Interview with an Ayurvedic Tibetan doctor – Lama Tulku Lobsang

doctor-tibetan-ayurvedic-lama-tulku-lobsanReporter (Interview): -When a patient comes to the consultation, how do you discover what his disease is?

Tibetan Doctor: – Observing how he moves, his posture, the form in which he looks at me. There is no need for him to talk to me, nor to explain to me what is happening to him. An experienced Tibetan medicine doctor knows why the patient suffers or only if he approaches less than 10 meters from him.


Reporter (Interview): – You still take the pulses of the patient.


– This is how they get the necessary information about the patient’s health. Reading the rhythm of pulses can diagnose 95% of diseases, including psychological ones. The information offered by the rhythm of the pulses is as rigorous as that of a computer. Reading this information, however, requires a lot of experience.


Reporter (Interview): – And then, how do you heal?


– With your hands, with your eyes and with the help of herbal and mineral preparations.


Reporter (Interview): – According to Tibetan medicine, what is the origin of diseases?


-Our ignorance.


Reporter (Interview): Excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by ignorance?


– You don’t know you don’t know. Don’t see clearly. When you see clearly, you don’t have to think. When you don’t see clearly, you move your thinking. And the more we think, the more ignorant we are and the more confusion we create.


Reporter (Interview): – How can I be as little ignorant as possible?


– I’ll give you a very simple method: practicing compassion. It’s the easiest way you can reduce your thoughts. And love. If you truly love a person, that is, if you don’t want it just for yourself, it increases your compassion.


Reporter (Interview): – What problems do you see in the West?


-Fear. Fear is the assassin of the human heart.


Reporter (Interview): – Why?


– Because it is impossible for you to be happy when you are afraid. And it’s also impossible for you to make others happy when you’re afraid.


Reporter (Interview): – How can we face fear?


– With acceptance. Fear is the resistance to change.


Reporter (Interview): – And as a doctor, in which part of the body do you encounter more problems?


– At the spine, at the bottom of the spine: you sit too long in the same posture. In terms of vitality, you have too much rigidity.


Reporter: – We have a lot of problems.


– We think we have many problems, but in reality, our problem is that we have no problems.


Reporter: -What do you mean by that ?


That we have become accustomed to a level of basic needs covered, so, any small contradiction seems to us a problem. Then, we activate the mind and start spinning in a circle without finding an answer, a solution.


Reporter:- Then what do you recommend?


– If the problem has a solution, then it is not a problem. If it has no solution, much less so.


Reporter (Interview): – And for stress ?


– To avoid stress, it is best to be crazy.


Reporter (Interview): – … ?


– It’s a joke. Although, not entirely. I mean, to seem normal on the outside and on the inside to be crazy: it’s the best form of living.


Reporter:- What relationship do you have with your mind?


– I am a normal person, that is, very often I think. But my mind is trained. That’s what he’d like to say I’m not following my thoughts. They come but they don’t affect my mind or my heart.


Reporter (Interview): – You laugh a lot, right?


– When someone laughs opens his heart to us. If you don’t open your heart you can’t have a sense of humor. When we laugh, everything is clear. It’s the most powerful language: it connects us directly to each other.


Reporter (Interview): – You also recorded an electronic CD with Mantras for western audiences.


– Music, mantras and body energy are the same thing. Like laughter, music is a very good channel for connecting with your neighbor. Through music we can open up and transform ourselves: this is how we use it in our tradition.


Reporter (Interview): – What do you want to do when you grow up?


– I would love to be prepared for death.


Reporter (Interview): – And nothing else?


– The rest is not important. Death is the most important part of life. But before death, we have to take care of our lives. Every moment is unique. If we give meaning to our lives, we come to death with inner peace.


Reporter: – Here we live with our backs to death.


– Keep death in secret. Until a day comes from your life when death is no longer a secret: you can’t hide.


Reporter (Interview): – And life what sense does it make?


– Life has meaning and it doesn’t make sense. It depends who you are. If you really live your life, then life makes sense. We all have life (we are alive), but not everyone lives it. We all have the right to be happy but we have to exercise that right. If we don’t, life doesn’t make sense.


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