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An Early Tibetan History Of Indian Medicine

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This chapter presents a report on the authorship and content of a very significant manuscript containing two closely related medical writings by the same author found in the Giuseppe Tucci collection in Rome. It deals with some considerations on the relationship between the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya and the Four Medical Tantras. Among the various theories about the origins of the Four Medical Tantras held by Tibetan thinkers of the past, the most influential one among the more critically minded is: that a basically Indic text underwent heavy editing by G.yu thog pa the Younger, but since he was identical to the Medicine Buddha, the altered text remains Buddha Word; it merits the status of a scripture. The chapter explains that the primary candidate for the original Indic text would have to be the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya.

Keywords: Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya; authorship; Four Medical Tantras; medical histories; medicine buddha



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