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

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


Critically exploring scientific proposal in a cultural milieu without discernible effect from the ecu Enlightenment, Being Human finds an differently overlooked intersection of early sleek sensibilities and spiritual values in conventional Tibetan medication. It additional experiences the difference of Buddhist recommendations and values to scientific issues and indicates very important dimensions of Buddhism's function within the improvement of Asian and international civilization.

Through its targeted concentration and complex interpreting of resource materials, Being Human provides an important bankruptcy within the higher historiography of technological know-how and faith. The publication opens with the daring achievements in Tibetan clinical representation, statement, and establishment development in the course of the interval of the 5th Dalai Lama and his regent, Desi Sangye Gyatso, then appears to be like again to the paintings of previous thinkers, tracing a strategically astute dialectic among scriptural and empirical authority on questions of heritage and the character of human anatomy. It follows key modifications among drugs and Buddhism in attitudes towards gender and intercourse and the ethical personality of the doctor, who needed to serve either the patient's and the practitioner's overall healthiness. Being Human eventually unearths that Tibetan scientific students absorbed moral and epistemological different types from Buddhism but shied clear of excellent platforms and absolutes, as a substitute embracing the imperfectability of the human condition.

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