Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) is a course designed to introduce students to the profound knowledge of this ancient holistic healing system. It can be applied with great benefit for general health prevention purposes in the personal and private environment and can be integrated perfectly into the fields of health & wellness, medicine, natural therapies, dietetics, massage, psychotherapy etc.
Traditional topics covered include: subtle and gross energies of the body, outer and inner elements and their effects on our health, traditional Tibetan diagnostic and therapeutic principles and methods, and the Tibetan perspective on medical ethics.
Depending on the current Covid regulations – especially concerning the travel regulations of our Tibetan lecturers – the indicated attendance dates and the order in of the modules may change! *)
Module 1 – in presence if possible
Introduction, Overview, Basics of TTM
Almost everyone has heard about Tibetan medicine but almost no one knows what it is exactly. Many people are interested to learn more about it, but usually it is difficult to get an opportunity to study with authentic teachers. Now is the right time and Tibet Center Institute provides the opportunity to study the fundamental knowledge of TTM in an informative and well-structured manner. In the first module students will understand the meaning of traditional Tibetan medicine, its uniqueness and how it is different from other medical systems. The body-mind connection is explained on the basis of the three principle energies or nyes-pa, as well as the fascinating perspective of TTM on embryology and anatomy.
Historical Development & Medical Tantras
For students of Tibetan medicine a background knowledge about the historical development is important. Among other things, this module deals with the origins of TTM and how it has developed over the centuries. Furthermore, there is an introduction to the classical text from the 12th century, the rGyud-bZhi (pronounced: Güschi) and the “Four Medical Tantras”, which still form the basis for study today. Further topics are the theory of the five elements and the Tibetan view of the physiological processes of the body.
Causes and Symptoms of Disorders
In TTM one does not treat superficial symptoms, but the goal is always to tackle a problem at its root. This module deals mainly with the Tibetan view of causes and conditions as well as symptoms of disorders arising from an imbalance of energies.
Module 4 – in presence if possible
Mild therapies & Herbs & Minerals of TTM
Tibetan medicine says that there are numberless treatment methods to solve the problems of the body and the mind. Even without medicine it is possible to heal disorders by means of techniques and skillful methods like various external therapies. This module focuses on the therapeutic approach of mild therapies and demonstrates some simple methods which students can apply on themselves and on others easily and effectively.
The basic substances (Materia Medica) used in TTM include herbs and minerals. There are detailed explanations of the different basic substances, their aspects and modes of action. If the weather permits, we also take a herbal walk.
Diet & Lifestyle in TTM
Nutrition and lifestyle can be both causes of and remedies for disease. Therefore, TTM places great emphasis on adequate nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Further topics are the mind-body relationship from the perspective of TTM and an introduction to the effects of Tibetan herbal substances.
External Elements & Internal Energies
Human beings completely depend on the elements, and not the other way round. In this module students will learn about how outer elements (of the environment) influence inner elements (of the body) and how they connect with each other to build body strength and proper organ functions. Understanding the inner and outer elements’ relations, and through the awareness of the importance of our environments’ influence, we can be more effective in order to achieve optimal health results.
Today effective teaching methods are considered very important in order to deliver the message to the audience. In this module students will learn about the amazing allegorical trees which were used one thousand years ago as a teaching method to clarify the subject matters on hand, by referring to the trees’ roots, stems, branches and leaves. While drawing or making up these trees students will remember and reflect all the major topics of TTM related to the body, the disorders, diagnostic methods and therapies.
Pulse Reading & Urine Examination
In TTM the imbalanced state of the body’s energies is understood through simple diagnostic methods like an individual’s pulse and urine characteristics. These diagnostic methods of pulse reading and urine analysis are some of the unique features of Tibetan medicine and form a complete body of knowledge with profound explanations. In this module students will also learn about some drastic therapies, like treating disorders through fire etc.
Final written exam
This diploma course on Traditional Tibetan Medicine does not fulfill the requirements set out by Austrian law to be officially considered professional health care education. If you are a participant of the program and healthcare professional, and are considering implementing or providing Traditional Tibetan Medicine therapies in your professional practice, please be aware that it is your responsibility to make sure you’re following the law for practicing medicine in your own country, state, and/or municipality. In case of existing mental or physical illnesses, please consult your physician or therapist.
A Note on Secular Education
TCA follows H.H. the Dalai Lama’s lead in defining “secular” education as ethics and education based on the range of humanist philosophy and spiritual traditions found worldwide. Courses at TCA are taught independent of Buddhist faith and religion, and are open to anyone and everyone, no matter their background or religious affiliation. The intention of the course is to give students new perspectives on our common human experience by presenting authentic Tibetan knowledge.
The study program of TTM, Fundamentals of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, is inspired by the vision of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, whose wish is to modernize & secularize the cultural knowledge & heritage of the Indo-Tibetan tradition. The curriculum, developed by Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharamsala, in a study group headed by Ven. Geshe TenDhar, is based on this tradition, which is held by many to be a living, un-broken lineage.