Free Tibetan Medicine Webinar Series: Joyful Living!
Tibetan medicine, Tibet’s ancient, comprehensive science and art of healing, teaches that the purpose of life is to be happy. This timely system of whole person healthcare focuses on preventing imbalance, reversing dis-ease, restoring health, and promoting spiritual physical and spiritual immunity. For centuries, Tibetan medicine doctors have conducted traditional research. Now western scientific researchers are publishing findings about the many benefits of Tibetan practices. Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan name for Tibetan medicine, offers effective tools for transforming our suffering into joyful living.
During these free webinars, faculty will explain basic teachings of Tibetan medicine about how to live joyfully. Upon successful completion of the webinars, participants should be able to explain:
Why Tibetan medicine is whole person healthcare.
The relationship between ethics, spirituality, and healing.
Five elements, three primary energies, three mental poisons, resulting dis-eases, and treatments to restore balance.
How to use Tibetan medicine for self-care and integrative care.
How to create a healthier mind and body, and to live joyfully.
How to become true healers for ourselves, other beings, and our planet.
Free Webinar #3: Tibetan Medicine: Transform Fear into Joyful Living!
Instructor: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Thursday, May 26, 2022, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Central
At age 36, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche walked away from his monastery in India. He planned to spend the next four years on a wandering retreat. His intention was to leave behind his titles and roles in order to explore his inner self. He quickly discovered that his cloistered Tibetan Buddhist education didn’t prepare him to deal with all the dirt and noise around him. When he ran out of money, he had to live as an itinerant beggar. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning. His lifetime of meditating had taught him to face death but now he had to test the effectiveness of this education.
Mingyur Rinpoche will explain the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience. He will share meditation practices that nurture him and help him to heal his fears. As Tibetan medicine teaches, fears about dying and death underlie our other fears. Coming to terms with our mortality decreases our other fears. Life becomes precious, even on our deathbed. We learn to transform our fears about dying and death into joyful living and dying for the benefit of all beings.
Watch the previous webinars:
Free Webinar #2: Tibetan Medicine: Create a Healthier BODY and Live Joyfully!
About the Speakers
Miriam E. Cameron, PhD, MS, MA, RN, is Lead Faculty, Yoga & Tibetan Medicine Focus Area, and Graduate Faculty, Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. Since 1994, Cameron has done scholarly work about Tibetan medicine, Nursing, Bioethics, and Yoga. In 2003, she created the Bakken Center’s Tibetan Healing Initiative (THI) that evolved into the current program. In addition to conducting funded research studies, she has published over 65 articles, 11 book chapters, three monographs, six internet modules, and four books, including Karma and Happiness: A Tibetan Odyssey in Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing, with the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her new book with Dr. Tenzin Namdul is Tibetan Medicine and You: A Path to Wellbeing, Better Health, and Joy. His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote the blessing for the book.
Tenzin Namdul, TMD, PhD, is a Tibetan Medicine Doctor and Medical Anthropologist. He is a Graduate Faculty at the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health University of Minnesota. Namdul served as Director of the Clinical Research Department at Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute in Dharamsala, India. Besides conducting funded research studies, he has published articles, a book, a book chapter, and an internet module about Tibetan medicine. Namdul's current funded research investigates the association between Tibetan Buddhist contemplative and cognitive practices and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned meditation teacher with personal experience of anxiety and panic attacks that he suffered as a child and teenager. During his teenage years, he learned to transform his panic through meditation. In his approach to teaching meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche integrates traditional Buddhist practice and philosophy with current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health. His teaching makes the practice of meditation accessible and relevant to students around the world.
Born in Nepal in 1975, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, himself a well-respected Buddhist teacher. As a child, Mingyur Rinpoche became interested in contemporary science through conversations with scientists who visited his father. As he grew older, he collaborated with neuroscientists and psychologists, including Richard Davidson and Antoine Lutz at the University of Wisconsin, on research projects about the effects of meditation on the brain and mind.
Mingyur Rinpoche’s first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. His second book, Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, explores how challenging emotions and situations can be used as stepping stones to discover joy and freedom. In his most recent book, In Love with the World, Mingyur Rinpoche shares how his meditation practice sustained him when he left his monastery to wander through India. He wrote about the powerful, transformative insights he gained from his near-death experience at the beginning of his journey. Mingyur Rinpoche recently appeared in the Netflix series, “The Mind, Explained,” in an episode about the benefits of mindfulness. As the head of the Tergar Meditation Community, Mingyur Rinpoche supports groups of students in more than thirty countries, leading workshops around the world for new and returning students every year.
Tibetan Medicine Books
Karma & Happiness: A Tibetan Odyssey In Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing by Miriam Cameron.
Tibetan Medicine & You: A Path To Wellbeing, Better Health, and Joy by Miriam Cameron and Tenzin Namdul.
Tibetan Medicine Resources
For over 20 years, Dr. Cameron and Dr. Namdul has collaborated on work involving Tibetan Medicine at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.
Learn more about Tibetan Medicine on the Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing Website.
Learn more about and take the Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool (CSAT) and the Lifestyle Guidelines Tool (LGT)
- Academic Graduate Courses
CSPH 5315: Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing - 8 weeks, online, 2 credits, Fall and Spring.
CSPH 5318: Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga in India - 4 credits, study at Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical College, in Dharamsala, India, during May Session.
- Book Chapter: Cameron, M.E., and Namdul, T. (In press). Systems of Care: Tibetan Medicine. In R. Lindquist, M.F. Tracy, & M. Snyder (Eds.). Complementary Therapies in Nursing: Promoting Integrative Care (9th Ed.). Springer Publishing Company.