CSPH 5318: Tibetan Medicine in India

Tibetan Medicine is one of the major eastern scholastic traditional medical systems rooted in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and psychology. Tibetan Medicine lays strong emphasis on the intricate relationship between mind, body, and environment. 

CSPH 5315: Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing
his holiness the dalai lama and the 2015 india group trip cohort

Course Description

Tibetan Medicine has one of the longest histories among scholastic medical traditions, developed alongside of and in dialogue with the ancient Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and contemplative practices. Hence, Tibetan medicine is well-positioned to provide insights into mind-body relationships in health and wellbeing. Because of Tibetan medicine’s emphasis on preventive, whole-person, and integrative health approaches, as well as the importance of ethics and spirituality, Tibetan medicine provides a fertile ground for students to view health at the intersection of ethics, spirituality, and healing. While studying with native Tibetan doctors and local experts in India, students will examine the claim that systematic practice of Tibetan medicine promotes optimal health and well-being. Using critical thinking, students will evaluate Tibetan medicine’s underlying philosophical knowledge, cultural practices, and scientific evidence; and propose research-based programs for integrating Tibetan medicine approaches into personal and professional life.

Students fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to New Delhi, where they can visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, travel by Jeep to Dharamsala, and study with expert Tibetan Medicine doctors at the Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical College. Students will have opportunities for trekking in Himalayan Mountains, visiting His Holiness the Dalai Lama's temple and other significant cultural Centers. Students return to Delhi and fly back to MSP. 

Learn more about this class via UMN Learning Abroad.

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Course Format
In person
Semester Course Offered:
  • Summer
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CSPH 5318 Course Flyer (PDF)