Lecture by Prof. Thubten Phuntsok – Tibetan Medicine and Global Health: Rethinking the Relationship between Tradition and Modernity

News item posted on: November 2nd, 2009
Tibetan Medicine and Global Health: Rethinking the Relationship between Tradition and Modernity

By Thubten Phuntsok, Professor of Tibetology at Central Nationalities University in Beijing and founder of Tibetan Aids Prevention Association (TAPA)

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Prof. Thubten Phuntsok will discuss the relationship between traditional Tibetan ideas of a healthy ecosystem and the modern conception of Global Health.  The lecture will introduce the Four (or Five) Elements theory in Tibetan Medicine, the causes of disease as imbalance, and the relation of Traditional Tibetan Medicine to the environment. During the course of the lecture Prof. Thubten Phuntsok will also address related aspects of Tibetan history and religion.

Thubten Phuntsok is a Distinguished International Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia for 2009. He is a senior professor of Tibetology at Central Nationalities University in Beijing and a leading scholar of Tibetan medicine and Tibetan history. Trained as a medical doctor in the Tibetan tradition, he has published numerous books in a range of disciplines. Among his publications are a Grammar of Tibetan Language (1987) Chengdu, a two-volume History of Tibet (1994) Chengdu, Elements for the Study of the Physical Condition (1999) Beijing, Therapeutic Principles in Tibetan Medicine (2000) Beijing, The Relationship Between Mind and Body (2003) Lhasa, and Elements for the Study of Tibetan Medicine (2009) Beijing.

Professor Thubten Phuntsok is the founder and president of TAPA (Tibet Association for the Prevention of AIDS), the first non-governmental organization on the Tibetan Plateau focused on advancing AIDS awareness and medical training. He also serves on the advisory board of the non-profit Machik.

Sponsored by TSGP and the Tibet Center