Preservation and Transfer of the Knowledge of Tibetan Medicine
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History and beginning of Tibetan medicine

Yuthog Yonten Gompo I (708-833):
„traveled to Nepal, Persia, China and India during which time, he met many eminent scholars and physicians and received great deal of invaluable medical knowledge and instructions of other medical systems. Yuthog represented Tibet at the ʻFirst International Conference on Tibetan Medicineʼ held at Samye during the reign of Kind Trisong Deutsen. Many eminent scholars and physicians of then known medical systems participated in the historic conference. [...] After that conference, Yuthog wrote a book called ʻGyud Shiʼ which was primarily based on the indigenous medical system and synthesis of various Asian medical system.“
in the preface of Thokmay, P., Passang, W., Sonam, D. (transl.) (2008, pg. iv). The Basic Tantra and The Explanatory Tantra from the Secret Quintessential Instructions on the Eight Branches of the Ambrosia Essence Tantra by Yuthog Yonten Gonpo. Dharamsala: Men-Tsee-Khang.

 Tibetan medicine as a product of knowledge of different Asian medical traditions

„Tibetan medicine was taken to a new level of development due to the sharing of knowledge by eminent physicians from neighboring countries, the translation of many ancient Asian medical texts into Tibetan, and the integration of this knowledge into the already existing wisdom of the Bon medical tradition. Tibetan medicine is therefore a product of a creative combination of indigenous medical practices and knowledge from other traditions developed by many eminent scholars and physicians over many centuries. The reason why Tibetan medicine is revered over many other systems of healing lies in the fact that it is enriched with the essences of knowledge and practices of many other Asian medical traditions“
in the preface of Thokmay, P., Passang, W., Sonam, D. (transl.) (2008, S. iv). The Basic Tantra and The Explanatory Tantra from the Secret Quintessential Instructions on the Eight Branches of the Ambrosia Essence Tantra by Yuthog Yonten Gonpo. Dharamsala: Men-Tsee-Khang.

The impact of Buddhist philosophy on Tibetan medicine

„As Buddhism has had a great influence on Tibetan culture, so has it strongly affected Tibetan medicine. The impact of Buddhism is cleary evident in Tibetan medical concepts such as the mention of subtle consciousness during the formation of human body, the role of the threee mental poisons in the development of disorders, and the importance of cultivating love, compassion, joy and equanimity by every physician. Understand of Buddhist philosophy is necessary in order to recognize the psychological element of disorders and in finding meaningful remedies.“

in the preface of Thokmay, P., Passang, W. und Sonam, D. (transl.) (2008, S. iv). The Basic Tantra and The Explanatory Tantra from the Secret Quintessential Instructions on the Eight Branches of the Ambrosia Essence Tantra by Yuthog Yonten Gonpo. Dharamsala: Men-Tsee-Khang.