How would you treat a Tibetan monk who experiences flashbacks of imprisonment and torture whenever he meditates?
That can be a monumental challenge. Often practitioners overlook the less-than-obvious manifestations of trauma if they lack the tools to understand trauma across cultures. And the Tibetan monks, for one, present symptoms that might go under the radar of a standard psychiatric evaluation.
It’s not uncommon to hear harrowing stories of torture and imprisonment when working with particular immigrant communities.
The challenge for us as practitioners is to help survivors move on from the ruins of such frightening experiences. But that can become even more challenging because so often, their escape from a traumatic ordeal means that they’ve left friends and family behind.
That’s why cultural heritage is so vital to the treatment protocol, as has been the case in treating Tibetan monks, imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese government.
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