Main Tibetan Course

Tibetan Medicine Course (Option B)

(3-year distance learning course)

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to study traditional Tibetan Medicine with a prominent senior Tibetan doctor as your teacher

This option is suitable for those of you who are interested in Tibetan medicine to improve your theoretical knowledge in the holistic concept of the body-mind, or for your own health benefit. The content of the course is basically the same as in option A, but students don’t participate in the on-site workshops in Europe. Consequently, some very practical topics (especially the external therapies taught during the 2nd year) are only introduced for general knowledge.

There are no specific prerequisites to follow the Tibetan Medicine course but, due to the detailed and deep topics studied, it is demanding. Students are then expected to study the material in depth between the online sessions.

Next Course Start : October 10, 2022

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Course Content

This comprehensive program covers all the main aspects of Tibetan medicine theory, diagnosis and practice in its traditional form based on Gyud-shi, the Four medical Tantras, but also embraces its contemporary explanation, development and application.
The course lasts 3 years and is given online only:

  • 1st year : Basics of Tibetan Medicine (theory, distance learning)
  • 2nd year: Diagnosis and treatments (theory, distance learning)
  • 3rd year: General and specific pathologies (theory, distance learning)
Detailed program :

Introduction
History

  • A short history of Tibetan Medicine
  • Buddhism and medicine
  • Golden sutra, Buddha’s teaching on medicine
  • Medicine Buddha sutra and eight medicine Buddhas
  • Tanadug palace: city of medicine
  • Four medicine Mountains and materia medica concept

The Gyud-shi (rGyud-bzhi)

  • Gyud-shi, the Four Medical Tantras
  • Gyud-shi’s content
  • Framework of Gyud-shi

Basics of the Tibetan medicine Psychology

  • The mind and the emotions
  • Physiology of the humors and constituents (nyes pa dang lus zungs kyi bya ba)
  • Nyepas, the three humors
    • General and sub- wind humor functions
    • General and sub- Bile humor functions
    • General and sub- Phlegm humor functions
  • The seven body constitutions
  • The digestion
  • The physical body constituents
  • The waste products
  • The concept of health

Anatomy and subtle physiology (lus bkra dang lus kyi bya ba)

  • The body and its development
  • Tibetan embryology
  • Similes of the body
  • The vital and hollow organs and functions
  • The food passages and orifices
  • The general and specific channels
  • The chakras
  • Prognosis of death, dying and dreams

The study of the Medicine trees (sdong ‘grems)

  • Theory and practice guide
  • Healthy and unhealthy trees
  • The diagnostic tree
  • The treatment tree
  • Concept of the ideal health

Brief ethical code of conduct for Tibetan Physicians (man pa’i le’ u mdor bsdus)

  • A short introduction on the development of the ethical code of conduct for Tibetan Physicians

Etiology (nad kyi rgyu)

  • General etiology (nad kyi spyi rgyu)
  • The Buddhist concept on disorders
  • Tibetan Medicine concept on disorders
  • General cause of the disorders
  • Four immediate cause of disorders (nad kyi rkyen bzhi)
    • Irregular climate and seasons
    • Unhealthy nutrition
    • Unwholesome behavior
    • Unwholesome emotions
  • Development of disorders (nad ‘phel tshul)
    • Six entrance gates and locations
    • Three locations of the humors
    • 15 pathways of manifestations
    • Nine manifestation times
    • Nine ways of ending life
    • Unhealthy tree
  • General pathology (nad)
    • General classification of the diseases (nad kyi dbye ba)

General diagnostic methods (ngos ‘dzin rtags)

  • Pulse reading (rtsa la brtag pa)
  • Urine analysis (chu la brtag pa)
  • Tongue diagnosis (lce la brtag pa)
  • Ear veins reading (mig pra brtag pa)
  • Eye veins reading (mig rtsa brtag pa)
  • Constitution examination (nyespa’i rang bzhin brtag pa)


Preventive methods
(nad sngon ‘gog gi thabs lam)

  • Three natural ways of life and related advice
  • Seasonal behavior and advice
  • General knowledge on nutrition
  • Dietetics: cooking and the use of spices
  • Constitution and wholesome and unwholesome diet
  • General food items (from the East and West)

External therapy (dpyad kyi bcos thabs)
Theory – the practice is taught during the workshop (TMcourse A)

  • Tibetan moxibustion (me rtsa’)
  • Hor-me therapy (hor-me)
  • Tibetan kun ye massage (bsku mnye)
  • Oil therapy (snum ‘chos)
  • Hot cupping therapy (me bum)
  • General fomentation  (dugs)
  • Warm salt fomentation (tsha dugs)
  • Warm pebbles fomentation (bshag ma’i dugs)
  • Warm earthen pot fomentation (rdza sros dugs)
  • Warm stone cold and warm fomentations (rdo dugs tsha grang gnyis)
  • Tibetan body/mind cleansing
  • Medicine Buddha meditation, visualization and mantra healing

 

Materia Medica  (sman rdzas kyi rig pa)

  • Materia Medica
  • Traditional Tibetan  herbal medicine products
  • Tibetan herbal products manufactured in the West

General and specific pathologies (nad spyi bye brag)

Humors disorders (nyes pa’i nad rigs)

  • Wind disorder (rlung gi nad)
    • Pre-wind disorder
    • General Wind disorder, pathogenesis, pathology, classification of the Wind disorders, diagnosis and therapies.
      • Nine specific and combined Wind disorders
      • Five sub-Wind disorders
      • Two combined Wind disorders
      • Two important common wind disorders
  • Bile disorder (mkhris pa’i nad)
    • Pre-Bile disorder
    • General Bile disorder, pathogenesis, pathology, classification of the Bile disorders, diagnosis and therapies.
      • Five specific Bile diseases
      • Five sub-Bile disorders
      • Two combined Bile disorders
  • Phlegm disorder (Badken gyi nad)
    • Pre-Phlegm disorder
    • General Phlegm disorder, pathogenesis, pathology, classification of the Phlegm disorders, diagnosis and therapies.
      • Five specific Phlegm disorders
      • Five sub-Bile disorders
      • Two combined Bile disorders
  • Synthesis of three humors treatment

Five vital organs disorders (don lna’i nad)

  • Heart disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Four specific heart disorders
  • Lungs disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Four specific lungs disorders
  • Liver disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific liver disorders
  • Spleen disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Four specific spleen disorders
  • Kidney disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Five specific kidney disorders

Six hollow organs disorders (snod drug gi nad)

  • Stomach disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies
    • Five specific stomach disorders
  • Small intestine disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific small intestine disorders
  • Large intestine disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Six specific large intestine disorders
  • Gall bladder disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific gallbladder disorders
  • Bladder disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Three specific bladder disorders
  • Reproductive organs disorder: physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapies.
    • Women’s disorders
    • Men’s disorders

Prerequisite

There is no particular prerequisite to take the Tibetan Medicine online course.
It is of course beneficial for the students to already have notions in the western medicine field or Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and culture but it is not compulsory.
The course is open to all, regardless of social, ethnic or spiritual backgrounds. Being Buddhist is not a prerequisite. However, as Tibetan medicine is based on Buddhist philosophy, students are expected to study its principles with an open mind.

Teaching methods

The Tibetan medicine courses are presented and conducted in the English language, using a variety of teaching methods and study aids to assist each
student to learn to their full potential:

Distance learning
From your home, you can study the theory of Tibetan Medicine on the basis of eleven textbooks (downloadable documents) from the treatise “The Essentials of Gyud-shi”, written by Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya, that not only expounds, explains and comments on the traditional Gyud-shi, the “Four medical Tantras”, but also its contemporary practice and interpretation.

Question & Answer online sessions
Nine times a year, you along with your classmates will be able to participate in « live » two-hour interactive online Question and answer sessions. During these sessions, Dr Pasang Arya will directly answer your questions and, depending on the needs, complement and enlarge upon the teachings.

Class environment
You’ll have access to a class environment where you’ll find interactive quizzes to train the understanding, as well as support, and contact with the other students of your class.

The content of the course is basically the same as in option A, but students don’t participate in the on-site workshops in Europe. Consequently, some very practical topics (especially the external therapies taught during the 2nd year) are only introduced for general knowledge.

Examination and certification

Written and oral exam (online) at the end of each year.

A course year may be repeated a maximum of two times. In case of repetition, there is a 50% reduction in the course fee. An exam can be attempted a maximum of 3 times. If a student fails to appear for an exam without prior approval, the exam is considered failed.

At the end of the three-year course, if you have successfully passed all the exams, you will get a certification from TME (Theory and practice level). This certificate attests to the study of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, its contemporary practice and interpretation, over a three-year period.

Note: Since Tibetan Medicine, like many other complementary medicines, is still not officially recognized in many countries, remain aware that even if this certification attests your 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, if you are already a medical doctor or already have an official authorization to practice as naturopath practitioner in your country you can receive the TME certificate as an attestation of your additional knowledge on Tibetan medicine and related techniques.
If you have not yet graduated in any medical complementary discipline, you will also receive the same certificate from TME, but in order to have a legal recognition in your country as a health practitioner, you may have, depending on your country laws, to obtain extra certificates.

Auditor status
At the end of the 1st year, Students who wish to continue the course without taking the exam, have the possibility to switch their Student status into an Auditor status.
Auditors can attend the course the same way as students, with the same access to the material and online sessions, but they don’t take exams and cannot obtain certification. Besides, they cannot participate in programs for advanced students.

Price

Distant learning
Annual tuition fee: CHF 1700.- (swiss francs)
The tuition fees cover the course textbooks (downloadable pdf documents), audio and video teachings, the access to the class environment, the training quizzes, and 9 interactive Question and answer online sessions, as well as all registration and examination fees.

Total for the whole course: CHF 5100.-

Payment

The payment of the 1st year fee (CHF 1700.-) is made at the enrolment (bank transfer, credit card or Paypal).
The course fees cover the written material (textbooks of “The Essentials of Gyud-shi”), the audio and video teachings, and the access to the online interactive sessions, as well as all registration and examination fees.

The payment of tuition for the second and third year must be made before the beginning of the school year.

On request, it is possible to pay the annual tuition fee in two instalments (+ a fee of CHF 15.- on each payment). The first payment is made at registration, the second 3 months later. Students paying by installment are liable for the entire year fee payment.

Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below and submit completed registration form. You will then be redirected to the payment page (1st year fee).
Your registration becomes effective at the reception of the payment.

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Terms and Conditions

By completing the application forms or an online transaction you are confirming that you accept the following terms and conditions:

TME – Tibetan Medicine Education center website, courses and e-mail
All parts of the websites, both public and teaching areas (tibetanmedicine-edu.org, tmecourses.org, tme.adobeconnect.com or zoom) including course content, documents, lessons, works, and correspondence, are the intellectual property of TME – Tibetan Medicine Education center and cannot be copied, duplicated, forwarded, or conveyed to anyone else, even in another language, without the original author’s permission. No attempt should be made to copy or distribute either images or other content in any way.

All online courses require users to have an active email account for course communication purposes.
Users need to advise TME of any changes to their personal contact details whilst completing their course.
Students enrolled with TME – Tibetan Medicine Education center are issued with an internet log in and secure password in order to access the direct teaching session. Students must not disclose this password to any third party.

TME – TIbetan Medicine Education center reserves the right to modify the content of the website on a regular basis in order to ensure that it is current and as relevant as possible.

It is strongly recommended that students protect their own computer system with appropriate anti virus software. TME – Tibetan Medicine Education center cannot be held responsible for any virus transferred via email or otherwise, hacking and other types of computer misuse.

Payment
The payment of the 1st year fee is made at the enrolment.
The payment of tuition for the second and third year must be made before the beginning of the school year.
On request, it is possible to pay the annual tuition fee in two instalments (+ a fee of CHF 15.- on each payment). The first payment is made at registration, the second 3 months later. Students paying by installment are liable for the entire year fee payment. TME reserves the right to restrict access to course materials and online sessions, and ultimately to cancel enrolment, in the event of failure by the student to make installment payments by the due date.

Ability to participate
Participants take part in TME activities fully responsible of their behavior and must notify TME-Tibetan Medicine Education center of any physical and/or psychological impairments before the seminar/course/workshop/retreat. If necessary, participants must consult a physician or psychotherapist. TME-Tibetan Medicine Education center reserves the right to exclude participants who do not fulfill the physical and/or psychological requirements from participating in a seminar/course/workshop/retreat.

In order to maintain an appropriate learning environment, students having an inappropriate, disruptive, or offensive behavior may be excluded from courses or workshops. Tibetan medicine study and practice is not compatible with the use of recreational drugs. People who are used to consuming such substances are not accepted in workshops. Besides, any course participants found intoxicated or under the influence of recreational drugs or alcool will be asked to leave immediately.
In case of exclusion, any additional costs will be borne by the participants and the amount already paid will not be refunded.

Minimum number of participants
In the case where the minimum number of 12 students required to start a Tibetan Medicine 3-year course, or of 7 students for an advanced course, seminar or workshop has not been reached, TME shall inform the enrollee/participant at least 3 weeks before the date of the course (2 months before the workshop). If TME is unable to offer the enrollee/participant an alternative course, it shall reimburse the fees paid in advance. When a minimum number of 7 students is not reached in the 2nd or 3rd year, students may have to wait for the next session.
The enrollee/participant shall not be entitled to make any claims for having been inconvenienced or for any other damage.

Withdrawals
Prior to the start of the course: withdrawals from a course or a seminar are accepted until 30 days before the course’s start without any charge aside from an administrative fee of CHF 60.-. Withdrawals must be communicated in writing. There will be no reimbursement for later cancellation.
After the start of the course: Should the course participant withdraw from the TM course, or not take part in online sessions or exams, he or she shall not be entitled to claim any reimbursement.
In the unlikely event that TME has to cancel a course or a seminar, the full pre-payment for the cancelled sessions will be refunded. There will be no claim for other compensation.

On-site workshops (TM course A)
For students needing a visa to come to the on-site practical workshops in Italy or Switzerland (check at http://projectvisa.com), please note that TME does not provide invitation letter for visa.
The participation to the course is at one’s own risk. It is the student’s responsibility to have the appropriate personal travel insurance such as travel cancellation insurance, health and accident insurance.
Except in cases of negligent behavior of TME – Tibetan Medicine Education center, the liability of property damage and financial loss is limited.
No liability is assumed for any valuables brought to a seminar/course/workshop/retreat by the participant, and theft or loss of objects.

Workshop cancellation
Cancellation until 2 months before the workshop: no cancellation fee aside from an administrative fee: CHF 60.-
Two months to one week before the start of the workshop, 60% of the workshop fee will be reimbursed.
In the last week before the workshop, 30% of the workshop fee will be reimbursed. No refund for later cancellation.
In the unlikely event that TME has to cancel the workshop, the full workshop fee will be refunded.

Covid-19 situation
In addition to the workshop cancellation rules, please take note of the following regulations regarding the current Covid-19 pandemic, which is very unpredictable.
As long as the overall health situation is problematic, or if the Swiss authorities in particular impose limiting restrictions, workshop registration remains valid, but the workshop will be postponed to a later date.
If the overall situation is stable, allowing the workshop to be held, but restrictions prevent students from specific countries or areas from participating, the workshop cancellation rules continue to apply. We therefore strongly recommend that students invest in travel and cancellation insurance.

Certification
At the end of the three-year course, students who have successfully passed all the exams will get a certification from TME. This certification attests the three-year study of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and its contemporary practice and interpretation.
A course year may be repeated a maximum of two times. In case of repetition, there is a 50% reduction in the course fee. An exam can be attempted a maximum of 3 times. If a student fails to appear for an exam without prior approval, the exam is considered failed.
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.

Auditor status
At the end of the 1st year, Students who wish to continue the course without taking the exam, have the possibility to switch their Student status into an Auditor status.
Auditors can attend the course the same way as students, with the same access to the material and online sessions, but they don’t take exams and cannot obtain certification. Regarding the workshops, if the number of places available is not sufficient, the priority is given to Students. Besides, Auditors cannot participate in programs for advanced students.

Applicable law, jurisdiction
Swiss law exclusively shall be applicable to the present contract. Neuchâtel, Switzerland is stipulated as the place of jurisdiction.

FAQ

Tibetan Medicine course B (1st year, 2nd and 3rd year):

  • Students receive written material (downloadable pdf textbooks), as well as commentaries in the form of audio and video teachings. They can then study at their own pace.
  • Once a month (9 times a year), they are invited to attend a scheduled direct online interactive teaching session with Dr. Pasang Yonten Arya, where they will have the possibility to ask questions and receive further teachings and advice on specific chapters.

Who is the teacher?
Audio and video teachings as well as interactive online sessions are given by Dr. Pasang Yonten Arya

The Tibetan medicine course provides an authentic and reliable knowledge and covers all the main aspects of Tibetan medicine theory, diagnosis and practice in its traditional form. It is based on “the Essentials of Gyud-shi”, a three book treatise written by Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya that expounds the traditional Gyud-shi (the Four medical Tantras), as well as its contemporary practice and interpretation. It presents then the traditional aspects of Tibetan Medicine, but it also comprises contemporary comments and explanations on these texts, as well as the presentation of the present-day development, application and practice of Tibetan Medicine.

Next start: October 2022.
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There is no particular prerequisite to take the Tibetan Medicine online course.
It is of course beneficial for the students to already have notions in the western medicine field or Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and culture but it is not compulsory.
The course is open to all, regardless of social, ethnic or spiritual backgrounds. Being Buddhist is not a prerequisite. However, as Tibetan medicine is based on Buddhist philosophy, students are expected to study its principles with an open mind.

No. The course is given in English and knowledge of Tibetan is not compulsory. Yet, of course, any notion of Tibetan language is very beneficial.

Yes, it is. People wanting to learn Tibetan Medicine to improve their knowledge on the subject, but who are not interested in its practical aspects can follow the Basic level only. At the end of the year, if they wish to continue, they can join the 2nd year of the TM course A or B.

Yes it is possible. For this choose de Tibetan Medicine option A, as this option includes a 11-day workshop in which Dr Pasang Arya will guide you in theses practices.

Tibetan Medicine course B (1st year, 2nd and 3rd year):
The yearly course fees cover the course texts (downloadable pdf documents), audio and video teachings, and the access to the online sessions for a year (9 interactive online sessions), as well as all registration and examination fees.

 

Students need access to a PC or Mac and to the internet.

To read the pdf documents, students need Acrobat Reader installed in their computer. If the software is not already installed, it can be downloaded freely from Adobe.com website.

Audio teachings are on mp3 format. They can be played on a computer or other device that can play the mp3 format.

For the direct online session, they need an internet connection (with a sufficient broadband connexion, approximately 150kbps), and a webcam.

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