Exploring the links between spiritual practices and healing

Drangsong Foundation

Dharma teachings from the Tibetan tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Ongoing research work and support for the Rebkong Ngakpa tradition in Tibet.

Ngakmo yoginis from Rebkong

Drangsong Foundation continues the work that began in 2015 as Ngakmang Foundation. Ngakmang refers to the community of Ngakpa yogis, especially around the area of Rebkong in Northeastern Tibet (Amdo). Our work at that time was ịnspired by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and guided by Dr Nida Chenagtsang, both Rebkong Ngakpas.

In Rebkong, we helped to renovate the ancient Rigdzin Rabpel Ling temple, build a retreat center, and sponsor elaborate community rituals.

Over the years, our team has been actively researching the masters, transmissions, and practices from the area. Currently, we are less active on the ground in Tibet, and focus more on research, translation, and dharma teachings.

Our primary foci are lineages close to our hearts especially from the Nyingmapa (Ancient School) of Tibetan Buddhism and exploring the links between healing and spiritual practices. Recently, we have been part of the Düdjom Chojung project, documenting the early history of the Düdjom lineage from its source in 19th century Tibet.

Our Inspiration

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche (1936-2013) was a highly realized master, close disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, and holder of a family tradition from the Repkong lineage of Ngakpa yogis. Rinpoche founded the Vajrayana Foundation at the Pema Ösel Ling retreat center in California, and guided many students through the stages of dharma practice, especially the profound practices of creation and completion stages and the Great Perfection. Vajrayana Foundation and The Lama Tharchin Heritage Foundation preserves and disseminates his rich legacy.

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

This work has been guided by our teacher Dr Nida Chenagtsang, who created the Ngakmang Institute and related organizations in Tibet and Europe over 20 years ago.

Dr Nida, who created the Ngakmang Institute, Sorig Khang and other organizations around the world.

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang is a traditional Tibetan physician and lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthik, the unique spiritual healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine. Born in a nomadic region surrounded by traditional medicine in Amdo, North Eastern Tibet, he studied medicine in his hometown before joining the Tibetan medical university in Lhasa. Dr. Nida studied with great medical masters such as Khenpo Troru Tsenam and others, as well as receiving many Vajrayana transmissions, especially from Nyingma and Yuthok Nyingthik lineages.

Dharma Projects

Dharma Text Translations

Drangsong Foundation strives to bring forth and collaborate on the translation of Tibetan dharma. Works include sādhana liturgies, literary work and poetry, commentaries, hagiographies of masters of the past, under the guidance of our teachers.

Dudjom Chojung

The Düdjom Tersar Chojung book series is a comprehensive presentation of the transmission of the Düdjom Tersar lineage masters and students, from Düdjom Lingpa (1835-1903) to the current Düdjom Tersar lineage holders.

If you wish to engage in Buddhist practice to attain fully enlightened Buddhahood, it is very important to read the life stories of past sublime beings. 

By doing so, you will come to understand how they attained realization, what practices they did, and what kind of realization they gained. You can then follow their example. 

If you aim to accomplish your practice, these sublime beings’ words and stories will act as your witness.

~ Dudjom Rinpoche