tibetan medicine calls for specific seasonal behavior.  The seasons can be divided either by equinox and solstice, the four seasons as we do in the West or into six seasons: Early Winter (November & December), Late Winter (January & February),...

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Correct Meditation Posture: Deadbug Develops a Strong Core

Aug 6, 2019

Correct meditation posture helps our minds to settle and our breath to flow naturally. In traditional Buddhist texts, we read that we should cross our legs and keep our spines erect. Correct meditation posture helps our minds to settle and...

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Care-Taking rLüng During Long Practice Hours

Apr 29, 2019

By Dr. Tawni Tidwell It is important to recognize that extended practice can proliferate and aggravate rlüng (lōōng). As we remember from our introductory blog post, rlüng are the coarse and subtle winds in...

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De-Stress With Alternate Nostril Breathing

Apr 16, 2019

The ancient yogic breathing technique of alternate nostril breathing, aka “nadi shodhana” is a simple yet potent mindful breathing practice with many benefits for the mind and body. In the ancient language...

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