Healing Body and Mind: Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Healing Body and Mind: Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Date: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Join us for a weekend of exploring ancient Tibetan practices for both physical and spiritual health, according to traditional Tibetan Medicine and the meditation of Medicine Buddha.


Dr. Jinpa and his wife and translator, Lilly Atlihan, will be giving an introduction to Tibetan Medicine. Beginning with the view of Tibetan Medicine and its intimate connection to Buddhist Philosophy, they will cover the practical application of Tibetan medical principles for preventative care and health maintenance.


Dr. Jinpa began his studies as a monk at Mura Samtem Chökur Ling, a Nyingma monastery in Machu, Amdo, Tibet. Jinpa received a rigorous education in Buddhist philosophy, contemplative practice and the medical tantras that form the basis of Tibetan medical theory. He studied these together with astrology, which are traditional complements to each other.


When Jinpa was 18 he left Tibet and arrived in India a year later. While living in Dharamsala, India, Jinpa studied in an intensive apprenticeship under Dr. Tenzin Thaye, the current personal physician of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and head of the Pharmaceutical Department of the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, or Men-Tsee-Khang. For three years, Dr. Thaye instructed Jinpa closely, especially focusing on the external therapies; acupuncture, moxabustion, and cupping. With two other physicians, Dr. Sinthar and Dr. Pema Dorje, he focused on the subtleties of pulse diagnosis, urinalysis, medical potencies and prescription. Jinpa’s primary teachers rigorously tested his competency and authorized Dr. Jinpa to begin practicing on his own in 2013.


Lilly Atlihan began studying Dharma at age 16, and seven years later began studying Tibetan language. Her language studies began at the University of Virginia in 2011 and continued that same year to Naropa University. In order to study in full immersion, she lived and studied in Dharamsala, India for three years. In 2014, she began translating full-time for Dr Jinpa, a doctor of Tibetan medicine.      


10:00 am & 2:00 pm| Introduction to Tibetan Medicine


Fee per session: $25 Non-members | $20 Members


Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.


Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details.  Please send an email to [email protected] if you are joining us for meals only.


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