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Background of Bradley Dobos / Amchi Thubten Lekshe
founder of the Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute

The spiritual and botanical education of Bradley Dobos began in his early years with his mother and grandmother and continued in his early teens with mentoring from American herbalist John Christopher and continued with Ella Birzneck at The Dominion Herbal College of British Columbia and 1969 earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Herbology and Botanical Formulation. This was followed by studies in Ethnobotany of the Northwest at Western Washington University and Ethnobotany of the Himalayas at the University of British Columbia. Upon completion, he received a grant from the Western Washington University to further his studies in botanical medicine in the Himalayas.

Before going to the Himalaya's Dobos had been studying Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism and received empowerments and teachings in sutra and tantra from the Ven. Deshun Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa and others before he went to Bodhanath, Nepal where he received continued instruction in Sutra and Tantra from the Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche at Kopan monastery.

Due to his interests in indigenous and alternative healing practices his root teacher Lama Yeshe, personally introduced him to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1972. It was proposed that because of his previous training and empowerments from notable masters as well as already knowledgable of the ethnobotany and medical anthropology and traditional uses of Himalayan botanicals, that a special course of study in Tibetan Sowa Rigpa be developed for him. His Holiness the Dalai Lama supported the idea. A program was developed to accommodate Dobos' studies in the spiritual science of Sowa Rigpa. After 4 years of in depth study, research and apprenticeship, he became one of the first Westerner's to accomplish training in Tibetan medicine in the Sowa Rigpa tradition and recognized as amchi Thubten Lekshe. A unique and extraordinary accomplishment. He continued with over 12 years of apprentice with elder physicians of Sowa Rigpa.

His trained in the areas of Sutra, Tantra and indigenous alternative healing practices by many great teachers and doctors, among them is the great elder Dr. Tenzing Choedrak, personal physician to the Dalai Lama and those who gave him written and oral lineage transmission teachings are: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The great Amchi Amala Lobsang Dolma, Ven. Yeshe Donden, Ven. Jigme Tsarong, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Thubten Yeshe,Venerable Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Rapten, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Lama Tharchen Rinpoche, Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, Khenpo Dorje Gyaltsen, Kenos Choga Rinpoche, Venerable Deshung Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Namgyal, Gen Lamrimpa, Venerable Geshe Gyaltsen. Over the past 40 years Dobos has received further teachings, oral transmissions, instruction and empowerments from many other kind and compassionate wisdom holders in the Tibetan tradition.

In 1977 Amchi Thubten Lekshe (Bradley) returned to the West and began sharing his spiritual practices in Sowa Rigpa and opened Tenzing Momo Apothecary Center of the Sowa Rigpa tradition at the Pike Place Market of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. During that time he never charged a fee, it was always free. He educated people seeking treatment about the nature of their condition that counseling employed behavior and lifestyle modification suggestions, spiritual practices, dietary therapy and education of smart for combining related to their humoural constitution, Tibetan pill supplements, kum Nye massage and others. He tutored many students and graduates from Bastyr University for over ten years by offering three and six month training apprenticeships. He also volunteered his services for nine years as Director of Botanical Medicine at The Savatthi Ayurvedic Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Later he opened The Tanaduk Center for Tibetan holistic Health on Orcas Island, Washington which has been there for over twenty five years.

Amchi Lekshe's ongoing research in formulation has been analyzed with scrutiny by elder Tibetan physicians, most importantly by Dr. Tenzing Choedrak, supreme head of Tibetan medicine pharmacology of H.H. The Dalai Lamas Institute of Tibetan Sowa Rigpa known as Mens Tsee Khang. After going through all of Amchi Thubten Lekshe's' reformulation of specific traditional Tibetan formulas, Dr. Choedrak not only approved but expressed delight with Thubten Lekshe's insight into the energetic signatures present in Tibetan formulation. He was also delighted with the fact that the reformulations did not have any bug or animal parts included yet carried the traditional formulas energetic nature. His approval was a huge validation in the eyes and heart of Amchi Thubten Lekshe.

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