Shang Shung Institute USA Spring Programs


SSI-USA is offering a rich array of events this spring including Tibetan Medicine, Dance and Calligraphy workshops. Check out the details below!

Healing with the Five Elements with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo
Free Talk on Tibetan Medicine Live Webcast through Facebook!

 April 21st, 7:30pm PDT at Dondrubling in Berkeley, CA

This is a free public talk on the foundational theory of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Learn how the five elements are considered to be the basic building blocks of the Universe including our body, its physiology and the world it lives in. Understand how that knowledge can be applied to protect and balance our health throughout our daily life activity.

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Horme: An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine Warm Oil Compress for Mental Health with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo

 April 22nd, 9:30am-12:30pm PDT at Dondrubling in Berkeley, CA

Horme, literally meaning “Mongolian Moxibustion,” is a warm oil compress used on specific points related to the central nervous system for balancing mental health conditions. It is a very helpful method for treating many disturbances of the central nervous system known as wind disturbance or loong in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. This 3-hour workshop will provide a basic introduction to the theory and application of Horme.

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Tibetan Medicine on Mental Health – What is Mental Illness Really About? with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo

April 28th-30th at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA

In the field of Traditional Tibetan Medicine it is considered that in most cases of mental illness, including anxiety disorders and depression, a person’s wind element has become disturbed. In Traditional Tibetan Medicine, the wind element is considered to be responsible for the movements of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems as well as the mind. For this reason, if the wind is disturbed, it becomes the primary cause of mental illness.

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A Meditative Approach to Creativity with Tibetan Calligraphy with Tashi Mannox

 May 5th-7th at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA

Renowned calligrapher and artist Tashi Mannox will present an interactive workshop where participants bring their hand and heart of awareness while creating an ensō* and selected seed syllables. Tashi will explain the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making, and how to unite heaven and earth though the creative process of spiritual practice in art – as a means of liberating the mind.

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Tibetan Dancing 2-Step Workshop: Learning and Deepening Khaita
with Matthew & Katya Schmookler

 June 10th-11th at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA

June 10th will include step-by-step instruction on how to perform Tibetan dancing with simple dances. While learning the simplest of Khaita Joyful Dances, we will go through basic steps of Tibetan dances and explore what Khaita means in theory and in our own experience.

June 11th will focus on circle dances(kordro) that have more unique movements requiring a little extra explanation and training.We will cover dances such as Ten-jung De-kyid (Stable Happiness) and Ma-jai Dos-gar (The Peacock Dance).

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unnamedMenpa Phuntsog Wangmo is the Academic Director of the School of Tibetan Medicine of Shang Shung Institute. Menpa Phuntsog received her advanced degree from Lhasa University School of Traditional Medicine and trained with two of Tibet’s foremost Tibetan Medicine doctors, or Menpas (Khenpos Troru Tsenam and Gyaltsen). After working many years as a physician in remote regions of Eastern Tibet, she became project coordinator for Gamthog Hospital. She lectures in the US, Europe and Asia.



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