Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM), also called Sowa Rigpa or Sorig (tibetan name for “Science of Healing” or also “Nourishment of Awareness”) is a science and an art, dating back to antiquity. Although it has some superficial similarities with both Indian Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Tibetan Medicine actually has a genesis, history, and development of its own - rooted in the Tibetan landscape, the indigenous culture, and the spirit of the Tibetan people.
One of the unique features of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is that it although it is generally practised alongside of the Buddhist philosophy, Sowa Rigpa contains a comprehensive philosophy, cosmology, and system of subtle anatomy with associated spiritual practices, in its own right. In addition, Sowa Rigpa encompasses a wealth of knowledge on anatomy and physiology, embryology, pathology, methods of diagnosis and cure. The science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine includes a huge herbal pharmacopoeia, as well as a large body of external therapies which are little-known in the Western world.
Sowa Rigpa is a holistic system, meaning that it addresses the individual’s needs as a whole – body, mind and spirit – in an integrated way. This includes the individual’s internal environment, as well as the way that the individual interacts with the external environment.
It is the sincere aim of SKI to keep the spirit of Sowa Rigpa alive and functioning effectively in the modern world.
A medical system, if not being practised in the context of the Western world, simply becomes a museum-piece; an interesting but fossilised artefact with little modern relevance.
Traditional Tibetan Medicine has the capacity to be of great benefit to all in the current economic and social climate.
It is the aim of Sorig Khang Int. to provide courses and training of the highest standard possible, as well as to provide accurate up-to-date information on Traditional Tibetan Medicine as it is currently practised.
Activities of SKI are today:
- Presentation of public talks and general-interest seminars on Sowa Rigpa
- Facilitation of speciality-courses on Sowa Rigpa, psychology and related healing sciences
- Facilitation of study-tours to Tibet
- Facilitation of Wellbeing courses and retreats
- Publication of the ‘Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine’
an academic journal of SKI on Sowa Rigpa and related topics
- Publication and distribution of textbooks and teaching materials pertaining to Sowa Rigpa
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