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Brief Outlook: Desiderata In The Study Of The History Of Tibetan Medicine

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This chapter intends to help define a framework for future work on the history of Tibetan medicine. Tibetan historical writing (on medicine) mostly touches on precisely those two issues, chronology of transmission and lineage. The chapter looks in some detail at the processes of canonisation and formation of orthodoxy in Tibetan medical traditions as they would become apparent in detailed analyses of the development of the main medical corpus of Tibet, the Rgyud bzhi with particular reference to the Bon po 'Bum bzhi. This also can only be accomplished by adopting a broad and integrated approach, covering at least three of the six main periods: formation (11th-12th cent.), diverging interpretation (14th-17th cent.) and establishment of orthodoxy (17th-18th cent.).

Keywords: Rgyud bzhi; Tibetan historical writing; Tibetan medical traditions



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