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June 2012

51st COLLEGE FOUNDING DAY The College founding day was celebrated on 16th of June, 2012. The event began with the lighting of butter lamp by the Chief Guest, Mr. Dawa Phunkyi (Chief Executive Officer of Delek Hospital & ATPD member) followed by homage prayers of Yuthok. The Principal of the College welcomed the chief guest and the dignitaries present. He gave an introduction of the origin of Sowa Rigpa and how the first medicine school was set up in the seventh century at Konpo Menlung in Tibet and then various schools sprang up, the most prominent were the Chagpori School ( 1696) and in 1916 the Lhaden Men-Tsee-Khang was set up by the 13th Dalai Lama. He also gave an overview of Men-TseeKhang in Exile and how the College developed in these 51 years. The Director of Men-Tsee-Khang Mr. Tsering Tashi addressed the gathering and welcomed all the dignitaries, staff and students of the College on the occasion. He informed that educational development in an effective and Men-Tsee-Khang

Award function of diploma certificates in Austria

efficient way is an essential aspect. "Good discipline, good education and good facilities are necessary" said the director. The Chief Guest congratulated the College on its 51st anniversary and he felt it a privelege to be invited because both the establishments make contributions in the service of mankind. It is a day to remind of the achievements and

failures and move forward to develop and make good progress. He informed the students, that the interest in serving others will increase one's potential in studying harder and achieving


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the aims. The chief guest said "Good personality is also an important trait which one should possess with education". He assured that the Delek Hospital will continue to provide and give any assistance in collaboration or joint work that Men-Tsee-Khang needs as both organizations are serving human beings. Finally, he congratulated and wished success for the New Director. A book on history of Sowa Rigpa or

medicine called Sorig Kho-aBubs by Dhakar Choki Wangchuk was released on the occasion. The topper students were awarded prizes for the articles posted in the Journal in Tibetan and English. The dignitaries present during the ceremony were the Chief Medical


Officer & Personal Physician to H.H. the Dalai Lama) Dr. Tsetan Dorjee Sadutshang MD, MPH Delek Hospital; Professor Dr. Lobsang Tenzin, Department of Sowa Rigpa, CUTS (Central University of Tibetan Studies) Varanasi; Chairman of CCTM Dr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso. Director of Men-Tsee-Khang; Registrar Mr. Tsering Phuntsok and Chairman of Academic Council Dr. Tsewang Tamdin were also present. The Heads of various department, College staff and students were present on the occasion. COLLEGE PRINCIPAL 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 the first generation of graduates of the diploma courses of Tibet Center I.I.H.T.S (International Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies). The ceremony was graced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 19 May, 2012 during his 9 day visit to Austria. The award was given to 80 persons 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. I.I.H.T.S is the only western institution where the five traditional Tibetan fields of knowledge (rigne) are passed on in close co-


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operation 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. The I.I.H.T.S. was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and its role is to preserve and impart precious Tibetan knowledge. The aim is to contribute to the promotion of human values, secular ethics, tolerance and compassion. HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY WORKSHOP Tibetan Medical & Astrological College organized a workshop

for the students on A Biomedical View of Physiology from 13-14 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 Men-Tsee-Khang

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, 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 b y Eric

LTWA for providing their assistance with the workshop.

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.

visited Men-Tsee-Khang on 4 June, 2012, the auspicious day of Saka Dawa. The Rinpoche has mastered in the fields of Tibetan medicine and astrology.

Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank Emory University and

He explained in detail the benefits and effectiveness of using it during treatment. He also shared his experiences and profound knowledge to the doctors and students.

TEACHNGS BY VEN. GANOR RINPOCHE H. E. Ganor Rinpoche, the 14th reincarnation of Terton Ratag Pelsang (Karma Lekshe Drayang)

As requested by the College, he introduced and gave the teachings on the therapeutic effects of secret mantra.

The relics of the previous Kyabje Lhadang Palden Chogyal Rinpoche was also displayed to the doctors, students and public on the occasion.


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