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Background of Bradley Dobos
founder of the Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute

The botanical education of Bradley Dobos began in his early years with his grandmother and continued with two years of study with American herbalist John Christopher. In continued studies with Ella Birzneck in B.C. and 1969 he earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Herbology and Botanical Formulation from The Dominion Herbal College of British Columbia. 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 traveled to the Himalayas to further his studies.

Before going to the Himalaya's Dobos had 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 a special course of study in 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 the first Westerner to be recognized as an Amchi of the Sowa Rigpa tradition. A unique and extraordinary accomplishment! He continued with 12 years of internship with elder physicians of Sowa Rigpa.

Dobos was trained in the areas of Sutra, Tantra and indigenous alternative healing practices by many great teachers and doctors, one of whom is the great elder Dr. Tenzing Choedrak, personal physician to the Dalai Lama. Included among his many teachers who gave him written as well as oral lineage transmission teachings are: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The great Amchi Amala Lobsang Dolma, Yeshe Donden, Jigme Tsarong, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Thubten Yeshe,Venerable Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Rapten, 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, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. 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 Dr. Dobos returned to the West and began his spiritual practices in Sowa Rigpa at the Tenzing Momo Apothecary and Center of the Sowa Rigpa tradition at the Pike Place Market of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Over the years he worked together with guest Tibetan physicians from H.H. The Dalai Lama's institute of Sowa Rigpa called Mens Tsee Khang to administer Tibetan spiritual healing methods and practices to many thousands of clients using a full range of traditional treatment modalities. During that time he never charged it was always free. He educated people seeking treatment about the nature of their condition, and that employed counseling, behavior and lifestyle modification, spiritual practices, dietary therapy, herbal remedies, 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, and 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.

Concurrently (1973-2006), Dobos furthered his education in the Tibetan Sowa Rigpa tradition with apprenticeships under numerous elder practitioners of the Sowa Rigpa tradition. He worked diligently as liaison between Tibetan amchi's and Western trained MD's to bridge an understanding and dialogue between the two. Thus Dobos acquired an advanced familiarity with Tibetan treatment modalities and botanical formulation for Western use and in some cases reformulated traditional Tibetan formulas to better fit the Western constitution. Now after forty five years of study, apprenticeships and practice Bradley Dobos has earned the title of "Amchi," the Tibetan title for the Sowa Rigpa tradition. Among the Tibetan world community he is known as Amchi Thubten Lekshe.

It was in 1973 that Thubten Lekshe began discussing possible conservation and cultivation projects with officers of His Holiness The Dalai Lama's Institute in MeLoed Ganj, India. The meeting resulted in a long-term plan for conserving medicinal herbs used in Tibetan and Himalayan traditional botanical formulations. This was done partly by establishing a conservation platform in the areas where they naturally grow and by creating several other conservation sites working to save the vital botanicals used in the Sowa Rigpa tradition. During his fieldwork in the Himalayas, in areas well known for their healing botanicals, Amchi Lekshe concluded that many Tibetan and Himalayan botanicals needed stewardship in their natural habitat and also noticed that many varieties were similar to those of Washington State and may easily be established in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Subsequently he formed The Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute of Sowa Rigpa. Its officers include botanists, botanical research scientists, botanical field researchers, Tibetan lamas and elder Tibetan amchi's.

Amchi Lekshe's ongoing research and studies have been analyzed with scrutiny by several elder Tibetan physicians, most importantly by Dr. Tenzing Choedrak, supreme head 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 traditional Tibetan formulas, Dr. Choedrak not only approved but expressed delight with Thubten Lekshe's insight into the energetic signatures of plants. 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.

Chandra Prakash Kala, Ph.D: Dr. Kala earned his Ph.D. in Forestry in 1998 from the Forest Research Institute in Dehra Dun, India, and his Masters in Botany from H.N.B. Garhwal University in Srinagar, India. He has worked as a Research Fellow (1992-1997), an Ethnobotanist (1997-1998 & 2001-2002), and an Ecologist (1999-2000). Some of his earlier associations were with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun; Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions, Bangalore; International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal and G.B. Plant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development Kosi-Katarmal, Almora. Dr. Kala has widely surveyed the Indian Himalayan and trans-Himalayan region for medicinal plants, plant ecology, and indigenous practices prevalent in various ethnic groups. He has published more than 40 scientific papers and articles in various national and international journals. He has ten scientific reports to his credit, as well as two books on the medicinal plants and conservation of the Himalayan biodiversity.

Tsewang Jigme Tsarong: Mr. Tsarong is a Tibetan botanical specialist who for the past 45 years has been working for the preservation, propagation, and development of the ancient Buddhist system of "gSo-wa Rig-pa" (Skt.: Cikitsa Virya). He was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and has a Bachelors Degree from St. Joseph's College and another Bachelors from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. From 1974-82, Mr. Tsarong was the Executive Director of the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Institute of Sowa Rigpa and Astrology (Dharamsala, Dist. Kangra, India) and was instrumental in turning this center into one of the most successful Tibetan refugee organizations in India and Nepal. Mr. Tsarong is the proprietor of several Tibetan Sowa Rigpa Publications and uses these publications to create awareness of and interest in the promotion of this profound spiritual culture.

Jo York, M.A.: Ms. York has aBachelors in journalism and a Masters in Communication Sciences, both from the University of Montana. She is in charge of all communications and grant management for the Tanaduk Institute. Utilizing over 45 grants, she currently serves as theoffice manager forThe University of Montana Rural Institute on Disabilities; A Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research and Service in Missoula, Montana.

She manages communications and serves over 80 personnel and assists the executive director, including helping with the preparation, editing and proofreading of the core grant and annual and semi-annual reports. She is responsible for reporting the Rural Institute's project information to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities National Information and Reporting System (NIRS). She also helps with web page dissemination efforts, the maintenance of records, minutes of staff and committee meetings.

 

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