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MEN-TSEE-KHANG News Letter

Vol. XXV

April - June 2012

NEW BRANCH CLINICS Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh For the past fifty years (19612011), Men-Tsee-Khang has opened 55 branch clinics in India to provide traditional Tibetan system of healing to the Tibetan and local Indian communities. The 56th branch clinic was opened at Clement Town in Dehradun on 1st April, 2012 and the 57th branch clinic in Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh popularly known as Tso Pema on 16 May, 2012. His Holiness visit during the award ceremony in Austria on 19 May, 2012

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Medical Tour Seminar & Workshops College Founding Day Austria visit

TOUR BY SENIOR DOCTORS South India Dr. Tenzin Lhadon, visiting phycian to His Holiness toured South India from March 28 - 8 April, 2012. She provided traditional Men-Tsee-Khang

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system of treatment to 605 patients including monks, nuns and old aged people during her eight day trip to Mundgod, Hunsur and Bylakupee. Besides treatment, she gave health talk on Tibetan Medicine, prevention of disorders, restrictions and behavior.

ADMISSION The entrance exam for the 18th batch of Medical Course was conducted from 1-4 May, 2012

at Tibetan Medical & Astrological College, Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharamsala. Out of a total 107 applicants, 30 students were selected for the 2013 session. WORKSHOP, COURSE Presentation & Public Speaking Workshop Men-Tsee-Khang organized Presentation and Public Speaking Workshop for its staff in order to enhance the skills of its employees. Sue Greenwood was the resource person who kindly accepted to coach three groups during her visit to Dharamsala. 1


Editor Kalsang Dechen Assistant editor Mr. Tseten Dorjee Mailing co-ordinator Mrs. Dolma Tsering This is the official Newsletter of Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute). Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala—176215, INDIA. It is published and distributed free of cost. However, we request donations to cover expenses. To make donations, please contact Mailing Co ordinator, Men-TseeKhang, Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala - 176215. INDIA.

Tel: 0091-1892-223113/223222 Fax: 0091-1892-224116 E-mail: tmai@men-tsee-khang.org tmai@vsnl.com www.men-tsee-khang.org wwww.mentsee.org Newsletter Editor editor@men-tsee-khang.org

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This institute do not encourage the use of mail consultation for those who are accessible to a Tibetan doctor graduated from Men-Tsee-Khang. Therefore we would recommend patients to seek help directly from a properly trained medical doctor who uses the traditionally Tibetan diagnostic procedures like reading the patient’s pulse, urine analysis and interrogations. Owing to numerous suggestions and input received over the years from these patients, who hold strong trust and belief in our medical system and that this system remains the last sole hope of their recovery. Thus we felt the necessity and responsibility to provide a mail consultation facility to fulfill their wishes. It is very necessary to provide us with the following information: Your name (in capital) Gender Age Clear Address Case History and treatments As and when the above information is received, senior doctors will review the personal case. Thereafter, a reply will be sent to the individual patient informing the recommendations of the physician. If pills are prescribed then remedies will be sent after the receipt of the payment through postal system either by Registered parcel, Courier, Speed Post or what ever kind of post facility are applicable to that particular region or country. Contacts: email: mailconsultant@men-tsee-khang.org Phone: 0091 1892 223222/223113 Ext: 216

Email Address Director director@men-tsee-khang.org Registrar gsec@men-tsee-khang.org Astro. Department astro@men-tsee-khang.org Project Officer projectofficer@men-tsee-khang.org TMAI College tmaicollege@men-tsee-khang.org

Membership / Scholarship Sponsorhip Secretary Men-Tsee-Khang Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala, Distt. Kangra H.P Pin - 176 215 Phone:0091-1892-223222/ 223113 Fax:0091-1892-224116 Email:scholarship@men-tsee-khang.org

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doctors, astrologers and staff were given the opportunity to improve the art of communicating and presenting oneself in Men-Tsee-Khang

Mail Consultation

Tibetan Medicine Course The Tibetan Medical & Astrological College (TMAC), Dharamsala organized an “Introductory Course on Traditional Tibetan Medicine” from 21-27 May, 2012. Dr. Khenrab Gyamtso, vice principal of TMAC, addressed the gathering of 20 participants from University of Minnesota on 21

Men-Tsee-Khang Exports PT 62/5 Kalkaji New Delhi - 110 019 India Phone:0091-11-26214897/ 26436823 Fax: 0091 11 26211738 Email: mtkexports@vsnl.net Web: www.tibetan-medicine.org

May, 2012. He welcomed all the participants and assured that the course will be helpful and informative. Six doctors, one doctrate of philosophy and an astrologer were the resource persons during the six day course. Organizing and Co-ordinating of Workshops and Seminars have been handled by the administration when the programe was initiated in the 1990’s. But, since 2011, organizing of workshops and seminars, undertak2


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ing of the in-patient ward and mild therapy centre has been handed over to the Tibetan Medical & Astrological College. On 25 May, the group from Minnesota gave presentations. Maxwell Gessner MD, Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Pain Management Clinic, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Bemidji Minnesota spoke about “The Practice of Anesthesia in USA”. He introduced how anesthesia is used to control pain during sur-

cause of its scientific knowledge that the rest of the world needs to know.

He said that “a needle is put in

THI (Tibetan Healing Initiative) lead Faculty & Graduate Faculty, Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota Miriam E. Cameron, Ph.D, MS, MA, RN presented the Research Update on the Collaboration of Tibetan Healing Initiative (THI) and Men-Tsee-Khang.

He feels that the buddhist philosophy has the antidote to get rid of suffering which is integrated in the traditional Tibetan healing system as well. The people in the west need scientific evidence. They do not see the unity theory of causality. It is difficult to integrate buddhist philosphy and the Tibetan system of healing in his work for the time being but would conitnue to work be-

Human Physiology Workshop Tibetan Medical & Astrological College organized a workshop for the students on A Biomedical View of Physiology from 1314 June, 2012. The resource person for the Human Physiology Workshop was Dr. Carol Worthman, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Director of Comparative Lab of Human Biology, Emory University, USA. The translation assistance was done by Mr. Karma Thupten, Assistant Research and Translation Officer, Science Department of LTWA (Library of Tibetan Works and Archives). The two days workshop presented an overview of the introduction to physiologic systems of how organisms, organ systems,

gery, using medicines to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

the spine with medicine which passes through the nerves and gives a pleasant sensation to the patient”. This help many patients to get rid of the pain. He treats a lot of patients and says that “we treat the pain but not the suffering”. So, the question arises of how to take the suffering away from the patients.

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organs and cells and bio-molecules carry out the chemical or physical functions that exist in a living system. Two books have been distributed which will provide the students with material for more indepth study namely Vander’s Human Physiology by Eric Widmaier, Hershel Raff & Kevin Strang and Guyton & Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology. 58 students, 14 doctors and lecturers of the College participated during the workshop. Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank Emory University and LTWA for providing their assistance with the workshop. EVENTS College Founding Day The 51st College founding day was celebrated on 16th of June, 2012. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr. Dawa Phunkyi (Chief Executive Officer of Delek Hospital & ATPD member). The Principal of the College welcomed the chief guest and the dignitaries present. He gave an introduction of the origin of Sowa Rigpa and an overview of Men-Tsee-Khang in Exile and how the College developed in these 51 years. The Director of Men-Tsee-Khang Mr. Tsering Tashi addressed the gathering and said that “Good discipline, good education and good facilities are necessary”. The Chief Guest informed the students, that the interest in serving others will increase one’s potential in studying harder and achieving the aims. The chief guest assured that the Delek Hos3


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pital will continue to provide and give any assistance in collaboration or joint work that Men-TseeKhang needs as both organizations are serving human beings. VISITS

Austria The Principal of the Tibetan Medical & Astrological College, Dr. Tenpa Chophel visited Austria to attend the Award ceremony of honoring diploma certificates to 80 graduates of Tibet Center I.I.H.T.S (International Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies) who have successfully completed their studies and exams on Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Religion and Buddhist Science of Mind as well as Traditional Tibetan Medicine through out several semesters. The ceremony was graced by His

Holiness the Dalai Lama on 19 May, 2012 during his 9 day visit to Austria. I.I.H.T.S is the only western institution where the five traditional Tibetan fields of knowledge (rigne) are passed on in close cooperation with the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) Sarnath, Varanasi and the Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. DONATIONS

Staff Children Scholarship Jai S.Pathak,Gitanjali Pathak USA 11,736.00 Karin Peilicke-Atir Germany 26,160.00 Verena Jung Austria 14,388.00 Martina Jelinek-LerzAustria 11,491.00 Yves Betant France 257,071.00 Ingrid Svensson Sweden 11,736.00 Carta Tonella Swiss 4,251.00 Alina Ekiridzo Canada 23,716.00 Perry Smith USA 121,200.00 Deutsche Tibethilfe Germany 52,662.00 Gurudutt Arun India 13,500.00

Donations Stephan Kloos Austria 2,000.00 Mancha Ben Gharch India 5,000.00 Emory University USA 1,000.00 J.M Spices Pvt. Ltd. India 1,000.00 Ladakh Jangthang Medical Camp Dr.Martina Maerz USA 26,817.00 Martha Delaney USA 26,815.00 University of Minnesota USA 10,726.00 Kendall L.Clevenger USA 10,726.00 Dorothy E.Vawter USA 8,049.00 Nancy Feinthel USA 5,363.00 Pamela L Percey and Roger Jackson USA 5,363.00 Scholarship Perry Smith USA 97,334.00 Hospital cum College, Pharmaceutical Fund Tibet Center/Dalai Lama Event USA 73,086.00 Donations received at branch clinics Seethamuthiah Chennai 9000.00 Rajiv Malhotra Delhi 10100.00 Chandrakant Gogri Mumbai 113836.00

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