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Diagnosis IV: Astrology

With Michael Lutin

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

In Tibetan tantra, anatomy and astrology bear a direct correlation. Each of the twelve limb joints, for example, is associated with one of the twelve constellations that mark the lunar months of the Tibetan year. While diagnosing volunteers from the audience, Tibetan Dr. Jampa Yonten compares notes with Vanity Fair’s astrologist Michael Lutin on how cosmic interpretations of the body affect procreation, embryology and portents of death.

About the Speakers

Dr. Jampa Yonten practices traditional Tibetan Medicine, and is the medical director of the Tibetan Healing & Wellness Center in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He is a graduate of Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute in Darjeeling, under the guidance of the late Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche. He also studied privately at Men-Tsee- Khang Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India under the late Dr. Lobsang Chophel. He received the transmission of the fundamental medical text from the late Tenzin Chodrak. He received the Medicine Buddha practice from Kamtrul Rinpoche and the Yuthog Nyingthig from Taglung Tsetrul Rinpoche and Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche. He completed the Menrampa training (equivalent to MD) at The Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India. He received the Gold Medal from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine.
About Michael Lutin (in his own words): As a kid living in Paris I got interested in Eastern philosophy and Pop Art. Then came astrology, which I fought for years until I surrendered to its inescapable and mind-expanding accuracy. I liked baseball as a kid, but now I love to be on the ice or in the ocean, although I am hands down the planet Earth’s worst surfer. Grateful to my Mom to have been educated in the finest eastern schools, and Phi Beta Kappa, too, I’ve written four books plus book and lyrics for and co-produced five astrological musicals. Beside the website I speak publicly on astrology, and the fate of us all, have given lectures and talks in a bowling alley, an attic you had to climb a ladder in a pantry to get to, to the National Press Club and Harvard Business School Alumni, and all the way from New Jersey to Bali. I have a big mouth, hot temper, enormous appetites and a personal history to make the Pope faint when he hears my name. Literally. I believe in life on other planets, because of course there are sentient beings everywhere in the Universe. The fact is, some are sweet, some are sexy, others are total jerks, but I love ‘em all. I’d go up in a space ship any day of the week, although I prefer roomy business class and some nice, fluffy towels when I get to Planet X. Am I legitimate? That’s another story. Most favorite book? TheTibetan Book Of The Dead, so that shows you what kind of a fun guy I am.
A diagnostic series offered to deepen your appreciation of the exhibitionBodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.
Series Schedule
Diagnosis I: Pulse | Learn more
Diagnosis II: Urinanalysis | Learn more
Diagnosis III: Pulse | Learn more
Diagnosis IV: Pulse | Learn more