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

Janet Gyatso


This book explores medical thought in Tibet and reveals an otherwise unnoticed intersection of early modern sensibilities and religious values in traditional Tibetan medicine. It looks at how Buddhist concepts and values were adapted to medical concerns and highlights important ways in which Buddhism played a role in the development of Asian and global civilization. The book opens with a description of the achievements of Tibetan medical illustration, commentary, and institution building during the period of the Fifth Dalai Lama and his regent, Desi Sangyé Gyatso. It then looks back to the wor ... More

Keywords: medicine, Tibet, Buddhism, Fifth Dalai Lama, Desi Sangyé Gyatso, civilization, history, human anatomy, gender, sex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164962
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Gyatso, author
Harvard Divinity School