[INDOLOGY] Psychological effect of vāta-doṣa

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 24 09:38:03 UTC 2022

Dear Itamar,

I do not know the Indic sources in this case, but the Tibetan equivalent, rlung nad (lit. "wind disease"), often refers to states of panic, paranoia, hyper-sensitivity, etc. A somewhat popular, but not erroneous, presentation of the issue may be found in Terry Clifford, Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry, pp. 132-136. Those more familiar with medical literature than I am may well have additional suggestions.


Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études, émérite
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago



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Dear All,

Is anyone familiar with a none physical effect of vāta-doṣa? Dictionaries translate vāta as gout or rheumatism, but in the context where I found this term, it seems as if it should have a more psychological/mental effect, such as madness or delusion. Any suggestions?


Itamar Ramot
PhD Candidate, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago
itamarramot at uchicago.edu<mailto:itamarramot at uchicago.edu>
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