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Introduction to Tibetan Medicine
Catalog number CEUS-U 320/520
Yangbum Gyal

In a age where a growing proportion of people are turning to healing through natural processes or alternative medicines, surveys show that at the present time, at least one-third of the people of America use alternative medicines in some form or other. 

In this perspective, the course “Introduction to Tibetan Medicine” is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and principles of Tibetan Medicine--the Tibetan Science of Healing. The students will learn how this 2,500-year-old mind-body medical system systematically and logically enumerates the relationship between human body and nature, disease and improper diet and lifestyle.  They will see how its emphasis on the art of diagnostic techniques is coupled with the compassion and the insight of medical practitioners, and learn how it embraces the key Buddhist philosophy of altruism and karma.  A general description of Tibetan medical history will also be covered in this course. 

The course will be divided into four parts: 

  1. Brief history of Tibetan medicine
  2. Etiology of Tibetan medicine
  3. Diagnostic Techniques of Tibetan medicine
  4. Therapeutics of Tibetan medicine

Course Materials:    

Men-Tsee-Khang. Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine. Dharamsala: Men-Tsee-Khan, 2001. 
Dr.Yeshi Donden. Health through Balance: An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publication, 1986. 
Dr.Yeshi Donden and Jhampa Kelsang. The Ambrosia Readings: Heart Tantra. Dharamsala: LTWA ,1995
Terry Clifford. Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry: The Diamond Healing. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass 1994.

Grading Criteria:  Based on prompt attendance and active participation, preparation, overall performance, and examinations.