Centre for Himalayan Studies
UPR 299
Members of the research unit
Fernand MEYER

Senior researcher at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, IVth section


UPR 299 Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes, CNRS
7 rue Guy Môquet
94800 Villejuif CEDEX

E-mail: fmeyer@vjf.cnrs.fr

His research combines tools borrowed from history, philology and anthropology to document Tibetan representations both past and present as well as therapeutic practices. Though centred on medical science, it also takes into account other forms of therapeutic practices such as prevention and healing rituals, as well as other knowledge that is not strictly speaking medical, such as certain tantric religious traditions.

With regards the past, his research aims at pinpointing foreign heritages, especially Indian and Chinese ones, without underestimating local contributions, adaptations and reinterpretations. This history of Tibetan medicine is also contextualised as far as sources allow, within the largest framework of Tibetan cultural, social and institutional history.

Finally, it also involves, through anthropological fieldwork, studying current therapeutic and medical practices in their continuity and diversity in different locations in the area of Tibetan culture, in order to document and analyse rapid and important transformations under the effect of socio-economic and cultural upheavals which have affected the Tibetan world over the last fifty years.

Key words: tibetology, medicine, therapeutic, history, philology, anthropology

Terrains: Tibet, Nepal

Main publications:

Gso-ba rig-pa, le système médical tibétain , Paris, CNRS Editions, 1981. Several reeditions since

In collaboration with Yuri Parfionovitch and Gyurme Dorje, Tibetan Medical Paintings, London, Serindia Publications, 1992, 2 vols.

Italian translation: Antica medicina tibetana. Tavole miniate del Berillo azzurro di Sangye Gyamtso (XVII sec.), Modena, Zanfi Editori, 1994.

German translation: Klassische tibetische Medizin. Illustrationen zur Abhandlung Blauer Beryll von Sangye Gyamtso (1653-1705), Bern, 1996.

"Introduction" and "Tibetan Medicine", in Jan van Alphen & Athony Aris, Oriental Medicine: An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Arts of Healing, London, Serindia Publications, 1995.