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Men-Tsee-Khang celebrates 42nd anniversary

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Dharamsala, March 23 – Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute (TMAI) today celebrated its 42nd anniversary of inception in India. Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest. The Deputy Commissioner Mr Pramod Saxena and Health Kalon Mr Lobsang Nyendak lak were guests of honor.

The Health Kalon Lobsang Nyendak lak expressed concern about the shifting focus of the institution in recent times. He said, “ We must not forget the aims and intentions of the founding members of the institution when they first started their work. The altruism and the goal of providing medical facilities to every individual and thus helping the community as a whole, seems in recent times, to have taken a less important place.” He cautioned the administrators against the possibility of the institute becoming a profit oriented business enterprise.

The Health Kalon acknowledged the good work done by the institute and the success it had achieved in the last 42 year. He stressed the need for more research work to keep it going with the time.

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche urged the doctors and students to put more effort in their endeavours to create a healthier society. He pointed out that Tibetan medicine has been influenced by India’s Ayurveda tradition and that the existence of Tibetan medicine is closely related to Buddhist culture. This, according to him, is deliberately ignored by the Chinese

He told the audience to bear in mind the immense responsibility they hold on their shoulders. “Doctors must conduct their practise as true to the Tibetan tradition of the past by keeping the religious elements in the tradition intact,” he remarked.

During the ceremony, graduating students were awarded certificates and several members of the institute were presented mementos of appreciation for their service. The institute also distributed ‘memory enhancing’ pills to different Tibetan schools in Dharamsala.

Men-Tsee-Khang now has 45 branch clinics around the world. It provides free medical facilities to students, old people, monks and nuns. The institute has currently 46 students undergoing training.

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