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30). 10. This is from a draft translation I made in the early 1950s of "Bhaisajya-guru, the Seven Brothers," a native Tibetan sadhana in the "Rin Lhan" collection, Vol. Ga. CHAPTER SIX Tibetan Medical-Cultural System Willian Stubl~in T H e first and simplest example of ceremonial curing that 1 have witnessed was in 1969 when I watched a Newar hierophant fan with a peacock feather his sacred utterances onto some pills which were in turn administered to a woman with a skin disease. I observed innumerable times almost the same basic process in the Tibetan community for a variety of complaints.

The first eight are made into pills (ril. bu) and sometime just offered. The second are offered symbolically by an offering cake (gtor. ma) which is actually made into the shape of eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin, which are the five cognitive senses (dban. po. lna) that are likened unto budding flowers on the tree. " The above categories, though an aspect of my ethnographic research in Nepal, are mentioned in slightly different ways in Tibetan Medical-Culturul Sys tern 45 three small manuscripts which I am in the process of translating they are: (1) 'the crystal garland teachings showing whatever methods may be for the preparation of various necessary substances' (ne.

Sen. mo. skra. dan, spu); (4) the five senses, like flower buds (me. tog. dban. po. Ina); (5) the five inner organs, like fruits (hbras. bu. don. snin. e. lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and spleen; (6) the marrow, like the pith of tree (snin. po. rkan. mar); (7) the circulating brain fluids, like resin (than. chu. sla. ba. klad. rgyugs) ; and (8) the skin which is like bark (shun. pa. pags. ). And lastly the eight arcane substances which according to the procreative processes are : (1) the sacred semen (byan.

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