Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris

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Title:Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris


Author:Charles Ramble
Ulrike Roesler

Publisher:Vajra Publications

Publish Year:2015

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Tibetan Medicine


Remarks:Colour PHotographs, Acknowledgments, Notes and Bibliography.


Size:150 x 225 mm


Price:USD 59.97

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  • We all know the cause of ill-health: germs and viruses; and, of course, genetic propensity. To these we should add: the ripening of recent or ancient karma; predatory demons and witches; adverse astrological configurations; the retaliation of earth-gods angered by humans' callous treatment of the environment; spilling milk on the stove. The afflictions resulting from these various pathogens manifest in physical, mental and social disorders of commensurate diversity and complexity. The treatment is also well known: allopathic care, whether Western, Tibetan or Ayurvedic; or the accumulation of merit to dissipate the burden of karma; or the shamanic hunt for lost souls; or violent exorcism; or any number of remedial techniques that have their home in the expanse of the Himalayan and Tibetan region. These techniques, and the world-views that underpin them, have in turn spawned a vast wealth of art, literature and performance, and no single disciplinary approach can possibly hope to do justice to such an extraordinary range of forms. Accepting that this state of affairs is best addressed not by an attempt at synthesis but a celebration of diversiry sixty specialists of Tibet and the Himalaya were given free rein to write about any aspect of healing in the region, and this book is the result. In addition to offering detailed studies of some of the therapeutic traditions of the region, the collection as a whole opens a window onto the heart of the civilisation that generated or inherited these beliefs and practices, and continues to cherish them. 

    "This anthology fills a lacuna so large that one can only wonder why on earth it had not been filled before. With its breathtaking range of contributions, this remarkable collection-a worthy offering to its largerthan-life dedicatee-is a mine of primary information for the specialist as much as it is an ideal introduction for newcomers to the field of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies."
    D.M.P. de Selby

    Charles Ramble

    Ulrike Roesler

    ULRIKE ROESLER is Associate Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford. From 2005 to 2007 she was Numata Lecturer in Buddhist Studies at the University of Oxford, and in 2007-2010 held a replacement professorship in Indian Studies at the University of Freiburg.
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