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The Word of the Buddha

Janet Gyatso

in Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164962
eISBN:
9780231538329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the debate about the authorship of the root text of Tibetan medicine, the Four Treatises, which had been attributed to the Buddha himself. Compiled in twelfth-century Tibet, the ... More


The Evidence of the Body: Medical Channels, Tantric Knowing

Janet Gyatso

in Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164962
eISBN:
9780231538329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines how discrepancies between ordinary sense perception, authoritative text, and idealized maps for meditation were adjudicated for medical anatomy. The discussion begins by ... More


Women and Gender

Janet Gyatso

in Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164962
eISBN:
9780231538329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines how the attention for Tibetan medicine to the empirical body might have affected the representation of women and gender. The Four Treatises notes that the male body should not ... More


The Ethics of Being Human: The Doctor’s Formation in a Material Realm

Janet Gyatso

in Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164962
eISBN:
9780231538329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the early culture of the professional ethics of Tibetan medicine and its special values and ways of learning. The Four Treatises contains a chapter on Tibetan medical ethics ... More


Tangled Up in System: The Heart, in the Text and in the Hand

Janet Gyatso

in Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164962
eISBN:
9780231538329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines a case where the commentators of the Four Treatises had to correct an empirically untenable gender difference in the heart's position, suggested by the medical text itself. They ... More


Conclusion: Ways and Means for Medicine

Janet Gyatso

in Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164962
eISBN:
9780231538329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book has explored the disparities between medical mentality and religious soteriology in Tibet and the ways Buddhism positively affected the ways and means of Tibetan medicine. Medical knowledge ... More


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