Historic Tibetan Medicine Conference at the Rubin Museum of Art

Preserve and promote Tibetan medicine by helping to support a Historic Tibetan Medical Conference!
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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

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July 25th-27th, 2014

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With Your Generous Support & Enthusiasm to Spread the Word!


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.


THE CONFERENCE

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.


THE IMPACT

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.


Click Here to Link to Conference Event & Tickets at the Rubin Museum of Art


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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!



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    Padmasambhava Card

    A Tibetan Thanka reproduction card featuring a print of an original painting of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) by Glen Eddy. Copyright 1999. Dimensions: 6 "x 8 1/2" (15.2cm x 21.5cm) American thanka painter Glen Eddy studied Tibetan painting in the traditional manner and is considered to be a master painter of the Tibetan sacred art. (Image featured in our image gallery here on Indiegogo.)

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    Yantra Yoga DVD

    Senior Instructors Fabio Andrico and Laura Evangelisti, together with other Yantra Yoga practitioners, present traditional Yantra Yoga as they learned it from Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Its unique series of positions and movements, combined with conscious breathing, can help coordinate and harmonize one’s vital energy so that the mind can relax and find its authentic balance.

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    Tibetan Literary Arts Book

    The Shang Shung Institute partially sponsored the production of this catalog for Smith College's Tibetan Literary Arts Exhibit, curated by Marit Cranmer, in honor of the visit of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso in 2007. This exhibition was a modest attempt to introduce a few of the treasures within the vast and extraordinary field of Tibetan literature.

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    New Green Gaiam Yoga Mat

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    Autographed THAT TREE Book

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    Dalai Lama Medallion

    (Note: This perk can ship to a USA based address only.) Gold-colored medallion commemorating the act of congress honoring the 14th Dalai Lama in 2006. Comes with plastic display stand. On the back it says, "World peace must develop from Inner Peace. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion." It is 3" in diameter and 1/8" thick.

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    Tibetan Medicine Consultation

    This perk is available to individuals located in or able to travel to Daly City, CA (15 minutes south of San Francisco) or Conway, MA only. If you win, please redeem this perk within 1 year. (Expires 7/1/2015.) This consultation will be approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the discretion of the practitioner and your individual situation.

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    Computer Case With SSI Logo

    (Note: This perk can ship to a USA based address only.) A computer case made from brightly-colored traditional Tibetan fabric with a beautifully embroidered Shang Shung Institute Logo. The case has handles and a zipper. It is 13" tall by 16" wide. It is 2" in depth.

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    iPad case with SSI Logo

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    Locket From Tibet With Relics

    (Note: This perk can ship to a USA based address only.) You will receive a beautiful Turquoise, Silver, and Coral Gau (locket) from Tibet filled with precious substances. Included among them are nyongdrol (liberation through taste) and sand from Ayu Khandro's cave. The Gau is 2" tall, 2" wide, and 1" in depth.

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    (Note: This perk can ship to a USA based address only.) Thanka of the Jigmed Lingpa statue that lives at the Tsering Jong Monastery (seat of Jigmed Lingpa in Tibet). Framed in high quality silk. This was given by the monastery as a gift to our director, Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo. Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (1729–1798) was one of the most important tertöns of Tibet. 30" long, 24" wide.

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    (Note: This perk can ship to a USA based address only.) Tibetan thanka painting of Green Tara. A gift from the classmates of our School of Tibetan Medicine to Phuntsog Wangmo. Made in the Northeast Tibetan region, it comes with an 8 Auspicious Symbol Silky scarf. Tara is known as the "mother of liberation" and the Buddha of enlightened activity. The thanka is 48" long, and the bottom pole is 36" wide.

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