Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry: The Diamond Healing

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1994 - Buddhist medicine - 268 pages
Tibetan medicine is a unique and holistic system of healing. It has been continuously practiced for over a thousand years, but has still to take its place in the history of medicine as we know it in the West.This volume presents for the first time a comprehensive introduction to the arcane Tibetan art of healing. The author has provided a well-documented, original and detailed study of Tibetan psychiatry, the world`s oldest system of medical psychiatry. Translated here--for the first time in English--are three fascinating chapters about mental illness from the rGyud-bzhi, the ancient and most important Tibetan medical work. Reproductions of the rare Tibetan texts are also included. Supplementing these translations are extensive explanations of Tibetan psychiatric theory and treatment drawn from the author`s research and interviews with Tibetan refugee doctors in India and Nepal. Great care has been taken to identify over 90 pharmacological substances used in Tibetan psychiatric medicines, and these are listed in an appendix along with their English and Latin botanical names.Deeply researched and clearly written, this work will be of interest to both scholars and general readers in the fields of Buddhist studies, holistic healing, Oriental medicine, transpersonal psychology, ethnopsychiatry and medical anthropology.
 

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Contents

Frontispiece Detail of the Mandala of the Medicine Deities ii
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TIBETAN BUDDHIST MEDICINE
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Chapter
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An Ancient Copy of the Gyuzhi photograph courtesy
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The Wheel of Life Tibetan woodblock print
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The Goddess Tata courtesy of Yeshe Nyingpo
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Medical Chart of Blood Vessels and Facial Types courtesy
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INDIAN MEDICINE AND BUDDHISM
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The Medicine Buddha from a Tibetan medical handbook
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DESCRIPTIVE ASPECTS
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Physician Taking a Pulse 17th century woodcut courtesy
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CURATIVE ASPECTS 175
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TIBETAN MEDICAL PSYCHIATRY
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THREE PSYCHIATRIC CHAPTERS TRANSLATED
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THE PHARMACOLOGY OF TIBETAN MEDICAL
199
CONCLUDING REMARKS
211

Tibetan Veterinary Text courtesy of the Tibetan Medical
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The Nine Medicine Buddhas from the Three Hundred
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MEDICINE IN TIBET
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Urgyen Menla courtesy of Yeshe Nyingpo
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Chagpori Medical College in Tibet photograph courtesy
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TANTRIC MEDICINE
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The Buddha of Long Life Tibetan woodblock print
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CHARTS OF TIBETAN
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OUTLINE OF THE GYUZHl
237
NOTES
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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