Tibetan Medicine and the Dharma
MP3 Audio with Dr. (Menpa) Phuntsog Wangmo
Presented as part of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine Monthly Public Talk Series in Northampton, MA, USA
According to Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism, the unique cause of all suffering and illness is ignorance. Ignorance gives rise to the three poisonous afflictions: attachment, hatred, and confusion. These three poisons are interdependent with the elements responsible for the functions of the body, known as the nyepa gsum in the theory of Tibetan Medicine. When out of balance the nyepa gsum are the direct cause for physical illness. By exploring this fundamental theory in Tibetan Medicine, as well as other unique features such as consciousness in embryology and karmic conditions of disease, we can better understand Tibetan Medicine’s special relationship with Buddhist philosophy.
Date Recorded: November 6, 2009
Dr. (Menpa) Phuntsog Wangmo
Dr. (Menpa) Phuntsog Wangmo received her advanced degree from the Lhasa University School of Traditional Medicine in 1988 where she also served a two- year residency after completing her five-year training program (1983-1990). During that time she studied with the Khenpos Troru Tsenam and Gyaltsen, two of Tibet’s foremost doctors who are credited with the revival of Tibetan Medicine within Tibet under the Chinese. Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo had the exceptional opportunity of extensive clinical training under Khenpo Troru Tsenam for four years. Thereafter, she dedicated many years of work as a doctor in Eastern Tibet where she collaborated and directed the implementation of A.S.I.A. the non-profit organization founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Since that time, she has worked on behalf of A.S.I.A. setting up hospitals and training centers in the remote regions of Sichuan Province and Chamdo Perfecture.
From 1996-present, she has been the A.S.I.A. project coordinator in Tibet for the development of Gamthog Hospital in collaboration with expatriate personnel as well as the overall health coordinator and practitioner of traditional Tibetan medicine supervising health activities throughout the surrounding region of Chamdo Perfecture. Prior to 1996, she was on the faculty of Shang Shung Institute in Italy where she gave numerous seminars and conference presentations on Tibetan medicine. Dr. Wangmo remains in residence at the Shang Shung Institute in America where she is the director of the Institute’s Traditional Tibetan Medicine Program.
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