Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tibetan Medicine Conference in NYC

Group photo of participants from the Tibetan Medicine Conference in NYC at the Rubin including keynote speaker, Choegyal Namkhai Norbu. Many of the Shang Shung Tibetan medicine graduates are in the photo. Names forthcoming

[photo reprinted from facebook]

Doctors -- Malcolm Smith and Osa Manell (graduates of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine reported from the conference.  Reprinted from Facebook:

Historic Tibetan Medical Conference:

On the weekend of July 25-27 Dr. Malcolm Smith and Dr. Osa Manell of Sudarśana participated in a historic Tibetan Medical Conference with Master Physicians from Tibet and the Himalayan Region hosted by the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City as part of its ongoing exhibit on Tibetan Medicine called Bodies in Balance: the Art of Tibetan Medicine.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, founder of Shang Shung Institute’s School of Tibetan Medicine located in Conway, MA, delivered the keynote address.

The conference was open to the public and focused on traditional Tibetan Medical and Buddhist perspectives on caring for the individual. The conference highlighted the way Tibetan Medicine can be used to care for cancer, arthritis, cardio-vascular illness and mental illness.

During the conference, the American Tibetan Medical Association (ATMA) presented its guidelines for the standardization of Tibetan Medical practice and education in in the United States.

Interwoven throughout the conference were opportunities for the general public for hands-on experience of Tibetan medical techniques, including Kunye massage, Horme (a heat therapy), moxabustion, Yantra yoga, pranayama, meditation and mantra. The conference concluded on Sunday afternoon with senior Tibetan doctors offering consultations to interested participants.

Bodies in Balance is the first major exhibition to present the origins, history and practice of of the Tibetan science of healing represented in medical paintings, manuscripts and medical instruments and includes a multi media installation showing how Tibetan medicine is used today. We encourage you to visit this wonderful exhibit that runs through September 8.

You are also welcome to directly experience the practice of Tibetan Medicine by booking a consultation with us at Sudarśana ( or call 413 522 8587). Our offices are located at Clinic Alternative Medicines.

Pictured below: Malcolm and Osa with Dr. Lusham Gyal, the Dean of the Qinghai University College of Tibetan Medicine

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