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The Making Of The Blue Beryl – Some Remarks On The Textual Sources Of The Famous Commentary Of Sangye Gyatsho (1653–1705)

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This chapter introduces the medical discourse of the 17th-18th century period in which the Regent Sangye Gyatsho (1653-1705) and his Blue Beryl (Baidurya sngon po) were embedded. It explores his links, by way of some of his teachers, to the Byang pa and Zur pa medical schools that represent the main traditions in Tibetan medicine at that time. Furthermore, a few short case studies are introduced to shed some light on his working procedure during his composition of the Blue Beryl. It appears that Sangye Gyatso's Blue Beryl should be seen in light of the intense and multivocal medical discourse that took place in the 17th century. The political role he played enabled him to draw on a wide range of sources that can be illustrated in his revision of the Gra nang rgyud bzhi.

Keywords: Blue Beryl; Byang pa medical school; Regent Sangye Gyatsho; Tibetan medicine; Zur pa medical school



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