Tibetan Medicine in America 2008

June 13th -15th at Amherst College

A historic symposium featuring keynote speaker Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, speakers from the American Tibetan Medical Association and Tibetan doctors from around the world.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held at Amherst College, in Pruyne Hall, Fayerweather. UPDATE:  The keynote address on Friday, June 13, will be held in Merrill 1 (lecture hall), in the Merrill Science Center.
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Sponsored by the American Tibetan Medical Association; the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Dean’s Office, the Hamilton Fund, the President’s Office, and the Tagliabue Fund, Amherst College; and by the International Shang Shung Institute.

About the symposium

Opening day will feature a keynote lecture by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu , an internationally renowned Tibetan scholar, a former professor at the University of Naples, Italy, and the founder of the International Shang Shung Institute.

On Saturday the following speakers will lecture:

Dr. Yang Ga will give a lecture on the history of Tibetan Medicine, one of world oldest continuously practiced healing systems. Dr. Yang Ga is an assistant professor of Tibetan medicine at the Tibetan Medical College in Lhasa. He is a Ph.D degree candidate at Harvard University and is currently serving as a board member of the American Tibetan Medical Association.

Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen will introduce the basic medical theory underlying Tibetan Medicine: better health results from a naturally balanced constitution. Dr. Gyaltsen is a doctoral student at the UCLA School of Public Health, an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk, and is currently serving as a board member of the American Tibetan Medical Association.

Dr. Tenzin Darje and Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo will introduce Tibetan Medicine’s approach to preventive medicine with an emphasis on balancing the Western diet and lifestyle and present-day clinical practice. Dr. Darje is a professor at the Lhasa Medical School in Tibet. Dr. Wangmo is director of Shang Shung Institute’s 4-year Tibetan Medicine program and is currently serving as the president of the American Tibetan Medical Association.

Dr. Tenzin Dapka and Dr. Chimed Rabten will discuss the current situation of Tibetan medicine in Tibet, its country of origin, and in India, which is now home to the largest school of Tibetan Medicine outside of Tibet. Dr. Dapka is a professor of Tibetan Medicine currently teaching at Shang Shung Insitute and a publisher. Dr. Rabten was a professor at Sichuan State Tibetan College in China, chief physician at the school’s affiliated medical center and is currently serving as a board member of the American Tibetan Medical Association.

Dr. Chodying Phuntsog, and Dr. Tashi Rabten will talk about the current situation of Tibetan Medicine in the United States focusing on legality, licensing, standards and preservation of Tibetan Medicine through its practice in the United States. Dr. Phuntsog is a former faculty member and director of the pharmacy at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India. Dr. Rabten is a graduate from the Tibetan Medical School in Lhasa, the president of the International Tibetan Medical Association, and founder of the Tibetan Green Health Center in New York.

Speaker Schedule

FRIDAY, JUNE 13
Merrill 1 (lecture hall), in the Merrill Science Center, Amherst College

4:30
Welcoming remarks by Professor Paola Zamperini, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College
Opening remarks, Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo
Keynote lecture by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
Pruyne Hall, Fayerweather.

9 - 10:30 AM | Dr. Yang Ga
The Historic Roots of Medical Knowledge in Tibet

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen
Understanding the Basis of the Tibetan Healing Science

2 - 3:30 PM | Dr. Tenzin Darje and Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo
Preventative Measures and Practical Applications of Tibetan Medicine

3:45 – 5:00 | Dr.Tenzin Dakpa and Dr. Chimed Rabtan
Modern Day Study and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Tibet and India

SUNDAY, JUNE 15
Pruyne Hall, Fayerweather.

9 - 10:30 AM | Dr. Chodying Phuntsog and Tashi Rabten
Tibetan Medicine in America

10:45 AM - Noon |
Concluding Remarks

Dr. Yang Ga, Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, Dr. Tenzin Darje, Dr. Chodying Phuntsog and Tashi Rabten
Moderators: Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo and Professor Paola Zamperini, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College

About ATMA

The American Tibetan Medical Association (ATMA) is exclusively dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Tibetan Medicine.

About The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations promotes an interdisciplinary exploration of the histories and cultures of the peoples of Asia.

About the International Shang Shung Institute

The International Shang Shung Institute was founded in Italy in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and inaugurated in 1990 by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Institute’s aim is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of Tibetan cultural traditions in order to ensure their survival and preservation. Currently, the International Institute has three main branches, located in Italy, the United States and Austria, which work together as one to promote all initiatives.

The American branch of the Institute, established in Conway, Massachusetts, in 1994, currently offers the only 4-year Traditional Tibetan Medicine Program in the West and the first-of-its-kind English-language curriculum that mirrors traditional training found only at advanced medical schools in Tibet and India.

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