This project focuses on Tibetan historical and contemporary ritual practice in the medical tradition, oriented primarily around a study of Empowering the Medicine (sman grub), a procedure during which doctors ceremonially bless medicinal substances. We are focusing on the textual documentation of this tradition and also conducting fieldwork in Tibet. Publications resulting from this research so far include:

Frances Garrett, 2011, “Eating Letters in the Tibetan Treasure Tradition,” in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 32 (1-2): 85-114.

Frances Garrett, 2010, “Tapping the body’s nectar: gastronomy and incorporation in Tibetan literature,” in History of Religions 49 (3): 300-326.

Frances Garrett, 2009, “The alchemy of accomplishing medicine (sman sgrub): situating the Yuthok Heart Essence [G.yu thog snying thig] ritual tradition,” in Journal of Indian Philosophy 37 (3): 207-230.

Frances Garrett, “Shaping the Illness of Hunger: A Culinary Aesthetics of Food and Healing in Tibet,” Under review with Asian Medicine.

Frances Garrett, with Andrew Erlich, Nick Field, Barbara Hazelton, and Matt King, “Narratives of feeding and hospitality in Tibetan ritual,” Under review with the Journal of the American Association of Religion.

Frances Garrett, “‘What children need’: Making Childhood with Technologies of Protection and Healing.” Solicited for inclusion in Buddhist Children in Texts and Culture, ed. Vanessa Sasson, under review.

Barbara Hazelton and Andrew Erlich, “The Rainfall of Activities,” a translation and introduction to the Yuthok Heart Essence’s “Tshe yi rig byed gling gi bstan srung spyi’i gtor ‘bul ‘phrin las char ‘bebs zhes bya ba bzhugs so,” in progress.

Funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2008-2011)

Principal Investigator, Frances Garrett