Perspectives on Life, Death, and the Healing Arts
A Seminar at Dartmouth College
Friday April 16th, 2010 - Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Around the world and throughout history an individual's power and capacity to heal has been connected, more or less directly, to spirituality. This is true not only where "traditional" medicine is practiced; it can also inform the ways contemporary doctors in conventional settings interact with their patients.
This seminar explores a Buddhist perspective on health, illness and the healing arts with Tibetan physician, Buddhist monk and Public Health Ph.D (UCLA) Kunchok Gyaltsen. Other presenters include anthropologists engaged in cross cultural study of health and illness and local practitioners of medicine and Buddhism. The format includes lectures, invited response, audience comment and opportunity to engage in Buddhist meditation practice.
- Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, Ph.D. UCLA School of Public Health, Kumbum Tibetan Medical Hospital, Quinghai Tibetan Medical College
- Eric Jacobsen, Ph.D. Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Theresia Hofer, Ph.D. (ABD) University College, London; Welcome Trust for the History of Medicine
- Barbara Gerke, Ph.D. University of Oxford; Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College; International Trust for Traditional Medicine, India (1994 to 2008).
- Local Practitioner Panel. Charles Meyers, acupuncturist and lay ordained Zen monk; Dr. Richard White, Family Practice Physician; Dr.Lori Alvord, surgeon and member, Navajo tribe
- Dartmouth Himalayan Initiative - Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation
- Zen Practice Group at Dartmouth
- The Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L.McKennan fund for Anthropology, Anthropology Department, Dartmouth College
- Upper Valley Zen Center
- Tucker Foundation
- Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences - Classroom Enhancement Grants