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Buddha e l'arte della guarigione

Avedon John

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medicina tibetana

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Titolo originale

The Buddha's Art of Healing

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The Buddha's Art of Healing

Buddha e l'arte della guarigione Buddha e l'arte della guarigione  

Questo volume riccamente illustrato ed edito da Rizzoli, sia in lingua inglese che in lingua italiana, presenta la più importante collezione sull'arte della medicina tibetana. È un testo del 17* secolo conosciuto com "Atlante della medicina Tibetana" scrito dal maestro Sangye Gyamtso, reggente del Grande V° (Dalai Lama). I disegni sono conservati al Museo Storico di Ulan Ude, vicino al lago Baikal in Siberia. La introduzione narra anche come i disegni furono salvati negli anni "30 dalle distruzioni ordinate da Stalin.


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Tibetan medicine--its ancient knowledge, its pragmatic use of herbs--is gaining increasing attention in the West. This book presents the world's most important collection of Tibetan medical art, an illustrated 17th-century medical text known as The Atlas of Tibetan Medicine, created by the teacher and scholar Sangye Gyamtso, regent of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. The paintings are currently held by the History Museum in Ulan Ude, near Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is an area of Russia where the Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries that were destroyed under Stalin are now being rebuilt, a reminder of the vast extent of Tibetan cultural influence.
The book is important both as art--the paintings are imaginative and of very high quality--and as the outline of an entire system of medical diagnosis and treatment. Introductory chapters describe the history and foundations of Tibetan medicine, the exciting story of the atlas's salvation from destruction in the 1930s, and the basic theories and concepts that underpin Tibetan medicine. Forty of the most important thankhas that make up the atlas are illustrated and explained in detailed commentaries. Readers discover a work that is more than a treatise on medicine, embodying a total concept of humankind as biological and social beings, combining physical and spiritual attributes in sophisticated ways that are the antithesis of the fragmentation and alienation of modern Western life.


John Avedon is the author of In Exile from the Land of Snows, the definitive book on the Dalai Lama and Tibet since the Chinese conquest. He has edited various titles including Buddha’s Art of Healing, The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace, and The Way to Freedom, and served as the editor of The Library of Tibet, a translation series of classic Tibetan texts. Mr. Avedon’s articles on Tibet have appeared in GEO, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Parade, and MacLean’s.