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Ancient Medicine for Modern Life

Tibetan Medicine Conference

Saturday, July 26, 2014
9:30 AM–9:30 PM

Ancient Medicine for Modern Life: Tibetan Solutions for Stress Management, Chronic Illness, and Mental Health
The Second International Conference on Tibetan Medicine
Presented by the American Tibetan Medical Association (ATMA), the International Shang Shung Institute, and Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27, 2014
Individual sessions available $20 each.
Saturday, July 26, Day One Agenda
8:30 a.m.
with Dr. Gerry Steinberg, Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, Dr. Yangdron Kalzang, and Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen
Invocation, Welcome, and Introduction to Tibetan Medicine
Including its Current State and Hoped-for Future
10:15 a.m.
with Dr. Thubten Phuntsok
History of Tibetan Medicine and Overview of the Tibetan Medical System
Discover the intrinsic relationships between Mind/Body, Imbalance and Treatment using
holistic healing approaches based on the five elements and Tibetan astrology.
11:30 a.m.
with Dr. Riwang, Dr. Kharma Tsoknyi
Tibetan Medicine at its Best: Stroke, Heart and Cardiovascular Disease
Presentations by specialists in their field. Presenters Dr. Riwang (Stroke), Dr. Kharma
Tsoknyi (Heart), and special reference to Dr. Namgyal Qusar’s research and established
guidelines on the effects of diet, nutrition and other preventative and treatment
12:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. >
Experiencing Techniques: Kunye Massage, Horme and Compresses
Relax into a firsthand experience of healing techniques of several of Tibetan Medicine’s
external therapies in a comfortable and informal clinic setting. See Sunday’s Schedule
for additional information about Medical Consultation opportunities with senior
3:15 p.m.
with Dr. Lushamgyal and Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo
Tibetan Medicine at its best: Mental Illness Care
Tibetan Medicine offers thousands of years of clinical experience in mental health and
psychological imbalances. This session offers insight into side-effect-free alternatives to
managing stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, ADD, ADHD, insomnia, and
obsessive worry.
4:30 p.m.
with Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen
Wellness in Tibetan Medicine
The main purpose of Tibetan Medicine is well-being of people. And to know the concept
and practice of Tibetan Medicine wellness is important. In order to understand human
well-being, we have to learn four major factors including time, external factors, diet and
lifestyle of people. Those four factors need to be the state of “appropriate minor” if one
achieves health of physical, mind and body.
5:30 p.m.
with Dr. Namgyal Tsering, Dr. Yangdron Kalzang, and Dr. Tashi Dorje!
Tibetan Medicine at its best: Cancer Care
An in-depth analysis of Pathology, Diagnostics, and Treatment methods based on
histories and case studies. Q&A to follow.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbufounded the International Shang Shung Institute in 1989. He was a professor of Tibetan and Mongolian Language and Literature at the University of Naples L’Orientalefrom 1962 to 1992, dedicating his academic career to the research of Tibetan culture. He has published numerous works, particularly on the origins of Tibetan culture and the ancient kingdom of Shang Shung. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is also a well-known teacher of Dzogchenand is the founder and head of the International DzogchenCommunity. He will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 conference. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has also founded a non-profit organization called A.S.I.A. (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), which operates in Tibet and China and is dedicated to serving the Tibetan people in the areas of education, health, training, disaster relief, and sustainable economic development.
Dr. Phuntsog Wangmoreceived her advanced degree from the Lhasa University School of Traditional Medicine in 1988, where she also served a two-year residency after completing her five-year training program (1983-1990). During that time she studied with the Khenpos Troru Tsenam and Gyaltsen, two of Tibet’s foremost doctors, who are credited with the revival of Tibetan Medicine within Tibet under the Chinese. Thereafter, she dedicated many years of work as a doctor in Eastern Tibet where she collaborated and directed the implementation of A.S.I.A., the nonprofit organization founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Since that time, she has worked on behalf of A.S.I.A. setting up hospitals and training centers in the remote regions of Sichuan Province and Chamdo Perfecture. From 1996 to present, she has been the A.S.I.A. project coordinator in Tibet for the development of Gamthog Hospital, in collaboration with expatriate personnel as well as the overall health coordinator and practitioner of traditional Tibetan medicine supervising health activities throughout the surrounding region of Chamdo Prefecture. Prior to 1996, she was on the faculty of Shang Shung Institute in Italy where she gave numerous seminars and conference presentations on Tibetan medicine. Dr. Wangmo remains in residence at the Shang Shung Institute in America where she is the director of the Institute’s Traditional Tibetan Medicine Program. She is also the director of SSI’s Traditional Tibetan Medicine Program in Russia, and the founder and president of the American Tibetan Medical Association.
Miriam E. Cameron, PhD, MS, MA, RN, Graduate Faculty, Lead Faculty, Tibetan Healing Initiative, Center for Spirituality and Healing Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota
Dr. Tenzin Dakpa, Tibetan doctor, New York; Tibetan Medical Teacher, Shang Shung Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine
Dr. Tashi Dorje, Tibetan doctor and Western nurse, San Francisco; Tibetan Medical Teacher, Shang Shung Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine
Dr. Dan Zeng Da Jie (Tenzin Dargye), Doctor of Orthopedics; Director of Hospital of Orthopedic Medicine, Lhasa; Professor, Tibetan Medical University, Lhasa.
Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsan, author and professor, Tibetan Medical University, Qinghai Province
Dr. Lixang Ja (Lushamgyal), professor and Dean, Tibetan Medical University, Qinghai Province; expert on mental diseases
Dr. Pengcuo Tudeng (Thubten Phuntsok), Tibetan medical professor, Department of Tibetan Studies, South West University of Nationalities, Chengdu, Sichuan.
Dr. Ri Wang Cai Ring (Riwang Tsering), Director, Tibetan hospital in Beijing and expert on stroke
Dr. Tsewang Tamden, PhD, Director of Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, Dharamsala; personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dr. Lobsang Tenzin, Dean, Faculty of Tibetan Medical Science, C.I.H.T.S., Sarnath, India Dr. Namgyal Tsering, Doctor, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, Dharamsala; personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama new york
Dr. Ni Ma Cai Ring (Nyima Tsering), principal professor, Tibetan Medical University, Lhasa
Dr. Choni (Kharma Tsoknyi), professor and education leader, Tibetan Medical University, Qinghai Province
Dr. Yangdron Kalzang, Tibetan doctor and Chinese traditional medical doctor in San Francisco; Tibetan Medical Teacher, Shang Shung Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.
Dr. Yang Ga, author and professor, Tibetan Medical University, Lhasa
Dr. Yumpa, head of astrology department, Tibetan Medical University, Lhasa
Vincanne Adams,PhD, Professor of Anthropology, UCSF
Please note that all programs and listed participants are subject to change.
Go to Day Two Agenda