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Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris

 
Charles Ramble (Author) Ulrike Roesler (Author)
Synopsis

We all know the cause of ill-health: germs and ciruses; and, of course, genetic propensity. To these we should add: the ripening of recent or ancient karma; predatory demons and witches; adverse astrological configurations; the retaliation of earth-gods angered by humans' callous treatment of the environment; spilling milk on the stove. The treatment is also well known: allopathic care, whether Western, Tibetan or Ayurvedic; or the accumulation of merit to dissipate the burden of karma; or the shamanic hunt for lost souls; or violent exorcism; or any number of remedial techniques that have their home in the expanse of the Himalayan and Tibetan region. These techniques, and the world-views that underpin them, have in turn spawned a vast wealth of art, literature and performance, and no single disciplinary approach can possibly hope to do justice to such an extraordinary not by an attempt at synthesis but a celebration of diversity, sixty specialists of Tibet and the Himalaya were given free rein to write about any aspect of healing in the region, and this book is the result. In addition to offering detailed studies of some of the therapeutic tradition of the region, the collection as a whole opens a window onto the heart of the civilisation that generated or inherited these beliefs and practices, and continues to cherish them. field of "This anthology fills a lacuna that one can only wonder why on earth it had not been filled before. With its breathtaking range of contributions, this remarkable collection-a worthy offering to its larger than --life dedicatae-is a mine of primary information for the specialist as much as it is an ideal introduction for newcomers to the field of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies".

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About the authors

Charles Ramble

Charles Ramble is Diecteur d etudes at the Ecole Pratique des hautes Etudes, Paris. From 2000 to 2010 he held the position of Lecturer in tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.

Ulrike Roesler

Ulrike Roesler is Associate Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford. From 2005 to 2007 she was Numata Lecturer in buddhist Studies at the University of Oxford, and in 2007-2010 held a replacement professorship in Indian Studies at the University of Freiburg.

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Bibliographic information

Title Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris
Format Softcover
Date published: 07.07.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Vajra Books
Language: English
isbn 9789937623353
length vi+764p., 23cm.