The Chagpori Medical College was first established in 1696 as a center for training in traditional Tibetan medicine (Sowa Rigpa). After the monastery was destroyed in 1959, it was restarted in 1992 by Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche in Darjeeling, India, to preserve the Chagpori system of medicine.
The Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine was opened in Warsaw, Poland by Dr. Venerable Tenzin Jangchub with the blessing of the Dalai Lama. In addition to providing Sowa Rigpa-based healthcare, the Institute works to educate non-Tibetan people and foster mutual understanding between biomedical doctors and practitioners of traditional Tibetan Buddhist medicine.
The Land of Medicine Buddha is a meditation and retreat center in Santa Cruz, California that is involved in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhist teachings and health practices through Dharma classes, guided meditations, pujas, and festivals.
The Shaolin Temple, located in China’s Henan Province, has become well-known on a global scale in recent years for its martial arts and has subsequently enlarged its tourism efforts. Besides its activities in martial arts, the Shaolin Temple has also sought to establish itself as an academic institution of Buddhism and Chinese Buddhist medicine.
In Africa, Buddhist humanitarian movements have engaged in social and medical outreach projects. This humanitarianism has been driven by organizations both with and without missionary goals, as well as Buddhist actors.
The Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital was initially built in response to the lack of access to healthcare in Taichung’s Tanzi District and its surrounding areas. In addition to community health outreach, the hospital currently focuses on a wide array of medical services, ranging from preventive care to long-term care.
The organization Tuệ Tĩnh đường Hải Đức operates four free medical clinics in the Thừa Thiên Huế Province of Vietnam. Under the umbrella organization Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, these clinics have medically trained monks and nuns that use a combination of traditional Vietnamese medicine and Western medicine to treat hundreds of patients a day.
The Men-Tsee-Khang is currently the most prominent institution of Tibetan medicine and astrology. Though originally reestablished in Dharamsala, India to preserve Tibetan culture, its development over the past 60 years has modernized Tibetan medicine and contributed to its popularity worldwide.
Won Buddhism is a modernized Korean Buddhist religion and transnational organization with a global network of temples, educational institutions, and medical institutions specializing in traditional Korean medicine and modern Western biomedicine.
Wat Pho is one of the most prominent Buddhist royal temples in Thailand due to both its religious and cultural significance. With one of its key roles being to preserve and teach traditional Thai culture, Wat Pho has been critical in standardizing and promoting traditional Thai medicine.