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Published on June 27th, 2018 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.


Learn Tibetan Wisdom Sword Practice

Buddhism meets the martial arts in Tog Chöd, the Tibetan Wisdom Sword practice. Although still relatively unknown in the U.S., Tog Chöd—a dynamic, deep-rooted mindfulness training—is gaining greater recognition as more teachers become certified.

The only Tog Chöd retreat offered in North America in 2018 will take place August 5 to 8 at the Shambhala Mountain Center near Fort Collins, Colorado. Participants will learn the core forms as well as the Buddhist context informing this practice. One can also decide to complete a more advanced training to become a teacher.

Modernized by Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche, Tog Chöd is a series of movement forms performed with a wooden sword while cultivating present moment awareness. Rooted in Buddhist principles and based on the traditional Kalachakra exercises, the result is a unique method of inner transformation. The goal is that by developing one’s skills with the sword, one learns to clear the mind and overcome self-limiting thought patterns. Practitioners of the non-combative Tog Chöd face the only enemy there is—their own negative emotions.

The Tog Chöd Retreat and Teacher Training will be taught by Farrah Garan, founder of Tibetan Healing Movement. Based in Seattle, she has studied the Tantrayana Buddhist healing arts directly with Rinpoche since early 2002 and is the president of the U.S. affiliate of his non-profit organization: Nangten Menlang Buddhist Medical Center.


Retreat location: Shambhala Mountain Center, 151 Shambhala Way, Red Feather Lake, CO. For more information, email or visit

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