Author: Dr Lobsang Wangyal
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Bhuchung D. Sonam & Dhondup Tsering
Publisher: Paljor Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
My Life My Culture is a testimony to China's occupation of Tibet which led to unimaginable collective suffering and individual heroism. It tells of the triumph of compassion and human endurance transcending the calculated annihilation of a nation and culture.
This is also perhaps the first comprehensive book on Tibetan medicinal plants printed in English language. It is the translation of the author's original work in Tibetan language. The book contains detailed descriptions of the physical structures, colours, tastes, efficacies and habitats of different Tibetan medicinal herbs.
Traditional Tibetan medical system, one of the Five Major Studies of Tibet, is an old culture with a long history. Even today, this medical system benefits a large number of human beings. Most of the ingredients used in the Tibetan pharmacopaoeia are natural herbs. The knowledge of identifying and using these herbs is therefore very important in Tibetan medical system.
From the Book:
'As our bus wormed its way up the hill i had the first tiny glimpse of Dharamsala in the early morning. I saw the vista of the mighty Dhauladar mountain range, upon whose lap the centre of the Tibetan diaspora is situated. The crisp November air brushed my cheeks, as I surveyed the green hills covered with trees. The blue sky and peaceful environment reminded me of Tibet before the Chinese occupation, when life was less complicated and unburdened by thought control and repressive policies. Soon after our arrival we were accommodated in the Reception Centre and were allotted rooms. Reclining on the bed I raised my arms and stretched my tired legs without fear of a hammer striking down.'
Other people have written about their experiences in traditional Tibet, what happened to them after the Chinese invasion, and even about life in exile, but not many have written about their experience of all three aspects of Tibetan life.
I know Dr. Wangyall well when he was my personal physician and can attest that he had the peaceful, compassionate, generous qualities of a good human being. I am very glad that he has recorded some recollection of his long life, with its many ups and downs, and that they are being made available to readers here along with his medical lectures.
--- His Holiness the Dalai lama, from the Foreword
Autobiography of Dr. Lobsang Wangyal
Translated by Bhuchung D. Sonam
1. Birth and Early Years
2. A Student of Kyenrab Norbh
3. Practice of Eye-Opening Surgery
4. Marriage to Kundeling’s Daughter
5. Onset of Chinese Aggression
7. The Cultural Revolution
8. A Physician Enveloped in Darkness
9. Pilgrimage to India
10. Exposure and Interaction
11. Service to Society
Lectures by Dr. Lobsang Wangyal
Translated by Dhondup Tsering and Bhuchung D. Sonam and edited in part by Dawn Collins and Laura Baumer
a. Relationship between tibetan Medicine and Buddhist Philosophy
1. An Overview of Tibetan Medical Tradition
2. The Relationship between Tibetan Medical and Buddhist Philosophy
1. The Kanjur and Tanjur
2. Tibetan Medicine in Kanjur and Tanjur
3. The four Tantras
4. Tibetan Medicine in Mahayana Buddhism
5. Tibetan Buddhist and Its Philosophy
6. Nyespa of Faults
7. Diseases Their Symptoms and Diagnostic Methods
8. Sings of Delhi and Suffering in Six Realms
9. Meditation on Death and Impermanence
10. The Natural World and the Mental Element
11. The Nature of Mind
12. Teaching Dharma as Cure for Mental Pain and Depression
b. Relationship between
Tibetan Medicine and Astrology
1. Formation of Foetus
2. Causes of Diseases
Traditional Tibetan Physician