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Illustrations and Text from the Blue Beryl Treatise of Sangye Gyamtso (1653-1705)


The paintings reproduced in this deck are illustrations from a seventeenth-century commentary on the 'Four Tantras,' an ancient medical text of uncertain origin. Together, the Blue Beryl treatise and the Four Tantras form the basis of traditional Tibetan medicine.

Founded on the Buddha's teaching but incorporating aspects of Hindu, classical Greek, and Near Eastern practice, Tibetan medicine brought together diverse phenomena---cosmic, meteorological, physiological, and pathological---in a rationally ordered conceptual framework that explained the world in a few physical laws. Treatment of the sick was effected through changes in conduct or diet, the application of natural medication, and---in difficult cases---external therapies such as bloodletting, physiotherapy, and minor surgery. The Tibetan Buddhist medical synthesis is a marvelously complex doctrine that pays equal attention to body and spirit.

Remarkable for their exuberant beauty, these cards are all the more fascinating for the information they impart about the strange and wonderful worldview from which they arose.

28 full-color 7 1/4 X 8 5/8" cards (color on both sides), with 4-page pamphlet introducing the fundaments of Tibetan Buddhist medicine, the history of Tibet's primary teaching texts, and the creation and subsequent rocky history of the Blue Beryl. Cigar box flip-top style packaging; size: 7 9/16 X 9".


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