Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine at the Rubin Museum

Admission to the museum is Free on Friday evenings.

Bodies in Balance explores the guiding principles of the Tibetan science of healing represented in medical paintings, manuscripts, and medical instruments. The Tibetan science of healing is based on an analytical system in which three forces - wind, bile, and phlegm - govern physical and mental aspects of being. When the forces are in harmony, we are healthy; when they are out of kilter, we suffer. Using a brief questionnaire, visitors can determine which of the three forces is dominant in their constitutions and follow a color-coded pathway that highlights the exhibition components most relevant to them. Or visitors can view everything in the exhibit.

What makes this show compelling is that it presents Tibetan medicine as a manifestation of a broad set of cultural and religious assumptions. Holistic to the extreme, the exhibit takes into account body and mind plus everything from the immediate environment to seasonal conditions and, for many, the position of stars and disposition of deities.

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  • Elaine S.

    Interesting presentation; but not my choice of art or alternative medicine

    June 21, 2014

  • Karen L.

    Another great meet-up!

    June 21, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Great exhibit and members! Thanks Karen. I am really looking forward to the next meetup.

    June 20, 2014

  • Susan T

    I am not feeling well.

    June 20, 2014

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