Tibetan Ayurveda: The Medicine of the Buddha

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Consciousness and your constitution

Desire dissolves the ego. Desire is a product of the ego, it drives it. The ego is always desiring and so by turning it’s attention to god and through desire it is destroyed. To return to wholeness is true health. Without being in your true nature there is already a wound and you feel separate. We Indulge in things of the senses to feel wholeness again. Yoga is the spiritual side and teaches us to feel oneness and Ayurveda is the healing side.

Characteristics of the Doshas in people

Vata
– bubbly, creative, chatty, light hearted, talk fast.
Out of balance- anxious, nervous, impulsive, lack follow through. Good at being innovators, idea generators

Pitta- focused, directed, logical, speak clearly. Out of balance. Angry, critical, judgemental, prone to burnout. Good for leaders

Kapha– contemplative, calm, relaxed, move and talk slow. Out of balance stubborn and melancholy. Good for being supporters

State of consciousness will determine if you live your life in or out of balance.

Sattva is clarity, purity, selfless persuits
Rajas is action, distraction, selfish pursuits
Tamas is ignorance, inertia, harmful pursuits

Vatta, pitta, kapha, Rajas and tamas all cause diease only sattva doesn’t


Tibetan Ayurveda

bhaisajyguru (sanskrit) and sangye menla ( tibetan)

Invoke the medicine Buddha so that we awaken that which can heal us within: Tay yah tah Om bah Kahn beh Kahn dzen maha beh Kahn dzen rah dzah Sah mood gah Tay so hah
Power of the mantra is in the sound that the Sanskrit works through your mind. Accessing something within the self with the mantra.

Om mani pad me hum

Why do we suffer? The origins of all suffering and disease is ignorance, attachment and aggression.
There are spiritual poisons, they are veiled expression of our true potential. We can understand our potentials by purifying. When we understand our body we become a rainbow body and have unlimited mind with joy and spontaneity. We are able to do things that deftly normal laws of reality.

There are absolute dharma which is contemplations, prayers, visualizations, mantras and relative activities that support the spiritual practices.
Relative dharmas are astrology, geomancy, arts, linguistics, medicine.

Medicine is understanding we are not separate from nature. Understanding the five elements and how they help support us in the environment.
The awakening of the medicine Buddha was magnetizing and all the enlightened beings from other realms came as they were called, like brahma etc.
ayurveda got transmitted from the Buddhas family the shakya muni Buddha tribe and from Nepal emerged. Ayurveda came in from the mongols too and from you yonten gonpo

Four levels of Tibetan Ayurveda :
lifestyle – diet, exercise, hygiene, meditation.
Detoxification and rejuvenation is massage,hydro therapies, supplementation
Unavoidable interventions- surgery, acupuncture, moxabustion
Spiritual medicine – shamanic practices, when visited by entities can get rid of them. Most invasive

Any medicine that creates a side effect is not a medicine
Why did you get sick in the first place? There is always a story.
First sign of healing is asking for help.

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Ayurveda ‘ Food is Medicine’

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I am presently doing karma yoga at an ashram in the Bahamas for the next 3 months. There are lectures and I will be posting some interesting information I learn on this blog. This post will be in reference to an Ayurvedic lecture given by Ishwari.

Ayurveda is a life model for health. It focuses on the energetic aspects of food and that we can use food as medicine.Each one of us is unique in our physical disposition and are affected by the environment and food we intake differently. Ayurveda is a feminine way of approaching health and is wholistic in nature. This system sees that we are all inter- related and ‘as within so without’.

– the purpose is to heal the body through natural means
-the knowledge is over 5000 years old and is in the Vedas of India
– it recognizes that there are 5 elements are we are all made up of those elements and when one or more gets out of balance we become sick
– spirit (shiva) and matter (shakti) combine to create the physical world

Elements:

1) Either and Air : space, awareness, connectedness.
2) Fire: metabolism, body temp, intelligence
3) water: nourishes body, carries nutrients. love and compassion. holds molecules together
4) earth: stability, solid, firm, thought

Doshas:
– at birth we receive our doshas that we inherit from our parents ( a combination)
– there are 3 doshas

1) Vatta: ( either and air) –tall, thin, gets cold easily, dry skin.
balanced- joy and creativity
out of balance- fear and anxiety
– to balance eat warm cooked food, nothing raw

2) Pitta: ( fire and water )–medium build, strong digestion, intelligent, motivational
balanced: organized, creates change
out of balance- anger, irritable
– to balance, eat cooling things, not spicy

3) kafa: ( earth and water)–more dense, slow metabolism, stable, softer in nature, love and compassion
balanced- happy, stable, loving
out of balance- stagnant
– to balance, avoid sugar and sweets. eat dry and light

6 Tastes:

– there are also different taste that we need in different amounts according to the dosha
– sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent, sweet
– 10am-2pm digestion is the strongest

Sweet:
– crave sweet things when lacking love
– dairy, meat, grains
– desert is not good after food, hard on digestion

sour:
-fire and earth
– heavy
-pickled food, alcohol
– helps Vata

Salty:
-fire and water
– enhances flavour
– mild laxative
– seaweed, kelp
– makes skin worse in excess, wrinkles etc
– grounding

pungent:
– chilies, garlic, ginger
– helps food absorption and kills parasites
– a little causes clarity, too much causes irritation

Bitter:
– better for pitta
– kale, greens, turmeric, aloe vera
– crave coffee because not enough bitter food in diet
– too much can deplete body

Astringent:
– pomegranate, cranberry, beans
– cleanses mouth
– helps stop bleeding

Vatta- best is sweet, sour, salty. not bitter or astringent
Pitta- sweet and bitter and astringent
Kafa- pungent, bitter, astringent

Food is a spiritual practice! Enjoy your meal and be creative, its your fuel:)