About the Tibetan Healing Initiative
The Tibetan Healing Initiative expands the Center’s work involving Tibetan medicine and yoga in four areas: research, education, outreach and integrated care. Tibetan medicine teaches us how to create and maintain a healthy mind and body in order to live a yogic life. Yoga, union within and with the universe, is a way of life to become fully awake. The Tibetan Healing Initiative is poised to become the hub of Tibetan healing in North America.
Dr. Miriam Cameron and colleagues are conducting a research study, “Integrative Health & Tibetan Medicine: Development of a Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool (CSAT) & Lifestyle Guidelines Tool (LGT).” The purpose is to create a CSAT and LGT based on Tibetan medicine and effective for use in integrated care. The long term goal of the research is to secure funding for additional studies that test the CSAT and LGT in community, educational and clinical settings; promote self-understanding and healthy lifestyle choices; lay the foundation for a research program about Tibetan healing; and contribute to healthcare reform.
Dr. Cameron has developed and teaches a three graduate course sequence at the Center:
- Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing (CSPH 5315) 2 credits, fall semester.
- Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing (CSPH 5317) 2 credits, summer session.
- Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, & Yoga in India (CSPH 5318) 4 credits, May Session. (CSPH 5315 and CSPH 5317 are prerequisites for CSPH 5318.) During CSPH 5318, Dr. Cameron takes students to study at the Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.
Dr. Cameron engages in outreach with groups as diverse as the Men-Tsee-Khang and Sadhaka Grama Ashram in India as well as the Mayo Clinic, Woodwinds Health Campus and the Meditation Center in Minnesota. The second largest Tibetan community in the U.S. lives in Minnesota. Although only about 12 Men-Tsee-Khang graduates practice Tibetan medicine in the U.S., three live in the state and provide integrated care through the Tibetan Healing Initiative. Dr. Cameron, a registered nurse and yoga therapist, integrates yoga therapy into her work. Additionally, annual academic trips with students to India foster both international and interdisciplinary partnerships.
To read the special blessing for the Tibetan Healing Initiative presented to the Center for Spirituality & Healing by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, click here.
For more information:
Please visit http://www.csh.umn.edu/thi/ or Dr. Cameron’s website at http://www.tc.umn.edu/~camer008/