Author: Yeshi DondenTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Jhampa KelsangPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 118ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185102929
In Sanskrit this text is known as Amrta-astangahrdayupadesatantra; in Tibetan: bDud rtsi snying po yan lag brgyad pa gsang ba man ngag gi rgyud translated into English as Ambrosia Heart Tantra: The Four Secret Oral Teachings on the Eight Branches of the Science of Healing.The Original Sanskrit work was probably written during the fourth century A.D. It was translated into Tibetan by Vairochana and given to King Khri-srong IDe'u-btsan (755-797 A.D.) and to the royal Court physician, the Elder Yuthog Yontan Gonpo (708-833 A,D). Yuthog not only clarified this work but also wrote 18 supplements to it. It is most likely that after the famous international Medical conference at Samye, Yuthog synthesized the best of the then known medical systems and rewrote the rGyud-bzhi Four Tantras. His work was shaped by his most famous descendent, the Younger Yuthog Yontan Gonpo (1112-1203 A.D.).The rGyud-bzhi is written in question and answer form between Rishi Yid-las-skye and Rishi Rig-pa'i Ye-shes, both of whom were believed to be the emanations of the Medicinal Buddha. The work is divided into four Books containing 156 chapters and 5,900 verses which deal together with the following eight branches of medicine.Lus-The body (this includes physiology, anatomy, embryology, Pharmacology etc.); Byis-pa--paediatrics; Mo-nad- gynaecology; gDon-disorders associated with harmful influences; mTson-disorders of wounds inflicted by missiles; Dug-toxicology; rGas-geriatrics; and Ro-rtza-fertility and reproductively.
Publisher's NoteAbout the CommentatorTranslator's NotePART ONE: The Root TantraCommentary on the TitleIntroduction1. Enumeration of Subjects2. The Basis of Illness3. Diagnosis and Symptoms4. Methods of Healing5. The Enumeration of MetaphorsPART TWO: The Explanatory Tantra1. Synthesis of the Explanatory Tantra2. The Manner of the Formation of the Body3. Similes of the Body4. The Anatomy of the Body5. Characteristics of the Body6. The Actions and Classifications of the Body7. Signs of Death8. The Causes of Illnesses9. The Conditions Contributing to Illnesses10. The Manner of Entrance of Illnesses11. The Characteristics of Illnesses12. The Classification of Illnesses13. Continual Daily Behaviour14. Seasonal Behaviour15. Occasional Behaviour