This project focuses on the development of multimedia resources for the study of Tibetan medicine. The project is now hosted at http://tibetanmedicine.chass.utoronto.ca/. With the exception of a selection of embedded YouTube videos and Google Books excerpts on that site, most materials were collected for the Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL), primarily between 2000 and 2002. These resources were developed under my direction, with the cooperation of the University of Virginia’s Center for Complementary and Alternative Therapies, an NIH-funded center to stimulate research in complementary and alternative medicines, directed by Dr. Ann Taylor. Additional contributors included Kurtis Schaeffer (UVA), Leslie Blackhall (UVA), and many scholars and physicians at the Hospital of Tibetan Medicine (Mentsikhang) in Lhasa, Tibet. Additional support was provided by the UVA School of Nursing, the Raven Society, the UVA Weedon Foundation, the UVA Center for South Asian Studies, the UVA Center for Global Health, the TRACE Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.
While the project now focuses only on Tibetan medicine as practiced in Central Tibet, I am now in conversation with medical institutions in Amdo regions of China about developing a similar body of resources for the study of medicine in that area.