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Birth, Life and Death

An invaluable guide to the basic principles of traditional Tibetan medicine, this book conveys practical understanding of the three most essential aspects of human existence.

author: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

pages: 162

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Birth, Life and Death meets two needs, often considered separate or mutually contradictory: on the one hand our natural tendency to seek health and well-being in everyday life and, on the other, our ever greater yearning for authentic and unconditioned spiritual knowledge that can give us the means to deal with the problems of birth, life and death in a profound though concrete way.

The book has four major sections. In the first part, "Introduction to Tibetan Medicine," the author enlarges on the fundamental characteristics of the human organism, based on the nature of its various physical components and their interactions, as seen by this ancient medical tradition.

The "Birth" section offers the particular knowledge of the Tibetan medical tradition on such topics as the function of the elements in fetal development, the secondary causes that determine the gender of the child, and the seven possible constitutions of the child and what portends for his or her future health needs.

In the "Life" section the Author explains how each individual by cultivating a profound understanding of the three doors of human existence - body, voice or energy and mind - can realize physical, mental and spiritual health. The Author makes clear that maintaining a constant flow of presence and awareness in each moment, an indipensable condition for practitioners on any spiritual path, enables us to relax our tensions, and live serenely in good health.

The last section, "Death," initially considers the nature of death and our attitudes toward it. What follows, however, is a kind of guide on the passage through the four "intermediate states" we will experience after leaving our human body. For each of these states the author outlines the essential instruction that enables a person to attain liberation at that time. Finally, the profound knowledge contained in the Bardo Thodrol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is explained.

Chapters

FOREWORD 7 PREFACE 9 BIRTH, LIFE AND DEATH 13 Introduction to the Principles of Tibetan Medicine 15 The Nature of the Humours and the Organic Components of the Body 17 Types of Humours 19 Five Types of Wind 19 Five Types of Bile 19 Five Types of Phlegm 19 The Six Main Characteristics of the Wind Humour 20 The Seven Main Characteristics of the Bile Humour 21 The Seven Main Characteristics of the Phlegm Humour 22 General Locations of the Wind Humour 23 Specific Locations of the Wind Humour 24 General Locations of the Bile Humour 24 Specific Locations of the Bile Humour 24 General Locations of the Phlegm Humour 24 Specific Locations of the Phlegm Humour 24 General Functions of the Wind Humour 25 Specific Functions of the Wind Humour 25 General Functions of the Bile Humour 25 Specific Functions of the Bile Humour 26 General Functions of the Phlegm Humour 26 Specific Functions of the Phlegm Humour 26 Organic Components 28 The Functions of the Organic Components 28 The Relationship between the Humours and the Organic Components 29 BIRTH 31 The Causes of Conception 33 The Fertile Period 34 Signs of Pregnancy 34 The Formation of the Fetus in the Womb 35 Functions of the Elements in the Fetus 37 Secondary Causes for the Gender of the Fetus 38 The Stages of Intrauterine Development 39 The Fish Stage 39 The Tortoise Stage 40 The Pig Stage 41 The Nature of the Fetal Development 41 The Seven Possible Constitutions of the Child’s Body 41 Characteristics of the Seven Constitutions 42 The Digestive Heat in Relation to the Seven Constitutions 43 How the Different Constitutions of the Child are Formed 43 Diet and Behavior of the Pregnant Woman 44 The Pregnant Woman’s Diet 44 The Pregnant Woman’s Behavior 45 The Pregnant Woman’s Behavior regarding the Body 45 The Pregnant Woman’s Behavior regarding the Voice 46 The Pregnant Woman’s Behavior regarding the Mind 47 Monitoring the Course of the Pregnancy 47 Calculation of the Duration of Pregnancy 48 Signs Indicating the Male or Female Gender of the Child 49 Signs of Approaching Birth 49 How to Prepare for Childbirth 50 How to Assist Childbirth 51 How to Attend to the Newborn Baby 53 LIFE 55 Living in Good Health 57 The Nature of the Three Doors of the Individual 57 The Nature of the Body and the Maintenance of its Life 59 The Development of the Metabolic Heat of the Organic Components that Sustain Life 60 The Nature of the Humours and Organic Components 62 How Disturbances of the Humours and Organic Components Arise 62 The Secondary Causes of Disturbances of the Humours and Organic Components 64 The General Secondary Causes of Disturbances 65 The Specific Secondary Causes of the Arising of Disturbances 65 The Secondary Causes of Wind Disturbances 65 The Secondary Causes of Bile Disturbances 66 The Secondary Causes of Phlegm Disturbances 66 Specific Secondary Causes of Disturbances 67 The Meaning of Accumulation, Manifestation and Pacification 68 How the Three Periods of Life are Related to the Humours and their Disturbing Factors 68 How the Seasons are Related to the Humours and their Disturbing Factors 69 Specific Details on the Manner of Accumulation and Manifestation 69 Specific Details on the Manner of Pacification 70 Diet and Behaviour that Pacify Wind Disturbances 71 Diet and Behaviour that Pacify Bile Disturbances 72 Diet and Behaviour that Pacify Phlegm Disturbances 72 The Meaning of Lack, Excess and Conflict 73 How to Deal With Lack, Excess and Conflict 73 How to be in Harmony with the Periods of Life 74 The Contact of the Senses with Objects 74 Behavior of Body, Voice and Mind 75 The Manner of Accumulation, Manifestation and Pacification of Illnesses of a Single Humour 77 The Manner of Increase and Consumption in the Illnesses of Two Humours 79 The Manner of Increase and Consumption in the Illnesses of the Three Humours Joined Together 79 The Manner of the Combination of Increase and Consumption in the Illnesses of the Three Humours Joined Together 80 Critical Illnesses 81 How to Observe a Correct Daily Behavior 82 Harmful Food Combinations 83 Beneficial and Harmful Aspects of Foods 84 Cereals and Legumes 84 Meat 86 Oils and Fats 89 Vegetables 89 Fruit 91 Ingredients and Spices used in Prepared Foods 91 Beverages 94 Appropriate Foods and Mealtimes 98 Eating the Right Amount 99 Aspects of Correct Behavior 100 Correct Daily Behavior 100 Correct Seasonal Behavior 102 Correct Occasional Behavior 104 The Properties and Qualities of Tastes 105 The Nature of the Six Tastes 106 The Eight Qualities 107 The Seventeen Curative Properties of Foods 108 The Continuity of Correct Presence and Awareness 111 The Need to Diminish Selfishness 115 The Need to Free Ourselves of Worries 116 The Nature of Dream 117 The Need to Be Content with Our Lot 118 The Fundamental Nature of Mind 119 Self-perfected Primordial Potentiality 120 Instant Presence 122 The Principle of Primordial Total Perfection or Ati Dzogpa Chenpo 125 DEATH 129 The Nature of Death 131 The Certainty of Death 131 No Certainty as to the Moment of Death 132 No Certainty as to the Secondary Causes of Death 133 The Fear of Death is Useless 134 The Moment of Death 134 The Intermediate State between Birth and Death 136 The Intermediate State of the Moment of Death 138 The Intermediate State of the Real Condition 144 The Vision of the Clusters of the Buddhas of the Five Families that is the Entrance 146 Instant Presence which Enters into Light 146 Light which Enters into Instant Presence 147 The Vision of Wisdom that is Liberation 147 The Vision of Self-perfection that is the Final Realization 149 The Intermediate State of Existence 153 Index of Tibetan Terms 161 Selected Bibliography 165 TABLES The Main Characteristics of Humours and Organic Components 23 Types, Locations and Functions of the Humours 27 Classification of Lunar Days 38 The Seven possible Constitutions of the Child’s Body 44 Lack, Excess and Conflict 76 Cereals and legumes 85 Meat 87 Oil and Fats 88 Vegetables 90 Cooked Foods 92 Milk 95 The Six Tastes 107 The Eight Qualities 108 The Seventeen Properties of Foods and Medicinal Substances 110

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Birth, Life and Death

Birth, Life and Death

An invaluable guide to the basic principles of traditional Tibetan medicine, this book conveys practical understanding of the three most essential aspects of human existence.

author: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

pages: 162

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