An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine by Dawa Norbu

By Dawa Norbu

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For diseases caused by spirits, first we perform exorcism, and then we give medicine. For a disease which is a fructification of an action done in the early part of the lifetime, there is again religious practice to be done and medicine to be given. Then for adventitious diseases just a little medicine need be given and these will be cured very quickly. When a person is under the influence of an action from a former lifetime, the disease is a fructification of that action, and when it is at the point of fructification, it cannot be stopped; it must be undergone until its force is spent.

The term "Tsa-ka de-gya" literally means ''Caraka Astavarga". It is very difficult to make out as to why they are adding the phrase "de-gya" meaning 66Astavarga" to the title of this work. It, however, indicates the eight sections of "Caraka" . As in ayurveda, Tibetan medicine is also described to have originated from Brahma and almost through the same lineage. But what is very significant is that Brahma according to the Tibetan text, brought to his memory (this closely resembles 20 AN INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN MEDICINE '#Brahmasmrtva ayuso vedam of Astanga hrdaya" by Vagbhata), the teachings of Buddha Kasyapa in an earlier kalpa (aeon) and then taught to his disciples.

Ma) which is actually made into the shape of eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin, which are the five cognitive senses (dban. po. lna) that are likened unto budding flowers on the tree. " The above categories, though an aspect of my ethnographic research in Nepal, are mentioned in slightly different ways in Tibetan Medical-Culturul Sys tern 45 three small manuscripts which I am in the process of translating they are: (1) 'the crystal garland teachings showing whatever methods may be for the preparation of various necessary substances' (ne.

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