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In Search of the Medicine Buddha: A Himalayan Journey

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In 1987 David Crow journeyed to Nepal in search of teachings in Tibetan medicine and Buddhist meditation. For the next ten years, he studied with many teachers. Using his newfound knowledge, Crow opened a clinic in Kathmandu and another in a small mountain village, where he treated beggars from the street as well as high abbots of monasteries. This colorful and captivating ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Tarcher (first published January 1st 2001)
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This book is sitting here, tempting me.

We walk around each other in a silent duel.
I picked it up yesterday. Maybe, now that I think of it, it picked me up in stead.

I could not put it down. It was on the shelf amongst many others but somehow like a magnet my hand was drawn to it.

I wasn't sure, I mean I haven't even read a review, nothing. I knew nothing of it but now it is here...on my table.

I have read the reviews, now, and I understand that indeed it has chosen me.

So I wait, like a swimme
Considering that Medicine Buddha has been my personal yidam for 10 years and that I have been a fan of David Crow's wonderful website for several years, it is rather odd that I am just now reading his book "In Search of the Medicine Buddha". But so it is.

In this marvelous book, Crow chronicles his studies with Ayurvedic and Tibetan physicians in and around Nepal. The book is part travelogue, part herbal primer, part dharma, and all inspiration.

I have read quite a few books on
Lisa Spinelli
I really enjoyed this look at traditional medicine in the Himalayas in Tibetan Buddhist and Indian Ayurvedic traditions. It includes a peak into the mysterious and controversial world of alchemy and the use of metals to treat disease and ailments. Moreover, it makes an important statement about the erosion of traditional cultures and environmental destruction which threaten the valuable knowledge of traditional medicine. It is important to understand that many of the medicines we use today come ...more
An amazing personal account about learning and becoming a medicine man. I was blessed with the extraordinary experience of traveling with David Crow in October 2008 while in India. I began reading his book while I was in India. David is here to communicate to us very important information about finding our way back to a healthy and sustainable world. I encourage everyone to find out who David is and to learn about his environmental sustainability projects. Listen to his teachings, explore person ...more
this is really fueling my understanding of tibetan medicine. something that i feel has the power to "cure" me.
a very well written compelling read.

still have much to read to understand tibetan medicine more, but this was a wonderful introduction, even if i had to look up 3 or 4 things nearly every page, to grasp it all.

a very worthwhile endeavor though.

it also really stoked a need to go to nepal. so that will have to be on the near future list.
Rick Smith
This was darn good. I love ethnobotanical accounts, and this was one of the best I've read.
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