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Bodies in Balance: The Essentials

Human Embryology (detail), Hua Khar Jaintsa, Qinghai province, China; 1995-1996; Pigment on cloth; Promised Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

A full weekend of talks and demonstrations on the rich subject of Tibetan medicine and concepts of wellbeing. Scholars, medical practitioners and experts meet to share their experience in eleven separate presentations. For those who wish to immerse themselves in the concepts of Tibetan medical practice, this is the weekend for you. 

A conference to deepen your appreciation of the exhibition Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.

March 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, March 21

7:00 p.m. - Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine - Theresia Hofer, guest curator 

In a keynote to open the weekend’s conference, exhibition, exhibition curator Theresia Hofer outlines the complex, integrated medical, spiritual, and artistic dimensions of Tibetan medicine. Learn More

Saturday, March 22

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - Yangbum Gyal, The Integration of Tibetan Medicine in Western Practice - Tibetan doctor Yangbum Gyal talks about the successes and challenges of marrying traditional Tibetan precepts with western biomedical treatments. Learn More

11:45 a.m. - Janet Gyatso, Reading Pictures: Medicine and Buddhism at the Peak of the Tibetan State - Harvard’s Janet Gyatso looks at the intricate relations between religion and science in Tibet, as evident in certain telling details of the stunning set of medical images. Learn More

2:30 p.m. - Sienna Craig, Patterns of Resort, Prospects for Healing: Himalayan Healers at Work in Tibetan Communities - Sienna Craig explores the lives of practitioners and the patients they serve, from remote mountain communities in northern Nepal to bustling cosmopolitan centers in China. Learn More

4:15 p.m. - Katharina Sabernig, Medical Murals at Labrang Monastery - Scholar Katharina Sabernig takes a very close look at the fascinating medical murals at the Labrang Monastery.Learn More

6:00 p.m. - Donald Lopez, Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Dictionary of Buddhism - A presentation to launch the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, in which the authors highlight the entries on the Medicine Buddha. Learn More

Sunday, March 23

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - Anna Sehnalova, Medicinal Mandala: Tibetan Medicine in Ritual - Scholar Anna Sehnalova reports on the nature of a healing ritual intended to pacify the whole universe. Learn More

11:45 a.m. - Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Medical Astrology - Scholar Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim explores the relationship between sowa rigpa (the Tibetan ‘science of healing') and tsi, the various sciences of the stars, time calculation and divination. Learn More

2:30 p.m. - Barbara Gerke, Taste and the Art of Tibetan Pharmacology - “The tongue is our best laboratory.” Barbara Gerke explores the role of the senses in the making of Tibetan medicine, how medicinal qualities are often determined by a plant or other substance’s feel, color, or taste. Learn More

4:15 p.m. - Ian Baker, Embodying Enlightenment - Yoga and Physical Culture in Tibetan Buddhism: Ian Baker draws back the veil that has shrouded Tibetan yoga practices for centuries. Learn More

6:00 p.m. - Fabio Andrico, Yantra Yoga: A Practicum - A practical guide to Tibetan yoga and a vehicle to better health. Learn More


All programs subject to change