This is the first course of a four year comprehensive Tibetan medical training offered internationally by the IATTM. The course is based on the Four Tantras, the root text of Tibetan Medicine, covering one Tantra per year, systematically building the foundations and practical applications of Tibetan Medicine. The first years’ course covers the Root Tantra- the first of the Four Tantras. The material is organized into different trees- as depicted in the Medical Thankas; which are a visual way to remember and hold the medical system in the mind.
Topics covered in the first course include:
Introduction: an overview of the vast and profound tradition of Tibetan Medical tradition, its philosophies and basic principles.
Brief History: an introduction to some of the great masters- realized yogis, siddhas, and doctors who revealed this tradition, as well as some fundamental texts and developments from ancient Bonpo shamanic medicine to modern clinical practice.
Fundamental Principles: a study of the healthy body from the perspective of ancient Buddhist medicine. This will cover the five elements, anatomy and physiology including channels, chakras, organs, etc.
While this class provides the foundational training of the IATTM Tibetan medical program, which offers the skills to actually practice Tibetan Medicine, this first class is open to all, and useful to anyone who wants to understand more about their bodies and internal energies.
Weakness with a Twist: A blog about internal martial arts, theatricality and Daoist ritual emptiness
Watch the Video: A Cultural History of Tai Chi
Buy the Book: Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion, By Scott Park Phillips. Amazon Kindle ($9.99), Paperback ($18.95)
Chicago April 27-May 1st. (This is a post-graduate bodywork course, but the 27th is a full day on Daoism and is still open, email if you want to attend.)
Israel May 4-16th. Two Workshops
Paris May 16-26th
International Daoist Studies Conference, Paris: May 17-20 (Will have panels on Martial Arts and Theater and this is going to rock!)
Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff, Wales: July 11-13th.
Portland July 28-30th
San Francisco Sept