Help Support a Historic Tibetan Medical Conference in New York with Master Physicians from Tibet and the Himalayan Region!
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Presented by The American Tibetan Medical Association, International Shang Shung Institute and The School of Tibetan Medicine
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2014 Tibetan Medicine Conference: Ancient Medicine for Modern Life: Tibetan Solutions for Stress Management, Chronic Illness and Mental Health
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The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City
W H E NJuly 25th-27th, 2014
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GIVING & RECEIVING
• Help to raise $7500 USD to preserve and promote the practice of Tibetan medicine (TM), as well as to standardize the education and professional standards of Western practitioners of TM. This campaign will help us to enable experts from around the world to assemble and share their unique knowledge with students, attendees and those who suffer with cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and mental illness.
• Our unique perks for donors (while supplies last) include: A locket from Tibet with relics, a Dalai Lama Medallion, massage treatments, a Gaiam yoga mat, and Tibetan Medical consultations. Do you have a perk we can offer? Does becoming a sponsor of the conference sound interesting to you? Call Ashley at (413) 489-1414. (Tibetan speaking call: (415) 681-1643.) Get excited and donate! :)
• Even if we don't reach our fundraising goal, the funds we do receive will be used towards this cause. The conference will still be held and we'll do our best with your generous contributions. This historic event will be open to the public and coincides with The Rubin Museum of Art’s current exhibition about Tibetan medicine: Bodies in Balance.
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of The American Tibetan Medical Association, a US based 501(c)3 non-profit. All contributions are to be considered unrestricted gifts.
Since its formation in 2008, the American Tibetan Medical Association (ATMA) has initiated a movement to preserve and promote the practice of Tibetan medicine (TM), as well as to standardize the education and professional standards of Western practitioners of TM.
The ever-smaller number of senior Tibetan Medicine practitioners who received their education more than 50 years ago are living treasure holders. Their ways of practice and deep understanding of the traditions are at risk of being lost forever due to the average age of the practitioner, compounded by his/her location in isolated regions.
The circumstantial restraints of travel and communication in these remote areas limits his/her options for communing with fellow practitioners and passing on this wisdom to younger doctors. Hand-in-hand with this reality is the growing number of practitioners outside of Tibet/India who receive educations of varying quality, depth, and rigor, and who are practicing with neither the protection of a governing body nor a uniform professional code of conduct. Through a number of efforts, ATMA (working with it's partner The Shang Shung Institute) hopes to bring resolution to both forces shaping the practice of TM today.
The conference will be open to the public and focuses on traditional Tibetan Medicine and Buddhist perspectives on caring for the individual. Interwoven throughout the weekend will be opportunities for hands-on experience in Tibetan medicine techniques. The conference will couple theory and practice, alternating between historical/theoretical/conceptual education. The conference focuses on Tibetan Medicine at its best with rigorous investigation of how TM is used to care for cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and mental illness—those conditions so prevalent and confounding for the American public and the doctors who serve them.
ATMA’s presentation of the standardization of practice and education of Tibetan medicine will be the highlight of the event. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Honorary Chief Advisor, ATMA, will deliver the lead address. We will assemble, document, and archive this immense knowledge of Tibetan medicine’s great living masters who are currently practicing throughout Tibet, India, and the Himalayan region.
ATMA has been developing standards for the licensing, practice, and education [the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Tibet] of Tibetan Medicine, and is ready to finalize and codify these efforts.
Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, President and Founder of ATMA, and Director of both Shang Shung International Institute of Tibetan Medicine and Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine (United States and Russia), has been participating in a series of meetings, first in Tibet, and then throughout the United States, in order to prepare the first draft of the standards and solicit professional support for the movement.
ATMA will present these standards for practice and education at this conference on Tibetan Medicine in July 2014.
Attendees are expected from around the world. These will include practitioners, students, persons impacted by these diseases, their families and caregivers, as well as those interested in alternative healing modalities. Long-practicing doctors from Tibet, India, and the greater Himalayan region will serve as honored speakers.
This conference can be viewed as an important vehicle for uniting practitioners around a common set of goals and guidelines, disseminating information regarding the relevance and efficacy of Tibetan Medicine, and just as importantly, a way to bring together the living masters of the Tibetan Medicine. tradition.
These great Menpas (doctors) can be brought together to share with each other and the assembled Western practitioners, students, and public. Their exchanges will be documented and held at SSI, which is expert at archiving and disseminating many forms of Tibetan culture and wisdom.
THE SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Conference opens at The Rubin Museum Of Art, 150 West 17th Street, NYC, NY. A tea reception serves as an informal gathering for attendees, allowing a chance to meet the honored speakers and celebrate the ratification of Tibetan medical standards.
Saturday, July 26th, 2014
An opening session serves as an introduction to Tibetan Medicine (TM) and the specific concepts to be explored. An overview of the TM system including the topics of elements and astrology will be covered. TM and its relation to understanding, prevention, and care giving in the areas of: Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes will be presented before a lunch break. Graduates and students of TM will hold an experiential session on the techniques of: Kunye Massage, Horme, and Compresses. TM and Mental Illness Care will be discussed. Presentations on the History of TM, TM and Cancer Care, and TM care giving methods, diagnostics, and pathology will be presented. Yantra Yoga, breathing, and meditation will be taught.
Sunday July 27th, 2014
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche gives the keynote address, a roundtable discussion on TM perspectives from around the world will occur, a panel discussion on the standardization of education and the integration of TM into the West will take place. Sunday afternoon will be dedicated to receiving consultations from senior Tibetan doctors - a rare and engaging experience.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN BE OF BENEFIT
Some people can’t contribute money but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
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• To offer a perk or connect us with a private donor call Ashley: (413) 489-1414. Tibetan language speakers call Yangdron: (415) 681-1643 or Send Us an E-Mail
Thank You For Your Kindness & Generous Support!