East Meets West Mindful Medicine Conference is Oct. 26-Nov. 5

The East Meets West Mindful Medicine Conference is organized by the Louisiana Himalaya Association, Ochsner Hospitals of New Orleans, and the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice Palliative Care Organization. Every year, the Louisiana Himalaya Association organizes multiple group trips from Louisiana to Dharamsala, India, home of the the Tibetan community in exile and of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The purpose of this year’s conference is to create a dialogue on Western and Tibetan medical philosophies. At the conference, Western MD's will meet with Tibetan Physicians to share ideas and practices.

“Tibetan medicine teaches that the purpose of life is ultimately to be happy, and consists of philosophy, science, and healing practices that create and maintain both a healthy body and a healthy mind. It is a holistic approach to maintaining one's health rather than simply treating disease. By applying Tibetan medical practices to self-care, one becomes more aware of how thoughts and behaviors influence overall health and happiness. In exchange for these teachings, the Tibetan medical community has expressed a desire for education on infectious disease (Tb, Hepatitis B, Dengue) control and management, ophthalmology practices, stroke and rehabilitation, and age-related health risk screening as practiced in the United States. Integrated into this exchange of medical philosophy and practice, we will further study Tibetan Buddhism and culture, mindfulness, and meditation, as applied to the medical field.”

If you are interested in this trip or learning about tour opportunities in 2018, contact Neil Guidry, President - Louisiana Himalaya Association, at nguidry@tulane.edu .