Above all SKY Press is a team. The work of Dr. Nida could not reach fruition without the help of others. Much of that work is completed on a voluntary basis and goes far above and beyond a call of duty. We remain dedicated professionals committed to presenting new publications in both a refreshing and artistic manner.
DR. NIDA CHENAGTSANG
It is Dr. Nida's unceasing wish to improve the well being and health of others that gives focus and heart to SKY Press. He was born in Amdo, in Eastern Tibet. Interested in the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996. Dr. Nida completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka.
Alongside his medical education, Dr Nida received complete Vajrayana Buddhist training in the Longchen Nyingthing and Dudjom Tersar traditions and trained in the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, spiritual counterpart to Sowa Rigpa, with his teachers Khenchen Troru Tsenam and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyaltsen.
He has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine). He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of traditional Tibetan external healing therapies.
Dr Nida is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International (formerly the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine). He is also the Co-Founder of the International Ngak-mang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa yogic culture within modern Tibetan society. Dr. Nida trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition in over 40 countries around the world. Living in Rome, Italy, he frequently returns to Tibet, to stay informed of, and assist with, the advancement of Tibetan medicine.
Ben Joffe is the literary genius of the team. It is his words that bring our pages to life. Fluent in the Tibetan language he brings a consistency rarely found in Tibetan works translated into the English language. He is a cultural anthropology PhD candidate from South Africa who is currently based at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He specializes in the anthropology of contemporary Tibet, Tibetan exile, and Buddhism; in the study of religion, magic, witchcraft, esotericism(s), neo-paganism(s), and neo-shamanism(s). His doctoral dissertation research is focused on Tibetan Buddhist non-celibate tantric ritual specialists, or ngakpa/ma who live outside of Tibet, and the globalization of Tibetan Buddhism.
Christiana Polites is the founder of SKY Press and has the daunting role of Editor-in-Chief amongst many other tasks. A student of Dr Nida's and practitioner of the Yuthok Nyingthig, she has been immersed in Eastern spiritual traditions for over twenty years and has her Bachelor of Arts in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard University. She has studied both Tibetan and Chinese Daoist healing arts and received her Masters of Acupuncture at the Classical Chinese Medicine school, National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has traveled extensively around the world, seeking out authentic living lineages in both the healing and spiritual sciences.
Pearse Gaffney is an Irishman who has lived in London and Amsterdam for many years. An ol' soul, he's a practicing buddhist and student of Sogyal Rinpoche for over 20 years and as a result is often asked to lend his skills as a Graphic Designer to many dharma related projects. Proficient in all things digital and design, he has an in-depth knowledge of print production techniques which is invaluable to SKY Press. When not stuck behind an Apple Mac, he enjoys the outdoor life, in particular walking and camping. Pearse is happily married to Pien Tieman, summer vacations are usually spent together on retreat in Dzogchen Beara, West Cork, Ireland. He has been known to drink and swear excessively on occasion!