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- Richard Gere, Chair of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet

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Emchi Shakya Dorje

Shakya Dorje is a fully qualified Emchi, or physician of Tibetan medicine. His practice is based in Toronto, Canada. He studied the Tibetan medical system intensively as an apprentice under the eminent Tibetan physician, Ven.Dr.Trogawa, Rinpoche from 1983-1990. This apprenticeship consisted of a complete study of the classics, in-depth teaching on diagnosis and treatment, detailed instructions during consultations with thousands of patients, study and practice in compounding, and herb gathering expeditions. He translated for his teacher at numerous conferences. Like every oriental apprentice he also served his master. During this time he was also sent to study with other prominent physicians, most particularly Lamen Tenzin Chodak and Nyerongsha Kunga Gyurme.

He was given his qualification as both a physician and as a pharmacist in the Tibetan tradition in 1989. He has based his practice in Toronto since 1991. Shakya Dorje first encountered the Tibetan milieu as a young man in 1968. He then began an intense involvement in Buddhist spiritual practice, and an immersion in the culture. He studied the Tibetan language intensively, and from 1971 worked frequently as an interpreter for lamas of all Tibetan spiritual traditions. He lived in the Himalayas for fifteen years. He first encountered Ven. Dr.Trogawa, Rinpoche in 1968, but did not yet have adequate background in Tibetan language, Buddhist philosophy and spiritual practice, or the Tibetan culture to undertake medical studies. From 1968 on he received teachings in Buddhist meditation and understanding from Chatral Sangye Dorje, Rinpoche.

He also studied and practiced under various other Buddhist teachers of note including Khenpo Palden Sherab (professor, Tibetan Institute of Higher studies, Varunasi, India), the Drukpa Kagyud master Apo Yeshe Rangdrol, the Karma Kagyud master Khenpo Thrangu Tulku, and Nyingma masters H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. He worked frequently as an interpreter for these and other lamas, including a long teaching tour with Beru Chentse Rinpoche. He translated three books of teaching in this time.

Throughout the 70’s he also pursued his fascination with Tibetan medicine by working with local physicians whenever he could, and maintained his connection with Ven.Dr.Trogawa Rinpoche. Only after he had demonstrated an understanding of Dharma and a capacity with the language and culture was he accepted as an apprentice. In order to gain the qualification of "Chagpori physician" students of the Chagpori lineage studied in one of two ways: study at the monastic college itself, called "zhung-lug" and private study under a master of the lineage, called "man-ngag-lug". Shakya dorje gained his qualification though the latter mode of study. In 1983 Shakya Dorje was the chief interpreter at the ‘First Conference of Tibetan Medicine' in Venice and Arcidosso, Italy, and in 1998 was one of the Emchis participating in the ‘First International Congress on Tibetan Medicine' in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Institute of Health. Since 1990 he has maintained a clinic in Toronto, where he not only treats patients but also produces most of his own compounds according to ancient formulas. He currently visits a number of other cities regularly, where he also may be consulted.

Telephone: (416) 762 2886
Fax: (416) 762 2323

Dr. Eliot Tokar, Tibetan Medicine

Behavioral, Dietary, Herbal, and Physical Therapies

Eliot Tokar is a traditional Tibetan medicine doctor and internationally experienced writer and lecturer. He practices Tibetan medicine in New York City and is one of few Westerners to have received extensive textual and clinical training in this field. Eliot began his studies in Tibetan medicine in 1983 and established his clinical practice in NYC 1993. He began his studies with Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, and from 1986 apprenticed with Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche, both of whom were co-founders of H. H. the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Medical Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang) in Dharamsala, India. Eliot has also studied with numerous other Tibetan doctors and has additionally trained in aspects of traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine.

Eliot has lectured for institutions such as Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, American Medical Students Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Princeton University, NYU, International Academic Conference On Tibetan Medicine (Lhasa, Tibet), Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NYC), New York Botanical Garden and NY’s Asia Society. He has published numerous articles in US and international journals. In 2009 the book 'Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World: Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice' (pub. Routledge) featuring Eliot’s article 'An Ancient Medicine in a New World: A Tibetan Medicine Doctor’s Reflection from ‘Inside,' was awarded the International Convention of Asia Scholars Colleagues Choice Book Prize Award.

Telephone: (718) 641-7323 (M-F 10AM-6PM EST)


“Rigpa is a Tibetan word, which in general means ‘intelligence’ or ‘awareness’. In Dzogchen, however, the highest teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, rigpa has a deeper connotation, ‘the innermost nature of the mind’. The whole of the teaching of Buddha is directed towards realizing this, our ultimate nature, the state of omniscience or enlightenment – a truth so universal, so primordial that it goes beyond all limits, and beyond even religion itself."

Inspired by the meaning of the word rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche gave this as the name for his work and to the vehicle he was developing to serve the Buddha’s teaching in the West. Today, Rigpa has more than 130 centres in 41 countries around the world.

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Jenny Boice

Jenny is certified as a Clinical Master Herbalist, in Tibetan Acupressure, Reconnective Healing and Reiki. She integrates herbs, nutrition, energy, and acupressure to assist the body in restoring health and balance. Her methods are simple yet powerfully effective, sound science yet easy to apply. She believes in educating and empowering people to heal themselves.

Jenny makes all my tinctures and teas for the Alive Plan clients. It has taken me years to find her and I truly value her expertise.

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