ExpiredTibetan Medicine and Buddhism – Key Insights


– Healthy Mind, Happy Mind –
What is the relationship between being healthy and being happy? Do you need a healthy body for a happy mind, or is it the other way around?

In the Tibetan ‘Science of Healing’ (Sowa Rigpa), true health is more than just the absence of disease. Health is about harmony: the search for balance between the energies of body, mind, and environment. Tibetan medicine helps people to achieve this ‘health through balance’ by means of dietary, lifestyle and mental guidelines, as well as with herbs and therapies. Sowa Rigpa is sometimes called ‘Buddhist medicine’.
But Buddhist teachings are not just about being healthy. Instead, the focus is on how to transform the mind to realize liberation from suffering for ourselves and for all beings. In this sense, the Dharma is said to be ‘the ultimate medicine’.


In this lecture, key insights on health and happiness from the perspectives of both Tibetan medicine and Buddhism will be compared while trying out some of the main ‘healing methods’ of these traditions together, including constitutional diagnosis, meditation, and visualization exercises.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jan van der Valk in the InnBetween! Besides running his practice of Tibetan medicine in Kanne on the border with Maastricht (www.deblauwepapaver.be), Jan is also a biologist, ethno-botanist and doctor of anthropology working part-time at University of Vienna’s Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

Are you curious about what Jan has been studying, researching and practicing? Then come and join us on Sunday, February 16th, at 15 o´clock. We will make sure to welcome you with a cup of tea and a cozy atmosphere as always! 🙏


This event is part of The InnBetween’s bi-weekly event series on ´Growth´. It is free to attend without prior registration.


  • February 16, 2020
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Capucijnenstraat 122
6211 RS


Head down Capucijnenstraat from the Vrijthof until you see Circumflex and Montessori school on the left. Head into the driveway and slightly to the left an up towards the gate. From there you’ll see our brightly colored signs. You can park your bike inside and the way to The InnBetween continues through the garden on the left.

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