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Harmonizing the Five Buddha-Family Traits
Introduction This seminar is about how the five Buddha-family traits create our view of the universe. This is a topic that deals with what we call in Buddhism “Buddha-nature.” The word “family” in “Buddha-family” is actually the Sanskrit word for caste, a social system that...
Using the Five Buddha-Family Traits in Daily Life
The Situation of Tibetan Buddhism in Inner Mongolia 1994
The Creation of Inner Mongolia Inner Mongolia was created as a separate entity from the rest of Mongolia by the Manchus, because the Mongols in this region submitted to the Manchus in the mid-seventeenth century, about 60 years before Khalkha, or what later became known as...
Buddhism in the Mongol Regions of China 1994
Details of Tibetan Medicine: 4 Treatment of Disease
General Approach to Treatment We have now covered the classification of disease and its diagnosis. Let us talk next about its treatment. Treatment is made by suggesting the patient modify his or her diet and behavior, and then prescribing herbal medicines, as well as sometimes...
History of Buddhism in Mongolia
The Influence of Tibetan Culture Tibetan culture, along with its religion, language, art, medicine and astrology, has been one of the main civilizations in Central Asia, playing a role similar to the one Roman culture and language played in the West. In Asia, Tibetan culture...
Buddhism in Mongolia
Details of Tibetan Medicine: 2 Classification of Diseases
Categories of Disease To gain an overview of the Tibetan medical system, let us first examine how it classifies and understands diseases. One system for doing this divides diseases into three general categories: Dependent (gzhan-dbang) diseases – sicknesses that arise from...
The First Two Chapters of "The Kalachakra Tantra"
The Kalachakra Tantra contains five chapters: the first concerns the external cycles of time, the second the internal cycles, and the last three the alternative cycles. Let us examine the first two chapters as they appear in The Abridged Kalachakra Tantra and its commentary,...
The second chapter of the Kalachakra Tantra deals with the internal cycles of time. It discusses the animate beings who live in the environments that pass through external cycles. Without some basic knowledge of the topics in this chapter, it is difficult to follow or...
Details of Tibetan Medicine: 1 History and Lineages
Introduction of Non-Buddhist Medical Traditions in Tibet The earliest medical system in Tibet was the pre-Buddhist one of Bon, going back to at least a thousand years before the common era. Its medical literature is preserved in the four Bonpo medical texts, called The Four...
Details of Tibetan Medicine: 3 Diagnosis of Disease
General Principles of Diagnosis Now let us talk about the diagnosis of disease in Tibetan medicine. This is done by a three-fold process. First is a visual examination, which entails examining the tongue and urine. Sometimes the eyes are observed for signs of secondary...
Tibetan Medicine: Basic Principles
Introduction and History I must mention before we begin that I am not a doctor, so please don't ask me about your various sicknesses. I have studied a little bit about Tibetan medicine and have taken Tibetan medicine for years, so I can only explain something about the theory....