Important texts

«Kongtrul Zintig»

kong sprul zin tig


The first page of old Tibetan book.

འཚོ་བྱེད་ལས་དང་པོ་བ་ལ་ཉེ་བར་མཁོ་བའི་ཟིན་ཏིག་གཅེས་པར་བཏུས་པ་བདུད་རྩིའི་ཐིགས་པ། ('tsho byed las dang po ba la nye bar mkho ba'i zin tig gces par btus pa bdud rtsi'i thigs pa) - “Drops of nectar - Selected notes on the essentials for young physicians”.

«Kongtrul Zintig» - (lit. «Kongtrul’s Notes») is the main medical work of Jamgon Kongtrul Yonten Gyatso (‘jam dgon kong sprul yon tan rgya mtsho) (1813–1899).

Kongtrul the Great's deep knowledge in theory of medicine, his knowledge of texts and methods of treatment widespread in Eastern Tibet, a native of which he was, excellent knowledge of termas or special hidden spiritual treasures, including medical ones, and his own extensive clinical experience were the base of «Kongtrul Zintig». This treatise quickly became popular all over Tibet and is still being widely applied into practice by physicians.

Structure of the text "Kongtrul Zintig" follows the structure of the third Tantra from the main treatise of Tibetan medicine - Gyu Shi ("Four Tantras"), still not being a commentary explaining and complementing the classical text. Following the main points of Oral Tantra, the author describes the main causes of various diseases, their symptoms, methods of treatment and recommended medications.

This treatise contains 21 chapters. Chapters 1-20 describe the treatment of diseases including one chapter devoted to veterinary medicine. In the last 21st chapter there is provided processing techniques of some components of medicinal formulas.

There is Russian translation of this text (by Anastasia Teplyakova, 2014). “Zintig – nectar drops. Selected notes for young physicians”.


Russian translation

1) བཀོང་སྤྲུལ་ཡོན་ཏན་རྒྱ་མཚོ་སོགས “གསོ་རིག་ཟིན་ཏིག་ཡང་ཏིག”Arura series vol. 11 Pecin 2005 pp.520 ISBN 7-105-06909-0 (Tibetan).

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