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  Tibetan Medical Doctors  

Dr. Tenzin Choedak
1922 - 2001

Dr. Tenzin Choedak was imprisoned by the communist Chinese government for 21 years. Following his escape from Tibet in 1980, Dr. Tenzin Choedak was appointed chief personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Director of Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute in Dharamsala. From 1984 on, Dr. Choedak participated in medical conferences throughout Europe and the U.S., including research programs at Harvard Medical School. He visited Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in 1998 to lead workshops on Tibetan Medicine and receive patients for individual consultations.

Dr. Barry Clark

Dr. Barry Clark is one of the few western practitioners of Tibetan medicine and studied under Dr. Yeshe Donden, former personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and under Dr. Pema Dorjee. He visited us in August of 2003.

Dr. Pema Dorjee

Dr. Pema Dorjee is the most senior and renowned Tibetan physician practicing today. Born in 1950 in Lhodak, Tibet, he fled with his parents in 1959 to India, where he completed his medical training. He has been awarded many honors, including the Gold Medal and the Gem of Alternative Medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine. He was elected the first chairperson of the Menpa Lhentsog (Tibetan Medical Council) and for three years served as General Secretary of Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, where he is currently Technical Advisor to their Research and Development Department. He collaborates on medical research projects around the world on the efficacy of Tibetan medicine for treating chronic illnesses such as Hepatitis C, leukemia, and other forms of cancer. He is the author of several books and articles on Tibetan medicine, ,most recently “The Spiritual Medicine of Tibet.”

Dr. Dorjee has visited us five times, most recently in the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2006. During these last two visit, he participated in symposia at Emory University on Mind-Body medicine.

Dr. Jhampa Kalsang

Dr. Kalsang graduated in 1989 from the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India. He completed the full course of study and six years of training in Tibetan studies with an emphasis on traditional Tibetan astronomy, astrology, medical astrology and Buddhist philosophy. He has been on the staff of the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute and was one of their senior lecturers. Mr. Kalsang has spent the last eight years teaching, lecturing and attending conferences in America, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. He is a co-author of Tibetan Astronomy & Astrology and has published his book titled, Tibetan Astro Science. This text explains Tibetan astronomy, elemental astrology and the root of Tibetan Astro-Sciences. He is one of the first traditional Tibetan professional Astro-Science practitioners in the West. Because of his extensive and intimate interactions with Westerners he is able to relate to and has a deep understanding of the Western culture.

Dr Jhampa visited us in March 2009 for a week-long residency for astrology readings, consultations and lectures.


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