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Attend classes and conferences
Interest in Tibetan medicine is exploding. Increasingly, courses, conferences, classes, and apprenticeships are being offered about Tibetan medicine. The quality of these offerings varies widely, ranging from informal gatherings to university graduate courses. The University of Minnesota offers graduate-level courses about Tibetan Medicine as part of the Yoga & Tibetan Medicine focus area at the Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Read books about Tibetan medicine
For the first time in history, you now can read the Gyueshi, the fundamental text of Tibetan medicine, directly in English. Reading this sacred text in English can be a powerful experience. The Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala, India, translated the Gyueshi, from Tibetan into English in two volumes:
- Yuthok Yonten Gonpo. (2011). The Root Tantra and the Explanatory Tantra: From the Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine. (Trans., T. Paljor, P. Wangdu, & S. Dolma). Dharamsala, India: Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (Original work published in 1893).
- Yuthok Yonten Gonpo. (2008). The Subsequent Tantra: From the Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine. (Trans., T. Paljor, P. Wangdu, & S. Dolma). Dharamsala, India: Men-Tsee-Khang, Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (Original work published in 1893).
These publications about Tibetan medicine are based on the Gyueshi.
- Cameron, M.E. (2002). Karma & happiness: A Tibetan odyssey in ethics, spirituality, and healing (Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama). NY: Roman & Littlefield.
- Cameron, M. E., Torkelson, C., Haddow, S., Namdul, T., Prasek, A., & Gross, C. R. (2012). “Tibetan medicine and integrative health: validity testing and refinement of the constitutional self-assessment tool and lifestyle guidelines tool.” Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing 8(3), 158-171. Full text.
- Gyal, Y., & Namdul, T (2006). Tibetan Medical Dietary Book: Vol. - I, Potency & Preparation of Vegetables. Dharamsala, India: Men-Tsee-Khang.
- Men-Tsee-Khang. (2009). Fundamentals of Tibetan medicine, 4th Revised Edition. New Delhi, India: Author.
Summary of Tibetan medicine
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave a concise summary of Tibetan medicine when he taught, “Lovingkindness is my religion.” To use Tibetan medicine as self-care, simply be lovingkindness! This simple statement is a reminder to heal the mental poisons and practice the characteristics of happiness. Making choices that promote compassion and lovingkindness, rather than negativity, will help you to deal well with difficulties and to create a happy life.
Miriam Cameron, PhD, MS, MA, RN
; Tenzin Namdul, DTMS, BA, PHCcc
; Katharine O. Swenson, MD, MS, RN