Dr. Tsewang Tamdin underwent his schooling from the Central Schools for Tibetans, Dalhousie from 1963 to 1972. He completed his Tibetan medical training at Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical and Astro-science Institute (TMAI) under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. In 1978, he completed the Kachupa Degree of Tibetan medicine and, in 1987 and 1999, he received the Menrampa Chungwa and Menrampa Dringwa degrees, respectively.
Dr. Tamdin served as residential doctor of TMAI branch clinic Nizamuddin in Delhi for 18 years starting in 1984 and again 2001 to 2004, one of the busiest Tibetan medical clinics in India. Dr. Tamdin was nominated Director of Pharmaceutical Department and also Visiting Personal Physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a position he still in serves currently. At Men-Tsee-Khang, Dr. Tamdin has served as Deputy Director, Principal, Special Advisor and Director. He has traveled widely internationally giving lectures, patient consults, and scholastic exchanges on Tibetan medicine. Currently, Dr. Tamdin serves as Chief Medical Officer at Men-Tsee-Khang and sees patients from all over the world from 5am to 1pm daily. He is an Executive Member of the Central Council of Tibetan Medicine, guiding Tibetan medical educational and professional standards throughout India, Nepal and abroad. He has served the Tukdam Study as Principal Advisor and Field Co-PI since the team began its first case of data collection in 2008.
TMD (Tibetan Medical Doctor) -- Menrampa Dringwa, Menrampa Chungwa, and Kachupa degrees of Tibetan medicine, Men-Tsee-Khang
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A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an ancient monastic post-mortem meditative state known as tukdam, practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into mental, spiritual, and physical well-being during the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.