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News Letter

Vol. XXI

June - 2011


Admission of 17 batch medical students

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Seminars, courses, medical tours

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Research: second phase of screening patients

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50th anniversary of TMAC

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Exhibition tour

Pg: 9

Reminiscence of a doctor

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New publications

Pg: 14

Email Address

Membership / Scholarship


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News ADMISSION OF MEDICAL STUDENTS FOR THE YEAR 2012 The Tibetan Medical & Astro. College conducted entrance exam to select the 17th batch of medical students from 3-6 May, 2011 which included

language, Grammar, General Knowledge and Essay in Tibetan and English language. The applicants appeared for the interview on the last day of the examination on 6 May, 2011. The total number of applications received on the last date of submission was 157, out of which 113 applicants registered for the entrance exam on 2 May, 2011. All the registered applicants appeared for the entrance exam which lasted for four days. The allotments of seats were, 20 for Tibetan students in and around India, 3 for Himalayan and Foreign students and 2 seats for staff children. Amongst 113 applicants, 25 (22 Tibetans, 2 Himalayan, 1 foreign from USA) were selected on merit basis for the admission in March, 2012. APPOINTMENT OF ASTROLOGERS IN TIBETAN SETTLEMENT

Men-Tsee-Khang has been reviewing the matter of appointing astroloMen-Tsee-Khang

June 2011 gers to the branch clinics for a long time in the Tibetan settlements to provide traditional astrology and astronomy services to the people. The administration has taken the decision of appointing one astrologer each in Bylakuppe and Deckyiling Tibetan settlement at the initial stage. The knowledge on the uses of almanac and Introduction on Tibetan Astro. science will be given by the astrologers. Astrological readings like marital compatibility, natal horoscope, one year prediction, medical astrology, astrology for the deceased, time for starting the cultivation etc will be done by the astrologers. Astrologer Tashi Norbu has been appointed in Bylakuppee and Astrologer Tenzin Jinpa in Deckyiling.


NEPAL Dr. Tenzin Thaye, Assistant Head of Pharmacy Department was deputed by the administration to conduct social health initiative programs, awareness, preventions and remedial measures according to traditional system of health care in Nepal. The visit was to provide health care and awareness program to the people living there from 30 March-18 May, 2011.

bahil and gave health consultation to 194 people and used external therapies like cupping, acupuncture, bloodletting, etc to help the people. He advised dietary life style which is one of the important aspects of a healthy body. On 10-14 April he was in Chetrapati, Old Age Home for Women and Reception Center and gave health services to 225 people. In Tashi Palkhiel he gave health services to 311 people, from 2021 April, hundred and nine people received health service in Pelling, 115 people in Jampaling, 43 people at the Tsering Old Age Home, 47 nuns received health services at Kopan nunnery, 63 in Jolakhiel, 88 in Chabahil Tibetan settlement and 18 in Kathmandu, Nepal. He gave health services and diagnoses through traditional system of healing to 1213 patients. In addition, he also used external therapy treatments like acupuncture, cupping, bloodletting and compress therapy to 40 people. The doctor also visited personally to 20 bedridden and abnormal patients during his visit. He gave lecture on the importance of health awareness issues, prevention and remedial measures on disorders, significance of protection of the environment, healthy diet and behavior and diet restrictions. He stressed that due to the imbalanced

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food that we take, there is disturbance to our health and so a healthy diet, restrictions on food and bal-

ited Men-Tsee-Khang Branch Clinic in the Culture Centre, Choglamsar settlement and branch clinic, TCV School, Old Age Homes, Agling settlement, Ladakh Buddhist School, Local communities and monasteries. He gave health consultations to 1082 people in the branch clinic in Ladakh Culture Center of Men-Tsee-Khang, 272 in Agling, 522 in Choglam-

anced mind is an important factor to have a healthy body. The most common disorders of the Tibetan community living in Nepal suffers from digestive disorder, hypertension, liver and heart disorder related with wind channels. He gave health advise of how to prevent from the commonly faced disorders and the restrictions on food and behavior in particular to those affected from it.

LADAKH Advisor, Dr. Pema Dorjee visited Ladakh from 2-25 April, 2011 to provide health care and awareness issues according to traditional Tibetan system of healing as deputed by the administration. Dr. Pema Dorjee vis-


and Child Health Care, alcohol and drug related issues. He explained the problems, causes and preventive measures according to traditional system of health care. He addressed on the introduction and origin of Tibetan medicine, Nyepa-Sum (three principle energies) and dietary restrictions as well. As requested, he had the opportunity to answer questions on various disorders put forth by the people through live telecast. His talk was broadcasted on the radio channel as well speaking on the social problems of HIV and drug related issues and advised on the preventive measures of the problems faced in the society


sar branch clinic, 157 in TCV School, 50 bed ridden patients in Choglamsar, 263 patients in Ladakh Buddhist School, local community and monastery. Dr. Pema Dorjee saw a total of 2346 patients during his trip to Ladakh. He gave health awareness talks to the public, students, monasteries and Local communities. He spoke on dietary lifestyle, digestive disorder, indigestion & its causes, remedies and prevention. He also advised on the social problems caused by drugs and HIV and spoke about the preventive measures. He addressed the issues of Mother

Dr. Ngawang Khentse, CMO Chauntra Branch clinic visited North East part of India from May 1 - 30 June, 2011 to provide health consultation and awareness talk on various disorders according to traditional Tibetan medicine. In Itanagar he saw a total of 147 patients in three days (3-5 May). He also went to the the homes of bedridden patients who could not come to the clinic for consultation. On the way back to Tenzin Gang he saw 10 patients in Shikar. From 12-14 he was in Tenzin Gang and provided health service to 71 patients. On 15 May, he was in Dhirang and consulted to 19 patients there. From 17-21 May, he was in Tawang and gave health consultation to 268 patients. The common problems faced by the people there were digestive disorder, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and nervous disor4

June 2011 der. In Bomdila he saw 91 patients in two days from 24-25 May, 2011. He was in Tezu from 28-29 May and gave health diagnosis to 70 patients

and 245 patients in Miao settlement from May 31-2 June, 2011. In Shillong he saw 97 patients and then from there he toured to Gangtok. He was in Gangtok and surrounding areas from 12-20 June, 2011. There he visited Ravangla, Nathang, Lachen, Lachung, Tselthang and Tsunthang. In all these areas, he saw a total of 323 patients providing treatment and health talk to the public.

He was in Darjeeling on 21 June and gave consultation to 60 patients there. Then he visited Kalimpong from 25-26 June and saw a total of 109 patiens. He also visited Old Age Home sponsored by Jamyang Kongtrue Rinpoche and treated to 23 paMen-Tsee-Khang

Seminar tients there.

541 patients.

He gave health awareness talks on the formation of the body i.e embryology, origin and causes of diseases, dietary life style as an important aspect to a healthy body because all disorders are caused due to imbalances in diet and behavior. He advised the younger generation to avoid alcohol and drugs as it is a negative behavior and a problem not only to the individual but affects the society as a whole.

Dr. Sonam Lhamo gave health awareness talk to the public at Dickyi Larsoe Hall and TCV shool students. The students who joined for the talk were from sixth class and above and she spoke on health awareness and dietary lifestyle. After the talk, question answer session followed.

In total Dr. Ngawang Khentse saw a total of 1523 patients during his tour to North East India.

SOUTH INDIA Dr. Sonam Lhamo, CMO Dickyling branch clinic visited Bylakuppe South India for five days from 13-17 May, 2011. On 13 May she gave consultation to patients at three camps in Lugsum Settlement, Phurang camp and TCV school. She saw patients at Karuna Home, Old age home and 2 camps in Lugsum Settlement on 14 May, 2011 and visited 8 camps in Dickyi Larsoe settlement on 15 May, 2011. On 16 she consulted patients at the four camps in Dickyi Larsoe settlement and went to Chowkur settlement to see patients there. In four days, the doctor saw a total of


MINNESOTA, USA Dr. Tsewang Tamdin, director of Men-Tsee-Khang visited Minnesota, USA from 7 - 18 May, 2011 on the invitation from Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota to attend the Second International Conference on “Tibetan Medicine: Healing Mind and Body�. The conference was organized by Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota in collaboration with TAFM (Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota). The conference was on 9 May, 2011 and started from 9 a.m and it was concluded in ten sessions. There were around 300 delegates from different places consisting of doctors (Western and Tibetan), nurses and students. Everyone who participated in the



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conference was interested in Tibetan medicine and stressed the importance of collaborating in the field of research and advancement of Tibetan medicine to benefit and serve the human race from illness. It was felt that unity and support in convening of such medical conference in the future is important. Continued collaboration in research and exchange programme between Men-Tsee-Khang and Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota was reached upon as a significant step towards advancement. During the visit, delegates met the Director and offered to support in collaborative research. Discussion on the future prospects of sharing of knowledge on Tibetan medicine and its practice, research methods, workshops and joint work with Tibetan American Foundation, President Dr. Tsewang Ngodup and the President of University of Minnesota Medical School, Mrs. Marijo and associates was fruitful. On 13 May, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin addressed to a gathering of 60 people (30 western health workers & doctors and 30 Tibetans). He spoke on the “Introduction of Tibetan medicine”, “Dietary lifestyle” and stressed the importance of having regular health check up for a healthy body.


Tibetan Medicine course in English was held by MTK from 2 - 12 May, 2011 to the group from Minnesota University. There were around 20 participants for the ten day course. Abbot of Namgyal monastery - Ven. Thamthog Rinpoche, Dr. Sonam Dolma, Dr. Namdol Lhamo, Dr. Jamyang Dolma, Dr. Thokme Paljor and Dr. Pema Tseto from Translation department, Dr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso, Dr. Passang Wangdu and Ven. Tenpa Tashi from Tibetan Medical & Astro. College, Dr. Yeshi Dorjee CMO Mcleod Ganj branch and Astrologer Sonam Palmo were the resource persons for the course.


NEWLY DIAGNOSED TYPE II DIABETES The Clinical trial on the efficacy of Tibetan medicine for newly diagnosed Type II Diabetes was started from 1 July, 2010 in Nizamuddin, New Delhi by the Clinical Research Department. The period of the treatment was for 6 months with free Tibetan medicine and laboratory test borne by the institute. The number of patients required for the trial was 150. Dr. Pema Dorjee, Dr. Tenzin Lhundup and Dr. Sonam Wangmo (coordinator for the clinical trial) visited

Delhi. Dr. Pema Dorjee, advisor gave an introduction on Tibetan medicine and Diabetes, its causes and remedies to the community in Majnu-ka-tilla and Ladakh Buddhist Vihar. The clinical trial was carried out by the Nizamuddin Branch Clinic and 553 patients suffering from diabetes were screened by Dr. Tenzin Deche, Dr. Pema Yangchen and Dr. Sonam Wangmo. There were few patients who met the requirement criteria for the disorder. Hence, Advisor, Dr. Pema Dorjee; Dr. Tenzin Lhadon, Head of Clinical Research Department and Mrs. Sonam Yangdon visited Delhi for a review meeting on newly diagnosed Type II Diabetes due to inadequate patients for the clinical trial. The team of three members from Dharamsala with the doctors and staff of Majnuka-tilla, Nizamuddin and Ladakh Buddhist Vihar branch clinics convened a meeting on 27 April, 2011. It was decided in the meeting that the other two branch clinics, Majnu-ka-tilla and Ladakh Buddhist Vihar will also start screening patients for newly diagnosed Type II Diabetes from 25 May, 2011. Men-Tsee-Khang will provide free treatment (Tibetan

medicine) and laboratory test for 150 patients for the clinical trial on newly diagnosed Type II Diabetes. 6



News Men-Tsee-Khang. The team was headed by Mr. Dorji Wangchuk, Director of National Institute of Traditional Medicine. The institute provides Sowa Rigpa education in Bhutan. The members had a meet-

The Clinical Research Department started its second phase of screening patients suffering from gastritis and peptic ulcer for the clinical trial on the efficacy of Tibetan medicine from 3 - 16 May, 2011 in Dharamsala and its surrounding areas from 17 22 May, 2011. In Dharamsala (3-16,May) the doctors screened 471 people in seven days from the schools, monasteries and ten organizations and institutions consisting of local Tibetan communities and they selected 65 people for the trial. Dr. Pema Dorjee, advisor; Dr. Tenzin Lhadon, Head of Clinical Research Department; Dr. Yeshi Dorjee, Dr. Dawa Choedon, Dr. Diki Tsomo, Dr. Sonam Wangmo, Dr. Rigzin Sangmo and Mrs. Sonam Yangdon were the team of doctors and staff who screened the people in Dharamsala. From 17 - 22 May, 2011 team of five doctors (Dr. Pema Dorjee, Dr. Yeshi Dorjee, Dr. Pema Yangzom, Dr. Tenzin Lhundup, Dr. Tenzin Yeshi) visited Sherabling, Suja TCV, Bir Tibetan Industrial Society, Chauntra Sambhota and TCV schools and Tashijong. They screened 736 people in these five areas and completed the screening in six days. Amongst 736 people, 94 were selected for the trial.


A five member team from National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Royal University of Bhutan visited Men-Tsee-Khang

ing with the Director of Men-TseeKhang, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin. The members discussed about their interest in establishing institutional, faculty and students exchange programme with Men-Tsee-Khang in the future. Discussion was also done on the collaborative research in Sowa Rigpa between the two institutes. 50 YEARS CELEBRATION OF TIBETAN MEDICAL & ASTRO. COLLEGE

Men-Tsee-Khang College (Tibetan Medical & Astro. College) commemorated its golden Jubilee occasion on 2 June, 2011. The occasion was graced by His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee. The ceremony followed by long life offering of the three jewels to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa by the Director, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin.

The Principal of the College welcomed and presented the progress report. He addressed the gathering briefly describing the history and origin of Tibetan medicine (Sowa Rigpa) and Tibetan Astrology which is almost 4000 years old and the first medical instiute was established in Kongpo Menlung in 763 A.D. by Yuthok Yonten Gonpo who composed Gyushi the main treatise of Tibetan medicine. This treatise is the main course of study for five years medicine syllabus of Tibetan Medical & Astro. College. Since then many medical schools sprang up during the 5th Dalai Lama’s reign, but the famous schools of medicine were Chagpori institute established in 1696 by Desei Sange Gyatso and Lhaden Men-Tsee-Khang set up by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1916. He then explained, how after the invasion of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama with his entourage fled into exile in India and through his visionary guidance, the tradition of Tibetan medicine and Astrology was revived and preserved in exile. He also explained the development stages of the College from the initial foundation in 1961 with a doctor (Dr. Yeshi Dhonden) and an astrologer (Dukhorwa Lodoe



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Gyatso) consisting of 10 students to the present strength of 290 graduates (243 medical and 47 astrology) in the past 50 years. The present strength of the 15th and 16 batch of medical students is 46 and 8th batch of astrology has 5 students. Besides traditional Tibetan medicine and astrology as the main curriculum, imparting and sharing of knowledge of various scope of fields like Ayurveda, Unani, Sidha, Science etc are also given importance.

nature in Buddhist philosophy is an important aspect relevant to all the sciences.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa applauded the 50 years of development in the process of bringing out graduate doctors and astrologers

But knowledge on different fields is also an attibute to one’s intellect and scope. His Holiness the 17 Gyalwa Karmapa made a pledge to learn Tibetan medicine and astrology on the 50th anniversary occasion of Tibetan Medical & Astro. College.

to preserve and promote the traditional Tibetan cultures. He found that the number of astrologers are less as compared to doctors during the audience session of the students. He said that “Astronomy and astrology is also a significant science of learning interrelated with medicine and Buddhism�. His interest and enthusiasm in astrology and astronomy grew a few years back during a seminar on religion in Bodh Gaya. He would watch the stars at night, hours at a stretch. It is important for a religious person and a doctor to know about astrology due to its interrelation of inner and outer elements, Buddhism, medicine and astrology and so on. Thus the interdependent Men-Tsee-Khang

The late personal physicians of His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned that his previous incarnations were well versed and familiar with medicine and thus he should also try to widen his knowlege in this field as well. His Holiness said that it was a great responsibility shouldered on him by the late personal physicians.

Three new books were launched on the occasion by the Health Minister, CTA Mr. Paljor Tsering. Awards were presented to the six best articles and members of the Gangri Langtso team by the Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche. The Director, Dr. Tsewang Tamdin addressed the occasion on the successful completion of the 50 years of Tibetan Medical & Astro. College in exile. Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche commended the Medical & Astrology College in nurturing and bringing out graduates

of Tibetan traditional medicine and astrology and in the preservation of these major and minor sciences. He also informed the importance of the college to be recognized under UGC (University Grants Commission) and AIU (Association of Indian Universitites). The process takes time and one has to meet the requirements of syllabus, certificates, examination, infrastructure, library etc to be recognised under UGC and AIU. He said that Men-Tsee-Khang has a firm stand point on the origin of Gyushi as a treatise composed by Yuthog Yonten Gonpo. It is also important to have authentic documents and facts to validate the historical events and ones point of view.

The Deputy Chairman, ATPD Ven. Sonam Tenphel applauded the development of the college in the past 50 years and is important to nur-



June 2011 ture and pass on the precious traditions to the future generations. He stressed the significance of respecting one's teacher who guides you in education, to study and acquire knowledge and to utilize the time to the fullest. The ceremony concluded with a thank you speech by the Vice Principal of Tibetan Medical & Astro. College, Dr. Khenrab Gyatso. The dignitaries present were Kalon Tripa, Chief Justice CTA, Governing Body members, CCTM Chairman, Doctor of Delek Hospital, Dr.Yeshi Dhonden, Principal of Tibetan Schools, Professors of Emory University, Director Emory Tibet Partnership, Head of departments, doctors and astrologers of MTK and the press. There were around 185 people gathered during the celebration including dignitaries, press, students and staff of College.


Tibetan medical & Astro. Institute has initiated project on cultivation and conservation of rare and endangered medicinal plants since 1995. The objective of cultivation project is to reintroduce nearly extinct species in their natural habitat and to protect and domesticate, conserve and propagate rare and endanger medicinal plant for long term sustainence of medicinal plants in their natural habitat. The cultivation is done according to rules made by WWF and TRAFFIC India; thread statue selection of medicinal plants in the Northern and Northeast regions of Trans-Himalayan belts. The institute has selected some rare, enMen-Tsee-Khang

dangered and nearly extinct medicinal plants based on their natural habitat, range of altitudes, locations, topography and climate requirements for cultivation

in four pilot project sites. Chauntra in Himachal Pradesh is the fourth cultivation program site set up in 2010. The pilot project is undertaken by the Materia Medica Department, Men-Tsee-Khang. The cultivation of plants started from April, 2011 with some unique and rare medicinal plants of Tibetan medicine. The research of domesticating 25 plants will be carried on. At present the seeds of seven plant species have been cultivated in the area. The department has placed two workers who tend to the saplings in the farm every day. It will take four to five months to have the desired ingredient parts of the plants.

(seed)and Arctium lappa (root). By August the parts like seed, flower, roots, leaves, etc will be ready for research. The other three pilot cultivation programs based on the natural habitat of medicinal plants are in Sonada in Darjeeling (West Bengal) first initiated pilot cultivation program in 1995, Agling in Ladakh in 2005 (cultivation of some rare and endangered high altitude cold desert climate medicinal plants), KITPI located in NorthEast of India, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in 2009. However, these sites are experimental and still require significant development to sustain and cultivate specific endangered medicinal plants of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.


On the occasion of the golden jubilee anniversary (23 March, 2011), MenTsee-Khang decided to hold exhibition all over India within the Tibetan and the local community in the major

The domesticated species in Chauntra cultivation farm are Carthamus tinctorius (flower), L. Saussurea lappa (root), Adhatoda vasica (entire plant), Hedychium spicatum Han ex.Smith (root), Herpettospermum peduncluosum (SER) Baiil (seed), Podophylllum emodi 9

News cities of India for the whole year in order to bring awareness of the traditional culture of Tibetan medicine and astrology and the development stages of the institute since its inception in 1961. A team of four members headed by

Dr. Sonam Dolkar Oshoe, 50 years organizing committee; Dr. Tsetan Mingyur, Materia Medica Department; Astrologer Tenzin Tsewang, Astrology Department and Mr. Dorji Nyima, staff of Pharmacy department visited North East India from 10 April to 2 June, 2011. This group toured ten locations in the North east India, i.e. Shillong, Itanagar, Bomdila, Tenzigang,Tawang, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong, Salugara and Kolkota. From 16 - 17 April, 2011 the exhibition was held at Hotel Assembly in Shillong. The inaugural ceremony started with the arrival of the Chief Guest, Mr. Charles Pyngrope Honorable Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Around 154 people came to visit the exhibition. The Honourable Speaker, Mr. Charles Pyngrope appreciated the combination of science, philosophy and art in providing qualitative healing system by Men-Tsee-Khang. He also appreciated the alternative health service provided by the institute to the society as a whole. Men-Tsee-Khang

June 2011 The exhibition in Itanagar was organized in collaboration with the Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) at Siddharth Hall, from 20 - 21 April, 2011. Mr. Rinchen Dorjee, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Chairman was the chief guest on the occasion. A total of around 100 people visited the exhibition. The exhibition at Lower Gonpa, Bomdila was held on 24 April, 2011. It was inaugurated by Upper Gonpa Abbot, Ven. Geshe Thupten Kunphen and around 130 people attended the exhibition with much enthusiasm and appreciation. Then, the exhibition at Tenzigang was organized on the 27 April at the Tibetan Community Hall. The occasion was inaugurated by Tenzigang Local Assembly Chairman and representatives of the various NGOs also participated in the event. A crowd of about 218 people including students of CST Tenzigang visited the exhibition. In Tawang, the exhibition was scheduled to be held at Gaden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery on 1-2 May and all the preparations were done but due to the sudden unfortunate incident of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister the event was called off as a mark of respect for his unwavering support to the people in the locality. Hence, the following exhibition scheduled at Miao on May 7th and 8th was also cancelled. The exhibition in Darjeeling was held at Tibetan Community Hall on 11th

and 12th May. The Settlement Officer, Mr. Tsewang Tashi was the chief guest and head of various NGOs and local Tibetans were present. 240 people consisting of locals, Tibetans and school children attended the exhibition. The next venue of the exhibition was held at Hotel Tibet, Gangtok from 16-18 May. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Sikkim Health Minister, Mr. D.N. Thakarpa accompanied by the Tibetan Settlement Officer, Mr. Karma Dadul. There were about 520 people who visited the exhibition including local community, Tibetans and school children. The exhibition in Kalimpong was organized at Mani Lhakhang Hall on the 20th of May. It was inaugurated by the Jamyang Kongtrue Rinpoche. A gathering of 345 people visited the exhibition.

On 23rd and 24th of May the exhibition was held at the Himalaya Buddhist Cultural School hall, Salugara. IPS Officer of Siliguri, Mr. Tshering F Sherpa was invited for the occasion as the chief guest. Income Tax Commissioner of Siliguri, Mr. C.L.Denzongpa and his colleagues were also present as special guests. About 90 local people and Tibetans visited the exhibition. The last exhibition of North-East India was held at Men-Tsee-Khang branch clinic, Kolkota on the 28th and 29th of May. A crowd of around 200 Indi10

June 2011 ans visited the exhibition with much appreciation. On the whole, the North-East India exhibition of Men-Tsee-Khang was attended by around 1997 people of varying backgrounds. Many of the visitors suggested the institution to continue and create awareness about Tibetan Medicine and Astrology amongst the common people. The event was broadcasted in the Local News Channels, Radio Free Asia, local Hindi newspaper and Bod Gyalo. Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank the Tibetan Settlement Officers of Shillong, Tenzigang, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok, Tawang monastery, head and members of various NGOs, Mr. Chomphel and Tenzin Nyima of Shillong, Mr Tashi Dhondup, Mr. Sonam Tenzin, Mr. Sonam Phuntsok and Mr. Sonam Wangchuk of Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society and Mr. Sonam Lhundup, the director of Himalaya Buddhist Cultural School, Salugara for their unconditional support and assistance in making this exhibition a success.

REMINISCENCE OF A DOCTOR LIFE OF THE MEDICAL STUDENTS IN 1969: VAID TSERING DORJEE K. T-12 (TMAI) Differences in aims of joining the medical line: Around the 80’s, 2004 and 2005 the students felt, If I joined the medical line I would become a doctor having positive future prospects like good salary, opportunity of visiting various places abroad and making money in the west. In 1969, the students came to Men-Tsee-Khang

News Dharamsala solely to study Tibetan traditional medicine without a vague idea of the climatic conditions of the area, situation of Men-Tsee-Khang and the difficulties of memorizing vast medical treatise then. In such an atmosphere the students reached Dharamsala from the Central School of Tibetans in the 60’s. Taking instance from history, during the 8th century, the culmination of the three masters in Tibet Abbot Shanta Rakshita, Acharya Padma Sambhava and the Dharma King Trisong Duetsen, I felt similar situations culminated at a meeting point in my life with destiny, prayers and the privilege of meeting a great scholar and master, my teacher late Barshi Phuntsok Wangyal in the medical school in Dharamsala. The students came from CST Darjeeling

(6 boys and 5 girls), Mussorie (1 girl) and 2 boys from other areas. In total there were 14 students who joined in 1969. In due course of time Norbu Tsering expired, Dorjee Chogyal and Lobsang Dhargyal left on health reasons, Tsering Wangmo did not return at the close of 2nd year, two girls left out and hence at the end, eight students (were able to complete their medical course. In the beginning of 1969, as soon as we reached Dharamsala, we were received and placed in Chopra House which is located near the old resi-

dent of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Chopra House is a C shaped house, with iron sheet roof, the base built of blocks of stone and the upper part with mud. The place is surrounded with oak, pine and juniper trees with green lawn resembles Konpo Menlung the first medical school in Tibet established by Yuthok Yonten Gonpo. It is also situated near by the residence of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, the 97 Gaden Tripa (The Golden Throne Holder) which is two hundred steps from the medical school. The Council of Religious Affairs of His Holiness the Dalai Lama provided Rs. 50/- as stipend for each student and a total amount, Rs. 1.10/- is deducted as TNDF. We have to utilize the balance money of Rs. 48.90/- to meet our necessities like food, fire 11

News wood, kerosine etc for a month. A paid cook was provided by the administration. In order to make it easier for memorizing purpose, each student was given a medical text called Tso-bye gShon-nu mGul-rGyan. The content of this book comprises of six chapters on root tantra, origin and formation of the body i.e embryology in explanatory tantra, gnas-lug anatomy dealing with the proportion of bodily constituents, channels (nerves & blood vessels) and the important passages within the body, inherent qualities of medicinal substances, basic physiology of mind and body and two chapters on pulse and urine from final or the last tantra. The teaching method was done according to tradition in Tibet i.e each and every word is explained in detail. On 4 August, 1969 in the morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ling Rinpoche (senior tutor) visited the the medical school and addressed the teachers and students “At present there may be lack of facilities and difficulties in meeting the basic necessities but that can be solved gradually. You have come here to study Tibetan medicine and have already started with the courses. Keeping in view the traditional Tibetan teaching methods one should also initiate new courses of coaching practices�.

June 2011 Near the medical school, there is a patient ward with around 10 beds. There were three nurses Namdol Wangmo, Passang Dolma and Tsering Dolma who took care of the patients.

After some time, the three nurses resigned one after the other due to the poor conditions and facilities at the ward. Without any experience in tending to patients, we took care of them turn by turn cleaning and giving food to them. Jestsun Pema la and assistant Gen Tenzin visited our school and inquired about our conditions. Within two weeks we were supplied with half a bale of rice and dal (pulses), toiletries etc to meet our basic necessities in those difficult conditions. Besides, she would advise and encourage us to study and move forward in life. She also supported the third batch of medical students as well. Every Saturday we have to go to the pharmacy to clean the raw ingredients, sieve the powder and make pills. In August we go to the mountains to collect and identify herbal plants for at least a month by carrying foods and necessities on our back. In Autumn, we prepare Chongshi Dawoe (calcite powder) for one night.


At present, the students go to Mari La in Rothang for plant identification with all the facilities provided like vehicle etc but during our time we had to endure physical hardships on our own to reach our destination. During annual exams, oral recitation was considered an important aspect and so Kyabje Jamyang Dhondup would be the master to take the oral exams and Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche would preside for the announcement of results at the school. The traditional school was named as School of Tibetan Medicine in English. Since 1985 with the increase in the number of students, two batches were recruited and hence renamed as Tibetan Medical College. I rever before my precious and grateful teacher and scholar under whose guidance, I was able to become a doctor. Also my gratitude to Jetsun Pema la for her support and help during the time of need when we were going through a difficult phase. Due to their unwavering guidance and support we could complete our studies as a medical practitioner. We were then sent to different places in India to help, tend and treat to the suffering patients. Hence, the setting up of branch clinics in Bomdila and other areas started with the graduation of the doctors. Highly regretful to the author for any translation discrepancies occured due to time and resource constrains. EDITOR


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Astrologer Gyalnang Lobsang Norbu passed away on 18 March, 2011 at Chauntra Retired Staff Quarters. Men-Tsee-Khang has lost one of its senior astrologer and administrator. He has utilized his efforts and capabilities in the service of Men-Tsee-Khang till his last days. He was born on 31 December 1944 in Tibet. He joined Men-Tsee-khang on 1 May, 1971. In those days, he also studied astrology besides working in the institute. In 1973 he served as an assistant and accountant in the construction of the main office building at Gangkyi. In 1975 he completed his astrology course. In 1976 he served as an accountant and secretary in the main office and then appointed as General Secretary till 1984. He was appointed as the Assistant Head of Astrology Department in 1984 and as the treasurer. He was again appointed as the General Secretary from July 1994 to 2000. On 18 August 2000 he was deputed as the Head of Astrology Department and served in the same post for five years. He served as the General Secretary of the institute for three terms. He was appointed as an advisor to the Astrology Department on 10 April, 2005 and served in its capacity till his retirement on 1 July, 2009. He has served the institute for 38 long years from 1971-2009. Men-Tsee-Khang shall ever remain grateful for his life time services and we pay our sincere condolence to his bereaved family.

CORRIGENDUM MEN-TSEE-KHANG NEWSLETTER Reference to our news published in MenTsee-Khang Newsletter Vol - pg # 2 for the donations of staff children should be read as $ 20/- per month instead of $25/-. Reference to our news published in the Newsletter Vol- XX, March 2011, pg # 18 the details of the donations should be read as Medical France Tibet, France, Rs. 2,26,798.20 instead of Rs. 22679.82 Reference to our news published in the Newsletter Vol XX, March 2011, last cover page the duration of the term of Registrar Gyalnang Lobsang Norbu should be read as 1976-1984 instead of 1961-1966. . Men-Tsee-Khang

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June 2011

New Publications

MEN-TSEE-KHANG PUBLICATIONS Articles on Ayurveda Tibetan Medical & Astro. College Version: Tibetan

Life time experiences and practice of a Hermit Tibetan Medical & Astro. College Version: Tibetan

This book contains the translated work by the Medical students in the field of cultivation farm, pharmacy and research according to the Ayurvedic system of healing through practical study and research from Jogindernagar Ayurvedic University.

This book consists of the interview session with Ven. Lobsang Tenzin, a hermit in Dharamsala of his experiences, practice and development in the spiritual field. It also illustrates the research done by Dr. Herbert Benson, Harvard University and his team of scientist on Ven. Lobsang Tenzin.

Introduction to the Numerical System of Traditional Tibetan Astrology Tibetan Medical & Astro. College Version: Tibetan

This book is written with an intent to pass the knowledge of the Tibetan astrological numerical system. It is an introduction to the Tibetan Astrology along with explanations on the unique practice of the basics of arithmetic. It also serves as a preliminary to the understanding of the Kalachakra Astrology and Tibetan medicine.

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Scholarship Germany

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Staff Children Scholarship

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The first medical education unit was set up in Dharamsala in 1961 and it was named as Men-jin Khang mainly because in the traditional Tibetan medical system, the medical care was developed to serve the ailing patients without any conditions. In fact Men-Tsee-Khang lived up to the principle during its early stages. NOTE: CHANGING INSTITUTIONAL NOMENCLATURE MEN-JIN KHANG WAS RENAMED BOD-KI RIG-SHUNG MEN-JIN KHANG ON 23 JUNE 1963








As Tibetan population grew in size and numbers, the expansion of Men-jin Khang became inevitable with more specialized approaches and mass consultations unprecedented in history. The need was felt to merge the already existing astrological section into the system of comprehensive services of the community. In 1967 Men-jin Khang was merged wth Tsi-rig Lob-Khang which was later named as Dro-Phen Men-Tsee-Khang. After over ten years of services, the Dro-Phen Men-Tsee-Khang became BodShung Men-Tsee-Khang as it was administered by the Council of Religious Affairs of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. NOTE: CHANGE IN INSTITUTIONAL NOMENCLATURE BOD-KI RIG-SHUNG MEN-JIN KHANG AND TSI-RIG LOB-KHANG WAS MERGED AND NAMED AS DRO-PHEN MEN-TSEE-KHANG ON 17 AUGUST 1967





















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