His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Blessing

In 2011, the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing hosted a visit by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Below, you may read a blessing offered by His Holiness for the Center and the Tibetan Healing Initiative.

A message from The Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


Tibetan medicine is one of the greatest legacies of Tibetan Buddhist civilization. It is a system that can contribute substantially to maintaining a healthy mind and a healthy body. Like the traditional Indian and Chinese systems, Tibetan medicine views health as a question of balance. A variety of circumstances such as diet, lifestyle, seasonal and mental conditions can disturb this natural balance, which gives rise to different kinds of disorders.

As an integrated system of health care Tibetan medicine has served the Tibetan people well for many centuries and I believe can still provide much benefit to humanity at large. The difficulty we face in bringing this about is one of communication, for, like other scientific systems, Tibetan medicine must be understood in its own terms, as well as in the context of objective investigation.

Therefore, I welcome the establishment of the Tibetan Healing Initiative under the auspices of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. Working in collaboration with the Men-Tsee-Kang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute here in Dharamsala, this represents a tremendously valuable opportunity to advance the study, research and practice of Tibetan medicine involving physicians and scholars who have undergone traditional training as well as being exposed to a modern scientific environment. I am confident that this initiative will be of great benefit to serious students of Tibetan medicine, and look forward to learning about the practical results of this admirable collaborative effort. 

The Dalai Lama