“Sowa Rigpa is the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual science of healing often too simply referred to as Tibetan medicine. These spiritual practices and methods were taught by The Medicine Buddha and is part of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices of Sowa Rigpa and therefore protected under Federal Constitution”. “Federal Constitutional Provisions – Amendment 1 and Amendment 14 and under Amendment 34 of the Constitution of the State Washington.”

Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices have several branches with centuries of development which includes meditation, sutra and tantra to realize that the nature of mind is timeless clear light, and all its fabrications, contaminations, emotions, thoughts are only transient. By dissolving the ignorance about mindʼs nature one dissolves all the suffering it produces, be it mental or physical and is part of the spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism. These Tibetan Buddhist practices include right livelihood, right humoural selection of foods and plants, eating in season to establish balance and healing in the body and mind. Buddhist meditation and living a holistic lifestyle in balance with the seasons are a basic part of Tibetan Buddhist practices of Sowa Rigpa taught by the Medicine Buddha.

Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa (gso ba rig pa) is the original name of this Buddhist spiritual practice and is an important part of this lifestyle of spiritual wellbeing. Sowa is translated as “nourishment” and Rigpa as “awareness”, giving “nourishment of awareness” seeking the real causes of all suffering and dis-ease, both physical and mental and to relieve that suffering Sowa is “healing” and Rigpa as “science”, resulting in a Buddhist spiritual practice of the “science of healing” and is inclusive of plants as healing food to regulate and support our physical and spiritual body.

An important an often overlooked fact is that Tibetan Buddhism is inclusive of the spiritual practice referred to as Sowa Rigpa and like Christian Science practitioners who offer their spiritual services is legal under Federal Constitutional Provisions – Amendment 1 and Amendment 14 and under Amendment 34 of the Constitution of the State Washington as other religions of faith are allowed to service spiritual administration to those that request those services, Tibetan Buddhist practitioners should have the same protection. Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa needs more attention to be recognized as a spiritual practice so it does not fall under misguided federal and government authority and often resulting in pharmaceutical manipulation of spiritual plant foods.

A cease and desist order from US Health Dept. was received by Amchi Thubten Lekshe

Someone sent mis guided information to the US Dept. of Health saying Amchi Lekshe was representing himself as a medical doctor, which was false information however that brought the attention of the US Health Dept. They reviewed other Tibetan sites where Amchi was referred to as a doctor of Tibetan medicine and sent Amchi Thubten Lekshe a notice saying Cease and Desist and if their fee fine was not paid and their order was not acknowledge they will further penalize and prosecute him and so forms were sent with payment of their fine.

In doing so the Health Dept. posted information online about that order and made it look as though the beloved Amchi Lekshe had mis represented himself as a medical doctor practicing medicine, which he did not. This was acted upon by mis informed information and was unkind and unfair treatment of this special spiritual practitioner. Amchi is a name given to Buddhist practitioners of the Sowa Rigpa tradition which are the teachings of the Medicine Buddha.

Amchi Thubten Lekshe is the Tibetan Buddhist name given to Bradley Dobos who has never received any complaint over his 45 years of service and has as many years of glowing testimonials from those he has offered service to. Because he was listed by others on Tibetan forums and web sites as a doctor of Tibetan medicine rather than a spiritual practitioner of Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa, the US Health Dept. mis understood the spiritual reference and significance of the true meaning of Amchi being a spiritual advisor of Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa and that he had nothing to do with how people list or refer to him in articles.

So the lawyers wrote this statement about that.

“Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa is inclusive of meditation, correct lifestyle, plants and foods to maintain spiritual and physical health and well being and is an intrinsic part of Tibetan Buddhist practices and is being misunderstood and mis-viewed by the US Dept. of Health as being a medical practice rather than the spiritual one that it is. The US Dept. of health have categorized Amchi Lekshe as a medical doctor because of websites listing him as a doctor of Tibetan medicine rather than the spiritual practitioner of Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa that he is. Even if Sowa Rigpa’s use of plants was to be seen as a medical practice rather than the spiritual practice that it is, the US does not have licensing in place to license and regulate that and so serving Amchi Lekshe a Cease & Desist order appears unwarranted. Because Tibetan Buddhist practice of Sowa Rigpa is a spiritual practice of the Medicine Buddha it should not be regulated by any government agency and Amchi Lekshe should never have been served that C & D order.”

“As previously stated, government and federal agencies should have no part or authority in religious spiritual practices as stated by the Federal Constitution and Tibetan Buddhist Sowa Rigpa are the teachings and practices of the Buddha and is a religious Buddhist practice.” Amchi Thubten Lekshe is a recognized Buddhist spiritual practitioner of Sowa Rigpa and the first westerner trained in that spiritual science which began in 1972 in Dharamsala under the tutelage of a long list of spiritual masters of that tradition.

~ The Sowa Rigpa Spiritual Alliance