CSPH 5315: Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing

This course is offered completely online. 

Graduate students, undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
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Course Description

This course will introduce students to ethics, spirituality, and healing from the perspective of traditional Tibetan medicine. Traditional Tibetan doctors believe that individuals' health and wellbeing is rooted in dynamic and intricate interaction of the human's mind, body, and its environment; and the secret to sustaining such a state of health is to maintain the delicate balance of that interaction. Students will learn how to apply these principles personally, integrate them into clinical practice, and consult with a traditional Tibetan doctor.

CSPH 5315 is the only prerequisite for CSPH 5318: Tibetan Medicine in India.

The online course is 8 weeks long, rather than 10 weeks long, because each student does a Tibetan Medicine Practicum. Students take the course through the University's Canvas platform which is available 24/7, except when the University is doing maintenance.

Learn more and watch the Tibetan Medicine Webinar Series: Joyful Living!

Course Textbook:

Cameron, M.E., & Namdul, T. (2020). (Blessing by His Holiness the Dalai Lama). Tibetan medicine and you: A path to wellbeing, better health, and joy. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff can read the e-book FREE online at this site.

CSPH 5315 students can read the e-book FREE online through the CSPH 5315 course website.

Tibetan Medicine

"Tibetan medicine is far more advanced in the understanding of the nature of mind than Western medicine. In matters of understanding the physical functioning of the human body, Tibetan medicine is less advanced than Western medicine. Without mixing the two approaches, and without saying one is better than the other, both schools should work together in order to find ways of understanding and thus boost the effectiveness of the two healing techniques." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Source: Men-Tsee-Khang. (2017). Fundamentals of Tibetan medicine. Dharamsala , India: Author.

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“All of us want to be happy and avoid suffering. Yet, too often we make choices that sabotage us rather than reverse what’s wrong. Tibetan medicine, Tibet’s ancient, comprehensive science of healing, offers effective tools for transforming suffering into health and happiness."

Source: Cameron, M.E., & Namdul, T. (2020). (Blessing by His Holiness the Dalai Lama). Tibetan medicine and you: A path to wellbeing, better health, and joy.New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

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Tibetan Medicine Resources

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Course Format
Semester Course Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
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