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Bodies in Balance

Hofer, Theresia [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
Bodies in Balance : the Art of Tibetan Medicine / edited by Theresia Hofer; with contributions by Pasang Yontan Arya ... - Seattle : University of Washington Press ; New York : Rubin Museum of Art, 2014. - x, 325 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-029-599-359-1
US$ 74,95
DDC: 615.85156

Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the triangular relationship among the Tibetan art and science of healing (Sowa Rigpa), Buddhism, and arts and crafts. This book is dedicated to the history, theory, and practice of Tibetan medicine, a unique and complex system of understanding body and mind, treating illness, and fostering health and well-being. Sowa Rigpa has been influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Greco-Arab medical traditions but is distinct from them. Developed within the context of Buddhism, Tibetan medicine was adapted over centuries to different health needs and climates across the region encompassing the Tibetan Plateau, the Himalayas, and Mongolia. Its focus on a holistic approach to health has influenced Western medical thinking about the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of illness.
   Generously illustrated with more than 200 images, Bodies in Balance includes essays on contemporary practice, pharmacology and compounding medicines, astrology and divination, history and foundational treatises. The volume brings to life the theory and practice of this ancient healing art. [University of Washington Press]

Issued in connection with an exhibition held March 15, 2014-September 8, 2014, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

Foreword by Patrick Sears. vi
Preface by Jan Van Alphen. vii
Acknowledgments by Theresia Hofer. ix
Note to the Reader. x
Theresia Hofer:
Introduction: Tibetan Medicine, Buddhism, and the Visual Arts. 2
1. Barbara Gerke:
The Art of Tibetan Medical Practice. 16
2. Geoffrey Samuel:
Body and Mind in Tibetan Medicine and Tantric Buddhism. 32
3. Theresia Hofer:
Foundations of Pharmacology and the Compounding of Tibetan Medicines. 46
4. Pasang Yontan Arya:
External Therapies in Tibetan Medicine: The Four Tantras, Contemporary Practice, and a Preliminary History of Surgery. 64
5. Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim:
Medicine, Astrology, and Divination. 90
Vignette 1: Inger K. Vasstveit:
A Day at the Astrology Department of the Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala, India. 105
6. Sienna R. Craig:
Tibetan Medicine in the World: Local Scenes, Global Transformations. 110
7. Gyurme Dorje:
The Buddhas of Medicine. 128
8. Yang Ga:
The Origins of the Four Tantras and an Account of Its Author, Yuthog. 154
9. Frances Garrett:
The Making of Medical History, Twelfth to Seventeenth Century. 178
10. Janet Gyatso:
Buddhist Practices and Ideals in Desi Sangye Gyatso's Medical Paintings. 198
Vignette 2: Katharina Sabernig:
The Tree Murals of Labrang Monastery's Medical College, Eastern Tibet. 221
11. Theresia Hofer:
Illustrated Materia Medica Prints, Manuscripts, and Modern Books. 226
12. Martin Saxer:
The Journeys of Tibetan Medicine. 246
Vignette 3: Theresia Hofer ; Knud Larsen:
Pillars of Tibetan Medicine: The Chagpori and Mentsikhang Institutes in Lhasa. 257
Appendices. 269
End Notes. 276
Bibliography. 297
Glossary. 309
Index. 316

THERESIA HOFER , an anthropologist, is the curator of the Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine exhibition and author of The Inheritance of Change: Transmission and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Ngamring. Profile page.

Quellen: University of Washington Press; WorldCat; Bookbutler; Library of Congress
Bildquelle: University of Washington Press
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