New Course Offering Free to All: Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

News item posted on: June 19th, 2014

Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, Visiting Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Leslie Blackhall will be offering a free, eight-week [July 9 – August 27], introductory course in Tibetan Medicine.

What is Tibetan Medicine? Tibetan Medicine is a traditional medical system, utilizing behavior and dietary modification, herbal remedies, massage, acupuncture and other techniques. With roots in Tibetan philosophy, this system integrates mental and physical aspects of health to treat illness and improve well-being .

Classes will meet weekly, on Wednesdays [beginning July 9 and concluding August 27] from 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the 6th floor of the West Complex at UVa. Although students are encouraged to attend each week, individual sessions will also stand alone for those who cannot attend each session. This course is appropriate for all levels of students and will include “hands-on” teaching.

To inquire about registration, please contact Dr. Leslie Blackhall: LB9X [at] (to mail remove the “[at]” and replace with @)

Topics will include:

  • Overview of this medical system, including comparisons with biomedicine and other traditional medical systems
  • Mind-body connections in health and disease
  • Approach to diagnosis
  • Lifestyle and diet
  • Overview of herbal medication
  • Use of massage, acupuncture and related treatments

About the instructors:
Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen is currently a visiting Professor of Medicine at the UVa School of Medicine. He is the first Tibetan to earn a PhD in Public Health at the UCLA School of Public Health in Los Angeles. He was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in 1981 at Kumbum Monastery in Amdo, Tibet currently called Qinghai Province, P.R. China. From a young age he studied both Buddhism and Tibetan Medicine under the guidance of knowledgeable teachers at Kumbum Monastery and Kumbum Tibetan Medical Hospital. Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen has been nationally recognized as a scholar in his field by the National government.

Dr.Leslie Blackhall is Section Head of Palliative Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She has studied Tibetan Medicine under Dr.Yeshe Dondhen since 1980 and has her Masters of Theologic Studies in addition to her MD.

Note: This course is not sponsored by the UVa Tibet Center

UVA Tibet Day 2012

News item posted on: February 6th, 2012

UVA Tibet Day 2012


Join us to discover all the ways you can engage with Tibet and Tibetan Culture at UVA.

Learn about Tibetan language and culture, Tibetan studies at UVa, study abroad opportunities in Tibet, and more.

Location: Minor Hall, Room 125, Charlottesville, VA

Presented by the UVA Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sponsored by: UVA Tibet Center, UVA Asia Institute, the Charlottesville Tibetan Community

Geotourism Policy Workshop

News item posted on: July 25th, 2009

February 22 – 27, 2009

As part of the Geotourism Initiative, Machik, co-hosted a workshop on tourism policy in Tibet with policymakers from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The workshop was held from February 22 to 27, 2009. The goal of the workshop was to explore alternative models of tourism that prioritize Tibetan communities, local economies and sustainable livelihoods. Supporting organizations and participants included the Center for Sustainable Destinations of the National Geographic Society and George Washington University Business School’s Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Tibetan Geotourism Workshop

News item posted on: January 29th, 2009

litang_nomad3The University of Virginia and Machik are co-organizing a two week workshop on Geotourism in Tibet for a visiting delegation of Tibetan and Chinese tourism officials and educators. This is part of their long term initiative for promoting alternative forms of tourism centered first and foremost on local communities on the Tibetan plateau, and how to facility their involvement and benefit. The deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Region Tourism Administration, directors of Chamdo and Kongpo prefectural Tourism Administrations, and the Dean of the Tibet University tourism school will be participating. The workshop will include stops in New York, Washington DC, Arizona, and San Francisco, while the main discussions will be held at UVa. The workshop is led by UVa faculty Tashi Rabgey and David Germano, along with Machik Executive Director Losang Rabgey, with management by Machik’s Brad Aaron.