Gynecology and Embryology
Tibetan Embryology Part I
The Tibetan embryology is remarkably detailed and full of information concerning the body/mind, energy and subtle anatomy. It is described in the second tantra and elaborated in its commentaries. It is especially detailed in the dGahvo-mngal’juggi-mdo, the ‘sutra of conception‘ expounded by Buddha to his disciple Ananda. Some information also taken from the tantras gives light and clarifications.
Tibetan Embryology Part II
The physical body is produced from the material and sub-material (subtle) of the five basic elements. They are the same as the subtle elements described earlier, and are concentrated in the parent’s two energies.
Tibetan Embryology Part III
As a sign of conception, the woman immediately feels heaviness and satisfaction. After one month or two, the pregnancy syndrome begins with headache, nausea, body ache and sometimes desire for special food, etc. These symptoms are considered as being normal.
Tibetan Embryology Part IV
During the 10th week of pregnancy, a subtle wind called Srawar-byedpa manifests and helps the protrusion of the two shoulders and hips. This week is called beginning of the ‘Turtle stage’ because the child’s body shape looks like a turtle.