Join ICT for a special opportunity to view a traveling exhibition on the Concept and Practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Astrology
By Men-Tsee Khang, The Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute
Meet with our visitors from the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute in Dharamsala, India, including Mrs. Tsering Choezom, Senior Tibetan Astro-Science Practioner, and Dr. (Mrs) Tenzin Choying, Tibetan Medical Doctor.
Tibetan medicine is one of the oldest surviving forms of medical tradition and it is a part of Tibetan culture that has developed through many centuries. It has been in use for over 2,500 years, originating in the pre-Buddhist “Bon” era of Tibet, entering a most productive stage during the 7th and 8th centuries with patronage of Tibetan Kings then and further strengthened in the 17th century with the establishment of the Chagpori Medical College in Lhasa in 1696. This form of medicine has been practiced in Tibet, the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Bhutan, and India (Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, etc.) Mongolia, and Buddhist regions of Russia and Central Asia. Known in Tibetan as gSo-wa Rig-pa or the science of healing, it is a unique system where medical science and spirituality are blended to offer a holistic treatment and prevention of diseases, through the use of natural ingredients for fighting diseases.
With the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s escape to India, many Tibetan institutions, monasteries and schools were re-established in exile in order to preserve and promote Tibetan culture. The Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, known as the Men-Tsee Khang, was re-established in Dharamsala, India, in March 1961, and today houses various academic and research departments.