A Five day Conference and Exhibition titled Tibetan Medical System and Astro-Science with a theme “Awakening the Sanctity of Life: Healing Mind, Healing Body,” hosted by Tibet House, the cultural Centre His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened here today .

The programme on World’s oldest known healing and Astro science is being jointly organised by Tibet House, the Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute (TMAI), Dharamsala. The venue for it is Tibet House, Cultural Centre of H.H. the Dalai Lama, 1 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003. The conference and Exhibition was inaugurated by the Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

“The integration of modern science with Buddhist science, astrology and all other sources of knowledge could have a huge impact in finding sources of treatments to common mental disorders. Tibetan Buddhism has a very deep and varied knowledge of psychology. These findings can be placed in front of the scientists to be experimented whether Buddhist findings are accurate or not.” said Prof Lokesh Chandra,President ICCR. While Inaugurating the Five day Conference and Exhibition here today.

“Interest in traditional medicines like Tibetan and Ayurveda are renewing and growing exponentially due to the adverse drug reactions and economic burden associated with modern system of medicine. Integration of Tibetan traditional medicine with ayurveda and allopathy, especially in the treatment of lifestyle diseases and post operative care receive more attention In recent times, the interest in tradional medicines has led to Scientists researching and evaluating herbs. Doctors are integrating ayurveda and yoga into mainstream allopathic medicine, giving rise to ‘Integrative Medicine’, a new approach to medicine and healthcare that rests on building synergies between traditional and modern medicine.” Said Prof Lokesh.

“The five day exhibition on Budhist traditnal medicine and astro science is being organised In a bid to preserve and showcase the rich dynamic medical heritage of the world and promote awareness about the. The five day program shall include guest lectures, a seminar with experts from various medical traditions, exhibitions and workshops, the creation of a Medicine Buddha sand mandala, cultural shows and screenings, The major highlight shall be free health and Astrology consultancy by experts and Tibetan food stalls . The programme will also serve as a platform for medical diagnosis and the sale of herbal medical products.” Said Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director Tibet house, New Delhi.

“The three main objectives of the conference are to explore the various methods of improving mental health, to exchange the ideas of different approaches and identify the common aim in the context of improving the human psychology by bringing the different religious and mental systems together on one platform,” said Damdul.

“The Tibetan medical system is one of the world’s oldest known medical traditions. It is more than 2500 years old and It is an integral part of Tibetan culture and has been developed through many centuries. Tibetan medicine is known for treating digestive, cardiovascular, and rheumatoid ailments. The importance of this system has been recognised by the Government of India. It has passed legislation in the Parliament to bring this rich Tibetan medical tradition into the country’s streams of practice, as a distinct medical system.” “” said Mr. Tashi Tsering Puri, , Director Development Manager Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharmasala

“The Tibetan medical system is very close to the heart of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, as one of the treasures of the ancient wisdom culture of Tibet. He emphatically advises the Tibetan medical institutions to be actively engaged in undertaking research and in bringing forth innovative ways of improving upon this ancient system of healing. Such encouragement has led to the tremendous development of Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute’s (TMAI) Department of Pharmacy, to create more medicines and herbal products. “” said Mr. Tashi Tsering Puri