The Tibetan Medicine course
Next courses start: October 2013
The Tibetan Medicine course is a rare opportunity given to Westerners not only to study traditional Tibetan Medicine in English but also share the knowledge of an experienced and renowned Tibetan doctor.
This comprehensive program covers all the main aspects of Tibetan medicine theory, diagnosis and practice in its traditional form, but also embraces its contemporary explanation, development and application.
The course gathers several tools to help students acquire knowledge at its best: from their home, they can study the theory of Tibetan Medicine on the basis of a three book treatise "The Essentials of Gyud-shi", written by Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya, that expounds, explains and comments the traditional Gyud-shi, the "Four medical Tantras". These texts are complemented by audio and/or video recordings. About once a month, they have the possibility to directly ask questions to Dr Pasang Y. Arya, through an interactive online class.
For students wanting to develop their skill in practice (TM course A), two 6-day intensive practice workshops (2nd and 3rd year) are organized in Europe.
There are 2 options:
TM course A:
Three-year distant learning course + two 6-day onsite practice workshops
This course accepts health fields professionals in general as well as other seriously motivated people intending to study Tibetan medicine in the complementary medicine field.
detailed information and registration
TM course B:
Three-year distant learning course
This option is available for people interested in Tibetan medicine to improve their theoretical knowledge in the holistic concept of the body-mind, or for their own health benefit. The content of the course is basically the same as the TM course A, but students don't participate in the on-site workshops in Europe.
detailed information and registration
Both options comprise three successive levels of one year each.
- 1st year: Basics of Tibetan Medicine (syllabus)
- 2nd year: Diagnosis and treatment(syllabus)
- 3rd year: General and specific pathologies(syllabus)
One year distant learning course
The basic level is common to The Tibetan Medicine courses A and B, where it is a prerequisite to the 2nd year. However, for people who do not want to engage in long study, but who would like to get a basic theoretical knowledge on Tibetan medicine, it is possible to register to the Basic Level only.
The course gathers different tools to help the student get knowledge at its best:
Distant learning(1st year (Basic), 2nd and 3rd year)
- Four times a year, students will receive the theory, in the form of book chapters (downloadable documents).
- They will also receive by post commentaries and explanations on these texts, in the form of audio and/or video recordings given by Dr Pasang Arya (more than 250 hours throughout the 3 years).
- Students study this material at their pace within the year.
- Once a month (except in December, July and August), students will participate in a three-hour interactive online teaching session. During these sessions, Dr Pasang Arya will directly teach and answer their questions and, depending on the needs, complement the teachings.
Practice training (2nd and 3rd year workshops, TM course A only)
At the end of the 2nd and 3rd year (TM course A), a 6-day practical workshop (5 days of training, 1 day examination) will take place in Europe (Italy or Switzerland), where students will go from theory to practice under Dr Pasang Y. Arya's guidance. During the workshops, some other experts in Tibetan medicine may also intervene on specific subjects.
The number of seats for this program is limited.
About the study books
The reference book for this three-year course study is “The Essentials of Gyud-shi”, a three book treatise written by Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya. This extensive work expounds and explains the traditional Gyud-shi (the Four medical Tantras), but also its contemporary practice and interpretation.
Beside the study material, 9 times a year, Dr. Pasang Arya will answer questions during the direct online sessions and, depending on the requests, complement them and give further advice.
EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION
There is an exam at the end of each year:
TM course A, B and basic: Written and oral exam (online).
2nd and 3rd year:
TM course A: Written, oral and practical exams at the end of the on-site workshop.
TM course B: Written and oral exam (online).
It is compulsory to pass the exams in order to move on to the second and third year, and to get a certification from TME.
At the end of the three-year course, students who have successfully passed all the exams will get a certification from TME (TM course A:Theory and practice level / TM course B: Theory level). This certification attests the three-year study of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and its contemporary practice and interpretation.
Tibetan Medicine, like many other complementary medicines, is still not officially recognized in many countries. Students must then be aware that even if this certification attests their knowledge on Tibetan Medicine, it is not an authorization to practice per se, as legal recognition and licenses depend on the laws of each country.
Thus, the participants who are already medical doctors or who already have an official authorization to practice as naturopath practitioners in their country can receive the TME certificate as an attestation for their additional knowledge on Tibetan medicine and related techniques.
The participants who have not yet graduated in any medical complementary discipline will also receive the same certificate from TME, but in order to have a legal recognition in their country as a health practitioner, they may have to obtain extra certificates depending on their country laws.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
To register, fill in the registration form. The number of seats is limited, and the class is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Your registration becomes effective at the reception of the payment.
To register to the class:
1. Fill up the registration form.
2. Proceed to the payment of the first year fee.
Payment of the year fee must be made in full at least one month before the course start (bank transfer, Paypal account or credit card). TME - Tibetan Medicine Education center will consider requests for more flexible arrangements, but reserves the right to decide on such requests on a case by case basis.
The course fees cover the written material (chapters of the three-book treatise “The Essentials of Gyud-shi”), the audio/video teachings, and the access to the online interactive sessions, as well as all registration and examination fees. The fees also include the CD/DVD forwarding charges.
If students prefer to receive the pdf documents in a printed form by post, they will have to pay an additional printing and forwarding charge (CHF 150.- per year).
Withdrawals from a course are accepted until 30 days before the course's start. The course fee will be reimbursed without any charge aside from an administrative fee of CHF 60.- (see more in Terms and conditions)