The Medicine Buddha
(Tibetan: Sahngyay Menlah)

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Healing from the Source: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine (by Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, trans. by B. Alan Wallace)

In this remarkable, contemporary presentation of the theory and practice of Tibetan medicine, Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, long-time personal physician of H.H. the Dalai Lama, draws from over fifty years' experience practicing and teaching this ancient tradition of healing.

This volume vividly presents a series of lectures Dr. Dhondon gave before a group of health care professionals at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Dhondon elucidates the holistic Tibetan medical view of health and disease, referring to traditional Tibetan medical sources as well as his own experiences as a doctor practicing in Tibet, India and numerous countries throughout Europe and America. His presentation is delightfully complemented by many anecdotes drawn from the ancient lore of popular folk medicine in Tibet.

For health care professionals, anthropologists, historians of medicine, medical ethicists, and the general public interested in Tibetan medicine, this book is a fascinating contribution by one of the foremost practitioners of Tibetan medicine in the modern world.

"I am very happy to learn about the publication of this book. Dr. Yeshi Dhonden is on e of the most experienced practitioners of the Tibetan medical system." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

See also below: Health Through Balance by Dr. Yeshi Dhonden.


Healing with Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen (Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche)

In the shamanic world-view of Tibetan Bon, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are accessed through the raw powers of nature and through non-physical beings associated with the natural world. In the Tibetan tantric view, the elements are recognized as five kinds of energy in the body and are balanced with yogic movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. In the highest teachings, Dzogchen, the elements are understood to be the radiance of being and are accessed through pure awareness. Healing with Form, Energy and Light offers the reader healing meditations and yogic practices on each of these levels.

Tenzin Rinpoche's purpose in this book is to strengthen our connection to the sacred aspect of the natural world and to present a guide that explains why certain practices are necessary and in what situations practices are effective. This is a manual for replacing an anxious, narrow, uncomfortable identity with one that is expansive, peaceful and capable. And the world, too, is transformed from dead matter and blind processes into a sacred landscape filled with an infinite variety of living forces and beings.

"There is more detailed and at the same time easily understood and useful information about the body and meditative practice here than in any other book I have seen. spoken with an elegance that melts into your mind."--Anne C. Klein, Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Rice University


Health Through Balance (Dr.Yeshi Dhonden, trans. and ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins)

The fascinating Tibetan medical system has never been so clearly explained as in this collection of outstanding lectures presented at the University of Virginian in 1980. Tibetan medicine restores and maintains balance among the three humors of the body through a variety of treatments--diet and behavior modification as well as the use of medicine and accessory therapy. The basic system has been enhanced by the practical findings of Tibetan physicians who have used the system for more than a thousand years.

Dr. Dhonden holistically considers factors of personality, season, age, climatic condition, diet, behavior, and physical surroundings in addressing the means for restoring health. The great strength of Tibetan medicine is that it is delicately responsive to patients' complete symptom pattern--no complaint being disregarded--and its wide variety of curative techniques are described in this book.

"Dr. Dhonden is totally attuned to everything that is going on. He uses all his senses as his medical instrument. Our patients have been very impressed."--Dr. Gerald Goldstein, Univ. of Virginia

"This is the best work on Tibetan Medicine ever to appear in English." - Dr. Barry Clark


Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama's Guidance for Caregivers (by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche)

This book can help informal caregivers as well as workers in the health and human services "...reconnect with the true spirit of their care giving task. In a clear and very modern voice, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dr. David R. Shlim use the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to present practical tools for giving more compassionate care with less stress and effort." Wisdom Publications


Medicine Buddha Teachings (Thrangu Rinpoche, ed., introduced and annotated by Lama Tashi Namgyal)

In this rare gem of a book we learn more than just the details of this particular Medicine Buddha practice: Rinpoche has kindly included many basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general. Anyone engaged in any Vajrayana practice will find this teaching extremely useful.

This work is a most thorough presentation of this subject. Medicine Buddha Teachings include the following chapters in Part One: "A Practice That Is Extremely Effective in the Removal of Sickness"; "The Great King of medicine Is Active in Pacifying the Suffering of Beings"; "The Visualization Uncovers the Inherent Purity of Phenomena"; "On the Origin of Auspiciousness in the Substances and Symbols."

Part Two contains the Medicine Buddha Sadhana in Tibetan and English.

Part Three includes the Medicine Buddha Sutra, and a section entitled "Mudras, or Ritual Gestures, Help to Clarify the Visualization." Part Four: "The Twelve Great Aspirations of the Medicine Buddha." Finally, in the appendix we find the Medicine Buddha Sadhana in landscape layout so that one can use this more easily in a daily practice.


Quintessence of Tantras of Tibetan Medicine (trans. Dr. Barry Clark)

This book contains the first complete translation of the Root Tantra and Explanatory Tantra of Tibetan medicine. The most thorough, detailed and systematic reference for Tibetan medicine in English, it contains the Tibetan views and defining characteristics of healthy and diseased bodies. The remarkable diagnostic techniques of pulse and urine analysis are presented together with the principles of right diet, right lifestyle and behavioral factors, and a treasury of knowledge about the beneficial applications of herbs, plants, spices, minerals, gems, etc. Also included are the subtle and psychological techniques of therapeutics and the standard of ethics and conduct required of a Tibetan physician--a warrior-like person equipped to overcome even the most formidable internal and external obstacles.

Dr. Clark is the only Westerner as of the publication date (1995) to have undergone the complete theoretical and clinical training of a Tibetan doctor. For almost 20 years, he studied, practiced and taught the ancient science of Tibetan medicine. His primary teacher was Dr. Yeshe Dhonden, the personal physician to HH the Dalai Lama for 18 years.

"Dr. Barry Clark...presents clear and accurate translations of the Root and Explanatory Tantras, tow works of such fundamental importance in the Tibetan medical system that they are commonly memorized by medical students."--H.H. the Dalai Lama


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