Tanaduk Botanical Research
Institute of Tibetan Medicine

Bradley Dobos, founder of the Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute

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Bradley Dobos' education in botanical medicine and formulation began quite naturally when he was seven. In the early morning he was often found in the neighbors gardens picking the best flower petals from an array of herbs in bloom. Each morning was a different collection of petals depending on how he felt in that moment. In his late teens he began studying many types of healing therapies more diligently including botanical medicine. Women have influenced his learning the most. First it was with his mother who was a Kriya yogi studying with Paramahansa Yogananda and grandmother a Christian Science practitioner and the combined spiritual teachings they imparted to him where nourishing. After that there was an energetic and very wise gypsy women named Ella Birzneck who shared her heart and skillful experience in botanical medicine with Bradley beginning when he was thirteen year old. Years later when when he was in the Himalaya's one of his greatest teachers of Tibetan medicine was a Tibetan women named Amala Lobsang Dolma. He worked and studied in her clinic where her daughter also was training and is now a very talented physician of Tibetan Medicine. It was there in the early seventies that he began making adjustments to Tibetan botanical formulas making them more suitable for formulation and for the Western constitution.
Bradley Dobos has studied with many wonderful and talented people and during the time he was studying with Ella he was able to spend some time studying with herbalist John Christopher. He earned a Masters Herbalist Degree in Botanical medicine from The Dominion Herbal College of British Columbia. He also studied Ethnobotany of the Northwest at Western Washington University and Ethnobotany of the Himalaya's at the University of British Columbia. Thereafter he traveled to Bodhanath, Nepal where he received instruction from Lama Yeshe at Kopan monastery and many other great Tibetan masters.
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His precious root guru the Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe introduced Mr. Dobos to His Holiness the Dalai Lama (H.H.D.L.) and proposed that a special course of study in Tibetan medicine be developed for him. H.H. The Dalai Lama supported the idea and arranged a special program where the course of study was to accommodate expeditious study in botanical formulation.
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After several years of study Bradley Dobos returned to the West and founded and operated Tenzing Momo Apothecary & Clinic of Tibetan Medicine in the Pike Street Market in Seattle, WA. His apprenticeship continued as Tibetan physicians came to his clinic to work with him and support his ability to administer Tibetan healing methods and practices using a full range of traditional treatment modalities. He educated clients about the nature of their condition and employed counseling, behavior and lifestyle modification, spiritual practices, dietary therapy, herbal remedies, accupressure massage, cupping and moxabustion. He also tutored students and graduates from Bastyr University for ten years by offering six-month training apprenticeships and volunteered his services for nine years as Director of Botanical Medicine at The Savatthi Ayurvedic Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.
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Concurrently, for over thirty-five years Dobos furthered his education in Tibetan medicine with apprenticeships under numerous masters of Tibetan Medicine. During his time as clinical director he was able to create working lines of communications between practitioners of Tibetan medicine, Naturopathic medicine, holistic therapists, Allopathic doctors and patients to assess the efficacy of a given therapy including many formulas of Tibetan Medicine. Thus Dobos acquired an advanced familiarity with Tibetan formulas for Western use and in many cases reformulated traditional Tibetan formulas to better fit the Western constitution.
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Now after over forty years of study, apprenticeships and practice Bradley Dobos has earned the title of "Amchi," the Tibetan title for a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine (DTM), and among Tibetans he is known as Amchi Thubten Lekshe.
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Dobos' ongoing research and studies have been analyzed with scrutiny by several great elder Tibetan physicians, including Dr. Tenzin Choedrak and he not only approved but expressed delight with Dobos' creative use of plant and mineral ingredients and with the fact that the reformulations did not have any bug or animal parts used. His approval was the biggest validation to date.
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In the summer of 1972, Bradley Dobos began discussing possible conservation and cultivation projects with officers of His Holiness The Dalai Lama's Institute of Tibetan Medicine. The meeting resulted in a long-term plan for conserving medicinal herbs used in Tibetan and Himalayan traditional medicines, partly by establishing a conservation platform in the area's where they naturally grow and several in the west to save the vital botanicals used in Tibetan medicines. During their fieldwork in the Himalayas, in areas well known for their medicinal herbs, Bradley Dobos and local Amchi's concluded that many Tibetan and Himalayan botanicals needed stewardship and also noticed that many were similar to those of Washington State and may easily be established in the Pacific Northwest of the United states. Dobos subsequently formed The Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute of Tibetan Medicine.
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