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In the past couple of decades
the influence of Eastern energet-
ic healing modalities has been
embraced by the West as a com-
plement to traditional therapy
or an alternative method to the
healing process. Many of these
therapies such as Reiki or Jin Shin
Jyutsu have seen widespread in-
terest among practitioners, to
the point of being accepted by
mainstream institutions as an aid
in the healing process.
Meditation, Yoga, Ayurvedic,
Tai Chi, and Qi Gong are all
methods that have seen suc-
cess and broad appeal. Their
interest and success is the com-
bination of a mind/body rela-
tionship embracing the effort of
being in physical, mental, and
spiritual balance.
Over the past decade, there
has been a global interest in
Tibetan medicine and various
systems it employs. Whether in
pulse diagnosis, plant medicine,
or advanced yoga methods, Ti-
betan approaches to well-being
have been examined and stud-
ied by Harvard Medical, Johns
Hopkins, Cornell, and Duke, to
name just a few.
Asian scholars see the influ-
ence of Tibetan healing practices
in Indian and Chinese medical
systems, and this interest has led
to a careful examination of the
Tibetan methodology.
But in looking at the Tibetan
system, overwhelming evi-
dence is surfacing that the Ti-
betans adopted many of these
methods from an ancient neigh-
boring kingdom known as Zhang
Zhung, whose influence had
significant impact not only on
their culture but their spiritual-
ity as well.
Long before the Tibetan
kingdom gained prominence
in Asia, Tibet was part of the
Zhang Zhung kingdom and ad-
opted their philosophical sys-
tem known as Bon. Within Bon
we see the ancient Asian begin-
nings of Astrology, Herbal Medi-
cine, Divination, and the close
embrace of working with the el-
ements and earth spirits.
When we think of Tibet, we
visualize an exotic land with the
trappings of red monks' robes,
the hanging of prayer flags, and
esoteric philosophical systems.
All these cultural identities are
from Bon, and that influence is
why Tibetan Buddhism is far dif-
ferent than their Indian neigh-
Many, if not all the Tibetan
healing systems go back to their
Bon beginnings, and as we ex-
amine these, we come to view
with great importance the Zhang
Zhung connection to all of this.
It has only been recently
that Lamas from the Bon tradi-
tion have travelled to the West,
which is the primary reason our
knowledge of this 18,000-year-
old system is new to us.
In March of this year, one of
the highest Lamas of the Bon Tra-
dition will visit Claremont, CA
to talk about the Bon tradition
and host a 2-day Ancient Tibetan
Healing retreat at the Claremont
To g D e n Wo n Po G e s h e
Chongtul Rinpoche is one of
only a small group of Lamas
within the Bon tradition to have
been trained in many healing
therapies that originated in
Zhang Zhung.
Ancient Tibetan Healing Examined
by Menghak Rinchen, PhD
He is a Tulku (re-incarnated
teacher), who speaks English
very well, and his teaching man-
ner is engaging and spirited. This
is an unprecedented opportu-
nity to learn more about some
of man's earliest energetic heal-
ing modalities, directly from a
teacher within an 18,000-year-
old Oral Tradition.
His Claremont visit will en-
gage students in a system that
almost became forgotten, but
nevertheless, survives to this day
as a testament to how critically
important this information is at
this time. Seating is very limited
and preregistration is required.
Tog Den Won Po Geshe Chongtul
Rinpoche will host a free public talk
on Friday evening March 18th, and
a 2-day healing Retreat on March
19th and 20th. Interested students
can register with Phyllis Douglass
(909) 967-0246 or phyllis@sound