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Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine

The Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine is based in the United States. The aim of the school is to preserve existing Tibetan Medical knowledge as well as recover aspects of the tradition, which have been lost. In order to accomplish this goal, the Shang Shung Institute has developed training programs in Tibetan medicine, archived all classes, and worked on translations of medical texts.

Students from around the world have participated in the three-year Foundation Course taught by Dr. Thubten Phuntsok, trainings in Kunye Tibetan massage, and related courses on specific topics taught by Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, full-time faculty-in-residence at the Institute since 2001.

In the fall of 2005, the American branch of the Shang Shung Institute initiated its four-year program under the direction of Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo. This program is the first in the West to closely parallel the training of a traditional Tibetan physician in Tibet or India.  

Over the past few decades, Westerners have become increasingly interested in incorporating the holistic medical practices of the East into their own practice and research. Due to political and cultural reasons, Tibetan medicine, one of the oldest and richest of Asian medical traditions, has largely existed outside the focus of the West. In order to address this need, the Shang Shung Institute has dedicated its resources to develop the first comprehensive training program in English.

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